Starting Points for Trails

Restrictions

Please also remember that there is a restricted area at Multiharju. You are only allowed to enter this area if you stay on the nature trail. Entering the area is otherwise forbidden year-round. The restricted areas in Lakes Iso-Seitsemisjärvi and Soljanen are off limits to the public starting 1.4. This is to ensure that birds can nest in peace.

Map of Seitseminen National Park. © Metsähallitus 2014

Nature trails

 

Multiharjun Aarnipolku trail, 1.8 km Circle Trail 

Hiking Walk on a nature trail Walking along a marked trail Dry toilet Parking

When there is no snow on the ground. The trail can often even be used in winter. Travel time 1 hour. Please stay on the marked trails! Multiharju is a restricted area.

Enjoy the murky depths of the Multiharju old-growth forest, known as the heart of Seitseminen.

The impressive forest along the Multiharjun aarnipolku trail. Photo: Kari Leo

Starting point
Multiharju parking area (Jaulintie, the southern part of the park) (pdf 3 MB, julkaisut.metsa.fi)

Coordinates: Euref-Fin (~ WGS84) lat: 61° 54.3351' lon: 23° 24.5112' ETRS-TM35FIN: N: 6868880 E: 311375

Hiking structures
Dry toilet in the Multiharju parking area. Please bring your own toilet paper.

Sights
The Nature Trail winds by old-growth pine trees, large aspens and spruces, introducing to you some species of an old forest; Multiharju is the heart of Seitseminen. 

A trail through the serene pine forest of Multiharju. Photo: Tiina Hakkarainen

Route Description 
The trail is marked in a counter-clockwise direction.

The Multiharjun Aarnipolku trail starts at the Multiharju parking area and returns to the departure point.

Please Note 
Please stay on the marked trails! Multiharju esker is part of restricted area, where it is only allowed to move on the trails in order to prevent erosion of the terrain. The trail can often even be used in winter. The eastern part of the Nature Trail is suitable for prams and wheelchairs. 

The Saari-Soljanen nature trail, 2 km Circle Trail 

Hiking Walk on a nature trail Viewing platform Campfire place Cooking shelter Inva toilet Parking

When there is no snow on the ground. Travel time 1 hour. Please observe the restricted area from 1 April to 15 July.
The scenery is accessible by wheelchair and to prams (0.5 km). 
 

The Saari-Soljanen nature trail introduces the beautiful mire nature.

The Saari-Soljanen nature trail runs through a beautiful mire landscape. Photo: Hanna Aho

Starting point
The Saari-Soljanen cooking shelter (Soljostentie, the eastern part of the park) (pdf 3 MB, julkaisut.metsa.fi)

Coordinates: Euref-Fin (~ WGS84) lat: 61° 54.0867' lon: 23° 28.0978' ETRS-TM35FIN: N: 6868247 E: 314487

Hiking structures
The Kirkas-Soljanen and Jaulinneva viewing platforms. The Saari-Soljanen cooking shelter, campfire site and accessible dry toilet. Please bring your own toilet paper.

Sights 
The Saari-Soljanen nature trail illustrates the diversity of Finnish mire habitats. Old beliefs and stories related to mires can be found along the trail. The Soljanen area is one of the largest pristine mire areas in the Seitseminen National Park. From the lookout point of Jaulinneva you can admire the wild and bare mire landscape.

Route description
The trail is marked in a counter-clockwise direction.

The Saari-Soljanen nature trail is accessible by wheelchair and to prams. Photo: Metsähallitus

The trail starts from the cooking shelter by Lake Saari-Soljanen and continues along an accessible ramp towards Lake Kirkas-Soljanen, returning to the cooking shelter through a stretch of forest. Along the way, you can stop by the viewing platforms of the Kirkas-Soljanen and Jaulinneva mire.

Map (pdf 364 kb, julkaisut.metsa.fi)

Please Note
Thanks to the duckboards on the mire sections, the trail is manageable even in trainers. A section of the nature trail, roughly 0.5 km, is suitable for wheelchairs, prams and pushchairs. Please observe the restricted area from 1 April to 15 July.

Runokangas trail, 2 km Circle Trail

Hiking Walk on a nature trail Campfire place Dry toilet Nature Center Drinking water Parking

When there is no snow on the ground. The trail can often even be used in winter. Travel time 1 hour.
There are some differences in altitude on the trail.  

Enjoy a combination of nature and culture! This trail features not only natural beauty, but also poem boards.

Seven poems on different topics are posted along the Runokangas nature trail. Photo: Pauliina Perkkiö

Starting point
Seitseminen Nature Center, Kulomäki (Seitsemisentie 110, Ylöjärvi) (pdf 3 MB, julkaisut.metsa.fi)

Coordinates: Euref-Fin (~ WGS84) lat: 61° 58.1777' lon: 23° 21.7003' ETRS-TM35FIN: N: 6876143 E: 309316

Hiking structures
In Kulomäki, outside the Seitseminen Nature Centre, there is a fireplace shelter, a drinking water supply and a dry toilet. Please bring your own toilet paper. Campfire site right by the Nature Trail's starting point, fire wood available at Nature Centre's wood shed.

Route description
The trail is marked in a counter-clockwise direction.

Summer scenes along the Runokangas nature trail. Photo: Anniina Mäensivu

The trail starts in the yard of the Nature Centre in Kulomäki, before continuing south along the west side of the esker. From Sikomäki, it crosses the road to the east side of the esker, continuing back to Kulomäki.

Other Circle trails

 

Harjupolku (esker trail), 5.2 km Circle Trail 

Hiking Campfire place Dry toilet Nature Center Drinking water Parking

 When there is no snow on the ground. Travel time 2 hours.
There are some differences in altitude on the trail.

What does the Seitsemisharju Esker, towering around 20 metres above its surroundings, look like? Take the Harjupolku trail to find out!

The Harjupolku trail leads to the Seitsemisharju esker. Photo: Johanna Väkeväinen

Starting point
Seitseminen Nature Center, Kulomäki (Seitsemisentie 110, Ylöjärvi) (pdf 3 MB, julkaisut.metsa.fi)

Coordinates: Euref-Fin (~ WGS84) lat: 61° 58.1777' lon: 23° 21.7003' ETRS-TM35FIN: N: 6876143 E: 309316

Hiking structures
In Kulomäki, outside the Seitseminen Nature Centre, there is a fireplace shelter, a drinking water supply and a dry toilet. Please bring your own toilet paper.

Sights 
The Harjupolku trail runs along the base of Seitsemisharju Esker, through spruce bogs and pine forest islands in the middle of open mires.

Duckboards on the Harjupolku trail in the Seitseminen National Park. Photo: Johanna Väkeväinen
Route description

The trail is marked in a counter-clockwise direction.

The trail starts at Kulomäki outside the Seitseminen Nature Centre, running along the west side of the esker all the way to Susikangas. From there, it crosses the road to the east side of the esker, continuing through Tervahautakangas and Pakkulakangas and back to Kulomäki.

A stop by the campfire site at Lake Iso-Kivijärvi extends the hike to approximately 8 kilometres.

Torpparintaival (Tenant Farmer's trail), 6.3 km Circle Trail

Hiking Campfire place Tent site Dry toilet Inva toilet Heritage farm Parking

When there is no snow on the ground, the Kovero grounds are suitable for prams or wheelchairs when assisted.  Travel time 2,5 hours.

The Torpparintaival trail introduces you to the varied nature of Seitseminen: heritage landscapes, magnificent old-growth forest and mosaics of varying mire and forest landscapes.

The Torpparintaipale trail features not only heritage and mire landscapes, but also a magnificent old-growth forest. Photo: Johanna Väkeväinen

Starting point 
The Kovero Heritage Farm (Seitsemisentie 948, Sisättö) (pdf 3 MB, julkaisut.metsa.fi)
The trail starts at the end of the track crossing the yard, by the edge of the forest.

Coordinates: Euref-Fin (~ WGS84) lat: 61° 54.8470' lon: 23° 22.9163' ETRS-TM35FIN: N: 6869907 E: 310033

Hiking structures
An accessible dry toilet is situated at one end of the Kovero parking area. There is a dry toilet in the farmyard and a well. Water taken from the well must be purified before consumption. There is a campfire site and a camping site by Lake Haukilampi. Swimming is possible from the jetty (not an official beach) and there is a dry toilet. Please bring your own toilet paper.

Sights
The Kovero Heritage Farm, a guide on duty during the summer and the Multiharju old-growth forest.

Route description
The trail is marked in a counter-clockwise direction.

A bridge on the Torpparintaipale trail. Photo: Johanna Väkeväinen

Route description
The Torpparintaival trail starts at the Kovero Heritage Farm and continues through the Multiharju old-growth forest. From Multiharju, the trail leads to the campfire site by Lake Haukilampi. The trail then winds back to the Kovero Heritage Farm. Along the way, you will see meadows, dry pine forests and mires with duckboards, and experience a shady old-growth forest.

Seitakierros, 18.8 km Circle Trail

Hiking Campfire place Tent site Dry toilet Drinking water Nature Center Inva toilet Heritage farm Parking  

When there is no snow on the ground, the Kovero grounds are suitable for prams or wheelchairs when assisted. Travel time 7 hours.

Do you fancy a day trip or an overnight hike? The Seitakierros trail is ideal for both. The trail is named after the Sámi language word seita', which means sacred site. The name Seitseminen' may have the same origin.

The scenic Lake Koverojärvi. Photo: Johanna Väkeväinen

Starting point
Seitseminen Nature Center, Kulomäki (Seitsemisentie 110, Ylöjärvi) (pdf 3 MB, julkaisut.metsa.fi)

Coordinates: Euref-Fin (~ WGS84) lat: 61° 58.1777' lon: 23° 21.7003' ETRS-TM35FIN: N: 6876143 E: 309316

Hiking structures
There is a fireplace shelter and drinking water supply in Kulomäki outside the Seitseminen Nature CentreCampfire site and tent site by lake Koverolampi. An accessible dry toilet is situated at one end of the Kovero parking area. There is a dry toilet in the farmyard and a well. Water taken from the well must be purified before consumption. The Honkaniemi campfire site, Pitkäjärvi rental hut and a well, dry toilet and picnic table and benches by the Pitkäjärvi parking area. The Pitkäjärvi campfire site and dry toilet are reserved for the exclusive use of tenants. Campfire site by Lake Iso Kivijärvi. Firewood is provided on all campfire sites and there is a dry toilet. Please bring your own toilet paper.

Sights
The Kovero Heritage Farm, a guide on duty during the summer and the Multiharju old-growth forest.

Route description
The trail is marked in a counter-clockwise direction.

The sandy road to the Kovero Heritage Farm. Photo: Leena Hiltunen

The Seitakierros trail starts at Kulomäki, following the Seitsemisharju esker southwards. From Kovero Heritage Farm, the trail continues through Multiharju, the Pitkäjärvi old-growth forest and large mires back to Kulomäki. The varying trail runs through dry pine forests and mire patches.

Please Note
The Kovero grounds are suitable for prams or wheelchairs when assisted. The Pitkäjärvi Loggers' Cabin is a rental hut, but the yard can be explored – please take account of possible tenants.

Virkatie, 25.9 km Circle Trail

Hiking Campfire place Tent site Lean-to shelter Dry toilet Drinking water Nature Center Inva toilet Heritage farm Parking  

When there is no snow on the ground. Travel time 10 hours.

Did you know that 'Virkatie' (official road) used to refer to a route along which hunting pits and traps were placed? The longest trail in Seitseminen gives hikers an overall tour of the Seitseminen area and explores history at the Kovero Heritage Farm, Pitkäjärvi Loggers' Cabin and the old mill.

Autumn view from the lean-to shelter by Lake Liesijärvi. Photo: Sanna-Mari Kunttu

Starting point
Seitseminen Nature Center, Kulomäki (Seitsemisentie 110, Ylöjärvi) (pdf 3 MB, julkaisut.metsa.fi)

Coordinates: Euref-Fin (~ WGS84) lat: 61° 58.1777' lon: 23° 21.7003' ETRS-TM35FIN: N: 6876143 E: 309316

Hiking structures
There is a fireplace shelter and drinking water supply in Kulomäki outside the Seitseminen Nature CentreCampfire site and tent site by lake Koverolampi. An accessible dry toilet is situated at one end of the Kovero parking area. There is a dry toilet in the farmyard and a well. Water taken from the well must be purified before consumption. Campfire site and camping site at Jokiristi and Lake Liesijärvi, a lean-to-shelter by Lake Liesijärvi. The Honkaniemi campfire site, Pitkäjärvi rental hut and a well, dry toilet and picnic table and benches by the Pitkäjärvi parking area. The Pitkäjärvi campfire site and dry toilet are reserved for the exclusive use of tenants. Campfire site by Lake Iso Kivijärvi. Firewood is provided on all campfire sites and there is a dry toilet. Please bring your own toilet paper.

Sights
The Kovero Heritage Farm, with a guide on duty in the summer, the Multiharju old-growth forest, Pitkäjärvi Loggers' Cabin and an old mill.

The Virkatie trail towards Lake Iso-Kivijärvi. Photo: Johanna Väkeväinen

Route description
The trail is marked in a counter-clockwise direction.

The Virkatie trail starts at Kulomäki, following the Seitsemisharju esker southwards. From the Kovero Heritage Farm, the trail continues through the Multiharju old-growth forest and via the Jokiristi campfire site to Lake Liesijärvi, returning to Kulomäki through the Pitkäjärvi old-growth forest and large mires.

Please Note
The Kovero grounds are suitable for prams or wheelchairs when assisted. The Pitkäjärvi Loggers' Cabin is a rental hut, but the yard can be explored – please take account of possible tenants.

 

Other Trails

 

Pirkan Taival Hiking Trail Network, 300 km

Hiking

Pirkan Taival Hiking Trail Network, 300 km, has several routes.

Starting points
Good starting and ending points are for example Seitseminen and Helvetinjärvi National Parks. These trails also connect the two national parks.

Raven's calls entertain the spring skier. Photo: Leena HiltunenCross-country Skiing Trails

Ski cross-country on maintained trails

In the winter there is about 45 km long, maintained skiing trail net work, suitable for classical skiing.

In the National Park it is also allowed to ski outside trails, taking the restrictions into account: at Pakkulankangas and Multiharju skiing is allowed only on hiking routes, and on the restricted areas of Lake Seitsemisjärvi and Soljanen moving around is prohibited altogether 1.4. - 15.7.

Biking Trails

Biking

Part from Pitkäjärvi to Honkaniemi. Photo: Johanna Väkeväinen

There are about 40 km of roads, cart tracks and footpaths. Footpaths are quite narrow and in the summer hay grows rather high at some places. Between Pitkäjärvi and Tulusmäki there is a section of forest workers' old bike track. Cycling outside the designated bike trails is not allowed, for safety of hikers. It is possible to cycle round the park on route Nature Centre - Kovero - Jauli - Kirkas-Soljanen - Liesilammi - Pitkäjärventie - Kuru-Parkano road - Nature Centre. The length of this route is about 33 km, half of which is gravel road.

Please Note
Notice that Pirkan Taival route between Seitsemisentie and Hirviharju is challenging. Duckboards and a bridge are in poor condition.

 

Canoeing Routes 

 

Sipsiöjoki canoeing route

Canoeing

Starting point
Launching place for canoes is located at north of Jauli Cabin.

Customer Service


Tel. int +358 (0)206 39 5270
seitseminen(at)metsa.fi
 

Services Offered by Partners in Seitseminen National Park

Partners operating in the Seitseminen National Park provide accommodation, restaurant and conference services, programme and hiking services. School camp and nature school packages available for schools.

Parking Areas

Nature Centre in Kulomäki

  • Seitsemisentie 110, Länsi-Aure, Ylöjärvi
Kovero Heritage Farm
  • Seitsemisentie 948, Sisättö
Multiharju
  • Jaulintie, Ikaalinen
More precise parking area addresses are not available. Parking area addresses are in Finnish to be used in navigators.
 
The parking areas are available in winter, but there may be delays in ploughing.
 

Destination Brochure

Pdf-file 2.3 Mb (julkaisut.metsa.fi)

Map of Soljanen area

Pdf-file 364 kb (julkaisut.metsa.fi)

Map of Kovero Heritage Farm

Pdf-file 729 kb (julkaisut.metsa.fi)

Dogs must be kept on a leash! Photo: Seppo Leinonen.

Dogs must be kept on a leash!

(chapter 8 -  Keeping a dog)

Hiking tips

Own paths
If you know how to orientate, in the National Park it is possible to hike with a map and compass also outside of marked trails. The restricted areas are marked in outdoor maps and brochures.

Destinations accessible with baby pram and/or wheelchair

  • Seitseminen Nature Centre and its grounds are accessible.
  • Also Kovero (in Finnish) grounds, and the east side of the Nature Trail in Multiharju old-growth forest can be explored with baby pram and/or wheelchair.
  • On the sandy road going to Lake Pitkäjärvi, and at the surroundings of Pitkäjärvi Loggers' Cabin the terrain is not difficult.
  • The portion of Soljanen mire trail which is accessible by wheelchair and baby pram is 0.5 km long. At the trail's starting point there is a cooking shelter specially designed to be used by the disabled. Additionally there is a toilet for the disabled. Another toilet for the disabled is at the Nature Centre.