Hiking Trails

Starting Points for Trails

  • Matalakangas parking area is on the east side of Lake Simojärvi on Teerivaarantie road near the River Paasonjoki. This is a good starting point for all the hiking trails in the Simojärvi and Soppana areas. It is also a good starting point for the Korouma - Simojärvi Hiking Route.
  • The best starting point for Simojärvi Hiking Trail is Korvajokisuu, which is on the east side of Lake Simojärvi. There are signposts to Korvajokisuu from Teerivaarantie road.
  • There is a parking area near the Yli-Soppananjärvi camping area. It is a good starting point for Simojärvi Hiking Trail.
  • Parking areas are not ploughed during winter.

Yli-Soppananjärvi. Photo: Pia Arvola

Circle Trails

The areas' trails are easy to travel and they are suited for beginners. The trails are marked with orange paint symbols.

  • Simojärvi Hiking Trail, 14,5 km, is an easy to travel trail which sets off from Korvajokisuu. Its wettest parts have duckboards along them. Sights along the trail include lake landscape, mire landscape and magnificent open cliff walls. The best starting point for this trail is Matalakangas parking area.
    • Sights: The Suolahti sandy beach and open cliffs at Tuppilampi.
    • Services: Tuppilampi campfire site, Korvajokisuu and Yli-Soppananjärvi areas, which both have cooking shelters, campfires sites and are suited as camping spots. There is also a well at Yli-Soppananjärvi from which visitors can get clean drinking water.
  • Paasonjärvi Hiking Trail, 11.3 km, travels through an old-growth forest reserve. The trail is easy to travel and the wet parts of the trail have duckboards along them. There are bridges across the Rivers Paasonjoki and Paha-Paasonjoki. The starting point for this trail is on Teerivaarantie road near the River Paasonjoki.
    • Sights: Paasonsuo fen meadow, the area's old-growth forests
    • Services: campfire site and Kosti's campfire shelter at Lake Paha-Paasonjärvi
    • Connection: From the hiking trail there is a connecting trail which leads to Paasonvaara scenic trail and to the Korouma - Simojärvi Hiking Route.
  • Paasonvaara scenic trail, 5 km, travels partially along the same route as Paasonjärvi Hiking Trail. The trail is quite easy to travel, but the climb up Paasonvaara Hill is more demanding. The trail leads across cliffs with open views and the view from Paasonvaara Hill is beautiful. Lake Paasonjärvi is long and narrow. The steep cliffs at its southeast shore are majestic. The scenic trail turns off of Paasonjärvi Hiking Trail near Kosti's campfire shelter and is a circle trail.

Other Trails

  • The Korouma - Simojärvi Hiking Route, 23 km, leads through the areas. From Paasonjärvi Hiking Trail the route continues to Korouma, which is about 9 km from Lake Paha-Paasonjärvi. Possible starting points for this trail are Korvajokisuu,Yli-Soppananjärvi parking area and Matalakangas parking area, which is located on Teerivaarantie near the River Paasonjoki.

Boating and Canoeing Routes

  • Lake Simojärvi is a great place for boating and canoeing. Boaters should get a map of the area's waters before setting out as there are many reefs, rocks and shallow spots. If you are not familiar with Lake Simojärvi, we recommend that you stay on the area's boating routes. From the lake it is also possible to canoe down the River Simojoki all the way to the Bothnian Bay.
    • Sights: Kultisalmi in Lake Simojärvi
    • Services: It is possible to go ashore at lean-to shelters and wilderness huts with a small boat. There is a rental cabin at Kultisalmi.

Fishermen. Photo: Olli Vainio

Snowmobile Trails and Tracks

The Iso-Syöte - Rovaniemi Snowmobile Track runs through the Lake Simojärvi area; leading from Impiö via the east side of Porosaari Island through Kultisalmi Sound to Pohjaslahti. There are numerous rest spots along the track. The parts of the track which lead across ice are marked each winter. Maps for the area's snowmobile track (www.metsa.fi, in Finnish).