Taitajan taival Trail is located in the municipality of Ilomantsi on the eastern side of main road 74 (Joensuu - Ilomantsi).

By Car

  • To reach the southern starting point for the trail follow signposts for Petkeljärvi National Park from road 74 (Joensuu - Ilomantsi). From the centre of Ilomantsi you can drive to the parking area by Petkeljärvi Nature Information Hut and Petkeljärvi Outdoor Centre by first taking Möhköntie road (road 5004) and turning onto Petkeljärventie road. The parking area is 6 km from the intersection of these two roads.
  • Issonjärvi parking area is situated near the southern portion of the trail on the shore of Lake Issonjärvi. It is a short trek from the parking area to Taitajan taival Trail, where you will arrive between Hiisilampi lean-to shelter and Tetrijärvi lean-to shelter. The parking area as well as the toilet there are maintained by the Finnish Road Administration.
  • There is a parking area on the grounds of the Ilomantsi sports centre. From the parking area there is a connecting trail which leads to Hiisilampi lean-to shelter at the halfway point of Taitajan taival Tail.
  • Putkela parking area is situated by the northern portion of the trail on Karvilantie road 1,3 km from road 522. From the parking area it is 11 km to the northern starting point of the trail at Mekrijärvi.
  • There is no official parking area at Mekrijärvi.

Communications of Taitajan taival Trail

By Public Transportation

  • Coaches ( travel only on school days from Ilomantsi along road 5004 (Möhköntie road) to Ounassalmi (Petkeljärvi intersection). From the intersection it is 6 km to Petkeljärvi National Park.

Starting Points for Excursions


Electronic Maps

Map of Taitajan taival trail

Other Maps

  • Outdoor Map Koli Ruunaa Patvinsuo Petkeljärvi 1:25 000. Karttakeskus 2013. The maps are sold by Koli Nature Centre Ukko and Karttakeskus.
  • Terrain Maps N622 and P611, 1:50 000. The maps are sold by Karttakeskus and the National Land Survey of Finland.
  • Terrain Maps 4243 06, 4243 09 and 4243 12, 1:20 000. The maps are sold by Karttakeskus and the National Land Survey of Finland.
  • Retkeily GT Itä-Suomi: Outdoor GT map Eastern Finland, 2014, 1:250 000. The maps are sold by Karttakeskus and well-stocked bookstores.

Map Sales Points

Publications of Petkeljärvi National Park (

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