Urho Kekkonen National Park Trails

Hiker. Photo: Tuija Kangasniemi/MH.

Out onto the Fell Theme Trail

The hiking routes in the Urho Kekkonen National Park are divided into Out onto the Fell trails, which are easy and theme-based, and Out into the Wilderness trails, which are more demanding. The nine thematic Out onto the fells, which are ideal for day trips, begin from Saariselkä and Kiilopää. Each of the trails is marked with its own symbol, which allows hikers to focus on enjoying the scenery instead of map-reading.

 

Cross-country Skiing Trails

Around Saariselkä, Laanila, Kiilopää and Kakslauttanen there is a network of 250 kilometres of maintained skiing trails. The trails are maintained by Saariselän Latuhuolto ry., which is a joint venture of local tourist service enterprises. Marked and maintained skiing trails are limited to the areas around the Saariselkä and Kiilopää Fell Centre in the main sector of the park. The trails are marked with wooden crosses. Also they are marked with the singns of different colours, which are telling their level of difficulty: a blue line means the trail is easy, red is intermediate and black is difficult.

The first trails to be opened every autumn are the lit skiing trails (about 25 km), which lead outside of National Park borders to Laanila, Kiilopää and Kakslauttanen. As more snow falls the trails which lead to the fells in the main sector of the park are opened. The last trails to open in the spring are: Vellinsärpimä - Taajoslaavu and Rautulampi and Kulmakuru, which lies outside the national park.
Most of the skiing trails are suited for classical skiing and freestyle skiing. There are several day trip huts along marked skiing trails. Trails are maintained on a daily basis during ski season, but skiers should take into consideration that trails in the fells get covered with snow very quickly because of high winds.

 

Ahopää, 14 km, Circle Trail

Hiking Fireplace Day Trip Hut Parking Area

When there is no snow on the ground, travel time 4-6 hours
Trail is suitable for daytrips
Starting point: Kiilopääs´starting gate
Ahopää Trail description (pdf 3,8 Mb)
 
 

Aurorapolku, 2,1 km, Circle Trail

Hiking Fireplace Day Trip Hut Reservation Hut Parking Area

Available all year round. Travel time 1 hour
Trail is suitable for Families
Starting point: Saariselkäs´starting gate
Aurorapolku Trail description (pdf 2 Mb)
Read the story: Under Aurora, observing northern nature

 

Iisakkipää, 3 km or 7 km, Circle Trail

Hiking Snow shoe walking Nature Trail Fireplace Parking Area

Available all year round. Travel time 2-5 hours
Trail is suitable for in a good condition due of its surge.
Starting point: Saariselkäs´starting gate
Iisakkipää Trail description (pdf 3,8 Mb)
Read the story: Iisakkipää Fell
See the video "When Summer comes to the Fells"
 
 

Kiirunapolku, 6 km, Circle Trail  

Hiking Snow shoe walking Nature Trail Parking Area

Available all year round. Travel time 2-3 hours
Trail is suitable for daytrips and families.
Starting point: Kiilopääs' starting gate
Kiirunapolku Trail description (pdf 1,4 Mb)
Read the story: The story of the Rock Ptarmigan (kiiruna) trail
 
 
 

Luulampi, 11 km, Circle Trail

 Hiking Fireplace Day Trip Hut Parking Area

When there is no snow on the ground, travel time 4-5 hours
Trail is suitable for daytrips
Starting point: Kiilopääs´starting gate
Luulampi Trail description (pdf 3 Mb)
Read the story: Cultural history and ancient monuments of Luulampi

 
 

Poropolku, 5,3 km, Circle Trail

Hiking Snow shoe walking Nature Trail Fireplace Parking Area

Available all year round. Travel time 2-3 hours

Trail is suitable for families
Starting point: Kiilopääs’ starting gate

 

Prospektori, 7,4 km or 9 km, Circle Trail

Hiking Track Skiing Fireplace Day Trip Hut Parking Area

Available all year round. Travel time 3- 4 hours
Trail is suitable for light outdoor walking
Starting point: Kiilopääs´starting gate
Prospektor Trail description (pdf 2 Mb)
Read the story: Saariselkä gold rush

 

Rumakuru, 14 km, Circle Trail

Hiking Track Skiing Wilderness Hut Fireplace Parking Area

When there is no snow on the ground, travel time 4-5 hours
Trail demands a good condition.
Starting point: Saariselkäs´starting gate
Rumakuru Trail description (pdf 3 Mb)
Read the story: Laanila guest house becomes the Saariselkä tourist centre with 15 ski slopes

 

Vasapolku, 1 km, Circle Trail

Hiking Snow shoe walking Nature Trail Fireplace Parking Area

Available all year round. Travel time 1 hour
Trail is suitable for families.
Starting point: Kiilopääs´starting gate
Vasapolku Trail description (pdf 2 Mb)
Read the story: The story of Ukselmapään Elska

 

Out into the Wilderness Trails

Hiking excursions lasting several days offers challenge and diverse sceenerys for experienced hiker with orientation skills.

Out into the Wilderness TrailsThere are no marked routes in the park's wilderness areas, but there are some well-established trails along the most popular hiking routes and particularly on the stretches in between the huts.

Be sure to bring a map and compass with you and know how to use them. In the wild, GPS alone is not necessarily enough to keep you from losing your way.

The national park's huts are about a day's journey apart from one another and it is recommended that you use them, especially in winter conditions. Make reservations for the reservable huts and turf huts well in advance to guarantee that you have a place to stay.

 

Luirojärvi lake. Photo Pirjo Rautiainen

Old Track to Luirojärvi -lake 70-80 km, Circle Trail

Parking Area Bus stop Hiking Wandering Skiing without Trail. Wilderness Hut Reservable Hut Fireplace Shelter Dry Toilet

When there is no snow on the ground, travel time 4-5 days
Track is a no marked route, so you need a map and a compass. This route is average difficulty in terms of terrain conditions.
Starting point: Kiilopääs' gate, parking area, Lutontie (road) 620, 99830 Saariselkä (Inari). 

Luirojärvi -lake Trail Description.

                                                             

Ruijanpolku Trail mark.Ruijanpolku Trail 35 km / Direction

Parking Area Hiking Wandering Fireplace Shelter Dry Toilet

When there is no snow on the ground, travel time 2 days
The Trail is marked with an old wooden poles and hiking is only permitted on marked trail in Sompio strict nature reserve.  From the Sompiojärvi lake there is a stony and wet lands, in between pop onto the Pyhä-Nattanen Summit and the rest of the trail is typical woodland.
Starting point: Sompiojärvi lake, Sompiojärventie (road), Vuotso (Sodankylä)

Ruijanpolku Trail Description.

 

Nuorttijoki River. Photo: Kirsi Luonuankoski.Nuortti Hiking Trail 40 km / Direction

Parking Area Hiking Wandering Fishing Wilderness Hut Reservable Hut Fireplace Shelter Sights and scenery.

When there is no snow on the ground, travel time  2-4 days
The trail is marked in the terrain with orange paint markings.

Starting point: Haukijärvenoja parkingarea. GPS-coordinates: WGS84 lat: 67° 51.5370', lon: 29° 11.2806'. ETRS-TM35FIN P: 7528766m, I: 592009m

Nuortti Hiking Trail Description.

 

 

Other Hiking Trails, under 10 km

Photo: Metsähallitus.Urpiaislenkki, 1 km, Circle Trail

Parking Area Bus stop Hiking Nature Trail. Snowshoeing. Mountain Biking. Picking berries and mushrooms.

Available all year round. Travel time 0,5 hours. In Summertime hiking and in winter with snowshoes.

The gravelled path is accessible by a wheelchair and with a pram.

Starting point: Tankavaara's parking area, Tankavaarantie (road) 11, 99695 Tankavaara (Sodankylä).

Trail Description.

 

Photo: Aini Magga/MH.The Trail of Warhistory, 1,5 km / Direction

Parking Area Bus stop Hiking Nature Trail. Snowshoeing. Mountain Biking. Picking berries and mushrooms.

Available all year round. Travel time 1-2 hours. In Summertime hiking and biking and in winter with snowshoes.

Nature Trail for those who are interested in war history of the Area.

Starting point: Tankavaara's parking area, Tankavaarantie (road) 11, 99695 Tankavaara (Sodankylä).

Trail Description.

 

Photo: Metsähallitus.

Koppelolenkki, 3 km, Circle Trail

Parking Area Bus stop Hiking Nature Trail. Snowshoeing. Mountain Biking. Picking berries and mushrooms. Fireplace Open Lapp hut. Dry Toilet

Available all year round. Travel time 1 hour. In Summertime hiking and biking and in winter with snowshoes.

Suitable for families to learn about a taiga forest.

Starting point: Tankavaara's parking area, Tankavaarantie (road) 11, 99695 Tankavaara (Sodankylä).

Trail Description.

 

Photo: Aini Magga/MH.Kuukkelilenkki, 6 km, Circle Trail

Parking Area Bus stop Hiking Nature Trail. Snowshoeing. Mountain Biking. Picking berries and mushrooms. Fireplace Open Lapp hut. Dry Toilet

Available all year round. Travel time 2-3 hours. In Summertime hiking and biking and in winter with snowshoes.

Trail rises through the spruce forest to Pikku-Tankavaara hill, which has a magnificent view over Nattastunturi Fells.

Starting point: Tankavaara's parking area, Tankavaarantie (road) 11, 99695 Tankavaara (Sodankylä).

Trail Description.

Photo: Juha Kaipainen.Geological Trail, 7 km, Circle Trail

Parking Area Bus stop Hiking Nature Trail. Snowshoeing. Mountain Biking. Picking berries and mushrooms. Fireplace Open Lapp hut. Dry Toilet

Available all year round. Travel time 2-4 hours. InSummertime hiking and biking and in winter with snowshoes.

See the traces left by the ice age.

Starting point: Tankavaara's parking area, Tankavaarantie (road) 11, 99695 Tankavaara (Sodankylä).

Trail Description.

Other Hiking Trails, over 10 kilometers

Rautulampi day hut is burned down at spring 2019. Photo: Pirjo Seurujärvi/MH.Rautulampi Hiking Trail, 22 km, Circle Trail

Parking Area Bus stop Hiking Snowshoeing. Mountain Biking. Skiing on the track. Hiking. Fireplace Open day hut. Dry Toilet

Available all year round. Travel time 3-10 hours. InSummertime hiking and biking and in winter crosscountry skiing.

The Classic of the National Park with awesome scenery over fells and variations in altitude.

Starting point: Kiilopääs' starting gate, Kiilopääntie (road) 620, 99830 Saariselkä (Sodankylä)

Trail Description.

Photo: Anne Saloniemi.Taajoslaavunpolku Trail, 26 km, Circle Trail

Parking Area Bus stop Mountain Biking. Hiking Skiing on the track. Hiking. Fireplace Shelter Open day hut. Dry Toilet

Available all year round. Travel time 3-10 hours. At Summertime hiking and biking and in winter crosscountry skiing.

Enjoyable needle trail and joy of skiing trek.

Starting point: Saariselkä's starting gate, Lutontie  (road) 12, 99830 Saariselkä and  Kiilopääs' starting gate, Kiilopääntie (road) 620, 99830 Saariselkä (Sodankylä)

Trail Description.

Photo: Metsähallitus.Moitakuru Route, 25 km, Circle Trail

Parking Area Bus stop Mountain Biking. Hiking Skiing on the track. Fireplace Open Lapp pole hut. Open day hut. Dry Toilet

Available all year round. Travel time 3-10 hours. In Summer hiking and biking and in winter crosscountry skiing.

Like a training trail for hikers, bikers and skiers.

Starting point: Saariselkä's starting gate, Lutontie  (road) 12, 99830 Saariselkä  (Inari)

Trail Description.

 

Montain Bike Trails

Willow Grouse. Photo: Siiri Tolonen/MH.Latvakuru Loop, 10 km, Circle Trail

Parking Area Bus stop Mountain Biking. Fireplace

When there is no snow on the ground. Biking time 1-2 hours.

Not the easiest trail in Kiilopää vicinity.

Starting Point:  Kiilo-oja bridge, Kiilopääntie (road) 620, 99830 Saariselkä (Sodankylä)

Trail Description.

 

Niilanpää open hut. Photo: Tarja Tuovinen/MH.Sivakka Loop, 12 km, Circle Trail

Parking Area Bus stop Mountain Biking. Fireplace Shelter Open day hut. Dry Toilet

When there is no snow on the ground. Biking time 1,5-2,5 hours.

Different kind of sceneries, but still very modest with altitude variations.

Starting Point: Kiilopääs' starting gate, Kiilopääntie (road) 620, 99830 Saariselkä (Sodankylä)

Trail Description.
 

Kiilo-oja River. Photo: Kirsi Kuusisto.Kakslauttanen Loop, 13 km, Circle Trail

Parking Area Bus stop Mountain Biking.

When there is no snow on the ground. Biking time 1-2 hours.

A fast trail nearby road with many shortcuts.

Starting Point: Kiilopää's smokesauna, Kiilopääntie (road) 620, 99830 Saariselkä (Sodankylä).

Trail Description

 

Photo: Tapio Tynys.Kultareitti Route, 13 km / Direction

Parking Area Bus stop Mountain Biking.

When there is no snow on the ground. Biking time 1-2 hours.

An easy montain bikiking trail will lead you to the history of Gold of Lapland.

Starting Point: Kakslauttanen, Tullipalontie (road) 1, 99830 Sodankylä and Laanila, Viskitie (road), 99830 Saariselkä (Inari). (www.retkikartta.fi)

Trail Description.

 

Photo: Anne Saloniemi.Saariselkä Falmily Cycling Route, 14 km, Circle Trail

Parking Area Bus stop Mountain Biking. Fireplace Open day hut. Dry Toilet

When there is no snow on the ground. Biking time 2 hours.

Suitable for family and quite easy montain biking trail.

Starting point: Saariselkä's starting gate, Lutontie  (road) 12, 99830 Saariselkä  (Inari)

Trail Description.

Photo: Anne Saloniemi.Rumakuru Loop, 17 km, Circle Trail

Parking Area Bus stop Mountain Biking. Fireplace Open day hut. Dry Toilet

When there is no snow on the ground. Biking time 1,5 -2,5 hours.

Need some experience and a good condition to get to an open fell.

Starting Point: Kiilo-oja's bridge, Kiilopääntie (road) 620, 99830 Saariselkä (Sodankylä).

Trail Description


 

Photo: Anne Saloniemi.Rönkönkierros Loop, 17 km, Circle Trail

Parking Area Bus stop Mountain Biking. Fireplace Open Lapp Pole hut. Dry Toilet

When there is no snow on the ground. Biking time 1,5-2,5 hours.

Give some challenge between Kiilopää and Laanila vicinity.

Starting Point: Kiilo-oja's bridge, Kiilopääntie (road) 620, 99830 Saariselkä (Sodankylä).

Trail Description

 

Photo: Juho Niemielä.Kulmakuru Route, 25 km

Parking Area Bus stop Mountain Biking. Fireplace Open Lapp Pole hut. Dry Toilet

When there is no snow on the ground. Biking time 3-4 hours.

Wilderness like and challenging trail in Saariselkä.

Starting Point: Neste Saariselkä (gas station), Kiveliöntie (road) 8, 99830 Saariselkä (Inari)

Trail Description

Saariselkä - Mountain Biking Guide

(pdf, 4,5 Mb, julkaisut.metsa.fi)

You can buy the brochure from Fell Center Kiilopää, Saariselkä Customer Service Kiehinen, Saariselkä Booking and from Santa´s Hotel Tunturi.

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

Dogs must be kept on a leash!