Herajärvi Trail Route Description

31/3/2022
Koli Nature Center Ukko is closed 1.4.–7.6.2022 due to Hiking exhibition construction. Exhibitions, guiding, conference facilities and catering services are not available during the renovations. Read more about services and hiking conditions in Koli National Park from here.

We recommend taking the Herajärvi Trail as a circular trail.

The route is enlivened by rocky hilltops, shady herb-rich forests and cultural landscapes. Hikers can stop at old farmyards, open fields or birch forests and catch a glimpse of the local history. The trail is demanding due to the differences in altitude, but if you are into even more challenging exercise, you can always increase your speed.

Three hikers underneath signposts in an autumnal landscape. The three signposts say: 0.6 Purolanaho, Mäkrä 1.4 and Ryläys.

Starting Points for Excursions

You can choose the walking direction as you prefer. The recommended starting and finishing points are:

Trail Markings 

  • The trail is signposted and marked with blue paint dots.

Trail Sections

Northern Herajärvi Trail 35 km 

  • Koli Nature Centre Ukko - Ryläys parking area 6.2 km 
  • Ryläyksen pysäköintialue - Kiviniemi 12.6 km 
  • Kiviniemi - Lakkala 4 km 
  • Lakkala - Havukanaho 7.1 km 
  • Havukanaho - Koli Nature Centre Ukko 5.6 km 

Southern Herajärvi Trail 30 km

  • Kiviniemi - Lakkala 4 km 
  • Lakkala - Rykiniemi 5.8 km 
  • Rykiniemi - Suopelto 5.2 km 
  • Suopelto - Eteläpää 7.1 km 
  • Eteläpää - Kiviniemi 8.8 km 

Connecting Trails

Hiking Trails

  • The E10, a European long-distance hiking trail, runs through Koli National Park. The UKK Trail between Koli and Vuokatti runs from Ukko-Koli Hill to the north. All of Koli National Park's main trails connect to the Karelian Circuit trail network (vaellus.info).

Canoeing Routes 

Biking Trails 

Riding Trails 

  • Paimentupa farm organises riding excursions in Koli National Park and the nearby areas.

Cross-country Skiing Trails 

Snowshoe Walking Trails