Iivaara Nature Reserve

During a forest fire warning (ilmatieteenlaitos.fi), fire is only allowed at covered campfire sites that have a flue or in fireplaces at huts, but only with extreme caution. The one who lights the fire is always responsible for its safety. Making a fire at campfire sites can be banned locally.
The Iirinki trail is closed for the time being due to storm damage. The trail is impassable due to the fallen trees that have blocked both the Iirinki route and the Iivaara slope. The damage assessment is still ongoing.
A hiker with children in the lap sitting on a fell slope pointing at the horizon. A forest and lake landscape opens up below.

North Ostrobothnia
Area: 24,1 km2, Natura 2000 area (1998)
The area is managed by Metsähallitus

Iivaara-Jousivaara nature reserve in southern Kuusamo consists of two hilly sections, Iivaara-Penikkavaara hill and Laihanvaara-Jousivaara hill, and adjacent herb-rich forest and mire reserves. Virmajoki flood meadow is a significant traditional landscape site adjoining the Laihanvaara area. The core of the Iivaara area consists of valuable old forests that represent the northern hill and fell country at its best.

Iivaara was long considered a hunting and fishing destination, but has recently started to attract daytrippers also, because of the hiking route passing through the area. A short nature excursion is an excellent way to get a feel for this wilderness destination. The hill forests are rich in decaying wood, making it popular with bird enthusiasts.


The area is managed by Metsähallitus, Parks & Wildlife Finland, Ostrobothnia–Kainuu.

This is the web page nationalparks.fi/iivaara