Activities in Iivaara Nature Reserve


Iivaara's daily route is called Iirinki. The storm of June 2021 fell a lot of trees in the Iivaara area and the route had to be closed. Now the route has been re-aligned. The new Iiring is 10.2 kilometers long and is partly a circular route. Along Iiring, there is a fireplace with dry toilet on the top of Iivaara, and Näätälammi wilderness hut.

Two hikers standing on a fell slope with their hands on their hips looking in different directions. A forest and lake landscape opens up below.

Walking expeditions in the wilderness

Iivaara and the surrounding large wilderness area offers a great chance to explore the Koillismaa region by hiking outside the marked routes also. You can return to the Iivara Trail's starting point either from the southeastern or the southwestern side of the hill chain. Note that hiking outside the marked routes requires experience and wilderness skills.


The 40-km cross-country ski trail from Lahtela village to Iivaara is open from 17 February to 30 April. Around 11 km of the trail passes through the Iivaara area. There is a connecting ski trail between the main trail and Näätälampi open wilderness hut.

A snowshoer walking towards the top of the fell. The surrounding trees are leaning because of the thick snow cover.

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