Hiking Trails

Starting Points for Trails

The starting point for the marked trails of the wilderness area is located at the Skolt Sámi Heritage House in Sevettijärvi.

Marked Trails

  • Sevettijärvi-Pulmanki Trail, 60 - 70 km, goes into the eastern part of the wilderness area. The southern end of the trail is located at the Skolt Sámi Heritage House in the Skolt Sámi village of Sevettijärvi. The northern end is on the south shore of the Lake Pulmankijärvi in Utsjoki, which is about 20 km from Nuorgam along the road. The southern half of the trail goes through pine forests, and the northern half through treeless mires and fell highlands. Because of the many waters, the trail is well suited for recreational fishermen. The waters can be crossed by a hand-operated ferryboat, wading, or over a bridge. The terrain is not difficult, but you need to take into account the wilderness-like nature of the area. This trail is not recommended for beginners.
    • Services: A campfire site and a lean-to-shelter at the Lake Opukasjärvi and the open wilderness huts of Iisakkijärvi, Rousajärvi, Huikkimajoki, Tsaarajärvi and Tsuomasjärvi.
  • Inarinpolku Trail (Anárašmáde), 100 km, is a historical market route to Karlebotn in Norway. Karlebotn, located on the southern shore of the Varanger Fjord, was a busy market place from the 1600s until the 1890s. The Norwegian border was closed in 1852, but the trail was still in unofficial use at summertime. This trail, which was forgotten for 150 years, has now been renovated.It begins on the grounds of the Skolt Sámi Heritage House following Sevettijärvi-Pulmanki Trail, from which it separates to cross the Norwegian border in Aittoaivi. The northern end of the trail is in Karlebotn, which can be reached along the road via Pulmanki or Näätämö. On the Norwegian side, a map and a compass are unquestionably needed, because the trail is marked in the old traditional way by stones piled up so that the one on the top shows the direction. The topographic maps of the Norwegian side (Norge 10178 Buodggaidnjarga) are sold in Karttakeskus. The trail is demanding and not suitable as a first hiking trip.
    • Services: A campfire site and a lean-to s
    • Shelter at the Lake Opukasjärvi and the open wilderness huts of Iisakkijärvi and Rousajärvi. Please note that there are no open wilderness huts on the Norwegian side.
    • Bridges across the river are located on the Sevetti-Nuorgam Trail on northwest side of Näätämö Village.
Stuorravuodna, Karlebotn, Norway. Photo: Jyri Mikkonen

Old Tracks and Roads

  • To the western side of the wilderness area, you can follow the footpath going to Skállovárri reindeer round-up fence.
  • Another track going to the western part of the wilderness area begins in Mieraslompolo and ends on the shore of a large highland lake called Vetsijärvi. From this track, a footpath separates towards Puksajavri.
  • From the main road 4, on the northern side of Kaamanen, a road goes to the large Lake Iijärvi in the northwestern part of the area.

Other Hiking Tips

  • Own paths: The three marked trails only cover a small part of Kaldoaivi Wilderness Area, but there are plenty of possibilities for independent trekking. The fells in the middle and in the northern part, and the Lake Vetsijärvi and the River Vetsijoki are destinations worth a hiking trip. Because of the large size of the wilderness area, experience and skills are needed - the nature may arrange surprises for even the most experienced hiker.
  • Destinations accessible with a wheelchair or with a baby pram: There are no destinations suitable for visitors with a wheelchair or with a baby pram in the wilderness area.

Cross-country Skiing Trails

  • In the winter, the frozen mires and waterways offer the hiker the easiest routes. If the snow is squashy, the marked snow mobile tracks may be the fastest way. 

Canoeing Routes

  • The River Näätämöjoki Canoeing Route, 92 km, begins from the Lake Iijärvi in the northern part of the municipality of Inari, and on the Norwegian side ends in Neiden at the Barents Sea. The River Näätämöjoki is an official place for crossing the Finnish-Norwegian border. The route goes through wilderness-like landscape (at least 5 km to the nearest road), and there are many rapids. It is considered one of the most difficult canoeing routes in Finland. The rapids belong to class I - VI. Except Kolttaköngäs, all of the rapids can be shot in a canoe.
    • Services: The lean-to shelters of Kontinpaistama, Saunakoski and Kallokoski, the campfire sites of Opukasjärvi, the rental cabins of Silisjoki, Kontinpaistama, Saunakoski and Kuosnijoki.  

Snowmobile Tracks

  • There are three marked snow mobile tracks in Kaldoaivi Wilderness Area.
    • In the western part of the area, south-north direction: Main road 4-Petsikkojärvi-Johtijärvi-Vetsijärvi-Utsjoki.
    • A connection tract to Nuorgam separates from this trail on the northern side of Johtijärvi-lake to Skiehtsaras Sevetti-Nuorgam trail.
    • In the eastern part of the area, south-north direction: following Sevettijärvi-Pulmanki hiking trail: Sevettijärvi-Opukasjärvi-Silisvaara-Nuorgam.