Käsivarsi Wilderness Area Directions and Maps

1.7.2021
The flood destroyed the Vuomakasjoki bridge on the Nordkalott Trail and a new one will be built in 2022. You have to wade across the Vuomakasjoki River.

The landscape around the Saana-fell glow in autumn colours. The Kilpisjärvi-village can be seen at the foot of the fell.

Directions

Käsivarsi Wilderness Area is located on the east side of the Kilpisjärvi-Karesuvanto road. To its north and to its east the wilderness area's boundary runs along the Norwegian border.

By Public Transportation

By Car

Main road 21 (E8) runs along the western boundary of the wilderness area. A good point to start excursions is the village of Kilpisjärvi.

Starting Points for Excursions

  • The best starting points for those arriving with cars are at the parking areas at Ropinsalmi, Saarikoski, Kilpisjärvi and Iitto.

Maps

 

Other Maps

  • Ropi Kalkkoaivi Raittijärvi, Waterproof Topographic Map, 1:50 000, Karttakeskus 2021. Map is sold by Kilpisjärvi Visitor Centre, Fell Lapland Visitor Centre, Karttakeskus and well-stocked bookstores.
  • Kaaresuvanto Lätäseno Tarvantovaara, Waterproof topographic map, 1:50 000, Karttakeskus 2021. Map is sold by Kilpisjärvi Visitor Centre, Fell Lapland Visitor Centre, Karttakeskus and well-stocked bookstores.
  • Halti Kilpisjärvi, waterresistant outdoor map, 1:50 000. Karttakeskus 2021. The nearest map sales points are Kilpisjärvi Visitor Centre and Fell Lapland Visitor Centre.
  • Halti, Kilpisjärvi, Pältsa, waterproof map, 1:50 000. Calazo Förlag 2015. The map is sold by Kilpisjärvi Visitor Centre, Fell Lapland VisitorCentre and some private enterprises in the village of Kilpisjärvi.
  • Outdoor GT Northern Finland, 2016, 1:400 000. The maps are sold by Karttakeskus and well-stocked bookstores.
  • Route Map of Kilpisjärvi (winter), 2010. The map is sold by Kilpisjärvi Visitor Centre, Fell Lapland Visitor Centre. You may print the map here (julkaisut.metsa.fi).
  • Route Map of Kilpisjärvi (summer), 2010. The map is sold by Kilpisjärvi Visitor Centre, Fell Lapland Visitor Centre. You may print the map here (julkaisut.metsa.fi).

Map Sales Points

A hand holding a mobile phone showing Excursionmap.fi. Open the map of  Käsivarsi in Excursionmap.fi.

Parking Areas 

  • Käsivarrentie 14123 (road 21,  E8), Kilpisjärvi
  • Käsivarrentie 11194 (road 21,  E8), Saarikoski
  • Käsivarrentie 9912 (road 21,  E8), Iitto
  • Käsivarrentie 8835 (road 21, E8), Ropinsalmi