Kemihaara Wilderness Area Directions and Maps
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Kemihaara Wilderness Area is located west of the road between the villages of Savukoski and Kemihaara and northwest of the road running from Savukoski through Tanhua to Lokka.
- Kemihaara Wilderness Area is 107 km from the village of Savukoski. Take road 967 from Savukoski for about 12 km and continue onto road 9671. This road leads through the village of Martti towards Tulppio. About 3 km before reaching the Tulppio cabins the road turns left towards Kemihaara Wilderness Area. It is the only road into Kemihaara Wilderness Area and into the part of Urho Kekkonen National Park which lies in the municipality of Savukoski. The road is kept open during winter.
- About 54 km from the village of Savukoski at the village of Ruuvaoja a forest road turns left off of the Savukoski-Kemihaara road. The forest road leads northwest. The village of Satkovaara is 25 km down this road. A forest road, which is in poor condition, turns right from Satkovaara. This forest road leads to 2-3 km from the wilderness area's boundary and ends at a marshy depression. From there you must continue on foot along winter road tracks which lead into the wilderness area.
- A forest road from the direction of Lokka Village leads to the bank of the River Pihtijoki at the boundary of the wilderness area. At the village of Tanhua there are signs on road 967 to road 9673, which leads to the village of Lokka. The forest road begins at Lokka and leads northeast, and reaches the wilderness area's boundary and the river bank after 40 km.
- Driving directions to Pyhä-Luosto Visitor Centre Naava.
By Public Transportation
- From Kemijärvi train you can take a bus to Pelkosenniemi. The easiest way to get further to Savukoski is using call taxi, that needs to be reserved a day before, tel. +35840 730 6484. From Savukoski towards Tulppio and Kemihaara you can take a taxi. The taxi service is provided by Korvatunturin Taksi, tel. +35840 730 6484. These service providers offer also transportation from Kemijärvi train station and airports, as well as car transport service.
Starting Points for Excursions
- The best starting point for excursions is the village of Kemihaara. It is situated at the edge of the wilderness area and there is a parking area there. A maintenance hut for Urho Kekkonen National Park is situated in Kemihaara. The village is not permanently inhabited.
- There are no marked hiking or skiing trails in the wilderness area.
- Excursionmap.fi of Metsähallitus
- National Land Survey of Finland map service (kansalaisen.karttapaikka.fi)
- Urho Kekkonen National Park Waterproof Outdoor Map 1:100 000, Karttakeskus 2016. The map is sold by Korvatunturi Visitor Centre, Urho Kekkonen National Park Customer Service Kiehinen , Karttakeskus and well-stocked bookstores.
- Salla-Savukoski ulkoilukartta: Salla-Savukoski outdoor map, 1:100 000, Karttakeskus 2016. The map is sold by Pyhä-Luosto Visitor Centre Naava, Korvatunturi Visitor Centre, the Savukoski municipal office, the area's tourist enterprises and well stocked bookstores.
- Marivaara Jaurujoki Uittipiekka Waterproof topographic map, 1:50 000, Karttakeskus 2017. The maps are sold by Urho Kekkonen National Park Customer Service Kiehinen, Karttakeskus and well-stocked bookstores.
- Itäkaira Nuortti Korvatunturi Waterproof topographic map, 1:50 000, Karttakeskus 2017. The maps are sold by Urho Kekkonen National Park Customer Service Kiehinen, Karttakeskus and well-stocked bookstores.
- Maastokartta: Terrain maps V513 Kemihaara and U524 Tulppio, 1:50 000. The maps are sold by the National Land Survey of Finland, Karttakeskus and well-stocked bookstores.
- Outdoor GT Map Northern Finland, 2016, 1:400 000. The maps are sold by Karttakeskus and well-stocked bookstores.