Hiking Trails

Starting Points for Trails

You can start hiking on the Kevo Trail from Sulaoja and end up at the Lake Kenesjärvi, or the other way round. The Guivi Trail starts at Sulaoja and separates from the Kevo Trail at Lake Ruktajärvi.

Nature Trail

  • On Sulaoja Nature Trail, 2 km, you get information, for example, about the holy spring of Sulaoja and about the damages done by the caterpillar of the Autumnal Moth (Epirrita autumnata).
Sign posts in Sámi language. Photo: Pasi Nivasalo

Other Trails

  • Kevo Hiking Trail, 64 km. The Kevo Trail goes through the nature reserve from Sulaoja to Lake Kenesjärvi. The trail is marked with orange paint on trees and wooden poles. You can start hiking from Sulaoja and end up at the Lake Kenesjärvi, or the other way round. The trail is easier if you start from Sulaoja.

    In some places the trail goes down to the bottom of the canyon, and in other places it goes up to the highland, and it crosses three times the River Kevojoki which flows in the canyon. Along this trail, you get to see the most impressive sights of the nature reserve, such as Fiellu Waterfall and the Wall of Kevo, a place where the valley opens up to reveal great scenery. The Guivi trail is partly joined with the Kevo Trail.
    • Services: There are signs, campfire sites, camping sites, steps, duckboards and wading wire ropes along the trail. There is an open wilderness hut at the Lake Ruktajärvi. At Suohppášája and Gamajotnsuohppášája, there are Lapp pole tents where hikers can find shelter in bad weather. These Lapp pole tents are meant for day use. At Fiellu Waterfall and the Lake Njakaljärvet there are turf huts which also provide shelter for hikers. These, too, are meant for day use, not for overnight stays.
At the Kevo Hiking Trail. Photo: Kirsi Luonuankoski
  • Guivi Trail, 78 km. The Guivi Trail goes through the fell area. It separates from the Kevo Trail at the Lake Ruktajärvi towards the open wilderness huts of Njávgoaivi and Guivi. A section of the trail goes into Paistunturi Wilderness Area, after which it returns to the River Kevojoki on the northern side of Fiellu Waterfall, and continues back to the Lake Ruktajärvi.
    • Services: There are signs, campfire sites, camping sites, steps, duckboards and wading wire ropes along the trail. There is an open wilderness hut at the Lake Ruktajärvi, Njávgoaivi and Guivi. The old turf hut along the trail on the headwaters of the River Akujoki was renovated in August 2007.
    • Distances from Sulaoja back to Sulaoja:
      • Sulaoja - Lake Ruktajärvi 12 km
      • Ruktajärvi - Njaugoaivi 6 km
      • Njaugoaivi - Akukammi Turf Hut 7,5 km
      • Akukammi Turf Hut - Guivi 10 km
      • Guivi - the joining of the Kevo Trail on the slope of Podosroadja 10 km
      • Podosroadja - Fiellu 3 km
      • Fiellu - Suohpášája 6,5 km
      • Suohpášája - Lake Ruktajärvi 11 km
      • Lake Ruktajärvi - Sulaoja 12 km
    • The length of the journey from Sulaoja via Guivi to Kenestupa, without calling at Fiellu, is 77 km.

Dogs must be kept on a leash! Photo: Seppo Leinonen.

Dogs must be kept on a leash!

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