Kivitunturi Area Trails

A suspension bridge over a rocky gorge, in the background there are pines and rocks.

Kivitunturi Nature Trail

Kivitunturi Nature Trail is a 5,8 km long circle trail. It is possible to add an additional 3 km section, the Sotsonportti Circle Trail, thus making the total length of the trail 9 km. See the trail descriptions.

Trailhead

Description of Trails

An old signpost with signs to different directions, Texts: Korvatunturi 77, Saariselkä 119, Helsinki 910.
Kivitunturi Nature Trail basic route 5,8 km, circle trail
Hiking symbol. Getting to know to a nature path symbol. Suspension bridge symbol. Sights and views symbol. Fireplace symbol. Fireplace with a roof symbol. Accessible lean-to shelter symbol. Berries and mushrooms picking symbol. Drytoilet symbol. Parking area symbol.

When the ground is unfrozen, duration 2-3 h.
Intermediate trail. There are quite plenty of changes in elevation and stairs on the trail.

Admire the beauty of distant landscapes, acquaint yourself with the diverse nature of Eastern Lapland and delve into the geological history of the area by reading information boards along the way. 

Starting Point
Address: Kivitunturin parking area, Kivitunturintie, 98800 Savukoski
Coordinates: WGS84 lat: 67° 21.3587’ lon: 27° 56.0074’  
ETRS-TM35FIN P: 7471366 m I: 540104 m.

Hiking Structures
Cooking shelter at the starting point (www.excursionmap.fi), Äitipetäjänlampi lean-to-shelter (www.excursionmap.fi). Both rest areas have a dry toilet and a woodshed.

Sights
Kettukumpu scenic overlook and Kivitunturi landscape, Pirunkuru, Luojanluomalaavu boulder lean-to.

Trail Description
Trail markings: Red markings on trees or wooden poles.
Recommended direction: Can be done in both directions, but if you want to follow the information boards along the way in a chronological order, it is recommended to go clockwise.

Guideposts at the crossroads of the trail. The posts are to Äitipetäjänlampi lean-to shelter, Kivikuru lean-to shelter and to Sotsonportti cooking shelter. Behind the posts are old spruces.

The trail starts from the Kivitunturi parking area, where there is an information board with a trail map. The trail starts with a rocky descent down to a forested wetland, where the duckboard trail is surrounded by spruce trees festooned with beard moss. The trail will soon branch off in two directions, thus forming a circle trail. When hiking in a clockwise direction, you will first follow along the flank of the fell until you come to the first of several wooden staircases. The stairs lead to the Kettukumpu scenic overlook platform. On a clear day, for example, the summits of Pyhätunturi can be seen 60 kilometres away.

The rock formation that resembles a lean-to shelter. 
After taking the stairs back down, you will soon come to an unusual rock formation, i.e. the Luojanluomalaavu lean-to and then cross the Pirunkuru ravine on a suspension bridge. At the intersection just before the halfway point of the trail, the left branch will take you onto the Sotsonportti Circle Trail, which is marked on the trees in yellow. If you are staying on the main trail, the trail will keep going straight, following the red tree markings to Äitipetäjänlampi Pond. Located on the banks of the pond, the lean-to is a charming spot for making a campfire and enjoying a bite to eat. From the pond, the trail follows a gentle slope up to the summit of Kivitunturi, with sections of the trail hiked on duckboards, and then descends on the north side of the fell. Soon after this, you will return to the start of the Circle Trail and hike the last few hundred metres on the same section of trail you started on. 

A person carrying wood to the fireplace of Äitipetäjänlampi lean-to shelter.
Please note
The trail has significant changes in elevation and lots of stairs to climb. Pirunkuru ravine is crossed on a suspension bridge. The trail is extremely rocky in some places, so sturdy hiking shoes/boots are recommended. There may be wet sections along the trail, especially in the early summer.

A view from the top of the stairs over the fells and hills with a spruce forest on front.

Basic Route and Sotsonportti Tour 9 km, circle trail
Hiking symbol. Getting to know to a nature path symbol. Suspension bridge symbol. Sights and views symbol. Fireplace symbol. Fireplace with a roof symbol. Accessible lean-to shelter symbol. Berries and mushrooms picking symbol. Drytoilet symbol. Parking area symbol.

When the ground is unfrozen, duration 4-5 h.

Demanding trail. There are plenty of changes in elevation and stairs on the trail.

Savour the natural beauty of Eastern Lapland, wonder at its Ice Age remnants, have a bite to eat in the charming lean-to at Kivikuru ravine and gaze out over distant landscapes from the Sotsonportti scenic overlook.

Starting Point
Address: Kivitunturin parking area, Kivitunturintie, 98800
Coordinates: WGS84 lat: 67° 21.3587’ lon: 27° 56.0074’  
ETRS-TM35FIN P: 7471366 m I: 540104 m.

Hiking Structures
Cooking shelter at the starting point (www.excursionmap.fi), Äitipetäjänlampi lean-to-shelter (www.excursionmap.fi). Sotsonportti cooking shelter and a campfire site (www.excursionmap.fi). Kivikuru lean-to-shelter (www.excursionmap.fi). All rest areas, except for the Kivikuru lean-to-shelter, have a dry toilet and a woodshed.

Sights
Kivikuru gorge, Sotsonportti viewpoint, Pirunkuru gorge and Luojanluomalaavu rock formation.

Trail Description
Trail markings: Yellow markings on trees or wooden poles.

Recommended direction: Can be done in both directions, but if you want to follow the information boards along the way in a chronological order, it is recommended to go clockwise.

A trail in the woods with an information board next to the trail and a small body of water.

When hiking in a clockwise direction, the first 2.7 km section follows the main trail. At the fork in the trail, the Sotsonportti Circle Trail, which is marked in yellow, leads off to the left. The trail drops steeply into Kivikuru ravine, whose slopeside lean-to is a lovely place for a break. However, there is no firewood maintenance or dry toilet at Kivikuru. The trail then climbs the opposite wall of the ravine and begins to circle around the fell in a clockwise direction. Passing by ponds formed in depressions left during the last Ice Age, the trail descends into Sotsonportti Valley, where Kiviaapa mire can be found in a forest clearing. At the Sotsonportti cooking shelter, you can stop and have something to eat before climbing the stairs to the Sotsonportti scenic overlook, which can be accessed from the main trail. You can also admire several old-growth pines on the slope of the fell. When coming down from the scenic overlook, you will pass through some lovely forest and creek hollows on your way to the rest stop at Äitipetäjänlampi Pond, from which the Circle Trail rejoins the main trail. 

Fall colors along the trail and wooden trail steps in a forest with larger rocks beside the trail.

Please note
The trail has significant changes in elevation and lots of stairs to climb. Pirunkuru ravine is crossed on a suspension bridge. The trail is extremely rocky in some places, so sturdy hiking shoes/boots are recommended. There may be wet sections along the trail, especially in the early summer.

Trail with a lot of rocks sticking from the ground, surrounded by a forest view.

Customer Service

Savukoski Visitor Centre Korvatunturi
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