What's Currently Happening in Koli National Park
Directions and arrival to Koli
- Conditions on Trails
- Winter hiking tips
- Drinking water: Ikolanaho and Jero wells and springs out of comission
- Campfire sites and fire making
Koli Nature Centre Ukko
(Updated 19th of January 2023)
We recommend arriving to Koli and Koli National Park always via asphalted Kolintie (Road 504). Navigators often recommend to use Jerontie (Road 15735) and Rantatie (Road 5046), but it is better to drive through Neste Kolinportti and Kolintie (Road 504). On Jerontie and Rantatie there is no pavement, so they might be challenging especially for big vehicles, such as caravans.
Read more about arriving to Koli.
(Updated 19th of January 2023)
Remember to check the instructions and rules of the area before your trip. Koli National Park is first of all a nature conservation area. To ensure the health of our environment and to avoid erosion we have limited the locations where you can camp, make a fire (only when the forest fire warning is not in force), or park your car inside our national park. Check out the Outdoor Etiquette too.
There is no winter maintenance on our trails. Some of the most visited trails near Koli Nature Centre Ukko might be walkable with studded shoes or ice spikes. Check the weather, day length and snow depth (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi) before your trip.
The trails of Koli National Park are mostly demanding due to rocks, roots and high hills. Moving on the trails of Koli National Park is done at the hiker's own responsibility. Read more about our trails and check out the equipment rental opportunities offered by our partners.
The Herajärven kierros Trail is available to hikers during the snow-free season. The route is very demanding due to steep ascents and descents. The route also has a rope-pulley ferry and a wading cable at Herajoki. The Sikosalmi rope-pulley ferry is already frozen and not usable.
(Updated 23th of January 2023)
The Snowshoeing Trail of the Tops is now available for winter season 2022–2023. The trail is marked with blue reflectors and its recommended direction is counterclockwise. Please note that the trail is suitable only for snowshoeing. Check the trail brochure and map of Snowshoeing Trail of the Tops.
- Get to know The Outdoor Guide to Finland’s National Parks. There you can find good instructions for preparing your next hike or outdoor excursion.
- Trails in Koli National Park do not have winter maintenance. The most walked trails could stay open and walkable with good, sturdy hiking shoes through the winter. Ice spikes or studded shoes are recommended. Trekking poles are also a good help for hiking in slippery weather.
- Check the forecast (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi) for the weather and the current snow situation. Prepare with supporting hiking boots and use snowshoes in the deep snow. Check out the equipment rental opportunities offered by our partners.
- Prepare for the hike with enough drinking water and suitable snacks. Warm foods and drinks help the hiker to stay warm.
- Days are short during winter. Before the hike, check the weather and the length of the day and daylight hours (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi). Prepare for the hike with a headlamp or flashlight.
- Remember to wear warm and weather-appropriate clothes. Several layers of clothes are good for various weather conditions.
- During the winter, check what parking areas are maintained. We recommend arriving to Koli and Koli National Park always via asphalted Kolintie (Road 504). Be aware of the possible delays in snow plowing and take a shovel and a small bag of gravel with you in the car.
- Get hold of the Outdoor Etiquette and also read the instructions and rules of Koli National Park before going on a hike.
- Remember to ensure the safety of your hike. Moving on the ice and on the terrain is always done on hiker's own responsibility. Always check the warnings in advance (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi).
- The National Park may have some areas where the phone connection can be bad. Download the 112 Finland application (112.fi) to your phone. When an emergency call is made through the 112 Finland application, the emergency center attendant is automatically informed of the caller's location.
The spring and well in Ikolanaho and the well in Jero reservable hut and are out of commission. Do not drink the water even after boiling it. It is possible to borrow water containers and get clean drinking water from the Nature Centre Ukko. If Ukko is closed, water can be obtained from Break Sokos Hotel Koli (sokoshotels.fi).
Always check the warnings (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi) before making fire. Always use extreme caution when handling fire. The one who lights a fire is always responsible for its safe use.
Except the “Prime minister’s” campfire site, all of our campfire sites marked on the map should contain long firewood that hikers can saw and chop to make a campfire. Remember to check the Outdoor Etiquette for further info.
(Updated 1st of January 2023)
The exhibition applications for the upper lobby of Kolin Nature Center Ukko for the year 2024 is open from 1st of January to 31th of January 2023. Read more.
(Updated 18th of November 2022)
Sikosalmi strait is starting to freeze. The rope-pulley ferry located in Sikosalmi strait has frozen to the Ahosaari island's side, and the ferry is not available anymore. The ferry will be available when the ice melts, about in middle May. Please notice, that Herajärven kierros Trail is a demanding hiking trail available to hikers during the snow-free season. There is no winter maintenance on the trail.
(Updated 29th of September 2022)
Finland's most famous national landscapes can also be reached by train and bus.
From Joensuu railway station you can make the trip to Koli National Park by by taxi (kolintaksi.fi, in Finnish).
From Joensuu and Kajaani Railway Station you can also take a bus to Ahmovaara. The distance from Ahmovaara to Koli National Park is approximately 9 km. You can get from Ahmovaara to Koli National Park by walking, cycling, or taking a regular taxi (kolintaksi.fi, in Finnish). Mon-Fri you can get to Koli village from Ahmovaara by booking a bus connection from Ahmovaara to Koli (koli.fi, in Finnish) in advance. From the village of Koli, a hiker can follow the Kylän polku (“Village Trail”) to the Koli Nature Center Ukko and further to the Ukko-Koli landscape site.
From Lieksa railway station you you can pre-book a shared taxi provided by the City of Lieksa (lieksa.fi, in Finnish).
You can get to Koli National Park from Lieksa Railway Station by ordering a shared taxi in advance (lieksa.fi, in finnish).
Read more from the Directions website.
(Updated 11th of August 2022)
Check the weather and warnings in effect (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi) always before your trip.
- At thunder, one must avoid open terrain and high hills.
- When forest and grass fire warnings are in effect, fire is only allowed at covered campfire sites that have a flue. A fire can be also lit in fireplaces at wilderness huts and rental huts.
- Always use extreme caution when handling fire. The one who lights a fire is always responsible for its safe use.