Korouoma Nature Reserve Trails
Korouoma Hiking Trails
The only trail in Finland where you can admire gorgeous frozen waterfalls in winter and beautiful river scenery in summer, and always sense the presence of the magnificent cliffs.
The trail can be done when the ground is unfrozen. In addition, throughout the year, depending on snow conditions.
Duration 1‒2 hours.
Category: demanding trail due to the altitude differences
The trail runs along a former horse road, and there are information boards on the area's logging history along the trail. The trail takes hikers onto the top of cliffs with magnificent views, and to the bottom of the canyon.
Along the trail, hikers will get a chance to admire the three largest frozen waterfalls at Korouoma, which are called Jaska Jokunen (Charlie Brown), Ruskea virta (the Brown River) and Mammuttiputous (the Mammoth Fall).
The lush vegetation and the river bubbling in the canyon in summer, the autumn colours, and the gorgeous frozen waterfalls in winter are definitely sights worth seeing!
Saukkovaara parking area.
Nine information boards. The Hannunkallio lookout point with railings and wooden benches. Rope railings at the steepest parts of the trail to make the going easier. The Kanjonilaavu lean-to shelter and campfire sites.
Hannunkallio lookout point, River Korojoki, flood meadows, the canyon and its rock walls. Magnificent frozen waterfalls in winter. Read more about the sights in Korouoma.
Trail marking: wooden poles with green ribbons and yellow reflectors.
Recommended direction: clockwise.
The trail starts at the Saukkovaara parking area and runs to the Hannunkallio lookout point. From there, it descends to the banks of the River Korojoki, where you can admire three large frozen waterfalls in the winter, which are Jaska Jokunen (Charlie Brown), Mammuttiputous (the Mammoth Fall) and Ruskea virta (the Brown River). The trail then ascends, via the Kanjonilaavu lean-to shelter, back to Saukkovaara.
The trail runs through the majestic landscape of the Korouoma Canyon with its cliffs and eskers.
When the ground is unfrozen.
Duration about 1‒2 days.
Saukkovaara or Lapiosalmi (Lastenlampi).
Six lean-to shelters, one open wilderness hut, one day trip hut and one rental hut.
River Korojoki, flood meadows, the canyon with its rock walls, patches of herb-rich forest, eskers at the south-eastern corner and the crystal-clear lakes. Read more about the sights in Korouoma.
Trail marking: orange paint on trees.
The trail starts at Saukkovaara, descends into the canyon, and then follows the River Korojoki upstream. There are several maintained flood meadows along the trail. Towards the end, the trail climbs onto the eskers, offering splendid views of crystal-clear lakes.
The hiking route has been shortened on June 9, 2021, when the Pirunkirkko bridge has been demolished. In the future, you can hike the Lapiosalmi-Saukkovaara hiking trail.
Korouoma–Simojärvi Hiking Trail, 23 km
The hiking trail connects the Korouoma, Simojärvi and Soppana areas. The trail is suitable for independent hikers.
More information is available on the Simojärvi and Soppana webpages.
Cross-country Skiing Trails
- During winter visitors can either ski or walk with snowshoes through the valley. During early spring a maintenance skiing trail is made by skiers from Saukkovaara Hill to Pajupuro open wilderness hut. During the middle of winter Korouoma has some of Finland's finest ice climbing destinations.