What's Currently Happening in Riisitunturi National Park
Oulanka Visitor Centre is closed for the spring 2024
Oulanka Visitor Centre in Kuusamo Visitor is closed for the Spring from 29 February 2024. Hikers can still get advice on matters related to Oulanka National Park on the Nationalparks.fi website and Mon-Fri 12pm - 3pm by phone and email.
Our aim is to have the nature centre open for the busy summer season.
However, the visitor centre car park and dry toilets will be maintained throughout the spring, even though the visitor centre itself will be closed. A popular trail to Kiutaköngäs Rapids starts from the visitor centre and will be used as usual, as well as winter trails on Valtavaara-Konttainen Nature Protection Area and Riisitunturi National Park.
The Riisitunturi Winter Trail Information
The Riisin rääpäsy day trail can be walked with normal winter shoes. It is good to note that especially on the fell top area, wind can gather snow onto the trail and the trail might not be visible anymore. Therefore following the trail markings is important.
The Wilderness Café Tykky is open for the winter season. Opening hours are announced at their website.
The Riisitunturi Multipurpose track is open for winter 2024
The 20 kilometres long Riisitunturi Multipurpose track is open for the winter 2024. It is recommended to have a map with you when using the track. The multipurpose track is shown on the Riisitunturi Winter Trails brochure (pdf 1,2 Mt julkaisut.metsa.fi) that you can print out. The track is opened on Tuesdays and on Fridays but prolonged snowfall might change the opening schedule. Read more information about the track on our website.
The track does not have a track for traditional cross-country skiing. Traditional cross-country skiing tracks in Posio on a map (infogis.fi).
Important when driving in winter to the Riisitunturi starting point
The narrow forest road leading to the Riisitunturi starting point is kept open in winter. Closest address is Patoniementie 180, Posio. The road has stopping spots to allow safe passing.
The Riisitunturi National Park has visitors through the winter so always expect other cars on the road.
- The speed limit is 30 km/h.
- Keep at least 100-meter-long distance to the car driving in front of you. This way you will have enough reaction time for safe passing on the road.
- The road is equal to both ways. If there is a need to back the car, the car driving towards uphill will back down.
- There are stop spots on the road about every 100 meters apart. If you notice a car driving towards you on the road, stop on the stop spot on your side of the road or on the road before the stop spot on the other side. This way the other car can pass or give way to you for safe passing.
Two cars are able to pass each other on the road even outside of the stop spots, but very carefully and slowly. The road is narrow and if wheels go over the opened area the car can get stuck to the deep snow on the sides.
It is important to work together when passing on narrow roads. Both drivers are responsible for making sure that cars have space for passing each other. Sometimes it is better to fully stop and check if the cars can pass without problems.
Safety instructions for winter visitors in Riisitunturi National Park
Getting lost on a day trail is possible:
- There are multiple tracks made by visitors and snowmobiles around the Riisitunturi National Park. Park maintenance and local reindeer herders use snowmobiles for getting around. Otherwise driving a snowmobile in the National Park is forbidden. Sometimes a snowmobile track looks better to walk on than the actual hiking trail. Make sure you check you are going to the right direction at spots like near the lean-tos, the Riisitunturi peak area and trail crossings.
- Trail marking poles and signs are often under heavy snow and ice and they can be hard to notice. Make sure you know the trail you are going to take before leaving. Actively keep in your mind where you are on the trail. Information and markings of each trail can be found from the trail information page.
- The weather in Riisitunturi can change fast. The area is windy and strong wind can hide tracks in under half an hour. Wind makes the cold temperature more freezing.
Make sure you are safe even on a short visit:
- Download the 112 Suomi -application (112.fi) to your phone before the visit. In an emergency you can call the number through the app on your phone. This way the emergency center gets your.fi coordinates, and it helps the rescue team locate you more effectively.
- Pack warm clothing and warm drinks to your backpack. Getting help to Riisitunturi can take up to an hour or even longer if you are further on the trail.
- This time of the year there is limited daylight (4-5 hours). Take with you a headlamp or other light source. Cold temperatures affect the battery life of your electronic devices so keep them in a warm place, for example in the inside pocket of the coat you are wearing.
- Read more about safety in the nature and what to pack to a winter hike before your visit.
Don't change the nature of National Park
Moving rocks and other natural objects is forbidden in the Riisitunturi National Park, because it changes the natural state of the area that we try to protect.
A kind reminder, what is a national park: "The aim of national parks is to preserve the most valuable sites of the Finnish natural environment, their flora and fauna, and different types of habitats and their specific landscape features. To the extent possible, national parks are preserved in their natural state." Ministry of Environment (ym.fi)
Please, read the Instructions and Rules of the Riisitunturi National Park.
New brochure for the Riisin rietas Trail
The new brochure can be found on the Maps page.
Palotunturi Wilderness Hut renovation is ready
Palotunturi Wilderness Hut in Posio was renovated and is now in use again. There is no presentation page on the website Nationalparks.fi.
New location of the Koljat lean-to shelter
The Koljat lean-to shelter have been moved one kilometre to the northeast to the top of Koljat hill. The lean-to shelter can be found on Riisitunturi Hiking Trail 26 km.
Riisitunturi National Park updated Rules and Regulations
Riisitunturi National Park updated Rules and Regulations (pdf 608 kB, julkaisut.metsa.fi) in Finnish.
The new parking area expansion has been finished
The work on the expansion of the Riisitunturi parking area has been finished. The parking signs are still missing, but those will be installed soon. The expansion of the parking area was made outside the nature conservation area. Now there is space for around 200 cars at the parking area.
Biking in Riisitunturi area is restricted
According to the rules and regulations of the Riisitunturi National Park biking is restricted only to the roads between Tolva - Niirokumpu and Jaksamo - Ruokamo. Therefore kindly note that it is not allowed to bike along the hiking trails Riisin rääpäsy (4.3 km), Riisin rietas (10.7 km) and Noukavaara - Kirintövaara trail (29 km). This is to save the fragile nature of Riisitunturi as well as to improve safety on the trails.
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