Salamajärvi National Park Trails

Hiking trails

There are approximately 60 km of marked trails in the Salamajärvi National Park. The trails are largely demanding due to their rocky sections. The trails form an essential part of the Peura Trail network.

Trail Starting Points

See more information and winter maintenance of parking areas.

Koirasalmi Accessible Trail: neva ("marsh", 380 m/each way) and kannas ("isthmus", 400 m/each way)

A demanding accessible route symbol. 

Time required: 1 h, no winter maintenance
Demanding accessible nature trail. Can be hiked with strollers, and visitors in wheelchairs can access the trail with an assistant

On the Koirasalmi accessible trail, you’ll be able to enjoy the wonderful aroma of the wild rosemary on Joutsenlamminneva marsh and hike a sandy road across the narrow isthmus between two lakes. The trail can be hiked by visitors in wheelchairs with an assistant.

A sand road leading across a narrow isthmus between two lakes.

Starting point

Koirasalmi Nature Information Hut, Koirasalmentie 1220, Kivijärvi

Salamajärvi national park brochure (julkaisut.metsa.fi)

Hiking structures

Koirasalmi Nature Information Hut: café and lodgings are wheelchair-accessible.

Koirasalmi Nature Information Hut grounds: accessible campfire site, Maahinen accessible rental Lap hut, accessible observation pier and accessible dry toilet.

Behind Koirasalmi: Accessible Lapp hut lean-to and campfire site as well as fee-based campground (tents and caravans) and shoreline fishing for visitors with limited mobility.

Trail description

The Koirasalmi accessible trail starts from the Nature Information Hut grounds and heads out in two directions: to the neva ("marsh") and the kannas ("isthmus"). The marsh trail is 380 metres each way. Visitors can enjoy the pristine environment of the marsh at Joutsenlamminneva. This section of the trail has wide gravel trails and duckboards. On the trail you will find six Vasan kierros Trail boards with information about the wild forest reindeer.

The isthmus trail from the Nature Information Hut follows a sand road, which takes hikers along the narrow isthmus between the lakes Iso and Pieni Koirajärvi and behind the strait (400 m each way). Behind the strait there is an accessible Lapp hut lean-to and campfire site, tent and caravan sites and fishing for visitors with limited mobility.

A sand road following a lakeshore leading towards the forest.

Please note

The firewood sheds at campfire sites are not accessible and there are small hills and rugged, gravelly sections on the trail (an assistant will be required).

Vasan kierros Nature Trail, 2 km loop

Time required: 1 h, no winter maintenance
Easy, lots of duckboard sections

On the Vasan kierros Trail, you’ll be on the lookout for wild forest reindeer and learn about their mysterious life. The trail is well suited to families with children and runs around beautiful Lake Pieni Koirajärvi.

Starting point

Koirasalmi Nature Information Hut, Koirasalmentie 1220, Kivijärvi

Salamajärvi national park brochure (julkaisut.metsa.fi)

Hiking structures

Koirasalmi Nature Information Hut service

Koirasalmi Nature Information Hut grounds: water tap, dry toilet, recycling point, rental sauna, Maahinen rental Lapp hut, 2 campfire sites, pier and fee-based caravan sites.

Behind Koirasalmi: Lapp hut lean-to, campfire site, dry toilet and fee-based tent and caravan sites.

Trail description

Trail markings: white paint markers
Recommended direction: clockwise

The Vasan kierros Trails starts from the grounds of the Koirasalmi Nature Information Hut. The first nature trail information board is found at the Maahinen rental Lapp hut. The first section of the trail to the third information board (380 m) can also be hiked with wheelchairs or strollers. From that point on, the trails follows along duckboards and forest paths. The trail passes a beautiful rocky shore at the north end of Lake Pieni Koirajärvi. Finally, the trail arrives behind Koirasalmi, where hikers can eat in the Lapp hut lean-to or at the campfire site. The home stretch back to the Nature Information Hut follows a sand road and can also be hiked with wheelchairs or strollers (400 m). The Vasan kierros Trail is easy to hike, except for  short, rocky section.

Sights

Nature trail information boards provide information on the wild forest reindeer (6 boards)

Lake Pieni Koirajärvi shoreline landscape

Stone field

Lasten luontopolku ("Kids' Nature Trail"), 1.5 km loop (total 2.9 km when hiking from the parking area)

Time required: 1 h, no winter maintenance
Fairly easy

The Kids Nature Trail starts from the grounds of the Sysilampi huts and is a pleasant, enjoyable trail for families with children staying overnight at Sysilampi.

An information board with text and drawn images of the birds in the area. I mire landscape can be seen in the background.

Starting point

Sysilampi open wilderness hut, Sysilammentie, Perho

Salamajärvi national park brochure (julkaisut.metsa.fi)

Hiking structures

There are no built rest spots along the trail. 

At the start and end of the Sysilampi trail: rental huts and their sauna as well as the campfire site available to all hikers, dry toilet, open wilderness hut, campground and well. Bring your own toilet paper. The parking area is 700 metres from the start point of the trail.

Trail description

Trail markings: green paint markers

The trail starts from the grounds of the Sysilampi huts and first follows along the south shore of Sysilampi Pond, with a short stretch along the shore of Hepolampi Pond.  The home stretch returns on the already familiar trail.

Sights

Seven nature trail boards, which provide information (in Finnish) on the places where fairies and gnomes live, and the insects of the forest lakes.

Remarks

The parking area is 700 metres from the start point of the trail, i.e. the grounds of the Sysilampi huts.

 Pakosuon kierros Trail, 4,3 km loop

Time required: 1.5 h, no winter maintenance
Rocky trail with some duckboard sections.

The Pakosuon kierros Trail circles the lovely Pakosuo Mire, which is where wild forest reindeer also enjoy spending their summers.

An information board with Finnish text and drawn images of the birds in the area. I mire landscape can be seen in the background.

Starting point

Sysilampi parking area, Sysilammentie, Perho

Salamajärvi national park brochure (julkaisut.metsa.fi)

Duckboards on a mire.

Hiking structures

Sysilampi: rental huts and their sauna as well as the campfire site available to all hikers, dry toilet, open wilderness hut, campground and well. Bring your own toilet paper.

Trail description

Trail markings: green paint markers
Recommended direction: counterclockwise

Pakosuon kierros trail starts from the parking area. It passes through a wilderness-like landscape and forest groves.

Sigths

Eight nature trail boards, which provide information (in Finnish) on the plants and animals of Pakosuo Mire.

Metsäperäläisen taival Trail, 6,2 km loop

Time required: 2 h, no winter maintenance
Extremely rocky trail

Circling Lake Iso Koirajärvi, the Metsäperäläisen taival Trail is an excellent alternative for a quick, two-hour hike. Sturdy shoes are needed for the rocky terrain.

A stony path following the lakeshore leading through a forest.

Starting point

Koirasalmi Nature Information Hut, Koirasalmentie 1220, Kivijärvi

Salamajärvi national park brochure (julkaisut.metsa.fi)

Hiking structures

Wide range of services offered at Koirasalmi at the start and end points of the trail

Hiiliniemi: campfire site and dry toilet

Pahkahonganlahti: Lapp hut lean-to and dry toilet

Bring your own toilet paper.

Trail description

Trail markings: green paint markers
Recommended direction: clockwise

The Metsäperäläisen taival Trail circles the beautiful shoreline of Lake Iso Koirajärvi in a wilderness-like setting. The trail is narrow and rocky. The trail should be hiked clockwise so that the rocky section is at the start of the hike. Located at the north end of Lake Iso Koirajärvi, the Pahkahonganlahti Lapp hut lean-to is an excellent rest stop.

Sights

Depressions left by old tar kilns can be found on the west shore of Iso Koirajärvi.

Pahapuron lenkki Trail, 7 km loop

Pahapuron lenkki Trail, 7 km loop
Time required: 2 h, no winter maintenance
Rocky trail with some duckboard sections

On the Pahapuron lenkki Trail, you’ll be able to enjoy the peace and quiet of nature for a soul-soothing retreat. With any luck, you might even spot wild forest reindeer or their tracks.

En spång leder över en stenåker och fortsätter mot ett myrområde, vid sidan av myren växer enstaka tallar.

Starting point

Koirasalmi Nature Information Hut, Koirasalmentie 1220, Kivijärvi

Pahapuron lenkki Trail brochure (julkaisut.metsa.fi, pdf 1005 KB)

Hiking structures

Kangaslampi: table and bench

Wide range of services offered at Koirasalmi at the start and end points of the trail.

Trail description

Trail markings: green paint markers
Recommended direction: counterclockwise

On the Pahapuron lenkki Trail, you’ll hike on duckboards across peatland and rocky shores. The forest paths are narrow and rocky, and, in the strict nature reserve, they are surrounded by magnificent, thick-barked pine trees. When returning to Koirasalmi, the trail will follow a section of the trail hiked at the start. Alternatively, you can return by circling Lake Pieni Koirajärvi on the Vasan kierros Trail. This will add 900 metres to the hike.

Please note

Parts of the Pahapuron lenkki Trail pass through the Salamanperä Strict Nature reserve, where visitors must stay on the marked trails at all times.  

Sights

Peatland meadow barn and wild forest reindeer tracks

Charred, old-growth pine in the Salamanperä Strict Nature Reserve

Vaatimen kierros Trail, 18 km loop

Time required: 5-7 h, no winter maintenance
Rocky trail - set aside a good amount of time and wear sturdy shoes

On the Vaatimen kierros Trail, you’ll learn a lot about the wilderness nature of Salamajärvi National Park. Bring along enough to eat and drink for a whole day!

Starting point

Koirasalmi Nature Information Hut, Koirasalmentie 1220, Kivijärvi

Salamajärvi national park brochure (julkaisut.metsa.fi)

Hiking structures

Wide range of services offered at Koirasalmi at the start and end points of the trail

Hiiliniemi: campfire site, no dry toilet

Heikinjärvi: lean-to and dry toilet

Pyydyskoski: Lapp hut lean-to and dry toilet

Ahvenlampi rental hut (the hut grounds are off-limits when there are guests in the hut).

Bring your own toilet paper. 

Trail description

Trail markings: red paint markers

Starting from the Koirasalmi Nature Information Hut, this popular loop offers hikers a large number of suitable rest stops. Duckboards cross mires and rocky paths pass through heathland. On the south end of Lake Heikinjärvi, visitors can admire some of the most impressive stone fields in the national park.

Sights

An old dam from a timber float and ruins of a logging camp at Pyydyskoski

Risuperä connecting trail, 7,2 km/each way

Time required: 2 h, no winter maintenance
Rocky trail with some duckboard sections

The connecting trail between Koirasalmi and Risuperä will take you into the deep peace and quiet of nature. The trail cuts through the Salamanperä Strict Nature Reserve, where wild animals live freely, but visitors must stay on the trail at all times. 

En hög stenar bredvid skogsstigen.

Starting points

Koirasalmi Nature Information Hut, Koirasalmentie 1220, Kivijärv

Risuperä parking area, Perhontie 1461, Kivijärvi

Salamajärvi national park brochure (julkaisut.metsa.fi)

Hiking structures

Kangaslampi: table and bench

Wide range of services at Koirasalmi at the start or end point, depending on the direction of travel. 

Trail description

Trail markings: yellow paint markers

When setting out from Koirasalmi, you’ll first follow along the same route as Vasan kierros Trail and Pahapuron lenkki Trail. Yellow paint markers on trees show the way to Risuperä. The trail passes through varying forest terrain, mostly within the Salamanperä Strict Nature Reserve. 

Sights

Stone oven remnants of a tar lodge

Church stones, where people rested on their way to church.

Remarks

In the Strict Nature Reserve, picking berries and mushrooms is expressly prohibited.

Hirvaan kierros Trail, 59 km loop

is marked with blue paint markings and goes via Koirasalmi - Sysilampi - Valvatti - Lehtosenjärvi - Nielujärvi - Pyydyskoski - Koirasalmi. About half of the trail goes outside the National Park. The trail passes commercial forests, smaller conservation areas and private land.

  • Services: The services of Koirasalmi Nature Information Hut (koirasalmi.com) (kiosk, accommodation, sauna, shower), campfire shelter and a well at Koirasalmi, campfire place of Hiiliniemi, campfire place of Ruuhilampi, campfire place of Tavilampi, the observation tower of Heikinjärvenneva, the meadow sauna and campfire place of Kaulus, at Lake Sysilampi a well, Open Wilderness Hut and Reservable Huts 1, 2 and 3, camprife place of Jyrkkäniemi, Pitkälahti Open Wildeness Hut and campfire place, lean-to shelter of Ahvenlampi, Open Wilderness Hut and well of Valvatti, observation tower and campfire place at Iso-Valvatti bird wetland, campfire place of Vähä-Valvatti, Karhunpiilo Rental Cabin, Lehtosenjärvi campfire shelter, Sääksjärvi lean-to shelter,  Pieni Sääksjärvi Rental Hut, lean-to shelter of Nielujärvi, campfire shelter of Pyydyskoski and campfire shelter of Pahkahonganlahti.
  • Sights: The fauna of the impressive fen Heikinjärvenneva (binoculars or telescope needed), the meadow sauna of Kaulus, remains of an old pit cabin and tar pits at Pakokangas, the beautiful lake scenery at Jyrkkäniemi, forest ranger farm of Valvatti, the rich fauna of Iso-Valvatti bird wetland, ruins of the old dwelling place at Jääskänniemi, the beauty of lake Lehtosenjärvi, the old growth forests along Koirajoki river.

Check for Warnings

When forest and grass fire warnings (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi) 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 and other huts. Always use extreme caution when handling fire. The one who lights a fire is always responsible for its safe use. Please note, that making fire at these campfire sites can be banned locally. 

Drawing of a fireplace. The drawing shows the roof, the flue and off the ground.

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