What's Currently Happening in Salla National Park
Salla is the 41st national park of Finland, established in 2022. Developing the services, trails, trail markings and signs in the national park is in progress. While the paths are quite clear, it is advisable to carry a map when hiking in the area. You can get advice and current trail information from the Salla Visitor Centre.
Many hiking trails and structures will be improved in 2023
With the funding received for the establishment of Salla National Park, the hiking services of the park will be made better during summer and autumn 2023. The durability and usability of the trails will be increased by building duckboards and stairs at key locations, and the signage of the summer trails will be improved. The national park will also get new information boards to the main starting points of the trails and a brand new open wilderness hut. These construction works do not cause trail closures, but before heading out for a hike or a mountain bike tour, it's a good idea to check the current situation from the national park's customer service at the Salla Visitor Centre.
- A new open wilderness hut and new metal stairs will be built at Pahaojankuru area. They are supposed to be ready for use in late autumn. Moving in the area is restricted due to the construction sites, and the services of the Pahakuru rest spot are not in use. Instead of the surroundings of Pahanojankuru, this summer it is recommended you choose another destination in Salla National Park.
- Rest spot structures will be renewed at Kolmiloukkonen and Pitkälampi. Kolmiloukkonen rest spot will be accessible, and a metal scenery viewing platform will also be built on the shore of the pond of Kolmiloukkonen.
- New duckboards will be built along the Pahakuru trail and around Kolmiloukkonen circle trail, and metal duckboards will be made at Kylmähete rest spot. Other smaller duckboards works outside the national park will also be carried out.
- A new dry toilet will be built near the Pohjoisrinne (Northern slopes) parking area.
Construction work finished in fall 2022
New day trip huts at Kaippahanoja and Kylmähete rest spots
The new day trip huts are now finished at Kaippahanoja and Kylmähete rest spots, and hikers are welcome to use them. The day trip huts are located along the Pahakuru trail and they are not meant for overnight stay. There are new campfire sites outside the day trip huts and some construction material in the area which we can carry away in winter.
New lean-to shelters at Kaunisharju and Tunturilampi rest spots
The new lean-to shelters and a campfire site at Kaunisharju and Tunturilampi are now finished and ready to be used. There is 1 lean-to shelter at the Kaunisharju rest spot and two lean-to shelters at the Tunturilampi rest spot.
The Taivaan tavoittelijan taival trail re-opened in September
The renovation on the Taivaan tavoittelijan taival (Sky Reacher´s Journey) trail up to Iso Pyhätunturi fell was finished in September and the trail is open again. In the renevation we renewed the stairs and duckboards and surfaced some parts of the trail with gravel.
Graveling on the Kolmiloukkonen trail finished
The graveling work on the Kolmiloukkonen trail was finished in September. The section surfaced with gravel starts at the beginning of the trail and goes to the Kolmiloukkonen lake and the lean-to shelter 1. From there it follows the right side of the lake until the mire with duckboards.