Starting Points for Summer Trails

Syöte National Park Map © Parks & Wildlife Finland

The national park's most extensive network of summer trails zigzags in the Syöte area. The trails have been marked with yellow paint signs on trees.
 

Salojen siivekkäät, 500 m, Circle Trail

Esteetön reitti helppo Parking Laavu Luontopolku Patikointi Luontokeskus

Available all year round. Travel time 30 min.
CategoryHelppo reitti Easy Helppo esteetön reitti an easy, accessible trail / wheelchair trail

The Salojen siivekkäät Nature Trail provides you with an insight into the life of non-migrant birds and their relation to the surrounding area.

On the Salojen siivekkäät Nature Trail, you can explore the species in the area. Photo: Saara Airaksinen

On the Salojen siivekkäät Nature Trail, you can explore the species in the area. Photo: Saara Airaksinen

Starting point
Syöte Visitor Centre, Erätie 1, 93280 Syöte, Pudasjärvi (www.google.fi).

Trail Description
The trail starts and ends by Syöte Visitor Centre and runs through an old-growth forest in the surrounding area. The nature trail is available all year round, and in the summer, it is accessible by pram, or by wheelchair with an assistant.

When the ground is unfrozen, a Pytho kolwensis themed geocaching trail introduces the secrets of geocaching to families with children. You will find the five caches, hidden by this beetle, by means of a map that is available at the visitor centre.

Hiking Structures
Lean-to shelter.

Sights
A dead standing tree presenting the life of woodpeckers, an eagle's nest, an eagle sculpture.

Vattukuru Nature Trail, 2.1 km, Circle Trail

Parking Laavu Luontopolku Patikointi Marjastus ja sienestys Kuivakäymälä

Available all year round. In summer as a hiking trail and in winter as snow shoe trail. Travel time 2 - 3 h.
CategoryKeskivaativa reitti Intermediate

Vattukuru Nature Trail presents you the life, plants and animals in an old-growth forest. Along the fairly short nature trail, you will see a large variety of natural elements, such as a slope bog, lush stream banks and spruce forests. Tips for hikers: there are Siberian flying squirrels in Vattukuru Ravine.

Vattukuru Nature Trail. Photo: Saara Airaksinen

Starting point
Vattukuru parking area, Syötekyläntie 1638, Pudasjärvi (www.google.fi).

Naavaparran polku, 3 km, Circle Trail

Parking Päivätupa Kuivakäymälä Luontokeskus Patikointi Luontopolku

Available all year round. Travel time 1 - 2 h.
CategoryHelppo reitti Easy

What is a Pytho kolwensis? How far can a Siberian flying squirrel glide? And what are beard lichen and Alectoria? You will find answers to these questions by hiking along the Naavaparran polku Trail. The gravel trail will introduce trekkers of all ages to the secrets of Syöte.

Naavaparta Nature Trail. Photo: Jari Salonen

Starting point
Syöte Visitor Centre, Erätie 1,  93280 Syöte, Pudasjärvi (www.google.fi). 

Teerivaaran kierros, 4,5 km, Circle Trail

Parking Päivätupa Kuivakäymälä Luontokeskus Patikointi 

Available all year round. Travel time 3 - 4 h.
CategoryVaativa reitti Demanding

The challenging climb to the top of Teerivaara Hill is well worth it, as you'll be treated with magnificent views! Teerivaaran kierros is a perfect destionation for a daytrip with a rest stop at the southern hilltop and peaceful wilderness just a few kilometres from the tourism centre. 

Teerivaara with autumn colors. Photo: Panu Mölsä.

Starting point
Syöte Visitor Centre, Erätie 1,  93280 Syöte, Pudasjärvi (www.google.fi). 

Huippupolku, 1 km, Circle Trail

Parking Luontopolku Patikointi Nähtävyyksien ja näköalojen katselu

Available when the ground is unfrozen. Travel time 30 min.
CategoryKeskivaativa reitti Intermediate

Explore the natural world of Finland's southernmost fell along a guided nature trail on the summit of Iso-Syöte Fell. The summit offers splendid views to Syöte National Park.

Huippupolku. Photo: Vastavalo / Antje Neumann

Starting point
Iso-Syöte Hotel's parking area, Isosyötteentie 246, 93280 Syöte (www.google.fi).

Kellarilampi Nature Trail, 1 km, Circle Trail

Esteetön reitti helppo Parking Patikointi Esteetön käymälä Fireplace

Available when the ground is unfrozen. Travel time 30 min.
CategoryHelppo reitti Easy Helppo esteetön reitti an easy, accessible trail / wheelchair trail

A lean-to shelter by Kellarilampi Pond is an easily accessible destination. Take fishing gear with you as Kellarilampi is famous for its catches. The handsome Pytkynharju Esker rises right behind the lean-to shelter and climbing onto its crest is worth all the effort.

Kellarilampi Nature Trail. Photo: Minna Koramo

Starting point
Rytinkisalmentie 1834, Pudasjärvi (www.google.fi). 

Pytkyn pyrähdys, 9 km, Circle Trail

Parking Luontopolku Laavu Fireplace Päivätupa Patikointi Marjastus ja sienestys Nähtävyyksien ja näköalojen katselu Kuivakäymälä

Available when the ground is unfrozen. Travel time 4 - 5 h.
CategoryKeskivaativa reitti Intermediate

Eskers created by the Ice Age, old spruce forests and ponds abundant with fish; that's what the trail is made of. The versatile trail boasts three excellent rest spots and a large variety of natural wonders.

Pytkyn pyrähdys. Photo: Eeva Mäkinen

Starting point
Rytinkisalmentie 1834, Pudasjärvi (www.google.fi). 

Pyhitys, 2 km / Direction

Parking Laavu Patikointi Kuivakäymälä Nähtävyyksien ja näköalojen katselu

Available when the ground is unfrozen. Travel time 2 h.

CategoryKeskivaativa reitti Intermediate

From the top of the highest wooded hill in Syöte National Park, magnificent views open out to the wilderness and Lake Kostonjärvi. On hill slopes, you will see rocks that were used as tables by Sámi people. Thousands of years ago, they asked for better luck in hunting and fishing by sacrificing some bounty of the forest and the lake to the gods.

Pyhitys. Photo: Saara Airaksinen

Starting point
Ahmaselkosentie 212, Taivalkoski (www.google.fi). 

Soiperoisen polku, 5 km, Circle Trail

Parking Fireplace Keittokatos Patikointi Kuivakäymälä Päivätupa

Available when the ground is unfrozen. Travel time 2 h.

CategoryKeskivaativa reitti Intermediate

Soiperoinen is a pleasant destination an hour's drive away from Syöte. The crystal-clear lakes and the landscape that ranges from pine heaths to high eskers inspire you to take your time and enjoy the scenery in peace. There are rest spots at suitable intervals in the area.

Soiperoinen Trail. Photo: Annu Tuohiluoto

Starting point
Soiperoisentie 57-59, Taivalkoski (www.google.fi).

Rytivaaran kierros, 10 km, Circle Trail

Parking Patikointi Nähtävyyksien ja näköalojen katselu Vaellus Fireplace Varaustupa Marjastus ja sienestys Kuivakäymälä

Available in summer as a hiking trail. Travel time 4 h.

CategoryKeskivaativa reitti Intermediate

It is worthwhile to drive for half an hour from Syöte to Rytivaaran kierros Trail! The trail provides you with a versatile overview to the natural world and history of Syöte National Park. In the southwestern section of the trail, you will walk in the footsteps of a tenant farmer, guided by special information boards. You will gain an insight into slash and burn, the meadow culture, as well as the old hunting and fishing traditions.

Sheep in Rytivaara. Photo: Vesa Simonen

Starting point
Ukonvaara parking area, Karsikkoperäntie 1591, about 17 km from Iso-Syöte Road (No. 858) (www.google.fi).

Syötteen kierros, 19 km, Circle Trail

Parking Laavu Fireplace Luontopolku Patikointi Luontokeskus Marjastus ja sienestys Nähtävyyksien ja näköalojen katselu Vaellus Kuivakäymälä

Available when the ground is unfrozen. Travel time 1 day.
CategoryKeskivaativa reitti Intermediate

Along the Syötteen kierros Trail, you will be able to enjoy peaceful spruce forests, spacious mires and the handsome Pytkynharju Esker. Along the trail, you can take a break at Kellarilampi lean-to shelter and at Annintupa Day Trip Hut. It is practical to set off for the trail from Syöte Visitor Centre.

Syötteen kierros. Photo: Syötteen Yhteismarkkinointi

Starting point
Syöte Visitor Centre, Erätie 1, 93280 Syöte (Pudasjärvi) tai Romekievarintie 1, 93280 Syöte (www.google.fi).  

Ahmankierros, 17 km, Circle Trail

Parking Fireplace Autiotupa Varaustupa Päivätupa Luontokeskus Marjastus ja sienestys Nähtävyyksien ja näköalojen katselu Vaellus Kuivakäymälä

Available in summer as a hiking trail. Travel time 6 - 8 h.

CategoryKeskivaativa reitti Intermediate

Ahmankierros is an ideal day trip trail, but you can also stay overnight at the comfortable Ahmatupa Hut. The trail runs from aapa bogs to dense spruce forests and to lush edges of slope bogs. There are several day trip huts along the trail for taking a break.

Ahmankierros. Photo: Olli Hélp

Starting point
Syöte Visitor Centre, Erätie 1, 93280 Syöte, Pudasjärvi (www.google.fi). 

Torpparintaival, 38 km / Direction

Parking Autiotupa Varaustupa Laavu Fireplace Päivätupa Luontopolku Patikointi Luontokeskus Marjastus ja sienestys Nähtävyyksien ja näköalojen katselu Vaellus Kuivakäymälä

Available in summer as a hiking trail. Travel time 3 days.

CategoryVaativa reitti Demaning

Torpparintaival Trail is a suitable weekend destination, and it is a window to the history of versatile land use in the area. You will gain an insight into slash and burn, the meadow culture, as well as the old hunting and fishing traditions. Along the trail, you will explore gorgeous spruce forests and climb onto Ahmakallio, where you will see the national park's most beautiful views. Along the trail, you will find open wilderness huts where it is pleasant to have a sauna and stay overnight.

Ukonvaara - Nature Centre -trail. Photo: Sini Salmirinne

Starting point
Roninkankaantie 6, Pudasjärvi (www.google.fi).

Customer Service

Syöte Visitor Centre
Tel.int. +358 206 39 6550
syote(at)metsa.fi

Services Provided by Partners of Syöte National Park

Enterprises operating in Syöte National Park provide accommodation and guided excursions, as well as hire out bicycles, canoe equipment and snowshoes.

Parking Areas

Syötteen luontokeskus
Erätie 1, 93280 Syöte

Rytinkisalmentie 1834, Pudasjärvi

Hotelli Iso-Syöte
Isosyötteentie 246, 93280 Syöte

Vaarakyläntie 235-241, Taivalkoski

Vattukuru parking area
Syötekyläntie 1638, Pudasjärvi

Soiperoisentie 57-59, Taivalkoski

Ukonvaara parking area
Karsikkoperäntie 1591

Roninkankaantie 6, 93250 Pudasjärvi

 

Destination Brochure

Pdf-file 4.2 MB (julkaisut.metsa.fi)

ilmatieteenlaitos.fiCheck for Warnings

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 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. 

Check the current warnings (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi).

Dogs must be kept on a leash! Photo: Seppo Leinonen.

Dogs must be kept on a leash!