Syöte National Park Trails

A fat bike by a winter bike trail.

There are about 122 km of marked trails in Syöte National Park. Trails are for day trips as well as for longer wanderings. In addition there are four Nature Trails which are 0,5 - 3 km long. The largest hiking trail network is in Syöte area, where trails have been marked with yellow paint marks on trees. With blue paint marked National Hiking Route, the UKK Trail also runs through the areas of Maaselkä and Syöte.

Please note! During winter time snowshoes or skis are essential for moving around the national park due to the thick layer of snow. For equipment rental, see the enterprises in the area.

Easy picnic trails: Salojen siivekkäät Nature Trail, Naavaparran polku Trail, Vattukuru Nature Trail, Rytivaaran kierros Trail.

Accessible trails: Salojen siivekkäät Nature Trail (also by wheelchair with an assistant), as well as Naavaparran polku Trail until the Annintupa Day Trip Hut (suitable for pushchairs).

Trails for experienced hikers: Ahmankierros Trail, Toraslammen kierros Trail, Rytivaaran kierros Trail, Ukonvaara ‒ visitor centre.

Easy Trails - We recommend

Salojen siivekkäät, 500 m, Circle Trail

A woman picking berries into a small plastic box.

Available all year round. 
Travel time 30 min.
Category: Easy trail. Easy Easy accessible trail. an easy, accessible trail / wheelchair trail
Starting point: Syöte Visitor Centre, Erätie 1, 93280 Syöte, Pudasjärvi (google.fi)
Trail Description

 

Vattukuru Nature Trail, 2.1 km, Circle Trail

Moss-covered tree trunks lying on the ground amongst lush blueberry shrub. Spruce trees can be seen in the background.

Available all year round. In summer as a hiking trail and in winter as snow shoe trail. 
Travel time 2 - 3 h.
Category: Intermediate trail. Intermediate
Starting point: Vattukuru parking area, Syötekyläntie 1638, Pudasjärvi (google.fi)
Trail Description

 

Naavaparran polku, 3 km, Circle Trail

Hikers on the Naavaparta trail, seen from below.

Available all year round. 
Travel time 1 - 2 h.
Category: Easy trail. Easy
Starting point: Syöte Visitor Centre, Erätie 1, 93280 Syöte, Pudasjärvi (google.fi)
Trail Description

 

Other Trails under 10 km

Huippupolku, 1 km, Circle Trail

A hiker with a dog admiring the view from the Huippupolku observation tower.

Available when the ground is unfrozen.
Travel time 30 min.
Category: Intermediate trail. Intermediate 
Starting point: Hotel Iso-Syöte parking area, Isosyötteentie 246, 93280 Syöte (google.fi)
Trail Description

 

Kellarilampi Nature Trail, 500 m/One direction

A hiker on duckboards with a small child and a dog.

Available when the ground is unfrozen.
Travel time 30 min.
Category: Easy trail. Easy Easy accessible trail. an easy, accessible trail / wheelchair trail
Starting point: Rytinkisalmentie 1834, Pudasjärvi (google.fi)
Trail Description

 

Teerivaaran kierros, 4.5 km, Circle Trail

A woman admiring a forest view from Teerivaara hill.

Available all year round.
Travel time 3 - 4 h.
Category: Demanding trail. Demanding
Starting point: Syöte Visitor Centre, Erätie 1, 93280 Syöte, Pudasjärvi (google.fi)
Trail Description

 

Pytkyn pyrähdys, 9 km, Circle Trail

Lauttalampi lean-to seen from across the pond. There's a mountain bike by the shore of the pond.

Available when the ground is unfrozen.
Travel time 4 - 5 h.
Category: Intermediate trail. Intermediate
Starting point: Rytinkisalmentie 1834, Pudasjärvi (google.fi)
Trail Description

 

Pyhitys, 2 km / One direction

Two hikers admiring a view of lake and forests from the top of Pyhitys hill.

Available when the ground is unfrozen.
Travel time 2 h.
Category: Intermediate trail. Intermediate
Starting point: Ahmaselkosentie 212, Taivalkoski (google.fi)
Trail Description

 

Soiperoisen polku, 5 km, Circle Trail

A small child on a wooden bridge on the Soiperoinen trail.

Available when the ground is unfrozen.
Travel time 2 h.
Category: Intermediate trail. Intermediate
Starting point: Soiperoisentie 57-59, Taivalkoski (google.fi)
Trail Description

 

Other Trails over 10 km

Rytivaaran kierros, 10 km, Circle Trail

Grazing sheep at Rytivaara Crown Tenant Farm.

Available in summer as a hiking trail.
Travel time 4 h.
Category: Intermediate trail. Intermediate
Starting point: Ukonvaara parking area, Karsikkoperäntie 1591 (google.fi),  about 17 km from Iso-Syöte Road (No. 858)
Trail Description

 

Syötteen kierros, 19 km, Circle Trail

Two hikers on a trail crossing a meadow, with coniferous forest in the background.

Available when the ground is unfrozen.
Travel time 1 day.
Category: Intermediate trail. Intermediate
Starting point: Syöte Visitor Centre, Erätie 1, 93280 Syöte, Pudasjärvi (google.fi) or Romekievarintie 1, 93280 Syöte
Trail Description

 

Trails for experienced hikers

Ahmankierros, 17 km, Circle Trail

A view of the forests and fells seen from Ahmankierros trail.

Available in summer as a hiking trail.
Travel time 6 - 8 h.
Category: Intermediate trail. Intermediate
Starting point: Syöte Visitor Centre, Erätie 1, 93280 Syöte, Pudasjärvi (google.fi)
Trail Description

 

Torpparintaival, 38 km / One direction

A hiker posing on duckboards passing through a bog.

Available in summer as a hiking trail.
Travel time 3 days.
Category: Demanding trail. Demanding
Starting point: Roninkankaantie 6, Pudasjärvi (google.fi)
Trail Description

 

Canoeing Routes

River Pärjänjoki Canoe Route, Kuivakoski‒Harriranta, 22 km

A hiker with a red life vest in the bow of a rowboat.

Available in June‒October, in the period of unfrozen waters.
Travel time 1 day.
Category: Intermediate trail. Intermediate, rapids scale I-II
Starting point: Karsikkoperäntie 861, 93280 Pudasjärvi (google.fi)
Trail Description

 

Mountain Bike Trails

Syötteen kierros, 19 km, Circle Trail

A mountain biker has stopped by a fireplace on the Syötteen kierros circle trail.

Available when the ground is unfrozen.
Travel time 2 - 4 h.
Category: Keskivaativa reitti Intermediate
Starting point: Syöte Visitor Centre, Erätie 1, 93280 Syöte, Pudasjärvi (google.fi)
Trail Description

 

Pitämävaaran lenkki, 35 km, Circle Trail

A mountain biker has raised their bike above their head while watching the sunset.

Available when the ground is unfrozen.
Travel time 3 - 5 h.
Category: Demanding trail. Demanding
Starting point: Syöte Visitor Centre, Erätie 1, 93280 yöte, Pudasjärvi (google.fi)
Trail Description

 

Ahmankierros, 17 km, Circle Trail

A mountain biker on a trail in the woods.

Available when the ground is unfrozen.
Travel time 3 - 5 h.
Category: Demanding trail. Demanding
Starting point: Syöte Visitor Centre, Erätie 1, 93280 Syöte, Pudasjärvi (google.fi)
Trail Description

 

Toraslammen taival, 33 km, Circle Trail

A mountain biker on a narrow part of the Toraslampi mountain biking trail.

Available when the ground is unfrozen.
Travel time 4 - 6 h.
Category: Demanding trail. Demanding
Starting point: Syöte Visitor Centre, Erätie 1, 93280 Syöte, Pudasjärvi (google.fi)
Trail Description

 

Winter Hiking Trails

Vattukuru Snowshoe Trail, 2 km, Circle Trail

A hiker with a dog in a wintry forest.

Available when the ground is unfrozen.
Travel time 2‒3 h, at a minimum.
Category: Intermediate trail. Intermediate
Starting point: Vattukuru parking area, Syötekyläntie 1638, Pudasjärvi (google.fi)
Trail Description

 

Teerivaaran kierros, 4.5 km, Circle Trail

A group of snowshoers admiring a view of a wintry forest from Teerivaara snowshoeing trail.

Available in winter time.
Travel time at least 2 - 3 h.
Category: Demanding trail. Demanding
Starting point: Syöte Visitor Centre, Erätie 1, 93280 Syöte, Pudasjärvi (google.fi)
Trail Description

 

National Park's Winter Trails 

A mountain biker on a winter mountain biking trail.

Available in the winter.
Travel time varies.
Category: Intermediate trail. Intermediate - Demanding trail. Demanding
Starting point: Syöte Visitor Centre, Erätie 1, 93280 Syöte, Pudasjärvi (google.fi)
Trail Description

Cross country skiing, more than 100 km

Available in the winter. Travel time varies. 

Category: Intermediate trail. Intermediate - Demanding trail. Demanding  Helppo reitti. easy
Starting point: Syöte Visitor Centre, Erätie 1, 93280 Syöte, Pudasjärvi (google.fi)
Trail Description

Other Maps

Syöte Winter Trails Map


Pdf, 2 Mb (julkaisut.metsa.fi)

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.

Gathering at the campfire sites increases the risk of coronavirus infection. Guidelines concerning coronavirus COVID-19