Winter Trails in Syöte

A woman snowshoeing in a wintry forest.

Starting Points and Parking Areas for Winter Trails

Vattukuru Snowshoe Trail, 2 km, Circle Trail

Parking. Snowshoeing. Disposal toilet. Nature trail. Lean-to.

Available when the ground is unfrozen. Travel time 2‒3 h, at a minimum.
Category: Intermediate trail. Intermediate

The short but varied Vattukuru Snowshoe Trail is suitable for families with children.

Three snowshoers in a wintry forest.

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

Koordinaatit: WGS84 - lat: 65° 39.1403' lon: 27° 46.8795'

Hiking Structures
Vattukuru lean-to shelter, a dry toilet, a woodshed.

Trail Description
Vattukuru Snowshoe Trail presents the natural world of Syöte National Park at its best. The trail zigzags in an old-growth forest and passes by a large slope bog. You can take a break at a pleasant lean-to shelter in Vattukuru Ravine.

The trail starts from the Vattukuru parking area. It has been marked in the terrain with ribbons and there are signposts by the intersections of the trails. When snowshoeing clockwise, the first part of the trail consists of an ascent onto a rocky area from where it descends to the bottom of the ravine. After the lean-to shelter in the ravine, the trail ascends for a while and then runs along a level terrain, back to the parking area. 

Please Note
Please note that the snowshoe trail and the rest spot are not maintained in the winter, and after snowstorms, they are covered with snow.

Teerivaaran kierros, 4.5 km, Circle Trail

Parking. Snowshoeing. Disposal toilet. Day trip hut. Visitor centre. Sights and scenery.

Available in winter time. Travel time at least 2 - 3 h.

Category: Demanding trail. Demanding

Teerivaara Snowshoe Trail is an excellent day trip destination for those who like brisk exercise. The large altitude differences make the trail challenging.

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

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

Koordinaatit: WGS84 - lat: 65° 38.1343' lon: 27° 36.4971'

Hiking Structures
Teerivaara day trip hut, a dry toilet and a woodshed.

Trail Description
Teerivaara trail starts from the Syöte visitor center and is accessible during all seasons. Beginning and end of the trail goes along the same path (500 m) and the circular trail leads across both peaks of Teerivaara hill. The shorter trail along southern slope leads to Teerivaara Day Trip Hut and is less challenging when compared to the trail going around northern slopes. The northern part of the trail has some challenging, rocky terrain and plenty of variation in altitude. In summertime the trail acts as a hiking trail and during winter as a snowshoe trail. The trail is marked with yellow trail markings. 

Please Note
Please note that the trail is not maintained in the winter, and after snowstorms, it is covered with snow. 

National Park's Winter Biking Trails 36.5 km

Mountain biking. Parking. Disposal toilet. Open wilderness hut. Reservable wilderness hut. Day trip hut. Visitor centre. Sights and scenery.

Available in the winter. Travel time varies.
Category: Intermediate trail. Intermediate - Demanding trail. Demaning

Syöte National Park's winter bike trails start from Syöte Visitor Centre. The winter bike trails are meant for fatbikes and are suitable for those with some experience in biking and outdoor activities. The trails are levelled once a week, at a minimum.

A mountain biker on a winter mountain biking trail.

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

Hiking Structures
Annintupa Day Trip Hut, Koiratupa Day Trip Hut, Välitupa Day Trip Hut, Ylpiätupa Day Trip Hut, Ahmatupa Open Wilderness Hut, Ahmatupa Reservable Wilderness HutToraslampi Open Wilderness Hut, Rytivaara Rerservable Wilderness HutAhmakallio observation tower.

Trail Description
It is practical to set off for the national park's winter bike trails from Syöte Visitor Centre, where you can buy a printed trail map and obtain up-to-date information on the condition of the trails. The wilderness trails run along the national park's maintenance tracks and they have not been marked in the terrain, except by the intersection of the trails.

From the visitor centre, the winter bike trail first runs to Annintupa Day Trip Hut and continues, along a bridge, across River Pärjänjoki. After a couple of kilometres, the trail branches and you can continue either via Selkävaara to Ahmatupa Hut, or to the Toraslampi Open Wilderness Hut. From the trail, you can pop in to Välitupa Day Trip Hut, Ylpiätupa Day Trip Hut and Koiratupa Day Trip Hut where you can light a campfire.

From week 8 onwards, there is a trail from the Toraslampi Open Wilderness Hut to Rytivaara Crown Tenant Farm.

Please Note
The trails are maintained once a week, at a minimum. After snowstorms, the trails cannot always be maintained quickly. When setting off for a winter excursion, even a short one, take a spare set of clothes, food, hot drinks, as well as a map and a compass with you.