What's Currently Happening in Tiilikkajärvi National Park
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.
Situation on the Trails
(Updated 5 th April 2023)
The cross-country skiing trails in Tiilikkajärvi National Park are now open for skiing. The tracks were last opened on 5.4., except for the 4km connecting track "Yhdyslatu" from Kajaanintie to Koseva hut. At Tiilikkajärvi, maintenance drives are still carried out by snowmobiles on weekdays, so be attentive.
The Uitonlenkki Skiing Trail (7 km) and the Kosevanlenkki Skiing Trail (10 km) have a clear trail marker: a blue stick with a reflector on top. A skier equipped with a headlamp stays on the route and finds the starting point, even if it has been snowing or windy, and the trails close up with (new) snow. The connecting track "Yhdyslatu" (4 km) from Kajaanintie to Koseva hut is not marked with blue reflector sticks.
The aim is to keep both skiing trails open for skiing in weeks 9 and 10. The skiing trails are not maintained on weekends, so keep an eye on the weather (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi). The trails can quickly become closed by snow, especially on open sections of the trail, such as swampy areas and on the ice.
Other routes in Tiilikkajärvi
Near the Uitonlenkki Skiing Trail (7 km), there is also a 3.5 km long maintenance track, also marked with blue reflector sticks, between Sammakkotammi and Uitonkämppä. You can also move along the maintenance track with, for example, forest skis or snowshoes, as long as you remember to watch out for snowmobiles performing maintenance drives. You can also use forest skis and open up your own trails.
Cross-country skiing trails map
Please note that the trails marked on the map are approximate, and the actual route may vary, for example on the ice of the lake, depending on where it was possible to make the trail.
No winter maintenance on the road leading to Pohjoisniemi parking area
(Updated 16th of November 2022)
During the winter, only some roads inside the National Parks are maintained. Check the availability from the location maps and leaflets. For example in Tiilikkajärvi, there is no winter maintenance on the road that leads to the Pohjoisniemi parking area. Sammakkotammi parking area should be reachable also during the winter time.
Just to be sure, winter hikers could pack their cars with shovels and a small bag of gravel incase of thick snow sheets and icy slippery hills.
Crossing boats in Selkäsalmi available 15.5.2023
(Updated 11th April 2023)
Crossing boats in Selkäsalmi will be in use again in May 15 th. Instructions for using the rowing boats can be found on the side of the storage boxes next to the boats. Life jackets for users of the boats can also be found in the storage boxes.