What's Currently Happening in Tiilikkajärvi National Park 

Cross Country Ski Trails
Winter Hiking Conditions
Winter Hiking Tips


Winter Hiking Conditions

(Updated February 19th 2024)

We are updating this text with current information about the conditions and considerations for outdoor activities in the Tiilika region.During the winter season, there are changes and exceptions, especially regarding trails, movement restrictions, as well as arrival and parking, compared to the thawed ground period.

Currently, there is approximately 60 cm of snow in the Tiilikkajärvi region, and it is quite soft snow. Therefore, prepare for your excursion with forest skis, snowshoes, or sliding snowshoes. You can also enjoy cross-country skiing in national park and also at Metsäkartano (metsakartano.com) right next to national park.

The trails do not undergo winter maintenance, and, for example, at the campfire sites, you may need to do some snow clearing. The ski tracks in national park will be groomed only in February for the winter break weeks.

The Uiton kierros trail has been hiked throughout the winter to an extent that the trail base is quite firm, especially suitable for those using snowshoes.

Do not let darkness and cold surprise you during a winter hike. You can review the equipment for a winter day trip and the most important considerations here in the Outdoor Activities ABC.

The Konttikangas and Pohjoisniemi parking areas are not in use during the winter, and the forest roads leading to them do not receive winter maintenance. However, at the beginning of the road leading to the Pohjoisniemi parking area, along Kajaanintie, a turnout is cleared for parking a couple of cars. From here, it is about a two-kilometer journey to the national park. Read more about arriving at the park.

It is advisable to pack a shovel and a small bag of sand in your car for dealing with thick snow cover and icy slopes or parking areas. Note that plows may not be able to clear snow promptly.

Please note that camping is allowed only in the Koseva and Venäjänhiekka camping areas. This restriction is valid throughout the year. See restriction areas on the map (PDF 8,3, Mt, Julkaisut.metsa.fi, brochure only in Finnish at the moment, map also in English).

Cross Country Ski Trails

(Published February 23 th 2024)

The cross-country skiing trails Uitonlenkki (7 km) and Kosevanlenkki are now open. The tracks were last opened on 22.2. The tracks 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 also open.

The skiing trail in mainly maintained by local volunteers.  The trails can quickly become closed by snow, especially on open sections of the trail, such as swampy areas and on the ice. Keep an eye on the weather (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi)

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.


 

Winter Hiking Tips

(1st November 2023)

Get to know The Outdoor Guide to Finland’s National Parks. There you can find good instructions for preparing your next hike or outdoor excursion.

Please note that trails in the Tiilikkajärvi National Park do not have winter maintenance. Check the weather forecast and the current snow situation (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi). Prepare with supporting hiking boots and use snowshoes or forest skis in the deep snow. Check out the equipment rental opportunities offered by our partners.
 

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