Starting Points for Trails

Theme Trails 

  • The starting Gate of Saariselkä in the north of the National Park.
    By the Road E75, Address: Lutontie (road) 12, 99830 Saariselkä (Inari). Coordinates: WGS84 lat: 68° 25.0989 and lon: 27° 25.6173'.
  • The starting Gate of Kiilopää in the north of the National Park.
    By the Road E75, Address: Kiilopääntie (road) 620, 99830 Saariselkä (Inari). Coordinates: WGS84 lat: 68° 20.7882' and  lon: 27° 27.7299'.

Other Trails under 10 kilometers

Other Trails over 10 kilometers

  • The starting Gate of Saariselkä in the north of the National Park.
    By the Road E75, Address: Lutontie (road) 12, 99830 Saariselkä (Inari). Coordinates: WGS84 lat: 68° 25.0989 and lon: 27° 25.6173'.
  • The starting Gate of Kiilopää in the north of the National Park.
    By the Road E75, Address: Kiilopääntie (road) 620, 99830 Saariselkä (Inari). Coordinates: WGS84 lat: 68° 20.7882' and  lon: 27° 27.7299'.
  • Kemihaara Parking Area, in the southeast of the National Park. Coordinates: WGS84 lat: 67° 57.7502' lon: 28° 57.2913'
  • Haukijärvenoja Parking Area, in the southeast of the National Park. Coordinates: WGS84 lat: 67° 51.5370' lon: 29° 11.2806'

Montain Biking Trails

  • The starting Gate of Saariselkä in the north of the National Park.
    By the Road E75, Address: Lutontie (road) 12, 99830 Saariselkä (Inari). Coordinates: WGS84 lat: 68° 25.0989 and lon: 27° 25.6173'.
  • The starting Gate of Kiilopää in the north of the National Park.
    By the Road E75, Address: Kiilopääntie (road) 620, 99830 Saariselkä (Inari). Coordinates: WGS84 lat: 68° 20.7882' and  lon: 27° 27.7299'.
  • Kiilo-oja Brigde,  in the north of the National Park.
    Suomen Latu Kiilopää, Address: Kiilopääntie (road) 620, 99830 Saariselkä (Inari). Coordinates: WGS84 lat: 68° 20.8287' lon: 27° 27.5981'.
  • The Smoke Sauna in Kiilopää, Suomen Latu Kiilopää, Address: Kiilopääntie (road) 620, 99830 Saariselkä (Inari). Coordinates: WGS84 lat: 68° 20.7795' lon: 27° 27.5202'.
  • Saariselkä Neste (gas station), Coordinates: WGS84 lat: 68° 25.3607' lon: 27° 24.5068' .
  • Kakslauttanen, By the Road E75, Kakslauttanen. Coordinates: WGS84 lat:68° 20.1164'lon: 27° 19.9753'.
Theme trails (in Finnish) © Metsähallitus 2018

Trails under 10 km

Tankavaara's Urpiaislenkki, 1 km, Circle Trail

Parking Area Bus stop Hiking Nature Trail. Snowshoeing. Mountain Biking. Picking berries and mushrooms.

Available all year round. In Summertime hiking and in winter with snowshoes. The trail is quite easy and in Summertime the gravelled path is accessible by a wheelchair and with a pram.

Travel time 0,5 hour. Recommended direction of travel: anti-clockwise.

Reinder at the trail. Photo: Metsähallitus.

Starting point 
Tankavaara's parking area, Tankavaarantie (road) 11, 99695 Tankavaara (Sodankylä).

Coordinates: WGS84 lat: 68° 10.6613' lon: 27° 05.8279', ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7562678m E: 504029m

Hiking Structures
The trail is gravelled and there are information boards along the trail.

Route Description
Route markings: With green cone -symbol in green wooden poles.
Excursionmap.fi (excursionmap.fi)

In the beginning of the path there is three other paths in the same trakc, and markings are in a different colours. Urpiaislenkki is easy to walk and little variations in altitudes.

Please Note
Path is accessible by a wheelchair and with a pram.

Tankavaara's Warhistory Trail, 1,5 km / Direction

Parking Area Bus stop Hiking Nature Trail. Snowshoeing. Mountain Biking. Picking berries and mushrooms.

Available all year round. In Summertime hiking and biking and in winter with snowshoes.

Travel time 1-2 hours.

Photo: Aini Magga/MH.

Starting point 
Tankavaara's parking area, Tankavaarantie (road) 11, 99695 Tankavaara (Sodankylä). (www.excursionmap.fi)

Coordinates: WGS84 lat: 68° 10.6613' lon: 27° 05.8279', ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7562678m E: 504029m

Hiking Structures
Information boards

Sights
Along the Warhistory trail there are information boards telling about Schutzwall (defence state), which was build in the Second World War by german soldiers in Tankavaara Area. There is a replica of dugout and an old artillery weapon. Please be carefull nearby the old structures, they may collapse down.

Route Description
Route markings: with black cone -symbols in wooden poles. Excursionmap.fi (www.excursionmap.fi)
Biking it also allowed, but the trail is stony and roots make it challenging. Trail can be conect with Kuukkelilenkki Circle Trail, which has two fireplaces and on the latter fireplace there is dry toilet and a Lapp Pole tent.

Please Note
Please be carefull nearby the old structures, they may collapse down.

Tankavaara's Koppelolenkki  3 km, Circle Trail

Parking Area Bus stop Hiking Nature Trail. Snowshoeing. Mountain Biking. Picking berries and mushrooms. Fireplace Open Lapp hut. Dry Toilet

Available all year round. In Summertime hiking and biking and in winter with snowshoes. There is no maintenance from snow in winter. 

Travel time 1 hour. Recommended direction of travel: anti-clockwise.

Female capercaillie. Photo: Petteri Polojärvi/MH.

Starting point 
Tankavaara's parking area, Tankavaarantie (road) 11, 99695 Tankavaara (Sodankylä). (www.excursionmap.fi)

Coordinates: WGS84 lat: 68° 10.6613' lon: 27° 05.8279', ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7562678m E: 504029m

Hiking Structures
Trails' halfway there is a lapp pole tent along Hopiaoja -river, a campfire site, dry toilet and wood shelter. In wetlands there is duckboards.

Sights
The Trail takes you further into the quiet spruce forest. The trail runs in fresh woodforest at beginning. In a halfway comes a Hopiaoja -river's wetlands with forest flowers and berries. In Autum "ruska" colors glow in many red shades.

Route Description
Route markings: with blue cone -symbols in wooden poles. Excursionmap.fi (www.excursionmap.fi)

In beginning of the trail three different trails are in the same track. After one kilometer Koppelolenkki trail turns towards Pikku-Tankavaara -fell. In the fell the trail is quite stony. In a halfway there is a campfire site for piknic. Before and after there is a duckboards, and the rest of the trail is gravelled.

Please Note
In winter it can be done with snowshoes or in summer montain biking, although one must beware of rundown duckboars. 

Tankavaara's Kuukkelilenkki, 6 km, Circle Trail

Parking Area Bus stop Hiking Nature Trail. Snowshoeing. Mountain Biking. Picking berries and mushrooms. Fireplace Open Lapp hut. Dry Toilet

Available all year round. In Summertime hiking and in winter with snowshoes. There is no maintenance from snow in winter. The trail is also available for mountain biking.

Travel time 2-3 hours. Recommended direction of travel: anti-clockwise.

Autum colors in Nattanen fells. Photo: Juho Niemelä.

Starting point 
Tankavaara's parking area, Tankavaarantie (road) 11, 99695 Tankavaara (Sodankylä).

Excursionmap.fi (www.excursionmap.fi)
Coordinates: WGS84 lat: 68° 10.6613' lon: 27° 05.8279', ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7562678m E: 504029m

Hiking Structures
A sight seeing tower at Pikku-Tankavaara fell, duckboards on wetlands. At the end of Kuukkelipolku trail at Hopiaoja river there is two campfire sites and a dry toilet on the latter one.

Sights
Information boards from Warhistory trail and a sight seeing tower at Pikku-Tankavaara fell.

Route Description
Route markings: with orange cone -symbols in wooden poles. Trail rises through the spruce forest to Pikku-Tankavaara hill, which has a magnificent view of Nattastunturi Fells, the surrounding aapa bogs and the great fells of Saariselkä. The return route is through mire. After 4 kilometer there is Hopiaoja -river campfire site and after one kilometer more, the next campfire site and a dry toilet.

Excursionmap.fi (www.excursionmap.fi)

Please Note
In winter it can be done with snowshoes or in summer montain biking, although one must beware of rundown duckboars and ascent to Pikku-Tankavaara fell. 

Tankavaara's Geological Trail, 7 km, Circle Trail

Parking Area Bus stop Hiking Nature Trail. Snowshoeing. Mountain Biking. Picking berries and mushrooms. Fireplace Shelter Open Lapp hut. Dry Toilet

Available all year round. In Summertime hiking and in winter with snowshoes. The trail is quite easy with likely no vincity. There is no maintenance from snow in winter. The trail is also available for mountain biking.

Travel time 2-4 hours. Recommended direction of travel: clockwise.

Koiranjuomalampi shleter. Photo: Juho Niemelä.

Starting point 
Tankavaara's parking area, Tankavaarantie (road) 11, 99695 Tankavaara (Sodankylä).

Coordinates: WGS84 lat: 68° 10.6613' lon: 27° 05.8279', ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7562678m E: 504029m

Hiking Structures
About a halfway trail is a campfire site, wood shelter and a dry toilet at Koiranjuomalampi -pond. A sight seeing tower at Pikku-Tankavaara fell, duckboards on wetlands. At Hopiaoja -river there is two campfire sites and a dry toilet on the latter one. Information boards about areas' geology.

Sights
Features the area's geology, the area's bedrock, the traces left in the area by the ice age as well as changes in surface formations.

Route Description
Route markings: grey cone -symbols in wooden poles. 
The beginning of the trail leads through forest landscape and climbs gradually to the slope of Jorpulipää. In a early summer  and after rain, one should have a rubberboots, while the trail crosses two times over Hopiaoja -river. There is a rest spot on the shore of the beautiful Lake Koiranjuomalampi. From there the trail leads to a hanging bog. The rest of the route follows Kuukkeli Circle Trail. 

Please Note
In winter it can be done with snowshoes or in summer montain biking, although one must beware of rundown duckboars. 

Trails over 10 km

Kemihaara-Korvatunturinmurusta Trail, 18 km, Circle Trail

Parking Area Hiking Hiking. Fireplace Open Wilderness Hut. Dry Toilet

Available only when there is no snow.
Travel time a day. Recommended direction of travel: clockwise.

Starting point 
Kemihaara,  (road)  Savukoski.
Coordinates:

Hiking Structures
Open Wilderness Hut Vieriharju, Murusta campfire site and dry toilet.

Sights
There is a Peace Pole at Murusta, which was erected as a symbol of world peace.

Route Description
Route markings: wooden X -signs.
Excursionmap.fi (www.excursionmap.fi).

The trail begins at Kemihaara (about 100 km from Savukoski), crosses the River Kemihaara before working its way through spruce forests and aapa bogs and then onto dry pine heath. At the end of a reindeer fence hikers arrive at Vieriharju open wilderness hut. The trail continues along low heaths and through aapa bogs to Korvatunturinmurusta. The Korvatunturi Trail is a tourist service trail, which means that permits allowing, ski-expeditions can be arranged there.

Rautulampi Hiking Trail, 22 km, Circle Trail

Parking Area Bus stop Hiking Skiing on a track. Mountain Biking. Hiking. Fireplace Dry Toilet

Available all year round. In Summertime hiking and mountain biking and in winter cross country skiing. 

Travel time 3-10 hours. Recommended direction of travel: clockwise.

The Rautulampi trail is the classic of hiking trails in Urho Kekkonen National Park with its spectacular fell landscapes and major height differences. 

Photo: Anne Saloniemi.

Starting point 
Kiilopääs' starting gate, Kiilopääntie (road) 620, 99830 Saariselkä (Sodankylä).

Coordinates: WGS84 lat: 68° 20.7882' lon: 27° 27.7299', ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7581564m E: 519031m.

Hiking Structures
Day Trip Hut Luulampi, campfire site and dry toilet, Rautulampi campfire site, wood shelter and dry toilet. Day Trip Hut Niilanpää, campfire site, wood shelter and dry toilet. Bridge over Rautuoja -river.

Sights
Scenery from the top of Niilanpää - and Rautupää -fells, old traditional reindeer round-up site of Niilanpää nearby Niilanpää day trip hut.

Route Description
Route markings: Beginning black wooden poles and section Luulampi-Rautulampi-Kiilopää blue and red wooden X -signs.

Excursionmap.fi (www.excursionmap.fi) and Mountain Biking Guide of Saariselkä (pdf, 4,5Mt, julkaisut.metsa.fi)

The descent to Luulampi is steep, so bring your speed under control in time. There are no shortcuts on this route, and there is no mobile phone signal in some areas. For this reason, you should bring repair and first aid kits in addition to food and spare clothing. The weather may change rapidly in open fell areas and visibility may be lost. In the section between Luulampi and Rautulampi, the trail breaks up into several parallel narrow paths, the easiest one of which for bikers runs along the eastern side of the stream. The route has a couple of small stream crossings and a bridge across Rautuoja.  

Please Note
This route travelling through wilderness areas is not suitable for inexperienced bikers and requires careful preparation.  

Taajoslaavunpolku Trail, 26 km, Circle Trail

Parking Area Bus stop Hiking Skiing on a track. Mountain Biking. Hiking. Fireplace Shelter Open day hut. Dry Toilet

Available all year round. In Summertime hiking and mountain biking and in winter cross country skiing. 

Travel time 3-10 hours. Recommended direction of travel: clockwise.

A long touring route with plenty of height differences and landscapes ranging from open fells to spectacular old pine forests. 

Photo: Anne Saloniemi.

Starting point 
Saariselkä's starting gate, Lutontie  (road) 12, 99830 Saariselkä and  Kiilopääs' starting gate, Kiilopääntie (road) 620, 99830 Saariselkä (Sodankylä).

Coordinates: Saariselkä: WGS84 lat: 68° 25.0985' lon: 27° 25.6142', ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7589563m E: 517523m
Coordinates: Kiilopää: WGS84 lat: 68° 20.7882' lon: 27° 27.7299', ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7581564m E: 519031m

Hiking Structures
Vellinsärpimä day trip hut, campfire site, wood shelter and dry toilet. Rumakuru new and old day trip hut, campfire site, wood shelter and dry toilet. Luulampi day trip hut, campfire site and dry toilet. Taajoslaavu lapp pole tent, campfire site, wood shelter and dry toilet.

Sights
Protected old and new Rumakuru huts. Historical habitation of Luulampi -pond. Taajoslaavu-Vellinsärpimä long wilderness like trail section with old pine forest. Pääsiäiskuru -gorge.

Route Description
Route markings: black wooden poles of hiking trail.
The long forest path section between Vellinsärpimä and Taajoslaavu offers enjoyable trail riding for experienced bikers, while the old duckboards will test your balance. Bikers can gather their strength on an easier section before the steep and strenuous climb to Luulampi.

On the fells bikers can follow a broader hiking trail, while in the forested sections, the route goes along narrow walking paths. On Lutto River and when arriving at Luulampi, there is a gravel-surfaced hiking trail which makes for fast cycling. The final section from Luulampi uses a winter track with no man-made base.

Excursionmap.fi (www.excursionmap.fi) and  Mountain Biking Guide of Saariselkä (pdf, 4,5Mt, julkaisut.metsa.fi)

Please Note
Route is long and recomended for experienced mountain biker. A few wet areas and short duckboard sections in poor condition are found close to Vellinsärpimä and in the sections of Taajoslaavu and Pessinlampi. There are no shortcuts from the most distant sections of the route, and there is no mobile phone reception in some areas, which should be noted when preparing for the ride. 

Moitakuru Route, 25 km, Circle Trail

Parking Area Bus stop Hiking Skiing on a track. Mountain Biking. Fireplace Open day hut. Open Lapp hut. Dry Toilet

Available all year round. In Summertime hiking and mountain biking and in winter cross country skiing. Trail is long and due its' vincity quite demanding.

Travel time 3-10 hours.

A route for fit cyclists in the northern section of Saariselkä tourism region. The scenery of Kaunispää, Urupää and Palopää as well as the strenuous climbs and fast descents on this route tempt experienced mountain bikers. 
At Palopää. Photo: Kirsi Ukkonen/MH.

Starting points 

For hikers and cross country skiiers
Saariselkä's starting gate, Lutontie  (road) 12, 99830 Saariselkä (Inari). (www.excursionmap.fi)
Coordinates: WGS84 lat: 68° 25.0985' lon: 27° 25.6142', ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7589563m E: 517523m
For mountin bikers
Neste Saariselkä (gas station), Kiveliöntie (road) 8, 99830 Saariselkä (Inari). (www.excursionmap.fi)
Coordinates: WGS84 lat: 68° 25.3607' lon: 27° 24.5068' ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7590046 m E: 516763 m
For skiiers with dog
Saariselkä Ski resort, Kullanhuuhtojantie (road) 99830 Saariselkä (Inari). (www.excursionmap.fi)
Coordinates: WGS84 lat: 68° 25.5504' lon: 27° 27.2825' ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7590412 m E: 518659 m

Hiking Structures
Lutto day trip hut, campfire site, wood shelter and dry toilet, Moitakuru day trip hut, campfire site, wood shelter and dry toilet, Palo-oja lapp pole tent, wood shelter and dry toilet. Bridges of Luttojoki -river and Lumipallokuru -gorge.

Sights
Views from Kaunispää and Palopää -fells, the old reindeer hut and round up site of Moitakuru and Karvaselkä's haunted hut in Saariselkä.

Route Description
Route markings: black wooden poles of hiking trail.
no markers on the first section (follow the power line); the snowmobile track from Urapää to Palopää is marked with wooden posts with crosses, and the hiking trail is signposted from Moitakuru towards Saariselkä.

As this route requires a good level of fitness and skills in mountain biking and map reading, it is not suitable for inexperienced bikers. Includes climbs where bikes must be pushed. To avoid the steep climb to Palopää, an alternative route further south can be followed.

Excursionmap.fi (www.excursionmap.fi) and  Mountain Biking Guide of Saariselkä (pdf, 4,5Mt, julkaisut.metsa.fi)

Please Note
It is allowed to ski with a dog in Moitakuru skiing track, starting point is then at Ski Resort. Please notice, that section to Kaunispää is not allowed to the dog skiiers. The dogs must kept on a leash and their droppings picked.  

Mountain Biking Trails

 

Latvakuru Loop, 10 km, Circle Trail

Parking Area Bus stop Mountain Biking. Fireplace 

Available when there is no snow on the ground. A bit challenge nearby Kiilopää.

Biking time 1-2 hours. Recommended direction of travel: anti-clockwise.

Climbing over Ahopää fell, following Ruijanpolku path that squiggles through the forest and negotiating its duckboard sections offer a varied mountain biking experience very close to Kiilopää.

Biker can see a lot of things during the trip. Photo: Siiri Tolonen/MH.

Starting point 
Kiilo-oja's bridge, Kiilopääntie (road) 620, 99830 Saariselkä (Sodankylä).
Coordinates: WGS84 lat: 68° 20.8287' lon: 27° 27.5981', ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7581639m E: 518940m

Hiking Structures
Campfire site at Ahopää naturetrail.

Sights
Historical Ruijanpolku - Ruijanreitti is the oldest route in Lapland; it was mentioned in some documents as early as the 16th century.  

Route Description
Route markings: hiking trail markers at the beginning, wooden posts on Ruijanpolku, and at the end you should follow the map (several optional paths). Also GPS track. On Ruijanpolku, bikers must cross a reindeer fence using steep steps and lift their bikes over the fence. A few short sections on duckboards which can be bypassed by pushing the bike. Before Kiilopää, few wet sections, which can be bypassed cycling on the road from Ruijanpolku -trail parking area to Kiilopää.

Mountain Biking Guide of Saariselkä (pdf, 4,5Mt, julkaisut.metsa.fi)

Please Note
A short stony section in Ahopää. 

Sivakka Loop, 12 km, Circle Trail

Parking Area Bus stop Mountain Biking. Fireplace Shelter Open day hut. Dry Toilet

Available when there is no snow on the ground. Various scenery, but a low vincity trail.

Biking time 1,5-2,5 hours. Recommended direction of travel: clockwise.

Sivakka loop, which treats bikers to diverse scenery, stays within Urho Kekkonen National Park. An enjoyable descent, twisty forest paths in places, and some rocky areas and roots will give even a beginner the feel of ‘real mountain biking’. This loop allows you to improve your riding skills in a varied and relatively easy terrain. Also suitable for a more experienced rider for enjoyment and relaxation.  

A moment at Niilanpää hut. Photo: Tarja Tuovinen/MH.

Starting point 
Kiilopääs' starting gate, Kiilopääntie (road) 620, 99830 Saariselkä (Sodankylä).

Coordinates: WGS84 lat: 68° 20.7882' lon: 27° 27.7299', ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7581564m E: 519031m

Hiking Structures
Niilanpää day trip hut, campfire site, wood shelter, dry toilet and Sivakkaoja  lean-to shelter, campfire site, wood shelter, dry toilet.

Sights
Sights from Niilapää -fell are magnificent. A old reindeer round-up site nearby Niilanpää day trip hut.

Route Description
Route markings: beginning blue X-signs, wooden posts on Ruijanpolku trail, from Sivakka on the route follows a narrow walking path, finishing off on a hiking trail.

Mountain Biking Guide of Saariselkä (pdf, 4,5Mt, julkaisut.metsa.fi)
A route with diverse landscapes and terrain and moderate height differences. Care should be taken to pick the right path (to the west, not south) when leaving the reindeer herder’s hut, and also later when turning to Ruijanpolku trail towards Sivakkaoja lean-to shelter.

Kakslauttanen Loop, 13 km, Circle Trail

Parking Area Bus stop Mountain Biking. 

Available when there is no snow on the ground.
Biking time 1-2 hours. Recommended direction of travel: clockwise.

This route follows a trail that makes for fast cycling and lighted ski track from Kiilopää to Kakslauttanen via Tievatupa hut, returning along a snowmobile track close by Kiilopääntie road. Suitable for inexperienced mountain bikers who wish to get to know the sport before embarking on more challenging routes.

Kiilo-oja river. Photo: Kirsti Kuusisto.

Starting point 
Kiilopää's smokesauna, Kiilopääntie (road) 620, 99830 Saariselkä (Sodankylä).
Coordinates: WGS84 lat: 68° 20.7795' lon: 27° 27.5202', ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7581548 m E: 518888 m

Hiking Structures
Duckboards crossing Kiilo-oja river, Kakslauttasenjoki -river 's bridges, nearby starting point campfire site of Ahopää -trail.

Route Description
Route markings: mainly unmarked, but the path can be followed using a map. On the way back, you can follow wooden posts with crosses marking the snowmobile track.
Mountain Biking Guide of Saariselkä (pdf, 4,5Mt, julkaisut.metsa.fi)
A local route close by the road, several shortcuts possible. A few short wet sections at the beginning. After crossing Kiilo-oja along some duckboards, the route continues over the hill to a path following a power line. Bridges have been provided for crossing Kakslauttasenjoki river. 

Please Note
Mainly unmarked.

Kultareitti Route, 13 km / Direction

Parking Area Bus stop Mountain Biking. 

Available when there is no snow on the ground. This trail takes bikers across Ahopää fell, altouhgh it runs mainly pine heath.

Biking time 1-2 hours. 

On this route you can familiarise yourself with the history of gold-mining on the nature trail. To cross Hangasoja, you either have to take off your footwear and push the bike, or try to cycle across. 

Photo: Tapio Tynys.

Starting point 
Kakslauttanen, Tullipalontie (road) 1, 99830 Saariselkä (Sodankylä) or Laanila, Viskitie 1 (road), 99830 Saariselkä (Inari).

Coordinates:
Kakslauttanen: WGS84 lat: 68° 20.1164'lon: 27° 19.9753', ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7580282 m E: 513715 m, Laanila: WGS84 lat: 68° 23.4392' lon: 27° 23.8153',  ETRS-TM35FIN: N: 7586471 m E: 516313 m

Hiking Structures
Bridges for snowmobiles over Tullinpalo and Kutturantie -roads.

Sights
Kerkelä mining village, Kuivakuru gold panning facility, the Shafts of Eversti (colonel) and Carl Gustaf and quartzrock of Laanila.

Route Description
Route markings: unmarked patha. Orange markers on Kultareitti trail, from Laanila to Kiilopää hiking trail markers can be followed. 
Mountain Biking Guide of Saariselkä (pdf, 4,5Mt, julkaisut.metsa.fi)

The route crosses to the western side of Road 4 ; stream crossing at Tolosjoki; the return journey to Laanila follows a path running close by Road 4. 
When starting at Kiilopää, the first part of the journey follows the Kakslauttanen route. From Laanila you can continue to Kiilopää along Ruijanpolku trail and over Ahopää fell, or pick an easier route following the ski trail base. Apart from Kuivakuru and Ahopää, height differences are relatively small. Several possibilities of taking shortcuts using the road.

Please Note
Unmarked path, so following the map will be essential.

Saariselkä family cycling route, 14 km, Circle Trail

Parking Area Bus stop Mountain Biking. Fireplace Open day hut. Dry Toilet

Available when there is no snow on the ground. An easy route particularly suitable for families and inexperienced mountain bikers .

Biking time 2 hours. 

This fairly wide route with even surfaces takes bikers through variable terrain to the flanks of the fells, a scenic valley and Rumakuru day-trip hut.

Photo: Anne Saloniemi.

Starting point 
Saariselkä's starting gate, Lutontie  (road) 12, 99830 Saariselkä  (Inari).

Coordinates: WGS84 lat: 68° 25.0985' lon: 27° 25.6142', ETRS-TM35FIN N:7589563m E:517523m

Hiking Structures
Rumakuru new and old day trip hut, campfire site, wood shelter and dry toilet, Prospektori day trip hut and wood shelter, the dry toilet is situated along the trail about 100 meters from the hut.

Sights
Prospektori old museummining, protected old and new Rumakuru huts, Rumakuru gorge. 

Route Description
Route markings: Black colored hiking trail signposts. An easy-to-follow route, partly returns the same way. A few fast descents and a short, rather steep climb. Trail runs at ski trail base with an even surface and gravel-covered hiking trails. The terrain consists of pine heath and fells with sparse tree cover.

Rumakuru Loop, 17 km, Circle Trail

Parking Area Bus stop Mountain Biking. Fireplace Open day hut. Dry Toilet

Available when there is no snow on the ground. A relaxed spin for a fit biker.

Biking time 1-2 hours. Recommended direction of travel: clockwise.

While this route traversing the open fell landscapes and beautiful valleys of the national park mainly consists of broad hiking trails where cycling is fast and easy, the long ascents make if physically challenging. The strenuous climb over Kiilopää ridge rewards bikers with its views and long final descent. 

Photo: Anne Saloniemi.

Starting point 
Kiilo-oja's bridge, Kiilopääntie (road) 620, 99830 Saariselkä (Sodankylä).
Coordinates: WGS84 lat: 68° 20.8287' lon: 27° 27.5981', ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7581639m E: 518940m

Hiking Structures
Rumakuru new and old day trip hut, campfire site, wood shelter and dry toilet. Luulampi day trip hut, campfire site and dry toilet. 

Sights
Protected old and new Rumakuru huts. Rumakuru -gorge.

Route Description
Route markings: black colored hiking trail markers; keep an eye on the map at junctions.
Mountain Biking Guide of Saariselkä (pdf, 4,5Mt, julkaisut.metsa.fi)

A short rocky section on the northern slope of Ahopää. Close by Pieranvaara, a stream can be crossed either by cycling or pushing the bike. The climb from Luulampi is steep, note the section where bikes need to be pushed in your planned time use. Also note that the weather may change rapidly in the open fell areas, so bring additional clothing in your rucksack.

Please Note
No shortcuts are possible on this route. During the peak time of autumn colours, a café is open in Luulampi.

Rönkönkierros Loop, 17 km, Circle Trail

Parking Area Bus stop Mountain Biking. Fireplace Lapp-pole tent. Dry Toilet

Available when there is no snow on the ground. A local route of medium challenge between Kiilopää and Laanila.

Biking time 1,5-2,5 hours. Recommended direction of travel: anti-clockwise.

Bikers face the most strenuous uphill sections when crossing Ahopää and Laaniselkä. 

At Rönkönkierros Loop. Photo: Anne Saloniemi.

Starting point Kiilo-oja's bridge, Kiilopääntie (road) 620, 99830 Saariselkä (Sodankylä).
Coordinates: WGS84 lat: 68° 20.8287' lon: 27° 27.5981', ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7581639m E: 518940m

Hiking Structures
Piispanoja -river lapp-pole tent, campfire site and dry toilet nearby.

Route Description
Route markings: hiking trail signposts over Ahopää and then ski trail markers along the eastern side of Pieranvaara and further to Laanila. After Laanila, the final section has wooden posts with red crosses marking the snowmobile track.
Mountain Biking Guide of Saariselkä (pdf, 4,5Mt, julkaisut.metsa.fi)

Some of the route follows a path-like snowmobile track, which is less known to hikers. Partly dry pine heath, wet areas at low points of the terrain. A few wet sections around Aholampi and close to Kiilopää. To bypass Hangasoja stream crossing, follow the ski trail.

Please Note
Several possibilities of taking shortcuts along ski trails.

Kulmakuru route, 25 km, Circle Trail

Parking Area Bus stop Mountain Biking. Fireplace Shelter Lapp-pole tent. Dry Toilet

Available when there is no snow on the ground. A good level of fitness and experience of mountain biking are required.

Biking time 3-4 hours. Recommended direction of travel: anti-clockwise.

Kulmakuru route, most of which is on the western side of Road 4, is one of the classic trails of Saariselkä region. Panoramic views of the wilderness from Hammastunturi and the magnificent Kulmakuru ravine, fording Tolosjoki river in two places, a strenuous climb and a fast descent make this route a challenge but also a great experience. 

Magnificent views at Kulmakuru gorge. Photo: Juho Niemelä.

Starting point 
Neste Saariselkä (gas station), Kiveliöntie (road) 8, 99830 Saariselkä (Inari).
Coordinates: WGS84 lat: 68° 25.3607' lon: 27° 24.5068' ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7590046 m E: 516763 m

Hiking Structures
Harrioja -river lean-to shelter, wood shelter and dry toilet.

Sights
Kulmakuru gorge, which is almost 90 grade angle gorge.

Route Description
Route markings: Red wooden posts on the ski trail, posts with crosses on the snowmobile track. Some parts of the route have no markers
Mountain Biking Guide of Saariselkä (pdf, 4,5Mt, julkaisut.metsa.fi)

The fording sections may be more or less demanding, or uncrossable, depending on the water levels. When climbing up to Harripää, cycle anti-clockwise. The western part of the route goes through wilderness areas.

Please Note
The route is not suitable for inexperienced bikers. It requires a good level of equipment, and due to the river crossings, also ability to swim and spare clothing.