Valtavaara-Pyhävaara Trails

14.7.2021
During a forest fire warning (ilmatieteenlaitos.fi), fire is only allowed at covered campfire sites that have a flue or in fireplaces at huts, but only with extreme caution. The one who lights the fire is always responsible for its safety. Making a fire at campfire sites can be banned locally.

Summer Trails
 

Juhannuskallio Trail, 300 m / Direction

Two hikers on the Juhannuskallio top.

Available when the ground is unfrozen. 
Travel time in summer 20 min and in winter 45 min.
Category: Easy trail. easy - Symbol for Intermediate trail intermediate
Starting Point: the end of the Roard Juhannuskalliontie near Ruka Peak Chalets 
Juhannuskallio Trail route description

 

Ruka Accessible Trail, 400 m / Direction

A view from the Ruka accessible route.

Available when the ground is unfrozen. 
Travel time 0.5 h
Category: Easy trail. easy / Symbol for Easy wheelchair trail an easy wheelchair trail - Symbol for Intermediate trail intermediate
Starting Point: the end of the Roard Juhannuskalliontie near Ruka Peak Chalets
Ruka Accessible Trail route description

 

Sinipyrstön pyrähys Trail, 1.5 km, Circle Trail

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Available when the ground is unfrozen. 
Travel time 45 min.
Category: Symbol for Intermediate trail intermediate
Starting Point
Sinipyrstön pyrähys Trail route description

 

Konttaisen kuhaus Trail, 2 km, Circle Trail

A child admiring the forest view from Konttainen hill.

Available all year around. 
Travel time 1 hour. 
See also winter trail.
Category: Demanding trail. Demanding
Starting Point: Virkkulantie road parking area
Konttaisen kuhaus Trail route description

 

Valtavaaran huiputus Trail, 5.7 km, Circle Trail

Two hikers on the Valtavaara trail in summer.

Available when the ground is unfrozen. 
Travel time 1.5 hours. 
See also winter trail.
Category: Demanding trail. Demanding
Starting Point: Saarua parking area, Eastern Ruka.
Valtavaaran huiputus Trail route description

 

Pyhän jyssäys Trail, 6 km, Circle Trail

A hiker on a sightseeing platform on the Pyhän Jyssäys trail.

Available when the ground is unfrozen. 
Travel time 2‒3 h. 
See also winter trail.
Category: Demanding trail. Demanding
Starting Point: Petäjäkuja parking area
Pyhän jyssäys Trail route description

 

Hiking Trails

 

Karhunkierros Trail, 82 km / Direction

Trail is in total 82-km-long and travels through Valtavaara Nature Reserve. Hikers remember Valtavaara Hill as the last major hurdle before reaching the end point, which is at Rukatunturi Fell. The north slope of Valtavaara Hill is quite rocky and worn and therefore demanding. Read more on Karhunkierros pages.
 

Winter Trails

 

Saarua Winter Trail 1.7 km, Circle Trail

Signpost made of wood on the winter hiking trail.

Available in winter on snowshoes.
Travel time 1 h.
See also summer trail.
Category: Demanding trail. Demanding
Starting point: Saarua parking area, Eastern Ruka.
Saarua Winter Trail route description

 

Konttaisen kuhaus Trail, 2 km, Circle Trail

Three hikers on the Konttaisen kuhaus trail on a sunny winter day.

Available in winter on snowshoes.
Travel time 1 h. 
See also summer trail.
Category: Demanding trail. Demanding
Starting point: Virkkulantie road parking area
Konttaisen kuhaus Trail route description

 

Valtavaara Winter Trail, 5.5 km, Circle Trail

A hiker dressed in winter clothes are wiping  frost of the trailsign with a mitten. Snow-covered trees in the background.

Available in winter on snowshoes.
Travel time 3 h. 
See also summer trail.
Category: Demanding trail. Demanding
Starting point: Saarua parking area, East Ruka.
Valtavaara Winter Trail route description

 

Valtavaaran huiputus Trail, 5.7 km, Circle Trail

A child walking along a winter path amongst the snow-covered spruce trees on the fell.

Available in winter on snowshoes.
Travel time 1.5 h. 
See also summer trail.
Category: Demanding trail. Demanding
Starting point: Saarua parking area, East Ruka.
Valtavaaran huiputus Trail route description

 

Pyhän jyssäys Trail, 6 km, Circle Trail

Available in winter on snowshoes or fatbike.
Travel time 3-4 h. 
See also summer trail.
Category: Demanding trail. Demanding
Starting point: Petäjäkuja parking area. 
Pyhän jyssäys Trail route description

 

Hirsilampi Winter Trail, 4 km, Circle Trail

Available in winter on snowshoes or fatbike. 
Travel time 2-4 h.
Category: Medium trail. Intermediate 
Starting point: Pyhän Jyssäys Trails parking area
Hirsilampi Winter Trail route description

 

Antinperä Winter Trail (Onkersuo), 4.4 km, Circle Trail

Available in winter on snowshoes or fatbike. 
Travel time 1 h.
Category: Easy trail. Easy.
Starting point: Onkerniementie Road 19, 93820 Kuusamo. No parking in the area.
Antinperä Winter Trail route description

 

Cross-country Skiing Tracks

 

Valtavaaran latu Skiing Track(10,4 km), Circle Trail

This skiing trail is classified as demanding and is suited for classical and free style cross-country skiing.

There is no specified direction in which the trail should be skied and there is no lighting.
There are connecting trails from this trail to other cross-country skiing trails in the Ruka area, such as the Virkkula and Vuosseli trails.

More information on Ruka cross-country ski trail map (ladulle.fi) (ladulle.fi) ja Ruka ski tracks (ruka.fi).
 

Pyhävaaran latu Skiing Track, 11.4 km, Circle Trail

More information on Ruka cross-country ski trail map (ladulle.fi) ja Ruka ski tracks (ruka.fi).

A hand holding a mobile phone showing Excursionmap.fi. Open the map of Valtavaara-Pyhävaara in Excursionmap.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. 

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