Level of difficulty: Easy
The village of Vuokko is one of
the biggest villages of Juuka, in middle of highway number 6 on the lake
of Pielinen. The economic structure of Vuokko focuses on agriculture
and forestry. In Vuokko, there's approximately 500 inhabitants - the
habitation locates on the both sides of the lake of Vuokko. The lake of
Vuokko separates the village into five sections: Vihtasuo, Southern-,
Central-, Western- and Northern-Vuokko. There's no the Eastern-Vuokko at
all, because the lake of Pielinen is on its place.
The bird-watching tower of Vuokko
In Vuokko, there is a bird-watching tower made by bird enthusiasts of Juuka. The Lake of Vuokko (Vuokonjärvi) is
part of a national protection program of bird waters. On a clearance
made in the year 1999, there were over 50 bird species discovered
nesting in the area. In addition, there’s a show of different kind of
birdhouses next to the path that leads you to the tower.
Path: Turn to Nurmes, drive 10km and turn to
Vuokontie. Continue this road for 6,5km, and you will find a spread on
the left where you can leave your car. The one kilometer long path to
the bird-watching tower starts from there.
The river of Vuokko and the rock cut
From the River of Vuokko you can find a bridge which is made in the
1900’s by using only natural rocks. At a same place there has been mined
a rock cut over more than 200 meters – because of this, there has been
formed a wide farmland area.
Adress: Vuokontie 698
Härkilouhi is a magnificent rock formation in the island of Ruottila. The island of Ruottila is located in the lake of Vuokko (Vuokonjärvi),
and the rock formation of Härkilouhi can be admired from the summer
theatre of Vuokonjärvi. The landscape offers a beautiful sight of
Finnish forests and the lake of Vuokko.
Adress: Vuokontie 1035
The Monastery area of Pyötikkö
The Monastery area of Pyötikkö is built by the old-fashioned orthodox
monks in the 1850’s. The old-fashioned didn’t approve the reformation
of the church customs made by Russians in the 1600’s - instead they
wanted to hold on their fathers’ religion’s practices. Because of
persecution of the old-fashioned, they escaped to Vuokko and proceeded
to practice religion in the monastery as well as made a research of
religious writings. The last old-fashioned orthodox lived in Vuokko in
the late 1800’s.
The original monastery building has been removed, but there stands a
tsasouna that has been sanctified for the elevation of the Holy Cross.
Also the old graveyard has been renovated.
Address: Kojonniementie 310
The cultural landscape of Central-Vuokko
The cultural landscape has been renovated by repairing the stone
fences surrounding the buildings and the riverside. Also, there have
been built point fences. The ecumenical culture of the area is present
in the picturesque Fisherman’s tsasouna. You can visit the tsasouna over
the year. You can also find several house ruins from the Stone Age and
stone objects from 1500-1600’s.
Adress: Keski-Vuokon tie 130
The area- and terrain maps of the Vuokko