On a guided national park hiking trip you will enjoy magnificent scenery when trekking in unspoiled nature. When you choose a guided trip you will get much more out of your wildlife experience. With the help of a guide you will get to know the area and its history while listening to interesting stories along the way.
For this hiking trip we have chosen two national parks which differ considerably from each other: Koli and Hiidenportti (Goblin’s gate) The trips are suited for travellers with average fitness and who are keen on hiking in fresh air. Welcome to an all-inclusive hiking experience!
1. Day: Arrival to the Guesthouse.
• Dinner and getting to know hiking program. Sauna.
2. Day: Hiking at Koli
Koli is best known for the magnificent views you get to enjoy on top of the forested hill. Over the years it has inspired famous artists like Jean Sibelius, Eero Järnefelt and Juhani Aho as well as ordinary hikers and backpackers who love hiking in the area. The highest point, Ukko-Koli rises 347 metres above sea level and 253 metres above Lake Pielinen. The view you get from the top has been named the best known Finnish national landscape.
There are several hilltops in the area where you can stop to admire the wonderful view over Lake Pielinen. Underneath the lookout spot of Akka-Koli there is also something called Hiljaisuuden temppeli (The temple of tranquility) which is a popular wedding chapel.
The hiking route: Mäkrä trail 7,2 km. The starting point for the circular route is Ukon Yläpiha (where the hotel and the wildlife centre of Ukko are located). From there the trail goes over the hilltops of Koli descending then to the glades of Mäkränaho and Purolanaho only to go up again to the forested hill of Mäkrävaara. The next destinations will then be the forested hill Pieni-Mäkrä and the glades of Ikolanaho and Mäkränaho. From there you can go over the hilltops back to the starting point at the hotel.
Things to see along the route: the national landscape from top of Koli, the glades, the lookout spot of Mäkrävaara, the place where the artist Eero Järnefelt used to paint and the diverse, untouched nature on the forested hills.
• Dinner and sauna at the guesthouse.
3. Day: Hiking at Hiidenportti
The gorge of Hiidenportti is a spectacular sight. Along the trail leading up to the gorge you can experience the mystical spruce forest and the austere beauty of the the flowery meadow.
Places to see at Hiidenportti:
the gorge with its upright cliffs is the most popular sight of the national park. On the forested hill of Kovasinvaara there is a desolated cabin which gives the traveller a view on the life in the wilderness and presents the local traditional landscape. Also the cultural history of the area is introduced by places like dams for log floating and burn-beaten birch forests.
The hiking route:
The trail follows the river Porttijoki south to the the sandbank of Käärmesärkkä and leads then south-east to the recreational fishing area of Peurajärvi. The distance between Hiidenportti and Käärmesärkkä is about 10 km. Or shorter 3-5-km trails at the Hiidenportti park.
• Dinner and sauna at the guesthouse.
4. Day: Breakfast. Time to say Hei, hei.
The package price: 450 euros per person. 3 Nights, 4 days.
The price includes accommodation in double rooms and full board at the Hiking guesthouse Pihlajapuu, (breakfast, lunch, coffee / tea, dinner, a sauna bath, a packed lunch for excursions, a guided hiking tour and transportation in the hiking trip). An extra day including accommodation and breakfast is available at the price of 50 euros.
From extra charge:
Transfer >< Joensuu, Kuopio, Kajaani
By request May-October Groupsize: Min 2 person.
More information about National Parks: www.nationalparks.fi/kolinp www.nationalparks.fi/hiidenporttinp
Not suitable for disabled or those with limited mobility.
You can arrive by public transportation
Joensuu / Airplane, train and bus > Nurmes
Kuopio / Airplane > bus > Nurmes
Kajaani / Airplane > bus > Nurmes
Sales and reservations:
Äksyt Ämmät Oy
Tel. +358 50 477 2570