Eskers, hills, birches and lakes - you are surrounded by nature in Nurmes. Hike and trek, cycle in the countryside or fish on lake Pielinen - you name it, there are endless possibilities!
Mujejärvi Hiking Area
There is altogether approx. 30 km of marked trails. Two of the trails do a round trip. The distance from Nurmes to Mujejärvi is 40 km. The Mujejärvi area is suitable for a hiker, who wants to enjoy peace and quietness. It is possible to also do longer treks in the landscape full of bedrocks, eskers and lakes. You can walk in backwoods and listen to cuckoos singing or test your fitness level on the rugged ravine slopes. You can admire the lakes Mujejärvi and Tetrijärvi from many directions and there are several places along the shores to stay overnight. Besides the lean-tos, the hikers can also choose to spend the night in a wilderness hut or rentable cabin. In the western part of the Mujejärvi area, there is an almost 4 km-long and steep-walled Uuronrotko ravine, a magnificent natural attraction.
Peurajärvi Hiking and Fishing Area
Peurajärvi is a small hiking area in the border area of Nurmes and Sotkamo. The area is characterized by lakes with crystal-clear water and lots of fish. The sandy eskers are dry and form a barren ground on which pines and subshrubs grow. The pine forest areas are covered by patches of lichen. Next to Peurajärvi, there is Paistinvaara old forest conservation area. There are round trip hiking trails in Peurajärvi, one of which goes around lake Mäntyjärvi, and the other one around lake Iso-Valkeinen. There is about 15 km of marked trails in the easy-to-walk terrain of Peurajärvi. From the northern part of Peurajärvi there is a short connecting trail to the Hiidenportti National Park, which has excellent hiking opportunities. In the area there are two huts, a lean-tos, information point, five places to build a campfire and a cooking shelter.
Raesärkät Hiking Area
Raesärkät (shoals) is a beautiful place for a day trip in hilly esker landscape. Raesärkät is located 25 km away from Nurmes towards Kuopio. You will see a sign to the right on the main road. The hiking trail running through the area follow an old carriage route. You can find places for stopping and having a break at short intervals along the trail, which makes it suitable for families with children. The area was named after the narrow line of eskers running in NW-SE direction. Besides the eskers, the landscape includes also peaceful bogs, crystal-clear lakes, meandering rivers and old forests filled with diverse wildlife. People have admired the landscape for decades and the area is a very popular local recreation area.
Toivontorni Nature Trail
In Kohtavaara, Lipinlahti, at the distance of approx. 9 km from the center of Nurmes, is located Toivontorni (tower), which allows you to see lake Pielinen from as high as 85m. The trail starts from the parking lot of Haikola house and it's marked on trees with an orange tape with blue stripe. The trail is 1,2 km long. There are guide signs along the trail, on which you can find information about the history and nature of the area. There are also QR-codes on the signs - you can use them to look for additional information with a smartphone. You can also decide to take a steeper route - the distance to Toivontorni is approx. 400m with 80 meters of steep hike. It is recommended to take the only gently sloping, longer route back to the starting point.
Opistontie 7, Nurmes
Hyvärilä holiday and youth centre
Lomatie 12, Nurmes
Ellun lenkki-round trail
Ellun lenkki-round trail starts from Hyvärilä holiday and youth centre. It is 6.5 km long hiking trail to Ellunkota-hut and is used during winter time as a ski track. The trail is also suitable for mountain biking. Next to Ellunkota-hut on the beach there is a spot for building a campfire and also a landing place for boats. The route also has a lean-to.
Kartanon kierros- round trail
Kartanon kierros-round trail starts from Hyvärilä holiday and youth centre. There's also a connecting path from Bomba area to the Kartanon kierros-round trail if you'd like to start from there. The round trail is 2,7 km long and has lights.
Joukon polku -path
A shortish lakeside path to the bird watching tower at Vinkerlahti. Departure from the car park at Vajatie, Nurmes.
Hyvärilä holiday and youth centre: Canoes, rowing boats, Stand up paddling boards (SUP-board), Nordic walking products, bikes, tents, games, snowshoes, ice fishing products etc.
Break Sokos Hotel Bomba (Tuulentie 10): Bikes, minigolf
Konesola Kesport (Kirkkokatu 16): Bikes
Bomba Action: Stand up paddling boards (SUP-board), canoes, rowing boats