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Route description of the Lake Herajärvi Trail

 

For hiking through the 40-kilometre option of the Lake Herajärvi Trail, you need to reserve 2-3 days, and for the 60-70-kilometre option, 3-4 days. The trail is rather demanding because of the differences in altitude along the way. But then again, the differences in altitude also guarantee gorgeous scenery and other feasts for the eye.


Starting points
The recommended starting points are Ukko-Koli in the north and the Kiviniemi farm in the south. You can reach these points easily by car, and you also find services there, such as accommodation, information, food and drink.

 

Along the trail, you can use these car parks:

•    Ukko-Koli (45 places, Visitor Centre Ukko and Sokos Hotel Koli)
•    Peiponpelto (4 places)
•    Ryläys (6 places)
•    Kiviniemi (10 places, the Kiviniemi farm)
•    the south end (room for a couple of cars)

 

Besides, you can park in the vicinity of the village of Koli and at Koli harbour:

•    Village of Koli (shop, accommodation, café, sauna, camp-fire spot, Koli tourist information, self-service        fuelling machine)
•    Koli harbour (Restaurant Alamaja: sauna, restaurant/café, camp-fire spot)
•    Ollila (Turula camping; tents only), 1.2 kilometres from Ukko-Koli


The three portions of the trail
The trail can be divided into three parts, about 20 kilometres each:

1.    The west side of Lake Herajärvi
2.    Round the south shore of Lake Herajärvi
3.    The side of the National Park.

 

The end points of the west side trail are Ukko-Koli in the north and the Kiviniemi farm in the south. The camp-fire spots of that portion and their distances from Ukko-Koli are as follows:

•Ikolanaho 2,5 km

•Myllypuro 5 km

•Ryläys 8 km

•Kiviniemi 18 km

 

On the east side of Lake Herajärvi, the trail runs from Ukko-Koli to Kiviniemi mainly through the Koli National Park. The camp-fire spots of that portion and their distances from Ukko-Koli are as follows:

•Kiviniemi 17 km

•Ahosaari 16 km

•Lakkala 13 km  

•Pitkälampi 10 km  

•Havukanaho 6 km

 

The south shore portion runs mainly through private land. The south end car park and Kiviniemi are good starting points for this portion. The camp-fire spots of that portion and their distances from Kiviniemi are as follows:

•Huuhkajavaara 2 km

•Ahvenlampi 5 km

•Eteläpää 9 km

•Suopelto 16 km

•Rykiniemi 21 km

•Lakkala, 26 kilometres (if you continue towards Kiviniemi, you’ll come to a point of contact with the east side trail)