Sininen polku - the Blue Path Recreational Forest - is named after a trail passing through the area in Wild Taiga forest.
Sininen polku - the Blue Path - is an old path between villages. When walking along the trail you may imagine what it was like to visit a neighbour in old times, when there were no cars. Today, the path is easily accessible thus being an ideal day trip destination for the whole family.
The area is worthy of its name: blue lakes and ponds on both sides of the path that runs through the picturesque esker ridge. The easy-to-navigate routes are mostly traversed in dry boreal forest, but occasionally pass by mixed spruce forests and wetlands.
The Blue Path offers excellent opportunities for diverse recreation: hiking and fishing, as well as berry and mushroom picking. There are two Metsähallitus rental huts (reservable wilderness huts), Kalastajatorppa and Särkkäpirtti, which are connected to the routes. The area's forests are managed only in small scale, taking into account the recreational use of the area.
- Ponds and small lakes
- Pine forests
- Esker ridges
More information https://wildtaiga.fi/en/
The Blue Path is also a good winter hiking destination for cross-country-skiing and snowshoeing, but the trails are not maintained.
Rest StopVäärälampi campfire site and a lean-to shelter, Blue Path Kuhmo Finland
Pitkäniemi campfire site and a lean-to shelter, Blue Path Kuhmo Finland
Särkkäjärvi campfire site and cooking shelter, Blue Path Kuhmo Finland
Särkkäpuro campfire site, Blue Path Kuhmo Finland
Own drinks and snacks are recommended, since there are no cafés or shops in the area.
In the summer, hikers should protect themselves from mosquitoes (clothing, insect repellent).
Duckboards crossing mires and wetlands may be slippery when wet.
Tips, hints and links
Berry and mushroom picking is allowed in the Blue Path area. There are lingonberries (Vaccinium vitis-idaea), bilberries (Vaccinium myrtillus), bog bilberries (Vaccinium uliginosum) and crowberries (Empetrum nigrum) in the area. In mires, you can find cloudberries (Rubus chamaemorus) and cranberries (Vaccinium oxycoccus).
Fishig is allowed with a rod and line.
Walking outside the routes is permitted, but it is advised to stay on paths.
Open fire is not permitted even at a campfire site if a forest fire warning has been issued.
Campfire Sites, Lean-to Shelters and Cooking Shelter:
- Väärälampi: a campfire site and a lean-to shelter
- Särkkäjärvi: a campfire site and cooking shelter
- Pitkäniemi: a campfire site and a lean-to shelter
- Särkkäpuro: a campfire site
- It is recommended that you bring your own drinking water.
- The waters in the area are natural waters. You may use the water at your own risk. Boiling the water before drinking it is recommended since water quality varies from one area to another.
- There are no waste-bins in the nature reserve. Avoid taking unnecessary waste into the area.
- Biodegradable waste should be placed in a toilet or composter, and small amounts of clean paper and cardboard can be used as kindling in a campfire. Read more about Hiking without littering.
- There is a dry toilet near every campfire site and lean-to shelter.
- There is a dry toilets also at the Liminsärkkä parking areas.
- Wilderness huts can be reserved in advance for short stays through local nature centres or the Internet www.lomarengas.fi
- Kalastajatorppa wilderness hut
- Särkkäpirtti wilderness hut
- You are allowed to camp temporarily near lean-to shelters and campfire sites.
Drive the Kuhmo - Kajaani road (No. 900) about 4 km from Kuhmo, and turn right to Kekkostie (Moisiovaarantie) (No. 9070). Drive the road about 21 km. The Blue Path (Sininen Polku) signs guide you to the Liminsärkkä parking area next to the road.
Kapustavaara parking area is centrally located on the Blue Path. You can get there by driving from Kekkostie (No. 9070) about 1 km past the Liminsärkkä parking area and turning left. Drive 5.3 km to Karhuvaarantie, turn left (signpost: Särkkäpirtti) and drive 0.8 km to the parking area.
Author’s map recommendations
The paths are mostly easy terrain. Trekking does not require special equipment. At the wet mires there are duckboards. There are bridges over the small rivers and stairs in the ridge area. In dry weather, you can even walk along with jogging shoes. Nevertheless, proper hiking shoes are recommended.