Siberian spruces, lakes and distant views across the Russian border
The Ruuhitunturi trail takes you to a variety of terrains, old-growth spruce and pine woods, commercial forests, mire and lake landscapes as well as hills and fells. Views stretching all the way to Russia open out from the viewing tower on top of Ruuhitunturi fell, and Pirttivaara hill also offers magnificent panoramic views. On the slopes of Ruuhitunturi, the trail brings you through splendid pristine Siberian spruce stands, with ponds and lakes also glimpsed on the way.
Trail markings: Blue squares on trees and posts with blue tips, no markers in places
Recommended direction of travel: the trail can be hiked in either direction
The tower on the top of Ruuhitunturi offers great views in all directions!
Rest stopsSalla Reindeer Park
Log restaurant, Salla
Salla Ski Resort
Papana Pupi pub, Salla
Restaurant Kiela, Salla
Restaurant Revontuli, Salla
The trail mainly follows narrow and uneven paths that are rocky in places. Some sections use a wider ski track base that has wet sections. When you descend from Ruuhitunturi towards Salla Visitor Centre via Pirttivaara, there are practically no trail markings, but the path is quite clear. There are many path and road junctions on the trail, which means that hikers need a map. There are no trail markings on the section Ruuhitunturi-Pirttivaara-Salla Visitor Centre.
Consider your skills and the weather conditions when choosing your route.
Follow the markings and signposts. Always keep a map and a phone with you.
The weather can change rapidly. Always prepare for cold and rain; you should be prepared for wintery conditions in spring and autumn even if the weather is warm when you set off.
Download the 112 Finland application free of charge and activate it before starting your hike. Remember that mobile phone batteries run down quickly in cold conditions.
Tips and hints
Read the instructions and rules for the national park at Nationalparks.fi/sallanp
Free trail map are available at Retkikartta.fi
For hiking instructions, rules and tips, go to Nationalparks.fi/hikinginfinland
Salla National Park is located in Eastern Lapland, about 150 km from Rovaniemi and 65 km from Kemijärvi. The closest airport is in Rovaniemi and the closest railway station in Kemijärvi.
Free parking near starting point.
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Visitors should bring hiking gear suitable for the weather conditions, consisting of proper hiking shoes, weatherproof clothing, spare clothes, a map, a charged phone, and enough to drink and eat. There are natural water sources along the trail, but as the water quality in them is not tested, the water should always be boiled before use. In rainy weather, we recommend rubber boots or waterproof hiking shoes, as the trail may be wet in places. You should bring matches if you intend to light a fire, and your own toilet paper.
- 10 Waypoints
- 10 Waypoints