Experience Salmijoki ravine and its pristine forests, admire the steep rocky shores of Kalliolampi and enjoy the views from eskers
The rugged beauty of the Salmijoki River with its old-growth spruce forests and thick-barked pines is the climax of the journey from Sallatunturi Ski Resort past Lake Kalliojärvi to the ravine. The trail takes hikers to small lakes with rocky shores and impressive eskers with great views of lakes and low-lying marshes. The trail mainly leads through commercial forests. When you approach the Salmijoki River and Vilmatunturi Nature Reserve, the old forests create a wilderness atmosphere.
Trail markings: partly marked with blue markers, partly with blue paint and partly with markers and paint.
Recommended direction of travel: the trail can be followed in either direction.
Listen to the sound of the river!
This trail requires hiking and map reading skills. The signs and trail markers are poorly visible or missing in many places, especially when you leave Sallatunturi Resort Centre. Part of the trail runs along easy roads or paths, while some sections are uneven, rocky and slightly overgrown. There are a few steeper climbs near Kalliojärvi lake and the Salmijoki River.
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
Trail starts from Sallatunturi Fell Centre. The Salmijoki River gully can also be accessed directly via Rojulantie road, which passes between Hatajavaara and Hangasvaara. Follow Rojulantie road about seven kilometres from Salla towards Kemijärvi to reach the point where the trail can be accessed. The distance from the trail’s turning point to the lean-to in the Salmijoki River gully is about 700 metres of easy terrain.
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 very wet in places. You should bring matches if you intend to light a fire, and your own toilet paper.
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