Hikers descend from the fell to the forest, cross River Riisijoki which peacefully flows in its shelter as well as several vividly gurgling streams. The wilderness peace of Uusilampi provides an atmospheric place to relax and enjoy a picnic. At the Soilu lean-to shelter, you can admire the grand forest-covered fells and the snow-covered trees. A lucky hiker may spot a Northern Hawk Owl in the pine trees, which is also seen in the national park’s logo.
Due to its favourable climate, rare slope wetlands have formed on the slopes of Riisitunturi, and there is a reason for them to be considered the most stunning in Finland. The trail initially circles, and finally crosses, the far-reaching Riisisuo wetlands. The signs that describe the traditions of the area allow hikers to familiarise in both the Bear Skull Pine which is related to bear hunting and Riisin Rietas, which is said to be a ghost that continues to roam the fell.
In rainy conditions, the duckboards and open rock areas may be slippery, and it may be muddy along the path the passes through the wetland areas.
Riisitunturintie, which leads to Riisitunturi’s starting point, is a gravel-covered forest road that is subject to frost heave during wet seasons. Especially during the spring when the snow melts, the road is subject to frost heave. During the winter, the road is ploughed if necessary. Road users should anticipate that there may be a reasonable amount of snow and tracks along the road.
Mobile reception is available almost throughout Riisitunturi, but there may be some small, localised cut-off areas. In case of an emergency during your hike, if you e.g. get lost, hurt yourself or observe a forest fire, call 112 immediately.
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