Start the Volokinpolku trail from the Ruukin tupa in Jyrkänkosken Ruukki. There you can easily combine hiking with fishing or canoeing, order transfers or enjoy nice accommodation.
Volokinpolku trail is squiggling around sandbars and lakesides, through a small canyon and beautiful forest. Along the trail you will find resting places where you can make a fire, have a break and enjoy the nature. A wilderness cabin is also free for use for over-night stay. Over 100 geocaches are hidden along the trail.
You can also find a bird watching tower and many lean-to shelters and small ponds on the way. At times the trail climbs up to the hills or descends deep into the cool gorges.
There is a spectacular viewpoint on Jyrkän Holinmäki hill. The Uuranholi Gorge and the wilderness cabin on the shore of Jussinlampi offer wilderness atmosphere. The Susi-Kervinen pond, where the route ends, has a nice lean-to.
Rest stopsMuseum of Ironworks and the Café Ruukin tupa at Jyrkän Ruukki
- The route is well marked and safe, but general caution on steep slopes and stairs is necessary. Stairs and duckboards are slippery in wet weather.
- The skill to read a map is required.
- There are a lot of forest roads in the area that allow you to stop the route at several points. The necessary transportation and rental services must be agreed in advance. At Ruukin tupa, you can get local tips on the route and various accommodation, transportation and rental services.
- It is not allowed to make a fire even at campfire sites when forest fire warning is in effect. Check warnings of the Finnish Meteorological Institute: https://en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi/warnings
Tips and hintsThe wood and waste of Volokinpolku hiking trail breakpoints is managed between 15 May to 30 September.
Getting thereDriving directions from Kuopio-Kajaani road (Vt 5/E63): Turn from Vt 5/ E 63 road to Poromäentie road (road number 5962) and drive 25 km to the east.
ParkingThere is a parking lot In Jyrkänkosken Ruukki, (Museum of Ironworks and Ruukintupa) at the address Jyrkäntie 1881, Sonkajärvi.
Author’s map recommendations
Include a map, regular clothing, changing clothes and a first aid kit. Possibly also overnight equipment. It is good to have hiking shoes because the terrain is challenging: there are plenty of rocks and wetlands. In case of forest fire warning it is good to have portable stove with you.
If you stay overnight in the wilderness cabin you shoud have your own sleeping bag and cutlery and camping cookware. Please note, that it is not possible to book the wilderness cabin in advance, and that the ones who came in earlier, should give space for the ones who arrive later, so that everyone can have a rest in the cabin. So if you intend to stay overnight along the hike, you might need a tent or other shelter.
- 17 Waypoints
- 17 Waypoints