See the beautiful old-growth forests, fell landscapes and steep ravines of Salla National Park
The Pahakuru trail takes in most of the finest sights in Salla National Park. Hikers can enjoy old-growth forests, thick-barked pine trees, standing deadwood and ancient spruce forests carpeted with mosses. There are many streams, mires and small lakes along the trail. Fell views open out in several directions. You get to see Iso Pyhätunturi fell, which is the highest point of the national park, and also have a peek at the large fells on the Russian side of the border. The climax of the trail is Pahakuru rest stop with its ancient pines, rocky ravine and the hills of Aatsinginhauta valley glimpsed through the trees. The trail gives you a real taste of the wilderness. The Pahakuru trail is also part of the UKK trail, which divides into two branches at Sallatunturi.
Note: Kylmähete, Tunturilampi and Kaunisharju rest stops along the trail are closed in autumn-winter 2022-2023. Despite the construction works the trail can be used normally, please be careful when passing the construction sites. Check Nationalparks.fi/sallanp for updated information.
You can admire a magnificent fell landscape from duckboards near the Tunturilampi lean-to shelter, with a great view of Iso Pyhätunturi.
Rest stopsPapana Pupi pub, Salla
Restaurant Kiela, Salla
Restaurant Revontuli, Salla
Log restaurant, Salla
Salla Ski Resort
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
Getting thereSalla 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.
ParkingFree 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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