Short but demanding circle trail to the top of Konttainen hill and back. The top offers really rewarding views to lake Konttaisenjärvi and the surrounding hills of Ruka.
Konttaisen polku trail is part of Karhunkierros Trail. Starting from the Konttainen parking area the path ascends steelpy to the top of Konttainen hill. There are tree roots on the path along the way. This short trail leads you to scenic lookout point that reveals stunning views to the surrounding wilderness – a great choice for admiring the sunset and the white nights of summer.
- Trail is marked with wooden poles with green ribbons and yellow reflectors.
- This is a circle trail but please notice that Karhunkierros trail continues forward from the top. Follow the signs and trailmarks. If you want, you can lengthen your hike along Karhunkierros Trail towards Oulanka National Park (follow the path forward) or to Ruka Ski Resort (follow the path back to the direction of the parking area), but please note that that trail is not roundtrip.
- Konttainen is known for its steep profile, so be mindful of the cliffs while admiring the views.
- There are no services or campsites along this trail – please note that making campfire is only allowed in marked campsites.
To get to Konttainen parking area from Kuusamo drive about 28 km along main road 5 (E63) (past Ruka). Then turn right onto road 8694 towards the village of Virkkula. Follow the road for about 3,5 km and you will reach Konttainen parking area.
Free parking area right beside the starting point of the trail.
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We recommend sturdy boots or trail walking/running shoes that are good for hiking steep hill up and down.