Demanding but short adventure and nature trail for families leading over fields of stone and to rock caves. Unique view over lake Oulujärvi from the top of Akkovaara hill.
This tour is only 15 km away from Kajaani city centre.
Starting from the parking place we follow the hiking trail marked in red. It leads us constantly uphill to a fire place. A bit further up we have reached the top of the hill Akkovaara. From here we have an impressive view over lake Oulujärvi and the isle of Ärjä with its wide-streched sand beaches (a rewarding destination on its own). Up here the round tour starts. Follow the sign Luolakierros - cave tour. Although you can walk the tour in both directions, we recommend to hike anticlockwise for a rising climax. Wooden pegs lead the way where no trees are growing on the sparse rocky ground.
Soon we reach the first highlight of our tour, the devel's field (Pirunpelto). The closer we get to the stone field, the more demanding our hike becomes. Reaching the cave of the giant (Jättiläisenluola) we will have to prove our climbing skills. Especially children will find it a bit scary to explore the caves even during daylight. The ragged granit rocks, steep cliffs and dark stone caves are an adventurous sight - an adventure park of nature!
We close the round tour on the rocky hill of Akkovaara. Here we can perpetuate our visit in the guest book - look for a wooden letter box.
Crest your exciting hike with a rest at the fire place. This family excursion is very suitable for kids and parents due to its shortness. Because of its diversity the hike is very motivating and rewarding.
After visiting the caves and the devil's field make sure to have a barbecue at the fire place. Fire wood is provided.
Try the tour with snowshoes during winter!
Be careful and attentive during the this trip, there are tricky crevices and big rocks to climb over.
The correct path is well signposted, but you will find various additional beaten tracks - always look for the next sign.
Sturdy shoes recommended!
Locals tell stories that a long time ago the devil himself has lived on the hill Akkovaara. He lived in the cave of the giant (Jättiläisluola) and terrified uninvited guests if they came to close to his dwelling. Proof of his anger is the devel's field, a collection of big rocks and stones, thrown there by the devil.
The hill's name Akkovaara derives from the Sami language and translates as Grandmother's Hill. Sami people came approx. 1000 years ago to the Kainuu region, bringing their language and rites with them.
Geologically, Akkovaara is part of the 2 billion years old bedrock of the Finnish granitic zone. In the course of millions of years and during countless ice ages the crest of the hill has been carved smooth. The devil's field was formed ca. 10.000 years ago when the last glacial period retreated. To this day the stones and rocks are not covered with soil.
Information about the history of Akkovaara (only Finnish): https://www.koutavuores.net/akkovaara
Find a hiking map (scale 1:20 000) here: https://asiakas.kotisivukone.com/files/koutavuores.kotisivukone.com/kuvat/Retkipolut/reitinkartta_06052017_reitti_ja_merkit.pdf
From Kajaani city centre take Mainuantie (No. 5) until reaching the junction to Vuoreslahdentie. After ca. 10 km turn right to Heinirannantie. The car park Kouta-Vuores Retkipolut (Kouta-Vuores hiking trails) is on the right hand side.
Google maps address: Kouta- Vuores hiking trails leading to the car park, Heinirannantie 146, 87100 Kajaani
Small, free parking place