Good opportunities for watching birds
The Levävaara and Latvavaara abandoned wilderness farms
Friendship Park Nature Reserve
Located near Finland's eastern border, the reserve forms a central part of the Friendship Park. Together with the Kostomuksha Nature Reserve on the Russian side, the Friendship Park form the Finnish-Russian Friendship Nature Reserve, which was established for shared research and monitoring efforts in the field of nature conservation. Nowadays also recreation and environmental education play an important role in the cooperation.
There are several trails of varying lengths to choose from in Elimyssalo. The area has a total of 24 km of hiking trails. The rather easy-to-walk, clearly signposted trails take the hiker through a tapestry of mires and heaths.
There are two unoccupied wilderness farms along the trails, Levävaara and Latvavaara. Wetland areas along the trails have duckboards.
You can also ski in Elimyssalo, but there are no maintained tacks. However, snowmobile tracks can be used for skiing. The area provides good opportunities for showshoeing.
Own drinks and snacks are recommended since there are no cafés or shops in Elimyssalo.
In the summer, hikers should protect themselves from mosquitoes (clothing, insect repellent).
Duckboards crossing mires and wetlands may be slippery in wet weather.
It is recommended to use proper hiking shoes.
You are also allowed to walk off-trails, but please remember, that you are not allowed to enter the frontier zone without permission from the Border Guard. The zone is clearly marked on the maps of the area.
Berry and mushroom picking is allowed in Elimyssalo. There are lingonberries (Vaccinium vitis-idaea), bilberries (Vaccinium myrtillus), bog bigberries (Vaccinium uliginosum) and crowberries (Empetrum nigrum) in the area. In mires, you can find cloudberries (Rubus chamaemorus) and cranberries (Vaccinium oxycoccus). There are also raspberries (Rubus idaeus) near the Levävaara and Latvavaara farms
Open flame is not permitted even at a campfire site if a forest fire warning has been issued.
Campfire Sites and Lean-to Shelters:
Camping and Lean-to Shelters
You are allowed to camp temporarily near lean-to shelters and campfire sites.
To reach the southern Saari-Kiekki starting point for the hiking trail, take the Kuhmo - Hukkajärvi road (No. 9121) from the centre of Kuhmo and drive 42 km eastwards, after which you should turn left (to the north) to Juntintie Road. Drive 13 km and turn right (to the east), following the signposts to the Elimyssalo Nature Reserve. The parking area is at the end of a 1-km long forest road.
Saari-Kiekki parking area