The circular route provides examples of Finnish nature in its different forms. You will also visit a gorge that has vertical walls, carved by glaciers during the last ice age.
This route in the island of Soisalo, close to the town Leppävirta, is an exciting day trip destination for the whole family.
Along the route there are forest areas at different stages of growth and varied natural sceneries. The natural jewel of this route is the Orinoro gorge. It is approximately 200 meters long, with a maximum depth of almost 20 meters. There is a spring at the bottom of the gorge, and snow and ice remain there as late as June. It is cool and moist here, even when the weather is warm. Safe stairs take you to the bottom of the gorge where you can enjoy the unique atmosphere of it, and amaze the power of glaciers.
Take a break on the campfire site by a beautiful forest pond. At the end of the route the path takes you out of the woods and into the lovely rustic atmosphere of the small Mustinmäki village. You will see some strawberry fields and Finnish farm sceneries.
If you only want to visit the gorge, drive a bit further (500 meters), turn right to Hanhiahontie, continue 2,3 km until you reach another car park. From there you can reach the gorge using a shorter path.
There are no safety fences on top of the Orinoro Gorge. The boulders at the bottom of the gorge make the terrain a bit difficult to walk in some places. The duckboards may be slippery. Tree roots, stones and leaves can make the path slippery as well.
There are no services along the route so please bring your own snacks and drinks. You should always take at least a water bottle with you.
In case of emergency, call 112 ( The emergency number in Finland). When the forest fire warning is in effect, fires are not allowed – even at the campfire sites. Although the trail is marked in the terrain, it is good to take a map of the area with you.
Waterproof shoes and long trousers are often needed. On a dry season, you can wear hiking shoes or even running shoes. Please dress according to the weather.
The route is marked with paint markings and signposts. There are guideposts with a picture of the map of the area in the starting point and near the gorge.
There is firewood at the campfire site.
Suitable as a daytrip destination, also for families. Not suitable for people with disabilities.
From Leppävirta drive 16 km along Heinävedentie road (road no. 534), turn left onto Mustinmäentie road. Continue onwards for 830 m to the parking lot of Mustinmäki-talo (Mustinmäki community house), address: Mustinmäentie 83. The marked trail to the gorge starts from the yard. The trail is 7 km long, Orinoro is located 3,3 km from the parking lot.
Alternative, shorter way to the gorge: from Mustinmäki-talo drive 500 m, turn right onto Hanhiahontie road, drive 2,3 km to another parking lot. A marked trail to the gorge starts from the parking lot. Follow the signposts (about 900 m to the gorge and the same way back).
From the Highway 23 (Varkaus-Joensuu) turn at the crossroads with sign “LEPPÄVIRTA 34 km” to Heinävedentie road, continue for 19 km. Turn right onto Mustinmäentie road. Continue ahead for 830 m to the parking lot of Mustinmäki-talo (Mustinmäki community house). The marked nature trail (7 km) starts from the yard. Orinoro is located 3,3 km from the parking lot.
Mustinmäki community house, Mustinmäentie 83 79100 Leppävirta