Tahko has the longest outdoor stairs in Finland. On this circular route you get to climb the stairs, admire the views and enjoy the special atmosphere of Huutavanholma concervation area.
Huutavanholman kierros hiking route begins by walking over the longest pontoon bridge in Finland, that goes across Tahkolahti bay area. Then it is time for the longest stairs in Finland! They were built in 2017, and they offer you a direct (yet demanding) route up to Tahko hill. After climbing the 1054 steps, you will see that view is totally worth the effort. A labyrinth of lakes, islands and forest continues as far as the eye can see.
After admiring the views, the path takes you into the woods. You walk down a beautiful but partly rather rocky path until you reach the wonderful Huutavanholma conservation area. Take a moment to enjoy the atmosphere of this area. This special place has lush and rare flora, rocky terrain and a lovely stream that runs through the area. You will go over the stream by a small bridge and continue along the rocky path towards Tahko center.
The rocky paths may be slippery in damp weather.
The path is partly difficult to walk because of the steep hills. Be careful at the steep parts of the path.
When the forest fire warning is in effect, fires are not allowed outside.
There are services along the route but please check the opening hours before leaving, and if needed bring your own snacks and drinks. You should always take least a water bottle with you.
Although the trail is marked in the terrain, it is good to take a map of the area with you.
In case of emergency, call 112 ( The emergency number in Finland).
It is good to have sturdy boots, and in wet weather waterproof shoes. Always dress according to the weather.
Tahko stairs are made of wood. Please note, that it is not allowed to use studded shoes or sharp walking sticks in them.
See the versatile services of Tahko area in www.tahko.com.
Tahko is easy to reach by car, and there are signposts leading to Tahko, whether you arrive from the South or from the North.
You can find free parking areas in the Tahkolahti bay area (Tahkolaaksontie 4) and in the front- and backyard of Break Sokos Hotel Tahko (Sääskiniementie 560) .