Primeval forests, mires and a huge diversity of animals
Large parts of the forests at the park are so-called primary forests, which means they are not influenced by human activity. It is impressive to hike through these jungle-like forests with their diversity of trees. Mires and hanging logs spread like a mosaic between the wooden parts of the park. Rivers and brooks meander through the green land.
The nature at the park offers as well an habitat for threatened animal species like the Flying Squirrel, the Golden Eagle or the Red-flanked Bluetail. Moreover, the park is home to the Brown Bear, the Wolverine, the Wolf or the European Otter.
Outdoor activities at Syöte National Park
A more than 100 km long trail network attracts hikers. Some routes are long enough to hike for several days. You can rent huts in the forest to stay overnight.
Mountain bikers find as well thrilling routes through the park. Pros show their skills at steeper routes, while beginners enjoy trying the easy ways. Many of both, the hiking trails and the trails suitable for mountain biking, begin at Syöte Visitor Centre where you will find as well a big parking lot.
From november on about 100 km of prepared ski tracks lead through the magical winter landscape of the park. The view of the snowy forests is charming and the silence of nature relaxing.
Seen from the past and from the bird's-eye view
At an exhibition at Syöte Visitor Centre you are introduced to the past of the region. The focus lays on the interaction of human and nature. Traces of the past are as well present at Vattukuru Ravine, which developed about 10.000 years ago.
A popular destination at the park is Rytivaara crown tenant farm. The old farm was built in 1852, several generations lived here over the centuries in the middle of the wilderness.
From the Observation Tower Ahmakallio you enjoy a wide and beautiful view over the landscape of the park. You can reach the Tower for example on a 12 km hiking tour from Syöte Visitor Centre. The tour is partly identical with the popular Ahmankierros Trail (Wolverine's Circular Trail).