Napapiirin Nopia accessible trail in Oulanka National Park.

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
1 km
Duration
0:15h
Ascent
6 m
Descent
6 m
Round trip Family friendly Botanical highlights Disability access Suitable for strollers Healthy climate
This accessible trail close by the Arctic Circle leads visitors to the beautiful Koutajoki River and a lean-to shelter, where you can pause for a moment, enjoy the atmosphere and natural beauty of the site and have your picnic.
Napapiirin nopia is an accessible trail. The gravel-surfaced, wide path is suitable for wheelchair and rollator users as well as those pushing buggies. On this trail you can experience the first section of the legendary Karhunkierros hiking trail. 

The trail is half a kilometre in length and leads you through a light-filled pine forest, offers you a glimpse of mire scenery, and takes you to the atmospheric Rytiniva rest stop beside the beautiful Koutajoki River. The rest stop has a shelter and a campfire site. There is also an accessible toilet on the trail close by the shelter. 

Rytiniva rest stop is an atmospheric place for having your picnic, observing nature and resting your gaze on the eddies of Koutajoki River beside the stop. In early summer, the river is livened up by marsh marigolds with their bright yellow flowers and the song of forest birds. Later on, tiny pink twinflowers add a splash of colour. On a hot summer's day, the bravest visitors can cool their toes in the refreshing waters of Koutajoki or take a dip in the river.

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Difficulty
easy
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Highest point
244 m
Lowest point
238 m
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Safety information

In case of emergency, call 112. Be aware of your location when you are calling.  

More information about hiking in Finland: https://www.nationalparks.fi/en/hikinginfinland

Easy accessible trail. For wheelchair users it is advisable to have an assistant.

Start

Starting point of Karhunkierros trail (Hautajärventie 414, 98995 Hautajärvi) (243 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
66.518965, 29.055018
UTM
35W 591357 7379260
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Destination

Starting point of Karhunkierros trail (Hautajärventie 414, 98995 Hautajärvi)

Turn-by-turn directions

This accessible trail starts from the parking area of Karhunkierros Visitor Centre and leads through the forest to the accessible shelter and campfire site of Rytiniva on Koutajoki River. On the return journey, you follow the same trail back to where you started. 

 

The trail is part of Karhunkierros hiking trail.  

 

Kuusamo-Hautajärvi: 

From Kuusamo, follow road E63 towards Kemijärvi for 38 km, then turn right onto road 950 to Käylä and Salla and continue for 36 km. The starting point of the trail is at the parking area of Karhunkierros Visitor Centre. 

 

Salla-Hautajärvi: 

From Salla to Hautajärvi, follow road 950 towards Kuusamo for 41 km. The starting point of the trail is at the parking area of Karhunkierros Visitor Centre.   

 

Public transport: 

Karhunkierros bus as well as an Airbus operating between Kuusamo airport and Salla stop at Hautajärvi. 

Coordinates

Geographic
66.518965, 29.055018
UTM
35W 591357 7379260
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Equipment

On an easy trail, you will be fine in runners, sandals or sneakers. Dress for the weather and bring additional clothing, a picnic and a drink if necessary as well as a map, a phone, a first aid kit and a rubbish bag. To light a fire: matches and a knife. Bring your own toilet paper.
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Author
Marjo Kämäräinen
Updated: July 30, 2020

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