EXPLORER'S GUIDE TO

Riisitunturi National Park

Snow-covered spruce trees and northern lights make this winter wonderland perfect for photography.
Accessible by
Car
Why it's great
Snow-covered "tykky" trees, photogenic landscapes, curious Siberian jays
Watch out for
Hard to reach by public transport, crowds at the main Riisitunturi fell
Type
National park
Country
Finland
Closest towns
Posio, Kuusamo
Accessible by
Car
Local Basecamp
Area
77 km²
Annual visitors
43,700

The vibe in

Riisitunturi

-4 °C

Clouds

07:38

Sun rises

16:01

Sun sets

6

Marked trails

5

Camping sites

3000

kg snow per tree

Things to do

Hiking
Camping
Foraging
Photography
Stargazing
Wildlife watching
Snowshoeing
Cross-country skiing
Dog sledding

Recommended hiking trails

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Before you go

Get to know park rules
Having campfires is allowed only at marked sites when there are no forest fire warnings. Camping is advised only on maintained sites. Biking is not allowed – there are no bike trails.
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Check weather and warnings
Pack accordingly, be prepared, and keep in mind restrictions if there's a forest fire warning.
See current warnings
Peak times and popular places
Summer and winter are most popular. The main Riisitunturi fell and the Open Wilderness Hut can get crowded. Best to bring a tent if you're camping!

Bookable trips

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Frequently asked questions

What are the best trails in Nuuksio?

We recommend Haukankierros (3.7 km, 2-3 hours) and Korpinkierros (7.2 km, 4-5 hours). For a short and easy hike, try Punarinnankierros (1 km, 1 hour). If you're in a wheelchair or if you're exploring with a toddler, you can do Maahisenkierros, which is accessible for prams, pushchairs and wheelchairs when assisted. Starting from Haltia, it's a 2 km long and ends in a nice lookout point. Note that is not accessible by wheelchair during the snowy season.

What are the places to camp in Nuuksio?

In the national park, you can only camp at marked campsites. There are twelve free camping sites, nine of which feature a campfire site, firewood shelter with an axe, and a dry toilet. Our top picks are Holma-Saarijärvi (2 campsites on a cool little island), Isoholma, and Vääräjärvi. For a hassle-free and unique experience, check out the Tentsile Experience Camp.

How can I avoid the crowds in Nuuksio?

Nuuksio is often a bit crowded on summer and fall weekends. Most people go to lake Haukkalampi, since many trails start from there. To avoid the crowds, you have a few options.

1. Don't go to Haukkalampi. For example, you can do Korpinkierros trail, but start from Siikajärvi instead of Haukkalampi (take a bus to Siikajärvi instead of Haltia).

2. If you're feeling adventurous and can navigate with a map, there are unmarked trails in the northern and eastern parts of Nuuksio. For example, you can start your hike from Haltia and go to the area around lake Vääräjärvi.

Where can I fill my water bottle in Nuuksio?

It's best to have plenty of water before arriving, but there's a water tap at the Haukkalampi Guide Hut. You can also purchase water at Haltia Nature Centre.

Are there toilets in Nuuksio?

Yes. There are dry toilets at every campfire site, camping site, cooking shelter and lean-to shelter – and next to Haukkalampi Nature Information Hut and lake Kattila. You can also find bathrooms in Haltia Nature Centre.

I have one day in Nuuksio. What should I do?

We recommend exploring the national park and ending your trip in Haltia, where you can check out the exhibitions and have a meal or drink at the restaurant – the restaurant has some of the best views around the Helsinki region.