Hiking The Saariselka

The MOST popular hiking trail in Finland.

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In the Finnish Lapland of Saariselka, there is a 40 km trail with two refreshing river crossings. Start from Saariselkä and head south on a trail running alongside Highway 4. After a while you turn right onto a forest road which soon turns into a trail. The first river-crossing comes here (not too deep but always cold). Now youre in real wildernes, so be careful. After going over some fells, the trail dips steeply into a valley and you come up on the second river. You ll have to push up the other bank, but soon youll be on a sand road, which is predominantly downhill. Following this is another sand road going up over the shoulder of mt.Kaunispää. Here I suggest you take the tarmac road up to the summit for a great downhill into Saariselkä. The hiking trail is marked, but I strongly suggest getting a map


Local Contact(s):  Finland Tourism (212) 949-2333.

Best Season:  Jul. - Aug.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Date Published:  1/3/2016

Date Updated:  6/23/2016

ID:  6742


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