Kuusamo is a paradise for outside lovers and nature photographers. It is stuffed with lovely locations within the nationwide parks, on the Lappish fells and on the banks of the wildly roaring rivers.
Right here is your bucket checklist to the prettiest spots!
There are not any actual mountains in Finland, however it’s nonetheless removed from being flat both! Finnish mini mountains are referred to as fells (“vaara” or “tunturi in Finnish). One of many highest fells in Kuusamo is Valtavaara, situated close to well-liked Ruka Ski Resort. An previous fireplace guard’s hut on prime of Valtavaara gives essentially the most spectacular views to all instructions.
Some of the well-liked lengthy climbing trails in Finland, 80 km lengthy Karhunkierros Path, goes via the highest of Valtavaara on its method to the ending level at Ruka. Each Could 1000’s of path runners rush via Valtavaara whereas competing in NUTS Karhunkierros Path Run, operating 30-160 km nearly continuous. Relying on the various spring climate and snow circumstances, their conquest is finished in both heat sunshine with attempt toes or via piles of snow and puddles of swamp water. You simply must take your hat off to those adventurous athletes!
Valtavaara is a superb place to go to across the yr. There’s a 5 km snowshoe path and a 6 km hike path from the closest car parking zone to the highest of Valtavaara and again. The hut on the prime works as a shelter to hikers and there are additionally a few campfire websites alongside the path. You may additionally spot uncommon birds equivalent to Pink-flanked Bluetrail alongside the path to Valtavaara.
Konttainen fell is a part of the fell vary fashioned by Pyhävaara, Rukatunturi, Valtavaara, Konttainen and Kumpuvaara, remnants of the traditional Svekokarelid Mountains. Solely the toughest rock varieties on the foot of the mountains have remained till this date. Because the rock mattress within the space is calciferous and the world’s microclimate is extraordinarily damp, vegetation is surprisingly lush and versatile. The combination of northern and southern species is exclusive inside Finland.
Konttainen is a well-liked spot for photographing sunrises and sunsets as a consequence of a straightforward and brief 2 km hike to the highest of the fell and naturally because of the nice views one can admire on the prime in the direction of Riisitunturi fell and Kitka lakes.
The parking spot on the foot of Konttainen can also be a well-liked web site for recognizing and photographing Siberian Jays whereas handfeeding them.
Päähkänäkallio cliff at Oulanka Nationwide Park
Finns are often very exact with names, however for some odd purpose they don’t appear to have the ability to determined the right way to name this cliff. Päähkänäkallio, Pähkänäkallio, Päähkänänkallio, Pähkänänkallio… Nonetheless, the view from the sting of the cliff is without doubt one of the most instagrammable spots in Lapland yr spherical. The winding river with lush, inexperienced banks and untouched forests charms throughout summer season. The altering look of the timber alongside the river create an excellent mosaic if colours in autumn. Winter surroundings alongside the river is a chilled mixture of the totally different shades of white and gray.
Päähkänäkallio space is considerably tough to entry except you are ready to drive alongside small forest roads or hike alongside the 80 km lengthy Karhunkierros Path. However this place is unquestionably price visiting! There are not any railings on the fringe of the cliff and guests are suggested to remain distant from the sting because of the crumbling rock mattress, so watch out on the market!
“Pyhä” means sacred or holy, and it’s recognized that Pyhävaara has been a sacred place for Sami individuals, the indigenous individuals of the north. Till yr 1830, a sacred stone referred to as “seita” was situated within the prime of Pyhävaara. Pyhävaara consists of two peaks and because of the susceptible nature and the traditional Sami websites entry is barely allowed to the decrease Pikku-Pyhävaara peak.
Pyhävaara is situated close to Ruka Ski Resort and is a well-liked day path hike spot for friends across the yr. A preferred ski path goes via Pikku-Pyhävaara peak. Take into account although that Finns are born with skis (a minimum of in Lapland) so we recommend giving a go for some simpler trails earlier than trying to overcome Pyhävaara. You may additionally take into account wheels over skis for admiring the snow topped timber, since Pyhävaara could be accessed with electrical fatbikes throughout winter.
Myllykoski fast at Oulanka Nationwide Park
Kitka river in Oulanka Nationwide Park has a number of nice location for admiring whitewaters. Myllykoski is without doubt one of the hottest locations due a straightforward 1 km hike to the sting of the river close to on previous mill. Myllykoski can also be situated alongside Pieni Karhunkierros Path, one of the crucial well-liked daytrip trails in Kuusamo. This place is so well-liked you don’t even want snowshoes to entry the place throughout winter. And as a consequence of its reputation it tends to get a bit crowded throughout June-August.
A part of the recognition is the likelihood to get very near the water on the wood deck subsequent to the mill and on the hanging bridge main hikers over the fast. In case you are aiming to hike the entire 12 km lengthy Pieni Karhunkierros Path, it’s essential to cross over 4 hanging bridges. The bridges are well-maintained and secure to cross, however they could trigger some chills if you’re struggling of concern of heights.
Värikallio rock work at Hossa Nationwide Park
Hossa is situated in Southern Kuusamo, a bit over an hour’s drive from Ruka village. Värikallio consists of 60 totally different rock work and it’s the greatest assortment of prehistoric rock work in Finland. The cliff itself is a steep wall rising from Somerjärvi lake and the work should have been made both from a ship or by strolling on ice throughout winter. Rock work are appr. 3500-4500 years previous.
We will solely guess the explanations the traditional individuals have had for creating Värikallio rock work. Hossa was a junction for water routes so the work could have been used for marking a route or describing occasions. The images in rock work can be linked to looking magic and the painted rock partitions may also have functioned as cult locations of shamanic worship. Photos can also have been painted with a view to assure fertility, since most of the human figures portrayed in Värikallio could also be ladies, a few of them in labor.
Värikallio rock work are totally different from the opposite prehistoric work in Finland because the small, stick-like elk figures are usually not truly recognized elsewhere, and the human determine with a triangle-shaped head, eyes and nostril is exclusive. The shortage of boat photos can also be distinctive. The entire photos present in Finland relationship from the Stone Age have been painted (there are not any drawings engraved in rock). Pink and yellow ochre – obtained by heating iron-bearing clay – have been used as coloring brokers, and blood, grease or egg yolk as the blending agent.
Ikkunalampi pond at Riisitunturi Nationwide Park
Some of the enchanting summer season views at Riisitunturi is Ikkunalampi pond that appears to be hanging on the sting of the hill. It’s an infinite pool created by nature on the fringe of a dangling lavatory. Normally bogs are fashioned in pure depressions the place water gathers, offering a development platform to peat moss. The considerable precipitation and skinny soil of the Riisitunturi space allow bogs to seem even on steep slopes. Riisitunturi’s western slopes are lined by Finland’s most spectacular and in addition a number of the world’s steepest hanging bogs. Along with its bogs, Riisitunturi can also be a well-liked place for photographing slow-loaded timber through the winter.
Kiutaköngäs is without doubt one of the most well-known whitewaters in Finland primarily as a consequence of its dimension and size and the spectacular purple rock wall on the background of the fast. Nicely-marked, brief path leads all the way in which to the roaring stream. The spring flooding of Oulanka river is a outstanding sight. Throughout winter freezing temperatures create an unbelievable bridge of snow and ice on prime of the fast.