Hiking and trail running

There are plenty of hiking and trail running opportunities in the Inari-Saariselkä region. The Urho Kekkonen National Park provides a variety of opportunities for day trips as well as being an outstanding setting for traditional wilderness hiking. There are many wilderness cabins open for the public, day trip cabins, bookable wilderness cabins and rental wilderness cabins in the Urho Kekkonen National Park. The starting points for many hiking routes are found close to the centre of the Saariselkä resort and Fell Centre Kiilopää.

The Inari Hiking Area (near Inari village) has numerous beautiful hiking and running trails. From Sámi Museum and Nature Centre Siida you can walk through the forest to reach the picturesque old Pielpajärvi Wilderness Church. You can also take the Nature and Culture Trail of Juutua from Siida and follow the trail along River Juutuanjoki. Some of the trail is easy and also accessible for visitors with wheelchairs if assisted, for example the route to the Jäniskoski white water section.

There is also a variety of different amenities for hikers from rental cabins to campfire sites and outdoor toilet facilities. Lemmenjoki National Park is Finland’s largest national park. In the basic zone of the Lemmenjoki National Park, there are about 60 kilometres of marked trails.

The park also has plenty of wild places to explore off the beaten track. Saariselkä summer trail map: https://saariselka.com/saariselka/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/kesareittikartta.pdf

Hiking trails in Urho Kekkonen National Park http://www.nationalparks.fi/en/urhokekkonennp/trails Urho Kekkonen National Park, Destination Brochure: https://julkaisut.metsa.fi/assets/pdf/lp/Esitteet/ukpuistoeng.pdf

Cabins in Urho Kekkonen National Park: http://www.nationalparks.fi/huts/typesofhuts/rulesforusingopenwildernesshuts

Inari Hiking Area http://www.nationalparks.fi/en/inari

Inari Hiking Area trails: http://www.nationalparks.fi/en/inari/trails

Lemmenjoki National Park: http://www.nationalparks.fi/en/lemmenjokinp

Equipment hire: https://www.laplandsafaris.com/en/rentals https://www.kiilopaa.fi/en/other-services/equipment-rental.html