Ruijanpolku Trail

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Okehampton, UK44 contributions
Feb 2020
Today we took the 5 euro ski bus from Saariselka to Kiilopaa. Beautiful bus journey through a winter wonderland. Bus dropped us right by the start of the Ruijanpolku Trail where there are several information boards giving details of winter walking, snow shoe and cross country ski routes. You can hire equipment from the hotel next to the trail, there is also a campsite and hostel. We decided to walk the 7.5 km snow shoe route up to the top of the fell at 500 plus meters, hardwork in the snow but the views from the top are definitely worth it. We followed a clear marked route all the way back to the fell hotel and then enjoyed the smoke sauna and a dip in the ice plunge pool a fantastic day out.
Written 28 February 2020
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Milan, Italy299 contributions
Aug 2019
Very good trail, very interesting. Unfortunately there were a very cold wind and no wildlife so I couldn't enjoy it at his maximum but it's an experience that I suggest
Written 26 August 2019
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Jan Willem t
Nijmegen, The Netherlands1,457 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
After lunch we went out to the local Kiilopaa information center and choose to go for the the Kiirunapolku trail, some 7,6 km starting in low toendra forest with lots of small brooks, later changing into wet toendra moss, low birches and higher uphill dry moss and rocks. The path gradually goes up and where the bare rocks started the path went realy steep up hill untill the top. We passed some patches snow, the temperature at the top dropped untill 0 degrees C with the wind, force 6, straight in the face. Sometimes some ice rain came down. The views during the hike were splendid, from the top of the hill at about 460 m hight shows the Lapland lanscape in all here beauty. As a desert of the trail we encountered a couple Gold Plovers with youngs. When we returned at the parking we were satisfied with the quality of this trail, nature, views, exercise and pure clean air! 5/5
Written 11 June 2018
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New York City, NY1,014 contributions
Jan 2018 • Friends
We rented snowshoes and this was a recommended hike. Fortunately we brought headlamps and warm clothing because this was not a hike for the faint of heart! Pitch black, windy, cold and snow several feet deep. We loved it! Fortunately there are guide posts planned along the route which were very easy to use for navigation.

Too cloudy to see the lights but this would have been the ideal spot to seem them :(
Written 21 January 2018
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Saariselka, Finland15 contributions
Jul 2017 • Family
We started from Kiilopää and ended at Laanila. It was easy enough to go with baby in carrier backpack. Well marked historical route through wilderness.
Written 28 July 2017
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Plymouth, UK35 contributions
Aug 2016 • Couples
We based ourselves at the Kakslauttenen resort for a 3 day walking break around the trails. It was the end of the summer season but we did equipped ourselves for a change in the weather just in case and we were greeted by snow the very first morning! After talking to the resort staff, they gave us a map they had produced for visitors/ walkers to the area, they also reassured us that all the trails were extremely well marked out and we would have no trouble following the trails........they were not wrong, they also allowed us to pack a few sandwiches from the breakfast bar available in the resort for our walks! The main trails were the size of UK 'A' roads, they are usually used for cross-country skiers with signposts and large area maps dotted around the area, even in the snow, the smaller trails were very easy to follow. The first day we walked to the Suomen Latu Kiilopaa (Kiiloppa Fell Centre) and to the top of the fell, it was a fair climb but made easier because it was wooden steps all the way to the top! The view was amazing as it is one of the highest points around but this also meant it was very cold at the top. The second day we followed the large trails to Saariselka for a spot of lunch/ shopping and were amazed at the 'hot house' on the way and the standard these were maintained (they would have been vandalised if they were in the UK!). The third day was a shorter round about tour of Kakslauttenan on smaller trails, after the first two days, we were feeling it a bit! You will see local wildlife whilst on these walks and Reindeer were spotted every day! Be aware though that the sun sets quite early around this time of year so it is important to get back before 6pm or so! (In the winter season, the main trails are lit for the skiers!). These trails were spectacular in the snow, not too hard to walk in and I can imagine just as spectacular in the summer season.
Written 3 July 2017
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Kouvola, Finland5,035 contributions
Jun 2017 • Family
Ruijanpolku or Ruijanreitti is a long (30-35 kilometers) and quite challenging hiking route, which goes through Urho Kekkonen National Park and Sompio Strict Nature Reserve. It follows an old route, which was already used in the 16th century and especially in the late 19th century.

You can hike from Laanila (Saariselkä) to Lake Sompiojärvi (35 kilometers) or from Kiilopää to Lake Sompiojärvi (30 kilometers) - or vice versa. I hiked Ruijanpolku with my teenage son (15 years old) from Kiilopää to Lake Sompiojärvi.

We started our hike from Fell Centre Kiilopää. First we walked 2.2 kilometers along the road from Fell Centre Kiilopää to the west to the public parking place (address Kiilopääntie 203, Sodankylä). From there we started our hike (30 kilometers) along the Ruijanpolku Trail. We did the hike in one day but it took 13 hours and it was quite laborious. We still loved it extremely much. However, it could be a good idea to stay overnight in a tent at the midpoint.

The first lean-to was in Sivakkaoja, soon after the parking place. From Sivakkaoja to Pond Kaptukaislampi the trail was narrow but easy, well marked and dry. There are nice campfire places in two different places near Pond Kaptukaislampi. Firewood is available there but you have to have your own matchsticks. This is a beautiful place and you should stay overnight in a tent here if you don't want to do the whole hike in a day. There are also outhouses there but you have to have your own toilet papers with you.

Soon after Kaptukaislampi you come into Sompio Strict Nature Reserve. It is strictly forbidden to stay overnight there (except onshore Lake Sompiojärvi) and you may not walk away from the trail.

The winter 2016-2017 was very snowy and the spring 2017 came late. So there was still plenty of melt water in Sompio Strict Nature Reserve. Partially the trail was still quite wet in mid June. Rubber boots (wellies) were quite needful in some places. But views were much more beautiful here than in Urho Kekkonen National Park. We saw both swamps and fells (Lapp mountains).

The only campfire site between Kaptukaislampi and Lake Sompiojärvi is called Terävä-Nattanen according to the fell nearby. From that campfire site there is an offshoot trail to Fell Terävä-Nattanen (1.7 kilometers there and the same route back). I left my rucksack on the campfire site. So it was much nicer to walk onto the extremely rocky fell. This Fell Terävä-Nattanen (545 meters high) was the best part of the whole Ruijanpolku Trail. The view was amazing and immemorial!

From the campfire site of Terävä-Nattanen it is only about 7 kilometers to Lake Sompiojärvi. On this trail we even saw a lynx. But we didn't see any people during the whole day (33.4 kilometers). So this hiking route is very peaceful. It also means that you are on your own. I don't recommend this hike if you haven't any experience on hiking. But if you have, this is a marvelous and fantastic route!

We stayed overnight in a tent onshore Lake Sompiojärvi. There are a nice campfire site, an outhouse and a well there. Here we already met some other people, because a small car road comes here (no public traffic).

Ruijanpolku Trail ends onshore Lake Sompiojärvi. On the next day we continued our hike to Fell Pyhä-Nattanen (extremely wonderful, see separate reviews), Nalijoki, Riestonaapa and Tankavaara Gold Village.

Ruijanpolku Trail was the best experience of this summer!
Written 29 June 2017
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