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Riisin rääpäsy trail in Riisitunturi National Park

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  • Aerial view of Riisitunturi
    / Aerial view of Riisitunturi
    Photo: Heikki Sulander, Metsähallitus
  • / hiking trail in Lapland: Riisin rääpäsy trail in Riisitunturi National Park
    Video: Outdooractive
  • / This beautiful pond ("Window pond") creates natures own infinity pool when weather conditions are right
    Photo: Heikki Sulander, Metsähallitus
  • / The entrance to Riisitunturi National Park
    Photo: Veera Vihervaara, Ruka Kuusamo
  • / There is a map of the area and other useful information at Riisin rääpäsy -trails starting point
    Photo: Heikki Sulander, Metsähallitus
  • / Riisitunturi open wilderness hut in winter
    Photo: Ruka Kuusamo
  • / Views from Riisin rääpäsy trail in Riisitunturi National Park
    Video: MH Luontopalvelut
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Riisin rääpäsy trail is moderately easy and family-friendly trail that offers scenic views to the surrounding nature of Riisitunturi. 
easy
Distance 4.5 km
1:17 h
106 m
106 m
448 m
342 m

Riisitunturi National Park is world-famous for its photogenic winter sceneries with crown snow trees, but the park offers beautiful views in all seasons. 

Riisin rääpäsy round-trip trail takes you to top of Riisitunturi fell and is recommended to be hiked clock-wise. Riisitunturi open wilderness hut along the trail offers an idyllic place for a break. 

Humid climatic conditions contribute to Riisitunturi's natural beauty, and  the park has some of the finest sloping bogs anywhere in Europe. On the top of Riisitunturi you can spot the crystal clear lake Kitkajärvi, which is actually Europe's largest spring.

 

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Author
Veera Vihervaara
Update: September 13, 2021
Difficulty
easy
Stamina
Landscape
Highest point
448 m
Lowest point
342 m

Safety information

  • If you face an emergency on your hike, e.g. get lost, get injured or observe wildfire, call 112 and report an emergency.
  • Read more about securing your safety during hiking in Nationalparks.fi.

Tips and hints

  • There is no light pollution in Riisitunturi fell, so in autumn and winter Riisitunturi is an ideal place to see the Northern Lights
  • Riisitunturi is also a great place to admire the autumn colours of Lapland. Autumn colours, or “ruska” in Finnish turns the green leafs to various shades of red, yellow, purple, black, orange, pink, magenta, blue and brown. Best time to witness the changing colours of the fell sceneries is in September.

Start

Coordinates:
DD
66.215692, 28.586795
DMS
66°12'56.5"N 28°35'12.5"E
UTM
35W 571404 7344856
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Getting there

Riisitunturi National Park starting point is along Tolva road (Syrjälahti), about 6 km from Tolva Village. See in Google Maps.

From Kuusamo, it is about 54 km to Riisitunturi National Park. Drive north on road 5 (E63) towards Ruka and Kemijärvi for about 31 km. Drive pass Ruka and about 6,5 km after passing Ruka, turn left onto the road going to Kitka. There are signs to Riisitunturi National Park before the fork of the road. Drive on road 9471 (Kitka - Patoniemi) for about 11 km, and then turn to Tolva, which is about 9 km away.

 

From Rukatunturi / Ruka area it is 35 km drive to Riisitunturi National Park. Drive to road 5 (nro 5 / E63) towards Kemijärvi (north) 6.5 km, turn to left Alakitkantie road and drive about 12 km. After that turn left to Tolvantie road (nro 3471). Drive about 13 km and turn to a forest road and drive 1.2 km to the parking area of the national park. There are national park's traffic signs near the crossroad. 

Parking

There is space for dozens of cars and a few buses in the parking area.

 

Coordinates

DD
66.215692, 28.586795
DMS
66°12'56.5"N 28°35'12.5"E
UTM
35W 571404 7344856
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Jade Ylitalo
September 29, 2019 · Community
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
4.5 km
Duration
1:17 h
Ascent
106 m
Descent
106 m
Highest point
448 m
Lowest point
342 m
Circular route Scenic Family-friendly

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