Keroharjun kuiskaus – Whisper of Keroharju route

The rugged, beautiful, narrow Keroharju cuts through a large swamp area in the easternmost part of the Oulanka National park. On this wilderness route, the traveler follows the tracks of the ice age and also stumbles upon human history. How did the crown mark the biggest pine trees at the beginning of the 20th century? Why was a wilderness hut with saunas built on Keroharju in the past?

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Keroharju kuiskaus is a 17-kilometer long route. The route is classified as medium difficulty. We take the route from the direction of Salla towards Kuusamo.

The duration of the trip is 8 – 10 hours + transportation. See detailed route description below.

Price includes:
– Guide on the hike
– Transportation from Ruka to and from the route
– Picnic lunch and coffee during the trip
– Finnish National Parks visitor fees

You should bring:
– Appropriate clothing
– Good and used hiking shoes
– Water bottle and drinking water
– Camera or phone to store the memories during the hike

We can provide you the day backpack and the bottle for drinking water

Route description
The route runs in the northeastern part of Oulanka National Park and it is significantly calmer than other routes in Oulanka National Park.

At the beginning of the route, we cross Niihtelysjoki by rowing a cable boat. After crossing the river, we travel along a ridge and canvas terrain, so the terrain is hard-bottomed and therefore quite easy to hike.

After three kilometers, we take a breathe at the Elijoki shelter. From the shelter, we continue hiking along the ridge and across the marshes towards Kerojärvi and its wilderness hut, where we have a lunch break. On this part of the route, we can admire the beauty of the open fields and rivulets and possibly see cranes, woodcocks and grouse, among others.

After the Kerojärvi wilderness hut, the route continues along the narrow Keroharju and diverges at the bank of Karvastekemäoja. On the way there is also the Kirkonnurkanlampi shelter, where we take a short break before hiking to the end point in Harjulammentie.

We can also do this trip as an overnight trip, where we stay near the Kerojärvi wilderness hut and enjoy sauna in the peace of the wilderness! Ask more using the contact form or see here

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12.6.2023 16:00 – 20:00, 19.6.2023 16:00 – 20:00