Walking Hiking Canoeing Birdwatching Sights and scenery Ski cross-country on maintained trails  Ski cross-country off trails Fishing Cycling Hunting Bär- och svampplockning Snowshoeing

What can one do in the Sallatunturi Area?

Walk on Marked Trails

  • There are many hiking trails in the area ranging in level of demand. This area is an ideal destination for both day-trips and longer treks.

Go Wilderness Trekking

  • The UKK Hiking Trail, which leads through the area, is the best option if you wish to go on a longer trek. The route offers diverse landscape, several sights and numerous spots designated for resting and for overnight stays.

Go Canoeing

  • The River Aatsinkijoki (www.kylareitti.com) which is near the Sallatunturi Area is suited for canoeing.

Go Bird Watching

  • A diverse population of birds inhabits the area. Birds can be observed, for example, from the peak of Iso Pyhätunturi Fell or from the lookout tower on Ruuhitunturi Fell. Mire birds can be observed in the southern portion of the area from the Topsakka-aapa bird watching tower, which is accessible via the UKK Hiking Trail.

See the Sights and Scenery

  • Visitors can admire gorgeous views from, for example, the peak of Iso Pyhätunturi Fell. The unique natural formations in the area are Aatsinginhauta Canyon, Kaunisharju Ridge and Salmijoki Ravine.

Waterfall in Salmijoki. Photo: Antti Kettunen.

See the Exhibition

  • In Salla Reindeer Park there is a Metsähallitus managed exhibition about the Salla Area. The exhibition features the Salla Area's geological history and the natural features of old-growth forests. The exhibition is free-of-charge.

Ski Cross-country on Maintained Trails and off Trails

  • There is a vast network of ski trails in the Salla Area. There are over 100 km of maintained ski trails. Visitors may also ski off-trails.

Go Fishing

  • In the Sallatunturi Area waters located within state-owned land areas are, for the most part, small lakes, rivers and streams.
  • Hook and line fishing and ice fishing are permitted as Everyman's Rights (www.ymparisto.fi). If 18 - 64 year olds wish to lure fish they must have paid the fishing management fee (www.eraluvat.fi) as well as have purchased either a Metsähallitus' recreational fishing licence (www.eraluvat.fi). Those under 18 and 65 or over do not need to pay the fishing management fee but they must have purchased the Metsähallitus' recreational fishing licence.
  • Permits can be bought from Metsähallitus netstore (www.eräluvat.fi).
  • Fishers need to check the restrictions on fishing sites at kalastusrajoitus.fi (In Finnish).

Go Cycling

  • National cycling route 80 from Kuusamo leads via Salla to Savukoski. The route is marked on the Cycling GT6 Lapland map.

Go Hunting

  • Local residents may hunt according to hunting law 8 §.
  • Metsähallitus sells small game hunting permits for state-owned lands in the Vilma-Savina area 3612. Permits can be bought from Metsähallitus netstore (www.eräluvat.fi).

Go Berry and Mushroom Picking

  • The Salla Area has good berry and mushroom picking grounds. The area's forests offer an abundance of blueberry and lingonberry patches and the mires visitors can find cloudberries.
  • The most popular edible mushrooms are the Orange Birch Bolete (Leccinum versipelle), the Sticky Bun (Suillus luteus), the Pine Bolete (Suillus bovinus) and the Sand Boletus, (Suillus variegatus) as well as the Woolly Milkcap (Lactarius torminosus), the Rufous Milkcap (Lactarius rufus) and the Pickle Milkcap (Lactarius trivialis). The mushroom season begins in at the end of July and continues until the temperature drops below zero in September. The False Morel (Gyromitra esculenta) crop is at its most abundant in late May and early June in the area's young heathland forests, where the earth has been cracked by the roots of fallen trees; either bowled over by the wind or felled for commercial forestry.
  • Nature offers good snacks for hikers. Read more about this on the Hiking in Finland WebPages.

Go Snowshoe Walking

  • The hilly landscape surrounding Sallatunturi is a wonderful place for walking in snowshoes especially along the area's hiking trails. Visitors can rent snowshoes and ask about good snowshoeing spots at tourist enterprises in the Salla Area (www.salla.fi).