Activities in Korouoma Nature Reserve

12.7.2019
In Korouoma the route between Pirunkirkko and Julmakallio is closed from visitors. The stairs in the route are in very bad condition.

There is a beawer living in the area between Pirunkirkko and Julmakallio. It has caused flood and the river bank has collapsed on some parts. A couple of bridges have fallen down. The route is available when turning away from the path from afar and across the beawer dams. Rubber boots or waterproof hiking shoes are recommended.
Hiking Birdwatching Sights and scenery Climbing  Ski cross-country off trails Fishing Biking Bär- och svampplockning

Hiking and Trekking

In Korouoma there is a day hiking trail "Koronjää, 5 km" and a marked hiking trail leads through the area.

Hiker in Korouoma with her dog. Photo: Minna Koramo.

Sights and views

There are several majestic rock cliffs in the Korouoma area. In summer, the most popular destinations include the Piippukallio and Julmakallio lookout points, and  in spring the Koivuköngäs rapids are definitely something to see. In winter, the frozen waterfalls of Ruskeavirta and Mammutti are best reached from the Saukkovaara parking area located upstream from them. 

The entire Korouoma Canyon is worth visiting. The River Korojoki zigzags at the bottom of the canyon. The herb-rich forests with their rich flora attract many plant enthusiasts to the area.

Indulge in cliff or ice climbing 

Korouoma is the largest and best-known ice climbing site in Finland among climbers. There are several frozen waterfalls in the Korouoma area suitable for climbing. The best-known ones include the 60-metre Ruskeavirta and Mammutti, the latter of which is favoured by beginners. The number and formation of the frozen waterfalls suitable for ice climbing vary from year to year, and depends on rainfall and frost.

The most popular route to the frozen waterfalls is the trail starting from the Saukkovaara parking area. Ruskeavirta can be seen on the opposing side when descending to the canyon from the parking area.

Ice Climbing in Korouoma. Photo: Olli Moisio.

Ice climbing is allowed at all waterfalls in the area. Due to the inherent risks in ice climbing, beginners are advised to complete an ice climbing course organized by a climbing association or a commercial organizayion before trying it in the wild. Climbing associations operating near Korouoma include Koillismaan Kiipeilyseura (in Finnish, kiipeilyseurakokis.blogspot.fi) in Kuusamo and Rovaniemen Vuoristoklubi (www.vuoristoklubi.com).

Cliff climbing in the Korouoma area is restricted to the cliffs at the western end of the canyon. More information about the area's routes is available from e.g. Suomen kalliokiipeilyreitit (Cliff Climbing Routes in Finland), published by the Finnish Climbing Association. 

Read more about ice falls on Sights in Korouoma.

The Pirunkirkko area is out of bounds between 1 May and 31 July to avoid disturbing endangered species native to the area.
 

Other activities

  • Bird Watching: A unique feature of Korouoma is that the Northern House Martins nest on cliffs. The Golden Eagle is also occasionally sighted in the area.
  • Cross-country skiing Off Trails: Skiing is allowed all over the area, but there is no maintained skiing trail network.
  • Cycling: Cycling is allowed on roads and trails.
  • Fishing: In the Korouoma area you can fish with the fishing management fee (www.eraluvat.fi) or with the Metsähallitus' angling permit for Western Lapland 2410 (www.eraluvat.fi). Lure fishing, fly fishing, ice fishing and hook and line fishing are permitted in the area's waters. The permits can be obtained from the Metsähallitus web store (www.eraluvat.fi). Fishers need to check the restrictions on fishing sites at kalastusrajoitus.fi (In Finnish).
  • Picking berries and Mushrooms: Berry and mushroom picking are allowed, as Everyman's Rights apply in the area.
  • Swimming: Swimming is allowed in the area's waters, but there is no official swimming spot

Photo: Tuuli Turunen.

Information for Companies and Big Groups

Do you plan to organize guided excursions to the Finnish National Parks or other protected areas? It is possible due to partnership agreement with Metsähallitus, Parks & Wildlife Finland.

Overnighting

Many kinds of Huts for the Hiker. Please note, that it is not allowed for big groups or commercial groups to overnight in Open Wilderness Huts and in Day Trip Huts