The Kuopio region is an ideal area for hiking. The abundance of water and wide forested areas create good opportunities for the recreational use of the natural surroundings. The Kuopio region and Central Finland in general is known for its thousands of lakes and rolling woodlands. The environment in the Kuopio region is clean and in a good condition. The best season for hiking is from early May to end of September.
Here you can find descriptions of some nature paths and hiking routes as an example:
Puijo hill, situated only 1,5 km from the city centre, is an important recreational area and a valuable nature site. Puijo ridge has several lush deciduous woodlands containing some rare, endangered species and a diverse bird population. The vast panorama of an endless mosaic of blue lakes and green islands can be seen from the Puijo Tower. Marked nature trails 2 km and 4 km.
Kolmisoppi-Neulamäki is a part of the Neulaniemi ridge, which is among the most popular areas for outdoor sports and recreation in Kuopio. Marked nature trail 6 km.
Suovu-Palonen outdoor recreational route is situated about 25 km from Kuopio to northwest direction. The Suovu-Palonen river has succeeded in retaining its natural state. There are seven separate rapids and the height difference between the headwaters and Lake Kallavesi is some 40 metres. Marked route 10 km.
The Tiilikka national park in the most northerly part of the lake district is dominated by the narrow, shallow ridges and sandy beaches of Tiilikkajärvi. This park is also a great place for canoeing.
You can find more information about very nice day trip targets at our internet page Wonders of nature
General information on hiking in Finland
For environmental reasons, hiking is recommended only on marked trails and in special hiking areas. Open fires should only be lit with the landowner’s permission. Except in extremely dry or windy weather, or in the closed fire season, fires are permitted in hiking and camping areas where there are usually special fire places. The most sensible course is to have your own camp stove. Fires must always be put out carefully, and matches and cigarettes disposed of properly. Trees may not be cut down. There is usually firewood for hikers along hiking trails.
Camping is advisable only at official camping sites. Motor vehicles are permitted only on public roads. Off-road driving is strictly forbidden except with permission of the landowner. Swimming is allowed on beaches which are in a natural state and not in the owner’s private use. Berries and mushrooms may be picked freely. A special permit is required for hunting and fishing.
Even on a short trip, hikers should not set out without a map and a compass and should always inform someone of their planned route and its estimated duration. No one should never go off on their own. Trips into the wilderness are organised with trained guides. Guides can be obtained for individual hikers or groups through tourist centres.
Pick up a map of your interest from the Customer Service of the city or from Kuopio Tourist Information. Some maps presented here can also be printed (pdf-files): Trail maps in Kuopio