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Mäntyvaara – Pohtimolampi hiking trail

  • Autumn foliage at Mäntyvaara Photo: AT

    Autumn foliage at Mäntyvaara Photo: AT

  • The bog sections of the trail are covered by duckboards. Photo: AT

    The bog sections of the trail are covered by duckboards. Photo: AT

  • There are undisturbed bogs along the trail. Photo: AT

    There are undisturbed bogs along the trail. Photo: AT

  • At times, the trail passes through beautiful patches of forest. Photo: AT

    At times, the trail passes through beautiful patches of forest. Photo: AT

  • Boulders along the trail. Photo: AT

    Boulders along the trail. Photo: AT

  • Mellavaara lean-to Photo: AT

    Mellavaara lean-to Photo: AT

  • At points, the trail follows ski tracks. Photo: AT

    At points, the trail follows ski tracks. Photo: AT

  • At Mellavaara, the trail follows a gravel road for a while. Photo: AT

    At Mellavaara, the trail follows a gravel road for a while. Photo: AT

  • The trail crosses over the beautiful Pissioja. Photo: AT

    The trail crosses over the beautiful Pissioja. Photo: AT

  • You can cross the Arctic Circle on the trail. Photo: AT

    You can cross the Arctic Circle on the trail. Photo: AT

  • The shores of Lake Sinettäjärvi grow massive spruce forests in some areas. Photo: AT

    The shores of Lake Sinettäjärvi grow massive spruce forests in some areas. Photo: AT

  • The trail crosses over several beautiful streams. Photo: AT

    The trail crosses over several beautiful streams. Photo: AT

  • In Sinettä, the trail follows Sinettäharjuntie road for some time. Photo: AT

    In Sinettä, the trail follows Sinettäharjuntie road for some time. Photo: AT

  • The Kulkkusenvaara lean-to is situated on a beautiful spot on the shoreline forest of Lake Sinettäjärvi. Photo: AT

    The Kulkkusenvaara lean-to is situated on a beautiful spot on the shoreline forest of Lake Sinettäjärvi. Photo: AT

  • Sinettäjärvi shore as seen from the Kulkkusenvaara lean-to. Photo: AT

    Sinettäjärvi shore as seen from the Kulkkusenvaara lean-to. Photo: AT

  • From Sinettäharjuntie road, the trail continues for some time on Pellontie road. Photo: AT

    From Sinettäharjuntie road, the trail continues for some time on Pellontie road. Photo: AT

  • From Pellontie road, the trail continues along Karhulammentie road towards Karhunulkki. Photo: AT

    From Pellontie road, the trail continues along Karhulammentie road towards Karhunulkki. Photo: AT

  • You should definitely deviate from the trail to climb on top of Karhunulkki to admire the lake views. Photo: AT

    You should definitely deviate from the trail to climb on top of Karhunulkki to admire the lake views. Photo: AT

  • Karhunulkki squirrel. Photo: AT

    Karhunulkki squirrel. Photo: AT

Mäntyvaara – Pohtimolampi hiking trail

The start of the trail is located in Mäntyvaara, or Mänty Hill, 5.4 km west of the city centre of Rovaniemi. There is a residential area on the city side of the hill. The surroundings of the hill are different types of bogs, dry pine forests, and other forest patches. Mäntyvaara also offers tracks for harness racing, go-karting, motocross, and folk racing.

 The hiking trail is a good whole-day trip when hiked one way. It is accessible when the ground is free of snow from May to October. It is easy when hiked in sections, but difficult all at once due to its length (27 km). The trail can be roughly divided into three sections:

 1. Mäntyvaara – Mellavaara lean-to

 The trail is in good shape and partially covered with duckboards. It is marked with posts with orange tops. The area features open bogs and streams cutting through coniferous mires. There are both old and young mixed forests. It is a popular berry-picking area. The difficulty level is easy.

 There is a lean-to, campfire site and woodshed in Mellavaara.

 2. Mellavaara lean-to – Kulkkusenvaara lean-to

 This stretch is easy to walk and partially duckboarded. The trail is marked with orange-top posts. Open bog stretches are crossed on duckboards. The terrain of Mellavaara, or Mella Hill, is mostly made up of dry, mixed coniferous forests. Before Pissinperä, the trail passes through a coniferous mire.

 After Pissinperä, the trail is well-marked and easy to walk. There is no apparent wear on the path. There are spruce mires along the ditches, but otherwise the forest is a pine-heavy mixed forest. You can cross the Arctic Circle by walking about 400 m from Pissinperä. The difficulty level of the trail is easy.

 The Kulkkusenvaara lean-to is located on the shore of Lake Sinettäjärvi. There is a campfire at the lean-to, and a woodshed and an outhouse nearby.

 3. Kulkkusenvaara Lean-to – Pohtimolampi

 The trail is easy to walk and slightly worn all the way to Sonkajoki, or the Sonka River. The trail passes sandy forests along the edge of Sonkakivalo. Before Sonkajoki, the forest turns younger, then into a massive pine forest. The trail comes to Sinettäharjuntie, which you follow to the right. At the intersection, you turn left on the bridge over Sonkajoki, then right on Pellontie. From Pellontie you turn left on Näkkivaarantie and immediately right on Karhulammentie for about 2 km. Turn right from the road and follow the signposts for 700 m until you come to a road. Walk to Pohtimolampi along the road, or starting on the road and then taking the final stretch of the trail across the bog as indicated by the signposts. The difficulty level is easy.

There are no conveniences between Kulkkusenvaara and Pohtimolampi.

 Directions: drive 4.3 km out of the city centre of Rovaniemi along Ratakatu, which turns into Korkalovaarantie; turn right on Mäntyvaarantie; drive 1.7 km to the parking area. The trail can also be accessed from the Korkalovaarantie parking area near the Mäntyvaarantie intersection, or via the Korkalovaara Hiking Trail.

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Vanhamies 10/9/2016 3:29 PM
Olipa iloinen yllätys. Monipuolinen, mielenkiintoinen ja turvallinen reitti yksin vaeltajallekin ja tähänkin aikaan vuodesta. Kännykän kentät (3G) toimivat. Laavut ok. Mielikuvitus saa Sinettäjärveen laskevat soidenkuivatusojat muistuttamaan vuoristopuroilta, Sonkakivalo on kuin (kuin lieneekin) ikivanhaa peurojen valtakuntaa, suokuvien kanssa on jännää arvuutella muistaako niiden sijainnit. Lopetin vaelluksen Pellontielle. Mistään en etukäteen löytänyt mainintaa paljonko siitä on matkaa vielä Pohtimolammelle. Kolmisen kilsaa lienee omien laskelmieni mukaan.

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  • Length: 26.94 km
  • Difficulty level: Demanding trail Demanding trail
  • Time: 12 h
  • Viewed: 17362
  • Latitude: 66.5287162776857
  • Longitude: 25.5367897985077

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    The Pöyliövaara Water Spring Trail is 3.1 km south of the city centre of Rovaniemi and the Kemi River. In the winter, there are ski trails that connect to the Ounasvaara ski trail network. Pöyliövaara, or Pöyliö Hill, is a popular berry-picking site in the summer. The water spring trail is clearly marked in the terrain with red paint...
  • Ounasvaara nature trail
    The Ounasvaara Nature Trail is 2.9 km east of the city centre of Rovaniemi. It is an ideal day-trip destination because of its easy accessibility. Ounasvaara, or Ounas Hill, is not only a famous sports centre but also a year-round recreation area right by the city centre, with marked and maintained trails and several great vantage points. Ounasvaara offers the opportunity to practise almost 50 different sports, and the selection keeps growing...

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