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Outdoor routes in Porosalmi forest

Enjoy outdoors on a self guided trip to the forests of Porosalmi. On our nature routes you can enjoy the Finnish nature round the year. You can rent eFatBikes, kayaks, canoes, snowshoes, cross-country skiis, skates, kick sledges etc. from our rental house. Grab a snack backpack for two from the Safarihouse for 32€ and enjoy snacks over open fire!

Take a self-guided trip to nature by walking, cycling or paddling. During winter you will get to enjoy pristine winter conditions while skating, skiing or snowshoeing. Explore the rugged landscapes of Porosalmi on an electric bike!

Ice route open during winter! Go out to frozen Lake Saimaa by foot, skating, skiing or take a kick sledge instead. Check the map to see more information of our routes. You should always check the condition of the nature trails and the ice route at our reception or Safari house. Route usage fee 8 €/person, 40 €/season.

When at the lean-to for a camp fire, make sure the fire is completely out before leaving the lean-to! 
See map of outdoor routes

Season's Rental Equipments from the Safari house

Cafés

Forest Café is located along the nature trails.  In the summertime there is an Island Café in Kaarnetsaari island. 

Check Island Café's opening hours from the Safari house or reception.

Forest Café

Ice Routes

Maintained ice route during winter season to Linnansaari National Park. On this route, you can engage in activities such as ice skating, kick sledding, walking, winter cycling, and, weather permitting, skiing on the trail alongside the main route. Please, wear a helmet when cycling or skating. 

The nearest campfire sites are located on Kaarnetsaari, 2,5 km away, and Pikkulappi, 3 km away. Tickets for the ice route and equipment rentals can be obtained from Järvisydän Safari House. 

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This is how we operate on the Porosalmi outdoor route

The usage of the outdoor route is always at your own risk and insurance. On the route, you are always responsible for the safe use of your own or rented equipment, and take into account the effects of weather conditions (water, snow, ice, wind, frost, slipperiness, heat, etc.). Every man’s rights both justify and oblige: All people whether residing in Finland or just visiting have the right to enjoy nature anywhere in the Finnish countryside regardless of land ownership. The legal concept of “Everyman’s Right” in Finland extends immense freedom to roam but comes with some serious responsibilities.

It is the responsibility of the outdoor route user to respect nature, soil, plants, and animals and to not litter the nature. The Public Order Act requires you to keep your pets on a leash. A faster mover always avoids slower movers; for example, a cyclist always avoids pedestrians. Winter cycling is allowed during the snow-covered period everywhere except on cross country ski trails. Cycling on the trails also poses a safety risk. Lighting a fire is only allowed at built and marked fireplaces. Do not light a fire when a forest or grass fire warning is in effect.

Please see the valid warnings: www.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi.

If you have an emergency during your trip, such as getting lost, getting injured, or detecting a wildfire, call the general emergency number 112 and make an emergency report. In minor cases, you can call the Järvisydän reception on 0600 413 160 (0,65€/min + operator fees). Let’s enjoy hiking in nature!

Route descriptions of the Porosalmi outdoor routes

Korvoli Route 3,3km

The Korvoli Route is a 3,3 kilometers long ring route for dog sleds and walking the dogs. Considering the dogs, the route can also be used by mountain bike or by foot. The route is about three meters wide and paved. The route goes around the Korvoli Hill area, where the elevation differences are moderate. A visible landmark is the radio tower in the middle of the route. Temporarily closed. 

Korpinkallio Route 2,4 km

The Korpinkallio Route is an additional 2,4 kilometers long route, which is suitable for walking and mountain biking. The route is about three meters wide and paved. The route goes around rocky terrain, and the elevation differences are remarkable. Roaming on the cliffs requires caution, especially in rainy weather and during the winter. There are several viewpoints along the route.

Muurasuo Route 7,8 km

The Muurasuo Route is 3,9 kilometers long in one direction and 7,8 kilometers back and forth. The route is about three meters wide and paved. During the winter, Muurasuo Route is a cross country ski trail. Winter cycling is allowed on the edge of the ski track. The route goes around varied terrain and is not suitable for non-experienced skiers. There is an observation tower along the route. Two sheds are also located close by the route.

Vuorten Reitti Route 3 km

The Vuorten Reitti Route is a 3,0 kilometers long ring trail that is suitable for walking and trail running in summer and snowshoeing in winter. The route is marked by wooden poles. It is patchy and natural, and it has not been paved. The route goes around rocky terrain, and the elevation differences are remarkable. Roaming on the cliffs requires caution, especially in rainy weather and during the winter. Along the route there is an observation tower and two sheds.

Map of Porosalmi routes

Route descriptions of the Porosalmi outdoor routes

Mustinlampi Route 4,4 km

The Mustinlampi Route is a 4,4 kilometers long ring route made for walking and mountain biking. Guided tours by motor vehicles are also done on this route. The route is about three meters wide and paved. There are remarkable altitude differences along the route. Roaming on the cliffs requires caution, especially in rainy weather and during the. Along the route there is an observation tower and two sheds.

Pirunkirkkovuori Route 1,2 km

The Pirunkirkkovuori Route is 0,6 kilometers long one direction and 1,2 kilometers back and forth. The route is made for walking and snowshoeing during the winter.

Hietalampi Route 2 km

The Hietalampi Route is 1 kilometer long one direction and 2 kilometers back and forth. The route is made for walking and snowshoeing in winter.

Kaarnetsaari Tour 1,5km

The Kaarnetsaari Tour is a 1,5 kilometers long ring trail that is suitable for walking and trail running in summer and snowshoeing in winter. The route is marked by wooden poles. It is patchy and natural, and it has not been paved. Kaarnetsaari is an island that can be reached along the Haukivesi Route, depending on the season. Kaarnetsaari’s specialties are the Animals of Finland AR nature trail and the proximity to Linnansaari National Park.

Haukivesi Route 5,4 km

The Haukivesi Route is about 2,7 kilometers long in one direction and about 5,4 kilometers back and forth. Haukivesi Route is a route on the water. In summer, the route is for kayaking. In winter if the ice situation allows, you can walk, ski or skate on the route. In water areas, special caution should be taken throughout the year.

You can report fallen trees or other obstacles or damaged structures of the trails to the Järvisydän reception on 0600 413 160 (0,65€/min + operator fees).

Map of Porosalmi routes

Animals of Finland AR Nature Trail

Welcome to a trip to Finnish nature! The Animals of Finland AR Nature Trail will guide you through augmented reality to learn about the wonderful animal species in our nature in an inspiring way and based on facts. You can experience nature on your own mobile device (phone or tablet) and to get the best experience, we recommend you use headphones during the tour. The nature trail uses augmented reality (AR) technology and is ideal for example families and school groups, as well as both domestic and international travelers.

The Animals of Finland AR Nature Trail has been built along the Kaarnetsaari Tour. It is a 1,5 kilometers long ring route that can be detoured in either direction. At both ends of the route is a starting point board and instructions for downloading the mobile app needed for the tour. Along the nature trail, you can get to know, for example, the prey methods of the boreal owl (Aegolius funereus), the habitat of the Siberian flying squirrel (Pteromys volans), the swimming skills of the otter and the playing sounds of the western capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus). The Animals of Finland AR Nature Trail supports learning in the nature, and the high quality, diverse content makes your nature experience unforgettable.

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