Ruuhitunturi trail, 16 km

Ruuhitunturi is famed for its scenery of beautiful snowy trees that quickens the heart. However, crown snow load on trees is typically not seen in the summer despite the fact that Salla is located in the Arctic. Salla is part of a barren weather zone. The climate is quite continental compared to most of Lapland. The Arctic Circle passes through Salla, as does the line at which the average annual temperature reaches zero degrees Celsius.

Climb up to the Ruuhitunturi observation tower and enjoy the scenery of pure nature

The harsh conditions have naturally left their mark on the landscape as well as local people. Survival has always been the first priority. Even out in the wilderness, far from other people.

Climb up to the Ruuhitunturi observation tower and enjoy the scenery of pure nature. Only a variable landscape of fells and trees as far as the eye can see. The local landscape has enchanted many a visitor to Salla.  As in any populated area, “culture” or human activity has inevitably shaped the landscape. The area has been inhabited since the Stone Age by people who have hunted, fished, dug pits, built dwellings and cleared land for farming. Numerous large logging sites and even more numerous small logging sites are part of Salla’s history. It is another way the wilderness has supported the survival of its inhabitants, by providing a source of wood and income. Looking at the traces of old felling operations, you see how nature gradually heals its wounds. The oldest traces are not even visible anymore. Of course, new traces are constantly left, but ultimately the wilderness will once again go back to being wilderness.

Trail difficulty rating


Services on the trail:

The trail is marked by blue square signs attached to trees. There are lean-tos in Hangasjärvi, Siskelilampi and Kolmiloukkonen and a day hut in Ruuhitunturi. There is an observation tower at the top of Ruuhitunturi fell. There are water sources at the start and end of the trail.

Estimated duration

6–8 hours

Trail conditions, related risks and recommended equipment

The trail is mostly narrow and uneven. It is also rocky in places. Recommended footwear: in the summer season, waterproof high-cut hiking boots or rubber boots.

Description of the natural environment

Varied terrain: commercial forest, dry heath forest, more wilderness-like spruce-dominated forests, bogs and loose rock mass up around the bare peak of the fell.

Description of the cultural environment

Fell scenery and wilderness.


Near Sallatunturi fell. The trail starts behind the Sallatunturin Tuvat hotel. The trail can be accessed from Salla Reindeer Park, approximately 14 kilometres from Salla towards Kuusamo.

Basic information
Contact information:

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Mother-in-law on a reindeer sled ride

A few years ago, a Dutch family was preparing for a reindeer sled ride on the yard of the Salla Reindeer Park. The family included the mother and father as well as their sons and daughters with their spouses. In other words, it was quite a big family.
Everything started well...