The UKK Trail is a national hiking trail named after President Urho Kaleva Kekkonen. The trail crosses parts of North Karelia, Kainuu, Northern Ostrobothnia and Lapland. Its southern starting point is Koli in Lieksa and it ends at Tulppio in Savukoski in the north. Urho Kekkonen himself hiked the trail in 1957.
The UKK Trail is a national hiking trail named after President Urho Kaleva Kekkonen
UKK Trail section
From Tuntsantie road to Härkätunturi fell (with the option of continuing on towards Tulppio). From Tuntsantie road to Tuulenkaatomaa, there are two possible routes, starting from either Pirunkirkko or Juntterioja.The trail description for the UKK Trail is available online at luontoon.fi.
Trail difficulty rating
Services on the trail:
The trail is marked by orange signposts. At Härkätunturi fell there is a wilderness hut and a bookable hut equipped with a sauna, toilet and fireplace. In Murhahaara, there is a wilderness hut with a toilet and fireplace. The trail crosses a few streams that can be used as sources of water.
Outdoor activities for which the trail is suitable
Walking in the summer, skiing during the snowy season.
Trail conditions, related risks and recommended equipment
The trail is narrow. It is also uneven in places. There are some steep inclines and declines, mostly along the section that crosses Härkätunturi. Recommended footwear: in the summer season, waterproof high-cut hiking boots or rubber boots.
Description of the natural environment
The natural environment is diverse and variable; fresh mixed forest, spruce forests along streams, as well as bogs and fells.
Description of the cultural environment
Majestic fell scenery and wilderness-like spruce forests along streams.
Municipality: Salla. Located north of Naruska village on the UKK Trail between Tulppio and Tuntsa. Not accessible by public transport. Driving instructions: Drive about 30 kilometres from Salla towards Savukoski, then take a right on Naruskantie. Drive about 70 kilometres on Naruskantie. There are signposts for the trail on the left-hand side of the road. You can also get on the trail on the Savukoski side, in Tulppio (see www.savukoski.fi).