Vallovaara hiking route

10.9 km. One-day trip. Difficulty: demanding.

Trail features

The trail is marked with blue squares on trees. There is a lean-to at the starting point by the lake Jaurujärvi and another at the foot of the Vallovaara hill, a camp fire site/shelter by the Kirmoilampi pond as well as an observation point and a hut on the top of the Vallovaara hill. The water from Jaurujärvi and Kirmoilampi can be used for cooking. In addition, near the Iltarusko lean-to at the foot of the Vallovaara hill there is a small pool of water.

Estimated duration

5–7 hours.

Trail activities

Hiking in the summertime and ski hiking during the snowy season.

Trail conditions, risks involved, and equipment

The route marks are mainly clearly visible but when leaving from Kirmoilampi the signs are insufficient and may be confusing. For the most part, the trail follows a forest truck road and a path that is easy to walk. There are a few rough and more difficult sections. The ascent to and the descent from the Vallovaara hill are fairly steep, which makes the trail demanding rather than moderate. Hiking boots or rubber boots are recommended in the summertime.

Description of natural environment

Mainly commercial forest, felling areas, seedling stands and recently thinned forest.

Description of cultural environment

Spectacular views from the top of the Vallovaara hill. A reindeer roundup fence between the Kirmoivaara and Vallovaara hills.


Located in the municipality of Salla, in the village of Vallovaara approximately 14 km from the centre of Salla. You can reach the starting points by driving towards Ahvenselkä from the village of Vallovaara: they are located approximately 1 km from the shore of the lake Jaurujärvi. Signs leading to the trail are by the road. There is also a starting point by the Vallovaara dancing place near the Kirmoilampi pond.

Basic information
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