New winter biking route will open on the 20th of February 2021 at Riisitunturi National Park! On this route you can enjoy snowy trees, amazing landscapes and the warmth of a wilderness hut.
In the summertime we recommend biking at Hirsiniemi recreational area by crystal clear Livojärvi Lake.
MOUNTAIN BIKING ROUTES AND MAPS:
Welcome to explore this 20km winter biking route at Riisitunturi National Park, Posio Lapland. The 20km route will be opened on Feb 20th 2021!
The starting point of the biking route is about 35 km from the center of Posio. Drive 15 km from Posio into the direction of Kuusamo. Turn left to road Patoniementie and drive about 16 km until you see a signpost pointing to the left, to Riisitunturi National Park. Turn left and continue about 3 km until you reach the border of the National Park. There is a parking area and an information shelter in the starting point.
The winter biking route starts from the Riisitunturi parking lot, passes the wilderness hut and continues to lean-to shelter of Soilu. It is about 2km ride to the wilderness cabin and 4 kilometers to Soilu. After Soilu, the route takes a steep downhill to Rinnesuo and then turns south towards lean-to shelter of Uusilampi. From the beginning of the route, it is about 8km to Uusilampi.
After Uusilampi the route continues towards Kolmiloukkonen and goes around Nuovaara hill towards Soilunsuo. From Soilunsuo the route continues towards Rinnesuo, from which you will take the same route back to Soilu, Riisitunturi wilderness hut and finally, the parking lot.
Alltogether the route is 20km long. Please note: there might still be slight changes to the behinning of the route!
Please note that the route is only in use in the wintertime and in the summertime it is forbitten to bike in the national park.
The same route is used to husky safaris and the bikers always have to give room for the dog sleds!
If you want up-to-date information about the condition of the route, please call Lauri Sassali 040 718 7287 or Wilderness Cafe Tykky 045 133 4790.
Duration: 5 hours
Trail markings: Paint markings
Difficulty level: Medium, circle trail
Suitability: Suitable for the whole family. The northern part of the route follows a small and rugged nature path. In the south it softens into an easy-to-walk gravel road.
The Hirsiniemi recreational area can be used by hikers and bikers. The starting point is from Holiday Village Livohka (address: Kaarelantie 23, 97900 Posio). You can also rent a fatbike from Livohka.
The circle trail runs clockwise around the area of Pernunselkä in Lake Livojärvi. There is a rowboat crossing over a narrow strait on the way. In the northern part, a rugged nature path follows the coastline, which offers soothing landscapes into the clean waters of Lake Livojärvi coast protection area.
Mountain biking etiquette
- Select the route according to your skills and physical condition.
- Stay on the marked trails and avoid locking your brakes.
- Share the trails with others. Cyclists must give way to other users. Slow down or stop when encountering others.
- Use a helmet. Take food and warm clothing with you.
- Keep nature clean. Take your waste with you.