Close your eyes and think of Lapland and then tell me that is not exactly what you pictured… Trees engulfed by snow, so much snow in fact that they end up looking like big, puffy marshmallows. May I introduce to you today’s destination: Riisitunturi National Park.
Riisitunturi National Park is located just a short drive from Posio. The area is home to some breath-taking landscapes such as Auttiköngas hiking trail or Korouoma Canyon. We have long added the latter to our list of Arctic adventures to allow our guests to look and experience beyond merely Rovaniemi’s natural surroundings and explore the real Lapland, how we often call it. From personal experience I can tell you it is sometimes more than favourable to venture away from Rovaniemi a little bit. And both Korouoma Canyon as well as Riisitunturi are beyond beautiful hikes to go on!
Photo Credits: Vanessa Hylton
The land of majestic snowy giants
Due to shifts in climate and snow distribution, the area around Riisitunturi National Park receives much more snow than we do here in Rovaniemi – and it shows. Hardly anywhere else can you see such majestic snowy giants which are seemingly tucked away under a thick blanket of white magic until spring awakes.
On this picture perfect Sunday morning, we took our snowshoes with us when we embarked on the 2-hour drive to one of Lapland’s best kept secret spots. Riisitunturi National Park is predominantly known and loved by Finnish tourists and the people local to the Posio area. Much to our surprise we didn’t meet many hikers, although it was the weekend and we literally had the most perfect weather for a hike.
Clear, blue skies and a hint of spring was in the air that is now slowly but surely getting warmer and warmer and will soon mark the end of winter here in Lapland. Yet a fresh breeze kept us company on our way up the fell and reminded us that winter is still here to stay for a few more weeks at least.
There is a main trail up the fell that you can follow but as we had taken our snowshoes with us, we could venture off the beaten path and make our own way through the Labyrinth of snowy trees. The higher we got, the more the breath-taking view over snow-covered lake bodies and mountains unfolded before our eyes until then finally on the fell we were able to enjoy a full 360° panoramic view of our surroundings.
Explore Lapland off the beaten path
We saw only a few other people that had strapped their skis or snowshoes on and could follow our lead going off track. I always recommend exploring off the beaten path. However, it is very important to take a knowledgeable person with you that you don’t harm the beautiful yet fragile nature under your feet.
Sustainable and responsible tours in nature are very dear to our heart here at Wild About Lapland and I cannot stress enough how important it is to either stick to the prepared trails or know where to go – quite literally. Not to have this blog post turn into a lecture channel, but as resilient as the Arctic flora and fauna has grown in these often hostile environments, the recovery time for nature up here is way slower than elsewhere.
Then again everything is slower in Lapland and time really loses its meaning. Especially when you are exploring the outdoors. So, don’t hesitate and explore the outdoors with us! Not only are our tours great fun but we make sure that your knowledgeable guide knows their way through this beautifully fragile Arctic environment we call home.
But now to the big questions: do you want to go to Riisitunturi with us? We listen to the feedback of our guests and try to make wishes and dreams come true. Perhaps we will add this trip soon to our many Arctic adventures if you tell us to do so! But for now, how about you check out our Korouoma Canyon hike which is in the same area as Riisitunturi National Park.