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Hiking in the national park 

Situated between Mäntyharju and Kouvola, Repovesi is one of the most spectacular wilderness areas in Southern Finland. Here you will find many kilometres of hiking trails, campfire sites and historical landmarks. Repovesi was named Finnish Hiking Destination of the Year in 2012. The national park is ideal for families, but accessibility for persons with restricted mobility is limited due to the hilly and rocky terrain. The hilly terrain is also one of Repovesi's biggest attractions and explains why it is often referred to as "Little Lapland".

Marked trails 

There are three main routes through the national park, as well as numerous unnamed trails.

  • Ketunlenkki Loop 5 km
  • Kaakkurinkierros Loop 24 km
  • Korpinkierros Loop 4,3 km

Campfire sites

There are numerous campfire sites and lean-tos in the national park, as well as cabins and cottages that can be rented.

Important to remember

  • The Finnish Army has a shooting and training area in the eastern and northeastern sections of the national park. Access to this area is strictly prohibited without a permit. The area is marked clearly, also on maps.
  • Everyman's rights are applicable within the national park with certain limitations. For example, it is not permitted to ride mountain bikes along the hiking trails.
  • Campfires and camping are permitted only in designated areas.
  • Do not litter! Whatever you bring with you into the park you must also remove. There are no separate litter bins within the national park.

Popular attractions

  • Lapinsalmi suspension footbridge, 800 metres from the Lapinsalmi parking area
  • Katajavuori hill – Scenic viewpoint at the southern edge of the national park
  • Kuutinlahti bay – Historic site in the middle of the national park
  • Olhavanvuori hill – The most famous rock-climbing hill in Finland
  • Mustavuori observation tower – Scenic viewpoint

When to visit

Repovesi National Park is a year-round destination. The most popular time to visit is June to October. The park is usually busiest on Saturdays between 10am and 2pm at the Lapinsalmi parking area. Each year the park attracts 100,000 visitors, most of whom are Finns from the Helsinki Region. It is worth visiting also in wintertime, as kilometres of cross-country ski trails are maintained by the Municipality of Kouvola.

How to get here

There are three entrances to the park, all with parking areas, info boards and outdoor toilets. In summertime you can get to the park across the lakes by water taxi, for example from Hillosensalmi train station and Orilampi, and there is a bus service from Kouvola. You can hike, mountain bike or paddle from Mäntyharju to Repovesi National Park along the marked routes described on this website.

  • Repovesi maps/Metsähallitus
  • Hiking and paddling maps/Tervarumpu

Lapinsalmi parking area
Navigator address:
Riippusillantie 55, Kouvola

Saarijärvi parking area
Navigator address:
Kuismantie 990, Kouvola

Tervajärvi parking area
Navigator address:
Kivisilmäntie 720, Kouvola

Further information 

Metsähallitus 
www.outdoors.fi/repovesinp

 

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Info

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Time required
2 h - 4 days

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Length
3-70 km

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Level of difficulty
Easy/medium

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Suitability
Outdoor enthusiasts

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Terrain
Hiking trails, dirt roads, lakes

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Signposting
Round orange markers painted on trees and Metsähallitus signposts

Features 

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Info board 

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Lappish hut 

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Lean-to

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Scenic viewpoint

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  • Lappish huts for rent
  • Cabins and cottages for rent
  • Inside the national park
  • Within reach over the lakes:
    • Kuutinkolo
    • Kuutinkolon Repomökki
    • Kirjokivi Manor
    • Orilampi

Tips 

  • Hiking route to Mäntyharju
  • Mountain bike route to Mäntyharju
  • Murjanmarssi trail to Orilampi
  • Paddling to UNESCO World Heritage Site Verla
  • Bus from Kouvola to Repovesi
  • Kuutinlahti paddling centre
  • Saarijärvi hiking equipment centre
  • Taxi service also for mountain bikes
  • Water taxi services by Kuutinkolo and SeikkailuviiKari
  • Lake cruises to the national park
  • Authorised guides
  • Repovesi map

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