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Juhannuskallio scenery trail

  • The journey to Juhannuskallio begins in the pine forest. Photo: AT

    The journey to Juhannuskallio begins in the pine forest. Photo: AT

  • The trail is marked clearly. Photo: AT

    The trail is marked clearly. Photo: AT

  • The Juhannuskallio scenery trail is mainly easy-to-walk heath terrain. The trail is marked with posts and paint markings. Photo: AT

    The Juhannuskallio scenery trail is mainly easy-to-walk heath terrain. The trail is marked with posts and paint markings. Photo: AT

  • When climbing up the hillside, the forest turns to mixed forest. Photo: AT

    When climbing up the hillside, the forest turns to mixed forest. Photo: AT

  • There is an observation tower at Juhannuskallio. Photo: AT

    There is an observation tower at Juhannuskallio. Photo: AT

  • The observation tower offers great views over River Kemijoki. Photo: AT

    The observation tower offers great views over River Kemijoki. Photo: AT

  • The observation tower also offers views over the area’s hills. Photo: AT

    The observation tower also offers views over the area’s hills. Photo: AT

  • There is a spacious lean-to at Juhannuskallio that serves as a rest stop for hikers. Photo: AT

    There is a spacious lean-to at Juhannuskallio that serves as a rest stop for hikers. Photo: AT

Juhannuskallio scenery trail

The Juhannuskallio Scenery Trail is 52.5 km from Rovaniemi toward Posio. It belongs to the area of Kaihuanvaara–Kivalot, an easily accessible day-trip destination. The tree-covered hills of the area are prominent elements in the Kemi River landscape. They offer beautiful vistas over the riverside and surrounding areas. Kaihuanvaara has a remote wilderness feeling, and the old, peaceful hill-top forests offer various hiking destinations: the Kaihuanvaara Wilderness, Hiking, Nature and Circular (cycling) Trails.

The Juhannuskallio Scenery Trail passes through the best scenery of Kaihuanvaara. It begins at the parking area of Kaihuanvaaran rengastie, leads through dry pine forests and climbs to the top of Juhannuskallio, where there is a massive observation tower and a lean-to. The observation tower offers excellent views on the cultivated fields, villages and the Kemi River landscape. The lean-to and campfire site next to the tower make a great spot for enjoying a packed lunch amidst peaceful nature. In the winter, the trail can be accessed by ski and snowshoe. The round trip, including the connecting trail is 2.9 km. It is well suited for families with children.

There is a lean-to, campfire site, woodshed, outhouse and observation tower at the halfway point of the trail at Juhannuskallio.

Directions: drive 2.6 km out of the city centre of Rovaniemi along Sodankyläntie; turn right on Kuusamontie; drive 49.3 km to Vanttauskoski, where the road turns into Pirttikoskentie; continue for 6.3 km; turn left on Kaarnijärventie; drive 2.1 km; turn right on Kaihuanvaaran rengastie; drive 1.3 km; turn right, continuing on Kaihuanvaaran rengastie; drive 1.2 km to the parking area on your left. The trail is marked with 60-cm-high posts and paint markings on tree trunks, which may be poorly visible in the winter due to snow and frost. No public transport. No winter maintenance.

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  • Length: 2.63 km
  • Difficulty level: Demanding trail Demanding trail
  • Time: 2 h
  • Viewed: 14346
  • Latitude: 66.3678073889087
  • Longitude: 26.8465890304785

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