What can one do in Petkeljärvi National Park?
Walk on Marked Trails
There is a 10 km network of marked trails criss-crossing the park. The area has two short circular trails.
Go Wilderness Trekking
Those interested in longer hikes can set out on the oldest trail in North Karelia, the 35-km-long Taitajan taival Trail.
Go Canoeing and Rowing
The National Park is a great place to canoe or rowboat. Boats, canoes and other gear can be rented from Petkeljärvi Outdoor Centre. Read more about canoeing instructions.
Go Sailing or Motor Boating
Use of motor boats is only permitted on Lakes Petkeljärvi and Valkiajärvi.
See the Sights and Scenery
Battle structures in the park such as trenches and dug-out shelters left from the Second World War have been partially restored.
See the Nature Information Hut
Petkeljärvi Nature Information Hut has an exhibit on how the ridges in the area were formed, when the Ice Age ended and on why it is important to conserve these ridges.
Walk on Nature Trail
Kuikan kierros Trail (6,5 km) travels along the tops of the park’s narrow ridges with views of wilderness-lakes amongst pine forests.
Ski Cross-country off Trails
Skiing is permitted in the park. Skiing trails are however only maintained when the park hosts the Pogosta ski event. Over 1000 skiers take part in this race annually.
The parks clear waters are ideal for fishing. All types of fishing is however forbidden in Lakes Kuikkalampi, Savulampi and Mustalampi.
In the park’s other waters:
Go Berry and Mushroom Picking
Picking of berries and mushrooms is permitted. The park’s heaths supply blueberries (Vaccinium myrtillus) and lingonberries (Vaccinium vitis-idaea).
A perfect swimming spot can be found at Cape Petraniemi.