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Patvinsuo National Park

Located in the areas of Lieksa and Ilomantsi, in North Karelia region.

  • The Park was established in 1982 and covers 105 square kilometres.
  • The area has bogs, former managed forest and slash-and-burn areas and some old-growth forests.
  • Scanning the open marshes of Patvinsuo you might be lucky enough to see a distant bear, though bears typically do their best to avoid people. All of Finland’s large predators can be found in the park.
  • Lake Suomunjärvi is in a ridge area that formed in the late part of the last ice age. There are about ten islands in the lake with labyrinthine inlets and about 24 kilometres of sandy shoreline.
  • Patvinsuo National Park is the ideal destination for a one or two-day hike and for observing the natural environment of the wilderness. There are about 80 km of well marked trails in the park.
  • With its sandy shores, Lake Suomunjärvi is also a great canoeing destination.
  • Camping and campfire sites can be found at Nälmänpuro, near the bird watching tower at Teretinniemi, at Majaniemi on the shore of Lake Koitere and at Lake Pirskanlampi.
  •  Patvinsuo National Park is suitable for visitors of all ages all year. Access for wheelchairs, if assisted, from Suomu Nature Information Hut to the campfire site by Lake Suomunjärvi.

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