National park in Ilomantsi, in the North Karelia region of Finland.
It was established in 1956 and covers 6 square kilometers.
Its specialities are e.g. fortification from the Continuation War, some of which have been renovated, and valuable eskers.
The park’s vegetation mostly consists of light Scots pine forests. The park, along with Patvinsuo National Park, belongs to the North-Karelian biosphere reserves of UNESCO.
Walking in Petkeljärvi is like walking in a picture postcard. There are a total of around 10 kilometres of marked trails, and it is a popular destination for day trips. Kuikan Kierros Nature Trail (6.5 km) runs in varied terrain along picturesque ridges.
Petkeljärvi National Park is brilliant for canoeing. There is a canoeing route of around 80 kilometres from Lake Petkeljärvi to Patvinsuo National Park in Koitere via Lake Nuorajärvi and Koitajoki River.
Suitable for visitors of all ages all year. The Petkeljärvi Outdoor Centre and its immediate surroundings are suitable for visitors with mobility difficulties.
How to Get There?
Petkeljärvi is located on the eastside of main road 74, which runs between Joensuu and Ilomantsi.
From Ilomantsi take road 5004. Turn onto Petkeljärventie Road just before Oinassalmi Sound. From this intersection it is 6 km to Petkeljärvi Nature Information Hut and Outdoor Centre. There are signposts to the park from road 74.
A coach travels only during the school year (from mid-August to the beginning of June) from Ilomantsi along road 5004 to Oinassalmi Sound, from where it is 6 km to Petkeljärvi Nature Information Hut and Outdoor Centre.