Cross-country skiing & snowshoeing

Skiing and snowshoeing in Taivalkoski is a true delight!

The Taivalvaara Fell in Taivalkoski provides excellent skiing opportunities. The well-maintained trails and tracks and diverse terrain invite skiers to enjoy the fantastic snowscapes offered in Taivalkoski.
The season in the Koillismaa area is generally long:  the first snowfall comes already in early November and the snow hangs around until late April.

In the village Taivalkoski:

  • Cross-country tracks of Taivalvaara (Start near Ski Resort/Cafeteria):
    6.5 km (lighted), 15 km & 25 km
    5 km, 7.5 km and 10 km competitive tracks (regularly maintained only during competitions).
    There are also other longer trails through the spring snowscape.
    Read more:, or print this map (pdf)
  • Snow-shoeing on the Nordic Walking trails. See map: map (pdf)

In Jokijärvi:

  • Cross-country tracks of Saija: 4-10km tracks of traditional cross-country skiing. Free use for everybody.
  • Snow-shoeing on the Simosenpolkku-trail. Start near the bridge of Jokijärvi or at the lodge Saija.

In Kylmäluoma (Recreational Center):

  • Cross-country tracks of Kylmäluoma: 4-9 km traditinal skiing and 6 km skating. Free use for everybody.
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In the National Park Syöte:
The info center of the national park Syöte is after 16.2.14 open every day from 10-17

  • Beautiful cross-country tracks, snow-shoeing trails and a winter walking trail are also available in the National Park of Syöte (best is to start from the visitor center).
    Read more about the National Park:
    Read more about the skiing tracks:
    Read more about snow shoeing:
    From the parking area of the visitor center Syöte start two snowshoe trails Map (pdf):
    - Naavaparran polku 3 km (easy trail, leave-shape markings)
    - Teerivaaran kierros 3,3km. (half-demanding trail with big altitude differences, marked with sticks)
    - To the direction of Anninkoski there is a winter hiking path of about 3km 

The skiing and snowshoeing possibilities outside of the established trails are endless.
The providers listed underneath are situated near cross-country tracks, some of them also rent equipment and offer guided tours:

Cabins Taivalmajat

The 2 Taivalmajat cabins both feature 6-person flats. All flats have a fully-equipped kitchen, washing and drying facilities for clothes and sports equipment, saunas and bathrooms, living rooms with fireplaces.

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Cabins Tutkamajat - Add a little luxury to your life

Tutkamajat cabins provide quality accommodation, even for larger groups. The two high standard cabins are located on top of Taivalvaara.

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Hotel Herkko - Sometimes you just need a break

Hotel Herkko is a peaceful, cosy hotel close to nature.The hotel is located near to the village of Taivalkoski and next to Taivalvaara Fell. Guests are received as is customary here, spontaneously and without pretence.

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Outdoor Center & Campground Kylmäluoma - Camp life

A restaurant, cottage accommodation, boats, minigolf, tennis, badminton, fishing. Mountain bikes, cross-country skis and fishing equipment can be hired on site.

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Saijan Lomakartano

Saija Lodge is a family business located on Lake Jokijärvi in Taivalkoski, amidst the landscape described so aptly in the novels of author Kalle Päätalo. The lodge offers accommodation, dining and programmes to groups, families and individual guests.

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Ski Resort Taivalvaara

The Ski Resort Taivalvaara offers something for everyone; beautiful Finnish landscape and lots of snow, far away from the big crowds. Taivalvaara is a center for down hill skiing, cross-country skiing and ski jumping.  The perfect place to learn skiing or practice your skills. Equipment rental possible.

In Taivalvaara there is a community center building that serves athletes and it can be used for arranging competitions and events. Center building includes a cage/meeting place for 100 persons as well as dressing rooms, showers, sauna, office, 2 commentator rooms and rooms for ski waxing and scores.

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Villas Tykkytaival - Accommodation that’s made to order

Tykkytaival is located close to Hotel Herkko in the magnificent landscape of Taivalvaara Fell. The villas feature luxurious, high-quality accommodation for both small and large groups.

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