nature destinations


The Foamy Swamps and the Church of Backwoods

The Foamy Swamps and the Church of Backwoods

Kuohusuot ja Erämaakirkko

Level of difficulty: Easy (The Church of backwoods) Note! Access through the Foamy Swamps is hard and not recommended for unseasoned hikers.

This scenic, 5 km long hiking route called The Round of Foam (Kuohunkierto) is located in the Foamy Swamps (Kuohusuot), 10 kilometers away from the center of Juuka. These swampy wetlands attract exotic birds and the avid birdwatcher will be able to identify species like cranes or the black grouse.

The Church of Backwoods is a monumentally breath taking sight along the Kuohunkierto. The natural, rustic church built with wooden benches and a cross, is easily reachable by causeways. The Evangelical Lutherans of Juuka often worship here during the summer months.

Route: Drive 9.7km towards Juankoski from the roundabout of Juuka. Wooden signposts with the text “Kuohunkierto” and “Erämaakirkko” will direct you towards a dirt road on the right. After driving along the road for 2.2km, similar signposts on the left mark the start of Kuohunkierto.


Area- and terrain maps of the Foamy Swamps and the Church of Backwoods


Contact details

Tourist info

Our main Info center in located in the Municipal hall;

Juuan kunta
Poikolantie 1 
83900 Juuka

Open: Mon - Fri, 9am - 3pm

Ph. +358 40 104 2865 (Information point of the Municipal Hall)
Ph. +358 40 104 2000 (Switchboard)
Fax. (+358 13) 472 123

There are also Info boards at various locations around Juuka, for instance;

Teboil gas station - Opposite the Kivikylä
Pullover stops on Highway 6


Note! Kartalla - also in English!

VisitKarelia link