nature destinations


The Hill of Korkeavaara

The Hill of Korkeavaara


Level of difficulty: Average


Korkeavaara is a forested hill which is also designated as the sister hill of Koli. This 3,5 km long hiking route passes through the peak of the hill and has even been traversed by the former president of Finland, Urho Kalevi Kekkonen. This 167 meter high hill has many steep highs and lows across the path. Hikers will encounter large rich blueberry and cowberry forests, as well as a variety of mushroom species by the shore of the Pielinen. Korkeavaara offers a scenic panorama at its peak, showing the viewer a list covering Koli, the Pielinen and more. The peak of the Korkeavaara offers a cooking shelter, campfire as well as an outhouse for anyone to use. Watch out for the geocache located near the campfire!

The route can be accessed either from the pathway starting at the old Nunnanlahti school, or right next to the hill itself, from Kokkolahdentie. The route passes by the Pielinen, giving hikers an opportunity to enjoy a swim in the fresh waters of Finlands fourth largest lake. There is an amazing beach behind the old Nunnanlahti school, offering tourists a chance to catch a few winks, build sand castles and enjoy the view.

Route: Short route - Kokkolahdentie: Turning right past ABC in Juuka, drive for a kilometre before turning left on Nunnanlahdentie. After 7,9 kms, turn left on Kokkolahdentie and park after 170 meters on the left.

Long route - Old Nunnanlahti school: Address is Nunnanlahdentie 964.


Area- and terrain maps of the hill of Korkeavaara


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