nature destinations


The Nature Trail of Koppalo

The Nature Trail of Koppalo

Koppalon luontopolku

Level of difficulty: Average


The Nature trail of Koppalo is located in the primeval forests of Petrovaara and leads the visitor through a scenic preserve. The trail is 3,3km long and passes through slash and burn fields, jagged rocks, ponds, swamps, ancient forests and a stunning landscape that can be experienced from the top of the Pitkävaara hill.

The area is rich in a variety of species due to the old age of the forests. Hikers can experience rare Finnish species of Shining red slime mould or pale pinesap. This Nature trail is also known as the Path of Ants.

Route: An 18km drive past the center of Juuka towards Kaavi leads to a right turn towards Koppalanjärventie. A 3.5 km drive from this turn will lead to a sign post on the right which marks the start of the trail.


Area- and terrain maps of the Nature Trail of Koppalo


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!

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