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“Quite remote nature, and this close by the capital” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Repovesi National Park

Repovesi National Park
Kuismantie 990, Kouvola, Finland
+358 205 64 5916
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Ranked #1 of 8 Attractions in Kouvola
Type: National Parks, Outdoors
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Hannover, Germany
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“Quite remote nature, and this close by the capital”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

A very good training are for hiking or water sports in Finland. Just a 2-3 hours drive from the capital Helsinki, Lapinsalmi is a good starting point for a 2 day hike. There are many campfire sites with plenty of wood and an axe, water is good after boiling. And there are 4 wells in the National Park, so cold drinking water is also no problem.

Most of the tracks are small, so you are only disturbed by other hikers. But some tracks and campfires are for bicycles and longer staying climbers, so a little more busy. But overall, still a very good start for a longer vacation in Finland.

Visited August 2013
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9 reviews 9 reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Beautiful walks around lakes and trees, nice places to stop and have grill or have a meal in relax (brought from home, there are no shops). Walking across the robe bridge is excting! :)

Visited September 2013
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St. Petersburg, Russia
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“Wild and beautiful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

Nice place for hiking. Recommended paths are marked, there are "picnic areas" with firewood supply and roasters.

1. Suspension bridge at Lapinsalmi entrance.
2. Hand-driven ferry
3. Timber-rafting channel

Visited August 2013
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Kerava, Southern Finland, Finland
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“Hiking for a day or more”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Looking for a place to see the best of Finnish nature? Repovesi National Park is one of the best places for this. It is just about 200km from the capital and the scenery is almost like from Kuusamo, the quite northern part of Finland.

In the park the trails are well marked and you can buy the map of the area from the gas stations around the area (for example Valkeala ABC). The trails are mostly just paths, but some parts can go along a dirt road. The altitudes are changing, so you need to keep a moderate speed. There are well kept fire places/ resting areas and couple of places where there is easy to put a tent. The sceneries are beautiful, the waters are clean, you can swim, you can paddle, you can come to a boat trip or come with a boat, walk some and call for a taxi boat to get you back to your place of beginning the trip.

The hiking routes vary in length, so with children you can just come from a car park about 1,2 km and have a picnic and swim and go back, or then you can go 5 km route or then even routes from one to two or three nights.

All the trash you bring has to be taken by you back, there are no trash containers. Wells are there to drink, they are marked into the map just like the places to lit a fire or put up a tent. Toilets you can find in almost every resting place, bring your own toilet paper.

For rock climbers there is almost the best place in Finland to practice, about 30 meters of cliffs, some of the routes are above the water (there is a little rowing boat to be used for landing or securing). This place is called Olhava. There is a place for camping just underneath the cliffs.

So, just go and enjoy the awesome silence, nature and clean air/water that this place is offering. :)

Visited May 2013
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Kouvola, Finland
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“Very nice national park near the city of Kouvola”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

The best place to start visiting Repovesi National Park is Lapinsalmi (navigator address Riippusillantie 55). Other ports and parking places are Tervajärvi (navigator address Kivisilmäntie 720) and Saarijärvi (navigator address Kuismantie 990).

For short visits I recommend Ketunlenkki Circle Trail (5 kilometers, starting from Lapinsalmi) which goes through the main sights: the suspension bridge of Lapinsalmi, Katajavuori mountain and Fox Ferry (manual operated ferry). This is a 3-5-hours-hike. There are camp-fires and dry toilets (take your own toilet papers with you) on the route. If this is too long route for you, you can walk from the parking place to the suspension bridge (0.6 kilometers) and back.

Other good trails are Kaakkurinkierros Circle Trail (24 kilometers, 1-4 days) and Korpinkierros Circle Trail (4.5 kilometers, a 3-5-hours-hike).

There are also rental huts, lean-to shelters, cooking shelters and rental cabins in the national park. You can visit the national park individually or with the help of the services provided by local nature tourism enterprises.

There are also nice routes for canoeing in the national park. You can also take part in Kultareitti (Golden Route) cruises.

Visited July 2013
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