Natural and tourist attractions around Ranua

Our best tips on the surrounding nature and the most interesting tourist attractions in the nearby area. 

Forest walk
Welcome to have a leisurely forest walk along Metsä Kolo's hunting trails, to gather new strength, sense nature and get to know yourself in nature's silence and peace that are far away from the noise of the modern life. Here you can choose your own paths freely and go according to your desires. And if you want to have a more ready-made service, Ranua's hiking routes are also available.


Nature in Ranua still remains a secret place as an attraction. So please come and find your own Wild Strawberries and enjoy going along your own path in fine natural sites. Absolutely well worth mentioning is the gorgeous Simojärvi-Soppana national park and conservation area. There nature spreads out in varied forms in front of you: from rugged rocks to lakes with clear water as well as low swamps. Mountain biking and hiking trails are being planned for summer and winter in the area. There are already lean-to shelters, a hut, camp fire sites and tent places. As Metsä Kolo's additional service we can offer the equipment for an overnight excursion. The area is located 19km from Metsä Kolo. 

Mountain biking
The wild and undiscovered nature is Ranua's wealth, and the municipality is developing fast as a wellbeing destination. In Simojärvi-Soppana hiking area you can experience varied terrains while enjoying peace, as the area remains a secret gem. Take a map and compass with you, since the outdated trails are being restored this summer. Experienced hikers get an opportunity to find their own routes with your own peace guaranteed. There are, however, lean-to shelters, small cottages, camp fire sites and tent places in the area. The area is located about 19km from Metsä Kolo, while Syöte with marked trails of unequal lenghts and levels of difficulty from begginners to experienced bikers is 70km away. There you can also find the brand-new bike park that enables you to try "summer downhill skiing" on bike. Here you can have a look at all of trekking routes in Ranua.

Enjoy Lapland's nature in Metsä Kolo

Our accommodation options are surrounded by nature, so you can start picking berries when you step out of the door. You have several choices available: bilberries, lingonberries, crowberries, arctic cloudberries and cranberries. 

On the yard you can also watch wild animals such as stoat, hares and willow ptarmigans, black grouses and western capercaillie, let alone smaller animals of the forest such as ants. It's nice to follow what they are doing and thus learn from nature's wonderful life. A lot of wild reindeer are also moving around in the area in summer and autumn.

On the yard there are also some trees suitable for climbingso it's also possible to explore the scenery from above the ground. Tentsile tree tent even offers an exceptionally exciting and unforgettable sleeping option in a tree! 

How about building a hut in forest? You can, for example, make a whole herd of cone cows to move around the cottage's surroundings by attaching four sticks to a spruce cone to form the cow's legs. 

The wide areas around Metsä Kolo also offer endless opportunities for trekking.You can pack your own lunch for a picnic in the shelter of the forest - or on the camp fire site on the yard or on the swimming platform by water, just as you like it. We also offer ready-made picnic packages for an additional fee, whatever suits you best.

Lighting a campfire and cooking over it is one of the unforgettable experiences offered by us, starting from collecting twigs and branches and ending up in grilling a sausage or cooking campfire buns or crepes.

Calming down at Lake Saarijärvi

Metsä Kolo is surrounded by Lake Saarijärvi that offers opportunities for various activities. The beach is child-friendly, so swimming in summer is a must.

The rowing boat can be used freely; life jackets are also available. Our SUP board offers joy to the whole family in terms of paddling and playing (for an additional fee).

Worm fishing could be one of your experiences starting from chopping down a small tree to building the fishing rod and including digging worms for catching fish.

Making a bark boat and floating it could be one pastime tip. You start by taking a piece of the thick bark of an old pine tree and carve it with a knife to form a boat. You can then attach a wooden stick to the boat as its mast and look for a suitable leaf to function as its sail. It's nice to float the boat by the lake and follow how the waves toss the boat - or in the flowing water of a stream.

Picking berries and mushrooms

The so-called traditional everyman's rights offer a unique opportunity to pick berries and mushrooms in Lapland's delicate nature. You'll get a chance to enjoy the forest's bounty of pure and healthy local and organic food, full of vitamins and minerals. At the same time you are engaged in excellent spontaneous, informal physical activity in a natural environment that itself positively affects both your body and mind by, for example, lowering your blood pressure and alleviating stress. Picking berries and mushrooms is a suitable hobby to people of all ages, to be taken up both individually and together. Here you can have a look at the trekking routes in Ranua.

Picking berries

The equipment you need are rubber boots and a bucket. If necessary, we have a couple of them to be lent to you - as well as a berry-picking device, both for an adult and a smaller one for a child. You might also need mosquito repellent. In Metsä Kolo's lands you can find cloudberries, bilberries, crowberries, lingonberries and cranberries - in the order in which they ripen. The berry-picking season is started by cloudberry that can be picked from mid-July until the beginning of August. Ranua is known for cloudberries, additional information can be found here.

Picking mushrooms

The most important point about picking mushrooms is that you only pick those edible mushrooms that you can reliably identify. Therefore, you can book a local, qualified mushroom guide through us, and you'll get a chance to experience the surprises offered by the autumn forest and the joy of finding safely. 

Mushrooms live mostly underground or inside a decayed tree. Under favourable conditions mushrooms grow almost everywhere in forests. When autumn is dry (after a summer with little rain), the best places to find mushrooms are, however, on the fridges of swamps, in wooded swamp areas, in places with spring water and shadowy north slopes - instead of coniferous forests. During an extremely dry autumn you can even find mushrooms on the bottom of ditches.

The equipment you need for picking mushrooms include rubber boots, preferably an airy, plaited basket where to put the picked mushrooms into and a mushroom knife to clean the mushrooms and cut off the bad parts of the mushrooms, which is to be done in the forest. The species of mushrooms in the area include Craterellus tubaeformis, Gyromitra esculenta, milk-caps, different species of boletus and russula among others.

Hunting and fishing

There has been human settlement in Ranua as early as during the Stone Age, when living was earned from forests and bodies of water. The local people with woodcraft are descendants of the 17th-century hunters. You can follow in their footsteps when hunting and fishing in the area's virgin nature, the bounty of which is available to you in Metsä Kolo's lands.


Hunters (also with bows) and fishers are warmly welcome to Metsä Kolo to pursue their hobby and enjoy! There are a lot of state-owned hunting grounds in Ranua. In Metsä Kolo your accommodation is a cosy hunter's cottage in the peace of nature. Our guests have an opportunity to hunt small game in a private forest as per agreement. The hunting grounds are divided into two parcels of land. One is situated on our own land lot and continues to the other side of the bay. The other parcel is located about 4km away by the same lake and continues to Lake Hietajärvi. There is a thriving population of birds along the ditch named Korteenoja of about 1km in length, in an old mixed forest.

You can start hunting whenever you step out of your holiday cottage, you have a total area of 130 hectares in front of you. The parcels of land can also be conveniently reached by rowing boat or car along the road named Hietajärventie. We charge an additional fee of €35 for visiting pets. The traditional small log cabin is suitable for accommodating pets. We have reserved a soft, woollen bed (by Matri) also for your hunting dog. NB There is a cat living on the lot. Additional information on hunting in Ranua. 


Angling and ice fishing are allowed in Metsä Kolo's and Ranua's bodies of water, based on the everyman's rights. For other types of fishing, adults aged 18-64 years have to pay a fisheries management fee. The relevant fishing permits are sold in the webshop of Metsähallitus (a Finnish state enterprise that administers the state-owned land and water areas). Go and buy your permit at Erä For fishing with traps such as nets you need a permit from the owner of the water area, to be obtained from Metsä Kolo for a small fee. Permits for state-owned water areas can be bought in the Eräluvat webshop of Metsähallitus.

There is a fibreglass boat at your disposal in Metsä Kolo. Life jackets are also available, including sizes for small children. We also have a fish cleaning table but you need your own fishing equipment for the time being (in the summer of 2021) .

The bodies of water owned by Metsä Kolo offer perch, pike, common bream and vendace among others. The same species of fish are available in Lake Hietajärvi with clear water, to the north of Metsä Kolo. If you are looking for a better catch, head for the most popular fishing spots in Ranua, Lake Simojärvi and the Simojoki (River) with its own naturally increasing salmon population. And in Lake Simojärvi you can find even 13 species of fish, such as pike-perch, common whitefish, vendace and Salmo trutta lacustris. Information on the Simojoki River

Neighbouring municipalities


Please have a comprehensive look at Ranua's attractions, activities and the opportunities offered by nature here:

Ranua Zoo

This northernmost zoo displays about 50 species of northern and arctic wild animals. Polar bear is the undisputed crowd puller of the zoo. Read more about the zoo.

The museums in Ranua

Visit the Vicarage and village museum and the School and regional museum of Saukkojärvi. Read more about the museums. 

Japan House

Japan House in Ranua is a different attraction, especially for the friends of the Japanese culture but also for aesthetes. The house namely is an architectural specimen of skill that is surrounded by very beautiful, pure nature. There is an exhibition as well as a library with non-fiction books on Japan and mainly Japanese fiction in the house. Various events are also organised there, such as restaurant days when you'll get a chance to try Japanese culinary delights. Read more about Japan house.

Susimaa - a wolfdog farm

The wolfdog farm Susimaa in the middle of the Lappish woods, far from neighbours, is a very unique place to visit, kept by a couple that has settled down in Lapland after having moved to Finland. The aspiration to self-sufficiency and independence from outer sources - to the greatest possible degree - are the most important driving forces in the family's life with nature. Their philosophy of living with the (wolf)dogs is that the animals are their greatest teachers and "no. 1 priority". There are also many other animals on the farm such as a dog, a cat, chickens, quails, rabbits, goats and sheep. Read more about Susimaa.



The neighbouring municipality Posio (about 50km away) is a one day destination with a lot to see and do, thanks to its nature as well as its artistic and cultural offerings.


Posio is the home of the famous ceramic tableware. The Pentik Hill Culture Centre consists of a factory outlet, a museum, an exhibition and a good café-restaurant. The Pentik theme continues in the gorgeous Pentik Manor about 20km from Posio, at Lake Timisjärvi. The picturesque building is a former reindeer estate that has been renovated into an art home, an artist residence and an exhibition & event venue. Have a look at Pentik attractions here. 


Restaurant Tapio

Surprisingly, there is a top-quality fine dining restaurant Tapio that offers pure, local food - with enthusiasm and ambition. The quality of food and the restaurant experience are of star quality. Read more about Tapio.


Café Korpihilla

Unforgettable taste experiences are also offered by the charming and idyllic café Korpihilla. The selection of the manor café is based on pure and high-quality ingredients, such as Lapland's wild berries and herbs, mushrooms, fish and game. In the manor shop you can buy delicious, handmade artisan delicacies made of berries and herbs, for yourself and as a gift. Read more about Korpihilla.


Korouoma canyon

Korouoma canyon (of 30km in length) in Posio offers varied opportunities for hiking, skiing and snowshoeing. Its wintry icefalls are breathtaking. Simojärvi-Soppana natural park and Korouoma canyon are joined together by a 16km route. Read more about Korouoma.


Riisitunturi National Park

Experience the year-round magic of Riisitunturi by hiking, skiing or snowshoeing. In winter you are enchanted by a snow-loaded forest that is quite a magical experience especially during moonlit nights. In summer you'll get a chance to experience the most imposing sloping bogs in Europe and Europe's largest spring, Kitkajärvi. Read more about Riisitunturi. 


The capital of Lapland and the official home town of Santa Claus offers opportunities for shopping, culture (art, music, theatre), museums and speedy activities throughout the year. The exhibitions of the museum and science centre Arktikum take you to adventures in arctic areas. The science centre Pilke initiates you into the soul of forests. And if you are hungry for art, the correct place for you is Korundi House of Culture and Rovaniemi Art Museum that is located there. Children's favourite HopLop offers sporty joy to the smallest family members even for a whole day. And don't forget Santa Claus Village, where you can meet the genuine, real Santa Claus every day of the year. These and many other tips can be found here.



The southernmost fell area of Finland offers all kinds of things to see, do and experience. Wintry joy is offered by the ski slopes and skiing tracks as well as the toboggan slope (for smaller guests) in Iso Syöte Snow World. In summer there are hiking and biking routes of unequal lengths and levels of difficulty at your disposal. You can even bike downhill starting from the top of the fell in the brand new bike park. There are wilderness huts and lean-to shelters where you can stay overnight, have a pause and cook.

At the gate to Syöte National Park there is Syöte Visitor Centre with an exhibition on the interaction between man and nature in the area as early as in the ancient times. The centre also offers guidance for different nature and trekking trails in the immediate surroundings. There is also a café-restaurant in the building. Read more about Syöte. 

Suosimme materiaaleissamme laadukkaita ja ekologisia kotimaisia vaihtoehtoja


Haluamme hemmotella vieraitamme ylellisillä yöunilla. Olemme valinneet meille sängyiksi suomalaisen perheyrityksen MATRIn Hilja-vuoteet, jotka on valmistettu käsityönä omassa tehtaassa 100% luonnonmateriaaleista. Materiaalien turvallisuus on myös MATRIlla sydämen asia, siksi kaikissa heidän tuotteissaan on käytetty ainoastaan Euroopassa ympäristöystävällisesti tuotettuja, sertifioituja materiaaleja. Tämä takaa poikkeuksellisen puhtaan, hengittävän ja turvallisen nukkumisympäristön.


Haluamme hemmotella vieraitamme ylellisillä yöunilla. Olemme valinneet meille sängyiksi suomalaisen perheyrityksen MATRIn Hilja-vuoteet, jotka on valmistettu käsityönä omassa tehtaassa 100% luonnonmateriaaleista. Materiaalien turvallisuus on myös MATRIlla sydämen asia, siksi kaikissa heidän tuotteissaan on käytetty ainoastaan Euroopassa ympäristöystävällisesti tuotettuja, sertifioituja materiaaleja. Tämä takaa poikkeuksellisen puhtaan, hengittävän ja turvallisen nukkumisympäristön.

Peitot ja tyynyt

Haluamme hemmotella vieraitamme kotimaisilla luonnontuotteilla. Suomen lampaan villalla täytetyt peitot ja tyynyt ovat ekologinen valinta, sillä ne hajoaa biologisesti maaperässä. Villa on luonnostaan paloturvallinen eikä siihen tarvitse lisätä palonsuojakemikaaleja ja on muutenkin kemikaalivapaa tuote. Petivaatteet eivät hiosta kuumallakaan säällä sillä ne haihduttavat imemänsä kosteuden tehokkaasti ja pysyvät kylmässä ja kosteassa mukavan lämpiminä. Porin Villa ja Peite valmistaa kotimaisena käsityönä lähellä tuotetuista raaka-aineista muhkeat pehkut.

Pussilakanat ja tyynynpäälliset

Haluamme hemmotella vieraitamme pehmoisilla pellavalakanoilla. Jesus-pellavalakanat ovat tehty kestämään, kokemaan ja näkemään paljon, jopa sukupolvien yli. Materiaalina pellava on kaunis, kestävä ja ympäristöystävällinen luonnonkuitu. Pellava on kankaana painavaa, sileää ja jäykemmin laskeutuvaa. Hengittävä pellava säilyttää viileytensä kuumalla ja lämmittää viileämmässäkin.
Kankaan mukavuus ja pehmeys vain lisääntyvät pesukertojen myötä. Finlayson halusi valmistaa maailman kestävimmät lakanat, joihin he ottivat mallia tähän päivään säilyneestä Torinon käärinliinasta.


Haluamme hemmotella vieraitamme parhailla pyyheliinoilla. Lapuan Kankureiden kudonta on pohjoista designia, jonka inspiraatio syntyy Suomen puhtaasta ja karusta luonnosta. Perheyritys kutoo vastuullisesti ja ympäristöä kunnioittaen jo neljännessä polvessa. Käytössä on vain luonnollisia raaka-aineita kuten pellavaa ja villaa. Laadukkaat tekstiilit kestävät oikein hoidettuna vuosikymmeniä.