Lake Paasonjärvi

Simojärvi-Soppana - an undiscovered gem

Bored with the crowd in recreation areas and their congested parking lots? We have a destination here in Southern Lapland that is still an undiscovered gem. The uniquely magnificent hiking area of Simojärvi (63.7 sq m) and Soppana (11 sq m) in the terrains of Ranua and Posio is a natural destination that you have already been dreaming of in the crowds of well-known hiking places and been wondering whether any such places even exist today. 

 

Simojärvi (length 40km, maximum depth 27m) is Finland's 50th largest lake that will charm and dazzle you by its clear water. It is also one of the few “wild” waters in Finland that has not been regulated. A large part of the area of Lake Simojärvi is included in the coast protection program, so its numerous wonderful sandy beaches are preserved in their natural state.   

 

The area is therefore ideal for water excursions, but also for hiking and mountain biking. The hiking trails are easy to access and the route signs are being restored in the the summer of 2021. The Soppana area belongs to the protection program of old forests, so there you will be able to experience the enchantment of ancient forests. A significant part of this great excursion destination is part of the Natura 2000 network, the goal of which is to protect habitats and species. And indeed, in this magnificent natural destination, you have enough space to be and move freely, without rush and crowds. The memorable landscapes of Simojärvi and Soppana are suitable for both short day trips as well as hiking for several days. There is namely also a lean-to shelter in the area (at the southern end of Porosaari), a place to eat and an outdoor toilet (at the mouth of the River Korvanjoki) as well as a couple of other lean-to shelters - so you have several choices available regarding your rest area and placewhere to stay overnight.

 

Metsä Kolo is only 14 km away from this natural wonder of Finland, so it serves as a great base for your nature adventure. In Metsä Kolo, your accommodation options include a log cabin, a room upstairs in the main house, a Tentsile tree tent or your own tent. If you wish, we can also rent a tent for an overnight trip. We also have a couple of Canadian canoes (for an additional fee) to take with you to the amazing nature adventure at Lake Simojärvi. A bike can also be arranged for a small fee if you feel like enjoying the scenery on wheels.

 

More information about the Simojärvi and Soppana areas: 

Simojärvi-Soppana trails in GPX format:

1) Paasonvaara scenic trail, 5km 

2) Paasonjärvi hiking trail, 12km 

3) Simojärvi hiking trail , 19km 

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