Wilderness Trails in Pöyrisjärvi

There are Metsähallitus-maintained wilderness cabins in Pöyrisjärvi and Naltijärvi and there are also cabins available for hire in Pöyrisjärvi.

The Classic Poyrisjärvi Traverses:
• Kalmakaltio - Naltijärvi - Kalkujärvi - Pöyrisjärvi, 75 km
• Kalmakaltio-Pöyrisjärvi-Näkkälä (c.93 km)
• Kalma-Termis-Näkkälä (118km)

The Kalmakaltio, Naltijärvi and Pöyrisjärvi open wilderness huts (as well as the reservable hut at Pöyrisjärvi, are of relevance to this hiking section although the hut positioning leaves quite a long and commiting day in the middle of the hike. On the more western trail, the Lenkihaka open wilderness hut might be of use. There are also lodging enterprises in the village of Nunnanen and at Kalmakaltio for before or after the trek.

The Kalmakaltio-Pöyrisjärvi-Näkkälä Trail (~ 93 km)
Kalma-Termis-Näkkälä (118km) is a terrain trails for expert riders.

This trail is not marked but it is quite clearly visible in the terrain. The footpath is extremely demanding and passes through the middle of Pöyrisjärvi Wilderness Area. When wilderness trekking in Pöyrisjärvi Wilderness Area you should always have a map, a compass, hiking boots and proper clothing as weather conditions can change very suddenly. There are no service structures along the footpath and rivers must be crossed by wading. In the past this was used as a postal route from Hetta to Näkkälä and on to through via Pöyrisjärvi to Kalkujärvi. The footpath is suitable for hiking and mountain biking.

You can get onto the Kalmakaltio-Pöyrisjärvi Trail at Kalmakaltio Spring. Kalmakaltio is a car ride away from the village of Nunnanen. From Lake Naltijärvi you have two different route options towards Lake Kalkujärvi. The eastern of the two crosses the border into Norway, so it’s not recommended if you have items that need to be declared in customs or if you have your dog with you. These two trails meet up at Suukisautsi from where the trail continues on via Kalkujärvi to Pöyrisjärvi. There is an unmarked, but clearly visible and easy to follow, 18 km trail to the village of Näkkälä. The Kalmakaltio-Pöyrisjärvi Trail is shown in the Enontekiö guide and recreational map 1:100 000 (in Finnish).

Services: Kalmakaltio and Naltijärvi open wilderness huts and on more western trail Lenkihaka open wilderness hut. Pöyrisjärvi open/reservable wilderness hut is near Lake Pöyrisjärvi. There are lodging enterprises in the village of Nunnanen and at Kalmakaltio and there are wilderness cabins available in Näkkälä.

The 35km Naltijärvi - Kalkujärvi trail is very demanding. Kalkujärvi is the name given to the cluster of lakes shown to the east of Valkamapää.)

The last trail map shows the 4km route to the east of Valkamapää.

Kalma-Termis-Näkkälä (118km)
This trail is relatively easy to find since bits of it are quad bike trails following the northern reindeer herding routes near the border between Norway and Finland. (Near the reindeer, the cobblestone of the Reindeer Farm and Tsukisauts, an autocamp? Poroaidan tuntumassa lukittu poromiestan kämppä ja Tsukisautsissa autiotupa.). This route travels South from Pöyrisjärvi and winds through the sand dunes of Maater and Termisvaara Lake to the south side of Näkkälä. The trail on the South side of Poyrisjarven runs for 2km along the beach. You have to wade across the Poyris River at the mouth or slightly further along the sandy beach on the lake. The tracks of the ATV drivers usually lead you to the best points.

Around Näkkälä, the border and Pöyrisjärvi.

There is an unmarked, but clearly visible and easy to follow trail between Näkkälä and Pöyrisjärvi, which is visible on the map. The highlighted section of this map shows the 5km trail between Pöyrisjärvi and Buolzzat which provides easy access to the felling crevice of the fells. Helppokulkuista harvakseltaa tunturikoivua kasvavaa kangasta.

• Näkkälä - Pöyrisjärvi, 18 km, easy
• Näkkälä - Pöyrisjärvi - Näkkälä, 36 km round trip
• Pöyrisjärvi - Kalkujärvi, 20 km, is very demanding

The first and second maps show the 8km Sičaljarvi-Raja ATV trail (which begins on the west side of Sičlóarve, the mouth of the stream is wasted on the lake side along the shallow sand dune) and then the continuation 8km 'windmill-boundary trail parallel to the new border road. Beware that the boardwalks over the wet marshes are old and often rotting.

The fifth map shows the 10.6km trail between Sahpanpalo and Pöyrisjärvi's southern shore which is a 2km long sandy beach. The route runs right through the high water line.

The last but one map shows the 9km Ainuppivaara-Vuomavaara trail which is a clear quadbike trail Selkeä mönkijäura tunturikoivikossa ja avotunturissa. Ura johtaa lopulta Pöyrisjoen rantaan. Joenylitykseen tarvitaan vene!

The last map shows the 15km trail between Raja-Kivilompolo - and runs alongside the border, on the Old Border Crossing Battlefield. The trail begins from the northwestern corner of Kaamusjärvi on the sandy beach and proceeds using boardwalks and bridges across bogs and streams. The map above shows the short 2.06km asphalt shingle trail from a rock climbing site to the west of the tin. Continuing the route starts from the resting place. Lyhyt asfalttisiirtymä Kivilompolosta tin länsipuolella olevalle levähdyspaikalle. Jatko reitti alkaa levähdyspaikan takaa.

The first map above shows the 6km trail north of Termisvaara. There are old reindeer trail markings and where the old path disappears, follow the pylons.

The second 3km trail around the Termisvaara border is the current ATV reindeer-herding trail which can be quite wet. There is a drier route further up the slope.

North and South of Poyrisjärvi Lake

The second map shows the 38km Vuontisjarvi-Kalkujarvi trail which starts at the village of Vuontisjärvi, next to the crostace building. The first part of the trail is rocky and through forest. There are some water ponds in the lower areas but these can be hard to find through the bushes. The route begins to climb the mountain range through Palotunturi Lahti. In Kalgujarve Lapinkylä the route joins the route from Kalmakaltio.

There is a 3,1km detour Pöyrisselkä-Pöyrisjoki to the beach of Pöyrisjoki which sticks out from the bottom half of this trail. The trail continues on the west bank of the river to the White Mountain. Boat launch requires a boat. Maybe in low water, underneath the calf you can go for a ride! Pistoreitti Pöyrisjoen rantaan. Reitti jatkuu joen länsirannalla Valkamapäähän. Joenylitys vaatii veneen. Ehkä matalan veden aikana suvannon alapuolinen koski on kahlattavissa!?

The middle map map shows the c. 3km trail to the Poyrisjoki shore. The trail continues along the bank of the river Valkamapaahan. You need a boat to get across the river although you might be able to cross in low water. (Ehkä matalan veden aikana suvannon alapuolinen koski on kahlattavissa).

The last map shows the 10.6km trail from Sahpanpalo, NW of the lake to the SW of Pöyrisjärvi. There it runs along 2km of sandy beach. Beware, that in high water or storms you might find yourself riding through water, battling large waves!

The last map shows the 24km (+ 15km) Nakkala-Ainuppivaara-Poyrisjärvi (expert) trail. The trail starts at the village of Nakkala, from the parking spot at Poyrisjarvi's grotto 100m north of the village. On the left there is a small ball field. The path starts at the edge of the field and climbs immediately to the top of the hill. through sanddunes and fell scenery. The trail continues through the Poyrisjarvi desert / reserve, where the bark rushes through the crevice of the creek through the sandstone of the flock, the creek is moderately deep in the ranch. (Reitti kulkee Poyrisjarven autio/varaustuvalle, tuvalle pitaa kiertaa puron suuta jarvessa olevan hiekkasarkan kautta, puro on kohtalaisen syva rannian tuntumassa. Paluu Nakkalaan joko paauraa pitkin tai kiertamalla Termisvaaran pohjoispuolitse vanhalle Kautokeinon polkutielle.) Return to Näkkälä is also possible by heading north of Termisvaara to the old Kautokeino path.

At the eastern edge of the Wilderness Area
• Kalmakaltio - Naltijärvi, 15 - 20 km, moderate
• Kalmakaltio - Ahvenjärvi, 18 km, moderate
• Kalmakaltio - Jorpavaara, 12 km, moderate
• Neuhkana - Kalkuaivi - Kelottijärvi, expert
• Lenkihaka-Tsukisautsi, 27km

The 27km Lenkihaka-Tsukisautsi route is an alternative route to the high border route and uses a deserted road to Lenkiä. It is less rocky than the border route and has less altitude variation.

The first map shows the 27km Lenkihaka-Tsukisautsi trail.

An alternative route to border reindeer to the next track. The route goes to Lenkiä via the deserted road. The route on the border is a little more rocky and there are more altitude differences than Lenkiha's route.

The last map shows the 25km trail from Jorbavarri-NaltijärviAT 25km

A starting point from the northern boundary of the Kalmakaltio border crossing to the link building, plenty of parking spaces for cars. Aloituspaikka Kalmakaltion vanhan rajavartioston pohjoispuolelta linkkimaston tuntumasta, runsaasti autoille paikoitustilaa.

The trail starts after a few kilometers, at the junction with Naltijärvi and Peltotunturi, follow the right Peltotunturi trail. The groove will later branch again and the intersection is quite unobtrusive, on a small square there are grasses and after the post the bridge crosses the low stream. The groove separates from the left side of the square, weaker than Peltotunturi's main street. Reitti haarautuu muutaman kilometrin jälkeen, risteyksessä on tieviitat Naltijärvelle ja Peltotunturiin, seurataan oikeanpuoleista Peltotunturin viittaa. Uraa haarautuu myöhemmin uudelleen ja risteys on melko huomaamaton, pienellä aukiolla on ruohikkoista ja aukion jälkee ura ylittää matalan puron. Ura erkanee aukion vasemmasta reunasta heikompana kuin Peltotunturin pääura.

The link is well suited as a day trip, either by visiting the Naltijärvi ferry or by rearranging the former main route leading to the south-eastern Kalmakaltio. The length of the lenght is n35km. Lenkki soveltuu hyvin päivälenkiksi joko käynnillä Naltijärven autiotuvalla tai sitten oikaisemalla aikaisemmin etelään vievälle Kalmakaltioon johtavalle pääreitille. Päivälenkin pituus on n35km.