REPOVESI NATIONAL PARK
Repovesi National Park is an attraction that should not be missed in any way.
Repovesi is a national park in Mäntyharju and Kouvola. It covers an area of about 15 km².
The park can be wandered around the year, and there are short hiking trails suitable for the whole family as well as long hiking trails.
The National Park is the largest unbuilt forest and lake area in Southeast Finland, and the area offers an excellent opportunity to explore Finland’s biodiversity. There are rugged cliffs and different kind of forests in the area.
The National Park is one of the most popular attractions in Kymenlaakso and Southern Savonia and one of the Finland’s most popular national parks. Over 150,000 hikers annually visit the park.
Repovesi has three entrance gates.
Lapinlahti Entrance: Riippusillantie 55, 47910 Hillosensalmi (Kouvola)
Tervajärvi Entrance: Kivisilmäntie 720, 47910 Kouvola
The north entrance of Repovesi, Saarijärvi: Kuismantie 985, 52920 Voikoski (Kouvola)
When leaving Korpijärvi, it is easiest to use the entrance of Lapinsalmi.
A new bridge is currently being built at Lapinsalmi, and in summer 2019, traffic to the national park is managed by waterway at this entrance. In other seasons, you should use the entrance at Tervajärvi until the new bridge is completed at Lapinsalmi.
MAPS AND MORE INFORMATION
There is plenty of information about the services, routes and maps of the National Park at nationaparks.fi website. Downloadable PDF maps of hiking routes can be found on the Activities page.
More information and photos of the sites in the Repovesi area, route descriptions of hiking trails and more information about the Repovesi can also be found on the Mäntyharju-Repovesi website.
There is also information about the Repovesi in Outdoors Finland service and the outdooractive application (downloadable from the application stores). You can find the destination map for Ketunlenkki hiking route on this application.
MÄNTYHARJU-REPOVESI ROUTES AND TRAILS
A hiking and mountain bike trail has been built between center of Mäntyharju and Repovesi.
The main trail for hiking and the mountain bike trail start in the center of Mäntyharju, the Kisala Sports Hall (Urheilutie 1, 52700 Mäntyharju).
The approximately 33 km long hiking trail runs through the beautiful natural landscape of Mäntyharju, partly with the same trails to the mountain bike trail.
Along the way, there are both lean-tos and suitable resting places for accommodation.
The route can be ridden on a mountain bike in one day, but if you hike, it is advisable to stay one night at the Matkoslammi lean-to, about 21 km from the starting point.
A more detailed description of the hiking route can be found on the Mäntyharju-Repovesi website.
The same site also features a description of the mountain bike route to Repovesi from the center of Mäntyharju.
The National Park is also accessible by canoeing.
The starting point can be, for example, the Kurkiniemi area in the center of Mäntyharju, the Miekankoski area on the west side of Mäntyharju center or Hillosensalmi near Repovesi.
The route from the center (starting point Asematie 11, 52700 Mäntyharju) is about 50 km long and takes about 2-3 days to paddle.
In the summer, canoes or kayaks can be rented in the center of Mäntyharju, from Linkkumylly equipment rental service (Asematie 10, 52700 Mäntyharju) and at Miekankoski (Miekankoskentie 942, 52700 Mäntyharju).
Canoes and kayaks nearby Repovesi can be rented from spring to autumn at the Seikkailuviikari equipment rental service (Repovedentie 2, 47910 Hillosensalmi). There is also a Seikkailuviikari’s self-service rental point at Lapinsalmi Entrance. Bookings can be made via Seikkailuviikari’s online booking system.
ATTRACTIONS AT THE REPOVESI NATIONAL PARK
The Ketunlenkki route is a 5 km long hiking trail that is suitable for the whole family. The departure and return points are at Lapinsalmi Entrance.
The Korpinkierros route is about 4,5 km long route on the shore of Olhavanlampi. Along the route is the highest mountain in the area, Olhavanvuori. The route is about 3 km from the entrance of Saarijärvi.
The Tervajärvi route is a 8 km long route around Tervajärvi. The departure and return points of the route are at the entrance of Tervajärvi.
The Kaakkurinkierros is the longest route in the area, with a length of 27 km. The route takes 1-3 days to get around and you can start the route from any entrance.
More information about the routes can be found, for example, on the website of Tervarumpu, which offers services in the Repovesi area.
Attractions in the area
One of the best climbing sites in Southern Finland can be found at Repovesi. Olhavanvuori is a mountain that is more than 50 m high and its wall descends vertically to the shore of Olhavanlammi.
Mustalamminvuori has great views of almost the entire area of Repovesi, and Katajavuori has one of the most beautiful views of the area.
All climbing sites are best suited for families with older children, as climbing areas have big climbs and steep falls.
Attractions suitable for families with children
There are some places in Repovesi that can also be reached by prams or strollers, but the destination is best suited for families whose children are already walking on their own.
There are a lot of high cliffs and challenging climbing trails along the way, so take special care of small children when moving around the area. Therefore, Repovesi is best suited for families of school-age children.
The most popular route in the park is the 5 km long Ketunlenkki route, whose starting point is at the entrance of Lapinsalmi. The route runs from Lapinsalmi to Katajavuori, from there to Kapiavesi and then back to Lapinsalmi via Määkijänsalmi. The map of the route can be downloaded from the nationalparks.fi website: PDF
There is a hand-operated cable ferry, several resting places (with dry toilets) and great views of Katajavuori along the route. With smaller children, the route can be shortened to a 3 km route if you don’t climb to Katajanvuori.
In the winter, Ketunlenkki is partially open, as the cable ferry is not in use in winter and the river can not be crossed by ice in winter.
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