Tiilikkajärven kansallispuisto talvella, Rautavaara

Tiilikkajärvi National Park

The most beautiful in all seasons.

Tiilikkajärvi National Park

Valtimontie 1095

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Tiilikkajärvi National Park in Rautavaara

Tiilikkajärvi National Park is located in the beautiful nature of Northern Savo in Rautavaara. The park was established to preserve the wilderness-like lake, river and ridge nature and the minerotrophic bogs surrounding Lake Tiilikkajärvi.

There are 20 km of marked hiking trails in Tiilikkajärvi National Park. Beside hiking, Tiilikkajärvi’s nature can be admired by canoeing, skiing or snow shoeing. The trails are not maintained during winter.

In the national park, you can also get to know the history of the area. The park’s lovely lakeshore includes a beautiful beach called Venäjänhiekka (Russian sand). The name is related to the year 1595 Treaty of Teusina, which divided Sweden and Russia. An older border stone in Lake Tiilikkajärvi still bears a crown and a cross symbolising these two countries.

Tiilikanautio farm (Tiilikanaution torppa) was occupied until the beginning of the 19th Century. After this the estate was deserted up to the 1920’s. Today the farm is a tourist attraction.

Starting points

  • Sammakkotammi information point
    • Valtimontie 1095, Rautavaara
    • Good place to start exploring the park
    • Shortest route to the Venäjänhiekka and other resting places.
  • Pohjoisniemi parking area
    • Kajaanintie 1655, Rautavaara
    • Forest road

Tiilikkajärvi hiking trails

Uiton kierto (circular route, 7km)

  • The most popular trail in the national park
  • Easy to hike, a lot of duckboards
  • Hikers can stop by in Venäjänhiekka and Tiilikanautio farm
  • Next to the Uiton Kämppä, there is fireplace, well, composting toilet, landing point for canoes and possibility to take a swim in a lake
  • Connected to Aution kierto

Aution kierto (circular route, 3km)

  • Easy to hike, mainly on a duckboards
  • Recommended direction for hiking: clockwise
  • Route goes through Uiton Kämppä
Nainen riippumatossa Tiilikkajärven kansallispuistossa

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Tiilikan kierto (circle trail, 18km)

  • Moderately challenging trail
  • Reserve one day to complete the trail
  • The crossing boats require rowing skills
  • The trail is open between approx. 15th May and 30th October, when the crossing boats are in use
  • The recommended hiking direction is clockwise.


Lake Tiilikkajärvi is part of the North-Eastern Savo canoeing route (70 km), which is ideal for long canoeing trips. The flow of rapids has been slowed down by rocks, which is why the route can be demanding.

  • The park does not have marked canoeing routes
  • Landing points for paddlers are in Pohjoisniemi and Uiton Kämppä

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