To Repovesi all year round
National Parks don't have opening hours. Hikers are welcomed to Repovesi all year long.
The winter beauty of the park
In winter, Repovesi is quiet and covered in pure white snow. It is then that you can go into the park on snowshoes and skis. There is a network of ski tracks but weather conditions affect its maintenance.
At the end of February, the traditional Repovesi Outdoor and Nature days take place at Orilampi Holiday Resort. On offer are skiing, snowshoeing, skating, dog sledding, pony riding, cycling on thick-tyred fat-bikes and ski-boot dancing.
Note! The hanging bridge of Lapinsalmi is out of use. The parking area of Lapinsalmi and the road leading to it (Riippusillantie) are closed for winter period 3.12.2018 -29.4.2019. The Fox ferry is not in use during this time. You can enter the National Park at Tervajärvi and Saarijärvi entrances. See alternative hiking routes
The outdoor season in Repovesi National Park begins when the ice melts and ends gradually as the lakes freeze over.
In spring, hikers powerfully sense the fragrances and freshness of the forest. The calls of red-throated loon can be heard clearly over the water as nature awakens after the winter. The most enthusiastic already want to hire a canoe, even before the ice blanket has completely disappeared.
Summer in the national park lasts from June to September. In the school trip season in May too, you might encounter some congestion in the area of Lapinsalmi suspension bridge. If you would like more seclusion, it’s worth exploring the park in the quieter parts to the east and north.
Rusty autumn foliage
In the autumn when the park explodes into colour, the national park becomes quieter. It is then that hikers can proceed in peace, pick berries and mushrooms and try their luck at fishing without being disturbed by others.
As October approaches its end, Repovesi experiences clear days and the landscape is ablaze with colour. The surface of the waters is mirror-like.
You can climb to the top of Katajavuori or Mustalammi Tower to admire the rugged and rocky views. Once the frost descends, coffee boiled over an open fire is a warming drink.
Olhavanvuori in Repovesi is one of Finland’s most respected sites for rock climbing. It is never quiet. There are climbers there in all seasons including winter. When the late winter sun starts to shine, the vertical slope can even be attempted with bare hands.