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Repovesi National Park

Repovesi National Park and Aarnikotka Forest Nature Reserve form a rugged backwoods area (14 km²) dotted with dozens of lakes.

Repovesi (Lake Fox) has long traditions as one of the most visited outdoor destinations in Southern Finland and it is popular among families with young children, too. No wonder Repovesi National Park was named the Trekking Destination of the Year 2012.

In Repovesi you can hike, paddle, cycle and ski on your own or use the services provided by local outdoor outfitters. The national park is managed by Metsähallitus Natural Heritage Services, and it is located in the municipalities of Kouvola and Mäntyharju.

A hiking trail connects Kouvola and Mäntyharju. Its southern section, Valkeala Recreation Route, starts in Valkeala and Utti. The northern section, Mouhu Hiking Trail, leads from Mäntyharju to Repovesi and will be renovated in 2013.

There are three entry points to Repovesi National Park, and they have a car park, a latrine, an information board and trail signs.

  • In Saarijärvi (32 km from Mäntyharju) there is Tervarumpu Hiking Centre with rent cottages and a wilderness cafeteria.
  • The Lapinsalmi hanging bridge (39 km from Mäntyharju) is 50 metres long and goes 10 metres above the water. A cable ferry takes you across Lake Kapiavesi 1 km further southeast.
  • You can explore the southern parts of Repovesi starting from Tervajärvi car park (43 km from Mäntyharju).

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