Louevaara wilderness hut

    The Louevaara Wilderness Hut is located in the old-growth forest conservation area of Louevaara, or Loue Hill, 25.9 km south-west of Rovaniemi. It is amidst a spruce forest on top of the beautiful Louevaara, around 240 m above sea level.

     The Louevaara Wilderness Hut is a former fire watchman’s log-built cabin, reasonably spacious and warm enough for staying overnight even in the winter. The scenic Kuusilampi lake is located about 500 metres from the hut, and you can reach via the trail starting from the hut.

     The wilderness hut is equipped with a stove, table, benches and a sleeping platform that is as wide as the cabin. It also has a basic set of dishes for hikers to use. The yard features a campfire site, woodshed, outhouse, and an old metal-frame lookout tower nearby. Pets are allowed, but only if all other possible visitors agree. There are no waste bins at the cabin, so you have to take back all your garbage.

     Directions: drive 24.3 km out of Rovaniemi along Kemintie to Muurola; turn right on Aavasaksantie; drive 8.8 km; turn right on the forest road; drive 2.1 km; turn left on another forest road; drive 480 m; turn right on another forest road; drive 1.3 km to  the turnaround, where you can park your car. From the turnaround, continue along the road for 300 m until you reach an intersection; turn right on the path towards the wilderness hut and walk for 1.5 km. In the winter, the closest point accessible by car is a little over 4 km from the hut (Aavasaksantie road). From there, you can continue on skis or snowshoes.

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