Kevo Strict Nature Reserve
In Kevo Strict Nature Reserve, you can experience the Lapland landscape at its most wondrous. There are two marked trails, along which hikers may explore the area. Both trails are quite demanding. Established in 1956, the reserve’s footprint covers some 712km².
The Kevo Nature Reserve with its magnificent canyons is among the most rugged hiking attractions in Finland. The nature reserve is accessible via a 2-kilometre nature trail starting at Sulaoja along the Karigasniementie road. Kevo offers challenging trails of 63 and 86.5km. The unique area is a prime habitat for rare birds, which is why access is restricted to signposted trails. The heart of the nature reserve consists of a canyon spanning 40km in length and in places 80m in depth, at the bottom of which flows the Kevojoki River.
The 40-km-long and at some places almost 80-metres-deep canyon-like valley of the River Kevojoki forms the core of the area. The rest of the nature reserve is fell highland crossed by gentle slopes of ravines. There are also large tundra-like open mires.
The aim of establishing the nature reserve has been to protect the Kevo Canyon and the sensitive fell landscape which surrounds it. The Kevo area is scientifically valuable. The subarctic research station of the University of Turku (www.utu.fi) carries out varied research at Kevo. Inside the strict nature reserve, visitors are allowed to move only on marked trails.