I had been to Isojärvi National Park in a previous trip, but this time added it to my plans as it was on the route and I had good memories about it. The last time I hiked the Heretty Nature Trail, but this time I decided to extend it by a larger round bringing me further away and back via Kuorejärvi.
The map shows the normal Heretty Nature Trail marked in red, but this time I continued the large loop all the way to the information board marked with the ‘i’ in the top right corner. From there I returned along Kuorejärvi back to the parking. All in all the hike was about 7 km leading me through a very diverse landscape.
At the parking inbetween several buildings we find the information hut from Metsä. The building complex was a loggers camp in the past.
Excellent information for the visitors! Plan some time to have a look at the interesting information about the nature and history of this place.
At some point it is time to start the hike. A lot of remains from the ice age are still visible along the hike. Those big rocks were deposite here by the huge glaciers pushing the ice over the landscape.
We follow the Heretty Nature Trail and after about 1.1 km we head to the right.
There are no mountains here, but the trail is far from flat.
After about 2.8 km we get a view on Hevosjärvi, the lake in the far north east of our hiking route.
Despite Heretty being a loggers place in the past, the nature looks really unspoiled and it is really beautiful.
This is the information board that is marked on the map. On my hike I was considering to make an even larger loop and turned right here for some hundred meters, but found the trail in a not optimal condition. So I returned and followed the trail as described in this blogpost.
From the information desk it is not very far and we reach the next bigger lake… Kuorejärvi. With the weather I could enjoy the view, even took a rest here.
As you see it is larger than a pond.
Through dense forest…
…and along thick moss covered stones I continued my circular hike.
At some point we will need to take a bridge over a small bay of Kurkijärvi, the Kannuslahti. For a bbq place you need to turn right immediately after. For me it is one of the most beautiful bbq places I have been to.
It is located on a tiny peninsulae in lake Kurkijärvi. As usual wood is provided and there is a dry toilet. Thanks for this! Just you need to cut it in pieces as it is only made storable there and not already in usable bits. But that is easy as all tools are provided.
The view from the fire place is great.
From the fire place it is an easy walk back to the parking. I hope you liked joining me through Isojärvi National Park!
Thanks to everyone that helps to make the place so enjoyable!