Forest wildlife and the exhilaration of downhill skiing on a holiday in Sotkamo
Sotkamo is a municipality of about 10,500 inhabitants in Kainuu region, where the scenery is dominated by hills and lakes. Travel to Sotkamo and explore the rugged gorges of Hiidenportti National Park, and the Vuokatti tourist centre. Sotkamo is a popular tourist area, visited by about a million visitors every year. Good services and a wide range of leisure activities ensure an enjoyable holiday in Sotkamo.
Sotkamo is surrounded by lakes and offers many important services for tourists. Before going out on the forest paths or to Vuokatti tourist centre, it is worth visiting the centrally located sandy beaches at Hiukka. The history of Sotkamo is displayed, during the summer, in Sotkamo Museum.
One good reason for enjoying a holiday in Sotkamo is the tourist centre of Vuokatti, where you can find information on a wide variety of activities, including skiing, snowboarding, orienteering, hiking and adventure safaris. Vuokatti has thirteen ski slopes, suitable for skiers of all levels. A speciality is Finland's only indoor snowboard tunnel, where you can practise all year round.
You will never run out of things to do at Vuokatti, even if you do not care for skiing or snowboarding. The Angry Birds Activity Park has adventure trails and other fun activities for all the family. Explore the countryside by snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle, or more quietly on snowshoes. Katinkulta Golf has a full-sized course for experienced players and a 9-hole course where anyone can play without a green card.
A great and inexpensive trip to Sotkamo is easily arranged by hiking in the impressive surroundings of Hiidenportti National Park. The most famous attraction in the park is Hiidenportti Gorge, the vertical rock walls of which can be seen even on the shortest visit. The national park has nearly 20 miles of trails, surrounded by mires and forest. Be sure to see the traditional Kainuu landscape at Kovasinvaara.
The easiest route to Sotkamo is via Kajaani, where the nearest domestic airport and railway station are located. Many air and train services link with buses that go directly to Vuokatti.