Directions

By Car

Hautajärvi village (Hautajärventie 414):
  • To reach the northern starting point for the Karhunkierros Trail from Salla, take road 950 from Salla towards Kuusamo and drive for 41 km.
  • If approaching from Kuusamo, take the E63/5 north (Kemijärventie) and drive for 36 km, then turn right towards Salla (road 950). After 33 km, turn right, and after one kilometre, you'll see the visitor centre by the road on the right.

Savilampi Parking Area:

  • From Salla, take road 950 south and drive for 46 km, until you turn left onto Urriaavantie. Please note that road 950 turns left 2 km earlier at Hautajärvi. Continue along Urriaavantie for 4 km and turn right. After the crossroads, continue 1 km and turn left, then drive 5,5 km along the Savilampi forest road until the parking area, where the road ends.
  • From Kuusamo, take the E63 north and drive for 36 km, then turn right onto Sallantie (950). Stay on this road for 30.5 km until you turn right onto Urriaavantie. For the rest of the way, please see above. The Urriaavantie crossroads and all crossroads after it have signposts to the Oulanka Canyon.

The Ristikallio Starting Point (Sallantie 174):

  • From Salla, take road 950 south and drive for 59 km, until you see a parking area by the road on the left. Please note that the road turns left at Hautajärvi.
  • From Kuusamo, take the E63 north and drive for 36 km, then turn right onto Sallantie (950). Drive for 17.5 km, at which point the parking area is visible on the right-hand side of the road. The distance from the village of Käylä to the Ristikallio parking area is 12 km. There are signs directing visitors to the Karhunkierros Trail when coming from either direction.

Oulanka Visitor Centre (Liikasenvaarantie 132):

  • From Salla, take road 950 south and drive for 70 km (please note that the road turns left at Hautajärvi) to Käylä village. There you turn left onto Liikasenvaarantie (please note that the road turns left at Hautajärvi). Continue for 13 km, and you will see the visitor centre just before the Oulankajoki bridge.
  • From Kuusamo, take the E63 north and drive for 36 km, then turn right onto Sallantie (950). Stay on this road for 6 km until you turn right onto Liikasenvaarantie in Käylä village. Continue for 13 km, and you will see the visitor centre just before the Oulankajoki bridge. The route is signposted with Oulanka National Park and Kiutaköngäs signposts from the E63 and Sallantie crossroads.

Oulanka National Park Camping Ground (Liikasenvaarantie 137):

  • First follow the directions to the Oulanka Visitor Centre. From there, continue along Liikasenvaarantie for another 350 m and turn left at the camping ground sign. The distance to the camping ground is about 700 m.

Juuma (Juumantie 134):

  • From Salla, take road 950 south and drive until you reach the end (77 km). There, you turn left onto the E63. After 2.3 km, you turn left again onto road 18897. Stay on this road for 13 km, until the road ends in a parking area. About 200 m before the end of the road (the red Retki-Etappi buildings and the starting point for the Pieni Karhunkierros Trail), there is a signpost to the parking area on the left.
  • If approaching from Kuusamo, take the E63/5 north (Kemijärventie) and drive for 33.5 km, then turn right towards the village of Juuma (road 18897). For the rest of the way, please see above. From the E63, there are signposts to Juuma and the Pieni Karhunkierros Trail.

Ruka (Rukankyläntie 17):

  • To get from Salla to Ruka, first drive to the end of road 950 (77 km) and then turn left onto the E63. After 10.5 km, turn left again onto Rukatunturintie (at S-market) and continue for 2.3 km. Then turn left towards Ruka's central square. After less than a kilometre, there is a parking area on the left. The starting/ending point for the Karhunkierros Trail is located behind Piste, a local restaurant.
  • From Kuusamo, take the E63 and drive for 25 km, until you turn right onto Rukatunturintie. For the rest of the way, please see above.

More information on Oulanka National Park hiking and nature trails and their starting points.

Tip: It is easiest to leave your car at Ruka and take a coach to the trail's starting point.

Map of the surroundings of Karhunkierros Trail

By Public Transportation 

Busses travel to Oulanka National Park from Salla and Kuusamo. 

The Karhunkierros Bus drives on schooldays via Ruka, Juuma, Käylä, Ristikallio parking area and Hautajärvi. Connections to Oulanka Visitor Centre and Juuma vary on different times of the year. 

The Airport Bus connection from almost every Kuusamo Airport's scheduled flights to Salla via Ruka, Käylä, Ristikallio parking area and Hautajärvi is available also for others than flight passengers. 

Contact our customer service, we'll be happy to assist in planning your trip to Oulanka National Park. 

Karhunkierros Trail Taxi

During summer there are special destination taxi's from Kuusamo and Ruka for a smaller fare than in general. More information: Taxicenter Kuusamo-Ruka (www.ruka.fi). 

Starting Points for Excursions

    • Hautajärvi Village, former Karhunkierros Visitor Centre (road address, Hautajärventie 414)
    • Oulanka Visitor Centre at Kiutaköngäs (road address, Liikasenvaarantie 132)
    • Juuma Village (road address, Juumantie 134)
    • The parking area at Ristikallio by road 950 (road address, Sallantie 174)
    • Ruka Ski Centre behind restaurant Piste (road address, Rukankyläntie 17)

Maps

Electronic Maps

Map of Karhunkierros Trail. © Metsähallitus 2012

Other Maps

  • Ruka Oulanka Bear's Trail (Karhunkierros Trail) Waterproof Outdoor Map, 1:50 000 / 1:25 000, Karttakeskus 2017. The map is sold by Oulanka Visitor Centre and Kuusamo Customer Service Karhuntassu, Karttakeskus and well-stocked bookstores.
  • Karhunkierros: Hiking Guide and Map, 1:50 000. Karttakeskus 2010. The map is sold by Oulanka Visitor Centre, Karttakeskus and well-stocked book stores.
  • Salla Savukoski ulkoilukartta: Outdoor map, 1:100 000.Karttakeskus 2008. The maps can be purchased from Karttakeskus.
  • Peruskarttalehdet: Base maps / terrain maps 4611: 12, 4613: 03, 05, 06, 08, 09, 4614: 01, 04, 07, 1:20 000. Maps are sold by Karttakeskus.
  • Basic maps T5312 Juuma, T5321 Liikasenvaara, 1:25 000.Maps are sold by well-stocked bookstores, Karttakeskus and the National Land Survey of Finland.
  • Terrain maps 4613 Rukatunturi, 4614 Selkälä, 1:50 000. The maps are sold by Karttakeskus, the National Land Survey of Finland, District Survey Office and by well-stocked bookstores.
  • Terrain maps T531 Juuma, T532 Hautajärvi, 1:50 000. Maps are sold by well-stocked bookstores, Karttakeskus and the National Land Survey of Finland, District Survey Offices.
  • Outdoor GT Northern Finland, 2016, 1:400 000. Map is sold by Karttakeskus and well-stocked bookstores.
  • Kiutakönkään alueen opaskartta: Map of Kiutakongäs area.Metsähallitus 2010. The brochure is sold by Oulanka Visitor Centre, Kuusamo Customer Service Karhuntassu and Kuusamo Info.
  • Pieni Karhunkierros: map. Metsähallitus 2009. The map is sold by Oulanka Visitor Centre, Kuusamo Customer Service Karhuntassu and Kuusamo Info.
  • Oulanka National Park, River Oulankajoki, Canoeing Guide and Map. Metsähallitus 2008. The map is sold by Oulanka Visitor Centre and Kuusamo Customer Service Karhuntassu.
  • Karhunkierros Trail, water resistant map, 1:25 000, Calazo Förlag 2016. Map is sold for example by Karhunkierros Visitor Centre, Oulanka Visitor Centre and Kuusamo Customer Service Karhuntassu.
  • Kuusamo Waterproof Outdoor Map, 1:100 000, Karttakeskus 2017. The map is sold by Oulanka Visitor Centre and Kuusamo Customer Service Karhuntassu, Karttakeskus and well-stocked bookstores.

Map Sales Points

Parking Areas

  • Hautajärvi village: Hautajärventie 414, Hautajärvi
  • Ristikallio parking area: Sallantie 174, Kuusamo
  • Oulanka Visitor Centre: Liikasenvaarantie 132, Kuusamo
  • Juuma parking area: Juumantie 134, Kuusamo
  • Ruka: Rukankyläntie 17, Rukatunturi

Parking area addresses are in Finnish to be used in navigators.

Destination Brochure

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Self-guided Tour: "From Helsinki to the Taiga Forests"

Self-guided Tour: "From Helsinki to the Taiga Forests"
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