Starting Points for the Biking Trails

Oulanka National Park Map © Parks and Wildlife Finland

Summer Biking Trail

Biking Trail Oulanka Visitor Centre ‒ Taivalköngäs, 9 km / Direction

Biking Hanging bridge Open Wilderness Hut Fireplace Visitor Centre

Available when the ground is unfrozen. Estimated travel time 3‒5 h.
Category: Demanding trail demanding

Some sections of the only biking trail in Oulanka run along easy pine heaths. However, the biking trail is technically demanding in places. There are three hanging bridges and an open wilderness hut in the Taivalköngäs area.

Starting Point
Oulanka Visitor Centre

Coordinates
ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7362886 E: 603506, WGS84 lat 66o 22.1023' lon 29o 18.8632'

Hiking Structures
Services provided by the Oulanka Visitor Centre and the Oulanka National Park Camping Ground, a waste recycling point at the camping ground, the Runsulampi campfire site, a bridge, the hanging bridges at Taivalköngäs and the Taivalköngäs Open Wilderness Hut. There are woodsheds and dry toilets at the rest spots. Take toilet paper with you.

Sights
Taivalköngäs Rapids, the River Oulankajoki, the Karhunkierros Trail

Trail Description
Trail markings: orange paint signs

The trail is part of the Karhunkierros Trail and the Rytisuo Nature Trail. This is a technically demanding, one-way trail. The open wilderness hut is located by the end of the Taivalköngäs Rapids. After a short hike onto the riverbank, beautiful views open out towards the river valley.

Winter Biking Trail

Oulanka Wilderness Trail, 26 km / Direction

Biking Open Wilderness Hut Fireplace Visitor Centre

Available from mid-February to April. Etimated travel time 1‒2 days.
Category: Demanding trail demanding

Go exploring Oulanka's winter wilderness by snowshoes, skis or by fatbike ‒ on the Oulanka Wilderness Trail, you may see a fox running on the river ice or a boreal owl that is on the lookout on a spruce crown.

The Oulanka Wilderness Trail is suitable for fatbiking in winter. Photo © Harri Mourujärvi

Starting Point
Oulanka Visitor Centre or Juuma

Coordinates
Oulanka Visitor Centre:  ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7362886 E: 603506, WGS84 lat 66o 22.1023' lon 29o 18.8632'
Juuma: ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7351997 E: 607884, WGS84 lat 66o 16.1569' lon 29o 24.1700'   

Hiking Structures
The Ansakämppä and Jussinkämppä Open Wilderness Huts, campfire sites.
Take toilet paper with you.

Sights
Kiutaköngäs Rapids, Oulanka's most peaceful wilderness parts

Trail Description
Trail markings: yellow‒orange ribbons

Recommended direction: not defined

You can go on a day-trip trail or stay overnight on the Oulanka Wilderness Trail, where you can explore the forest in late winter. The trail runs from the Kiutaköngäs Rapids to the Jussinkämppä Open Wilderness Hut, following the Karhunkierros Trail, and then it branches off, by Jussinkämppä, towards Juuma. The trail is levelled once a week by snowmobile. No skiing trail. Due to the altitude differences and the narrowness of the trail, this is a challenging trail. The trail is maintained in April till the end of the crusty snow period.

Customer Service

Oulanka Visitor Centre
Tel. int. +358 206 39 6850
Email: oulanka(at)metsa.fi

Kuusamo Customer Service Karhuntassu
Tel. int. +358 206 39 6804
Email: karhuntassu(at)metsa.fi

Parking Areas for the Biking Trails

Oulanka National Park Camping Ground

Liikasenvaarantie 137, 93900 Kuusamo
No winter maintenance.
The parking area by the road is closed when the camping ground is closed (September‒May) 

Oulanka Visitor Centre

Liikasenvaarantie 132, 93900 Kuusamo
Open all year round 

Retkietappi holiday village 

Juumantie 134, Kuusamo
Open all year round