Hepoköngäs is located on the southern side of road 78, approximately 15 kilometres towards Hyrynsalmi from Puolanka centre.

Map of the surroundings of Hepoköngäs © Metsähallitus 2009

Directions

By Car

  • From Puolanka centre drive road 78 Paltamontie five kilometres towards south-east and turn to left to the road 891 (Hyrynsalmentie). Drive 7 km, turn right to the road 8912 (Hepokönkääntie) and follow the signposts. From the intersection it is about 2 km to the area.
  • From main road 5 (E63) turn towards Hyrynsalmi, drive through the centre of the village and continue along road 891 (Hyrynsalmentie) for 39 km. Then turn left tot the road 8912 (Hepokönkääntie) and follow the signposts. From the intersection it is about 2 km to the area.
  • From Suomussalmi (Ämmänsaari) turn west onto road 892 (Kyröntie) and continue for 35 km. At Kytömäki turn right onto road 891 (Hyrynsalmentie) and continue northwest for 19 km. Then turn left to the road 8912 (Hepokönkääntie) and follow the signposts. From the intersection it is about 2 km to the area.
  • During winter the road leading to Hepoköngäs Waterfall is kept clear of snow up to the parking area.
  • Driving directions to Hossa Visitor Centre.

By Public Transportation

  • From Kajaani to Puolanka travel a few coachies. From Puolanka it is 16 km to Hepoköngäs.
  • A few coaches travel between Oulu - Suomussalmi (Ämmänsaari). Coaches travel along road 891 and pass the intersection of the road leading to Hepoköngäs. From the intersection it is 2 km to Hepoköngäs.
  • One coach travels daily back and forth between Suomussalmi and Puolanka on weekdays. From Puolanka it is 16 km to the area.
  • Additionally on weekdays a coach travels between Puolanka and Taivalkoski.
  • Timetables of Matkahuolto (www.matkahuolto.fi).

Starting Points for Excursions

Maps

Electronic Maps

Map of Hepoköngäs © Metsähallitus 2009

Other Maps

  • Basic map 3444 01 Hepoköngäs, 1:20 000. Maps are sold by Karttakeskus Map Center, the National Land Survey of Finland and well-stocked bookstores.
  • Terrain map 3444 Lylykylä, 1:50 000. Map is sold by well-stocked bookstores, Karttakeskus Map Center and the National Land Survey of Finland
  • Terrain map R512 Puokio, 1:50 000. Map is sold by well-stocked bookstores, Karttakeskus Map Center and the National Land Survey of Finland.
  • UKK-hiking trail "Tonkohuikonen" Puolanka map, 1:200 000. Karttakeskus 2002. Map is sold by tourist information point in the municipality of Puolanka.
  • Köngäskierros Circle Trail map, 1:50 000. Municipalities of Hyrynsalmi and Puolanka, Metsähallitus, the Forest Research Institute and Kainuu regional environment centre, 2002. The map is sold by the tourist information points in the municipalities of Hyrynsalmi and Puolanka.
  • GT tiekartta Itä-Suomi: GT Roadmap Finland East, 2010, 1:250 000. The maps are sold by Karttakeskus and well-stocked bookstores.

Map Sales Points

Excursionmap.fi: Hepoköngäs

Parking Areas

Hepokongäs parking area

  • Hepokönkääntie 22, Puolanka