Directions

Hossa National Parks is located between road Kuusamontie (main road 6, E63) and road Suomussalmi - Murtovaara (road 843). Most of the national park situates in the municipality of Suomussalmi, but parts of it are in municipalities of Kuusamo and Taivalkoski.
 

Directions of Hossa © Metsähallitus 2005

By Car

  • Follow main road 5 for 66 km to the north from Suomussalmi or for 73 km to the south from Kuusamo. At the village of Peranka turn onto road 9190 and drive east for 25 km. Then turn north on road 843 and drive past the village of Hossa. It is an 8 km drive along road 843 to Hossa Visitor Centre's intersection. From this intersection it is 700 m to the visitor centre.
    • From Suomussalmi you can alternately take road 843 all the way to Hossa.
  • When coming from the north take road 8421, which changes names to road 843 after the village of Murtovaara. This shortens the journey by 20 km.
  • You can get to the west part of the hiking area by turning off of main road 5 onto a gravel road Pistonlehdon road 3 km to the north of the village of Peranka.

For more detailed parking area addresses, please see below under Starting Points for Excursions.

By Public Transportation

  • During the school days operates a coach from Kuusamo to Juntusranta. It stops by Hossa Lomakeskus.
  • There are coaches daily, which travel along main road 5 to Peranka from Kajaani and Kuusamo. From the village of Peranka a hiking trail leads 9 km to Kukkuri open wilderness hut on the west boundary of the hiking area and 38 km to Hossa Visitor Centre.
  • The closest railway station (www.vr.fi) is 170 km from Hossa in Kontiomäki.
  • The closest airport (www.finavia.fi) is 85 km from Hossa in Kuusamo.
  • The Kajaani airport is 210 km from Hossa.
  • Coach timetables are available at the Matkahuolto website (www.matkahuolto.fi) and from their customer service telephone, tel. int. +358 200 4000.
  • Visitors can also inquire about timetables at Hossa Visitor Centre +358 40 751 7221.
  • Journey.fi provides information on public transportation to Hossa (opas.matka.fi/)

Starting Points for Excursions

The most logical starting point for excursions is at Hossa Visitor Centre (Jatkonsalmentie 6). There are several starting points for hiking trails and water routes, as well as, parking places in the park. Huosivirta parking area is the place where hiking trails connect to each other. It is also a popular starting point for hikes.

  • Connecting hiking trails leading to Hossa National Park begin at Hossa Village, at the side of main road 5 at Peranka Village, and from the Itäraja Hiking Trail. There are boat landing places at Huosivirta, Saari Hoilua, Pitkä Hoilua, Iso Valkeinen, Lihapyörre, Tolosenvirta, Julma-Ölkky, Niskakoski, Pieni Nimetön, Kukkuri, the River Peranganjoki and Lake Perankajärvi. A boat ramp is located by road 843 to the south of Hossa Village at the juction of Lake Hossanjärvi and the River Hossanjoki. Use of motor boats is only permitted in Lake Hossanjärvi.

Maps

Electronic Maps 

Hossa National Park Map © Parks and Wildlife Finland

Other Maps 

  • Hossa ulkoilukartta 1:25 000, 2017, Karttakeskus (www.karttakauppa.fi). Maps are sold by well-stocked bookstores, Karttakeskus and the National Land Survey of Finland. 
  • Kuusamon ulkoilukartta 1:100 000, 2017, Karttakeskus (www.karttakauppa.fi). Maps are sold by well-stocked bookstores, Karttakeskus and the National Land Survey of Finland. 
  • Maastokartta: Terrain maps S531 Hossa, S532 Murtovaara, 1:50 000. Maps are sold by well-stocked bookstores, Karttakeskus and the National Land Survey of Finland.
  • Peruskartta: Terrain maps S5312 Hossa, S5321 Teeriranta, 1:25 000. Maps are sold by well-stocked bookstores, Karttakeskus and the National Land Survey of Finland.
  • Maastokartta: Terrain map 4514 Hossa, 1:50 000. Maps are sold by well-stocked bookstores, Karttakeskus and the National Land Survey of Finland.  
  • Outdoor GT East Finland 1:250 000, 2014 (www.karttakauppa.fi). Maps are sold by well-stocked bookstores, Karttakeskus and the National Land Survey of Finland. 
  • GT Road Map Finland North, 2016, 1:400 000 (www.karttakauppa.fi). Maps are sold by well-stocked bookstores, Karttakeskus and the National Land Survey of Finland. 

Map Sales Points

 

Hossa National Park's map in Excursionmap.fi

Parking Areas

Hossa Visitor Centre

  • Jatkonsalmentie 6, 89920 Suomussalmi

Huosivirta parking area

  • The road to the parking area diverges from Jatkonsalmentie right after Huosivirta bridge and is situated roughly at Jatkosalmentie 33, Suomussalmi. There is a signpost to the parking area at the crossroads
  • Parking area is not ploughed in winter.

Hossalaislammit parking area

  • Pistonlehdontie, Suomussalmi

Lihapyörre parking area

  • The road to the parking area diverges from Pistonlehdontie, Suomussalmi

Aittojoki parking area

  • Parking area is not ploughed in winter.

Julma-Ölkky parking area

  • Julma-Ölkyntie 86, Kuusamo
  • The road Julma-Ölkyntie and parking area are not ploughed in winter.

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

Self-guided Tour: "Kuusamo's Renowned National Parks"

Self-guided Tour: "Kuusamo's Renowned National Parks"

Pdf-file 0,8 Mb (julkaisut.metsa.fi)

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

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

Pdf-file 2 Mb (julkaisut.metsa.fi)