Starting Points for Hiking Trails  

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Lihapyörre Accessible Trail, 200 metres / direction  

Available when the ground is unfrozen, travel time (there and back) less than 30 minutes 
Category: Easy accessible trail / easy wheelchair trail an easy wheelchair trail 

Lihapyörre Accessible Trail runs by the bend of River Somerjoki, in a beautiful river and esker scenery. The Lihapyörre parking area is also a starting point for the hiking trails to the Värikallio Cliffs and towards Lake Laukkujärvi, but these trails are not accessible to all. There is no winter maintenance on the trail.

Photo: Juhani Niemitalo

Starting Point   
Lihapyörre parking area  

Driving directions: The distance from the visitor centre to the Lihapyörre parking area is 11.5 km.  

Drive past the Hossa Visitor Centre and continue along Jatkonsalmentie Road for 3.3 km. Turn to the right onto Pistonlehdontie Road and continue for 6.4 km. Turn to the right onto a road that takes you to Lihapyörre. From the crossroads, the distance to the parking area is 1.7 km.   

Coordinates: Euref-Fin (WGS84) lat: 65° 30.4386 lon: 29° 21.2776'    

ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7267031m E: 608906m  

Hiking Structures  
At Lihapyörre, you will find a lean-to shelter and a campfire site that are accessible to all, as well as a dry toilet for the disabled (take toilet paper with you). In addition, there is an accessible platform structure in front of the lean-to shelter. It is suitable for fishing and the landing of boats. From the platform, you can admire River Somerjoki, listen to its poetically babbling sound and catch grayling and other fish.   

Trail Description  
The trail has been marked with yellow signs. There is no danger of getting lost on this trail. The terrain is level and there are no altitude differences. The trail has been surfaced with stone dust.  

Please Note  
Along the trail and to the starting point, you are also allowed to drive with electric vehicles, such as an electric wheelchair or an electric scooter. The distance (in one direction) is 11.5 km. When going to the starting point, you will have to drive on a public road, so driving is at your own risk. In the Hossa National Park, the speed limit for vehicles is 30 km/h and for electric vehicles 15/km hour.  

 

Huosilampi Accessible Trail, 500 metres / direction 

Available when the ground is unfrozen, travel time (there and back) less than one hour Category: Demanding accessible trail a demanding wheelchair trail 

The Huosilampi Accessible Trail is the part of Hossa that is the easiest to access. Actually, the nature trail is not located in the national park's territory, but it is part of the park entity. In the Huosilampi area, you can fish from the accessible jetties, travel along the duckboards, view the mire landscape and enjoy the peace and quiet of Hossa at the large lean-to shelter and at campfire sites. There is no winter maintenance on the trail. 

Photo: Sini Salmirinne

Starting Point 
The visitor centre's day parking area opposite to the visitor centre. The distance from the visitor centre is roughly 50 metres.  

Coordinates: Euref-Fin (WGS84) lat: 65° 28.1255' lon: 29° 31.0366'  

ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7263029 E: 616597m  

Hiking Structures 
There is a large lean-to shelter at the southern end of the trail that runs along the shore of Huosilampi Pond. There is a dry toilet for the disabled by the lean-to shelter. There are three accessible fishing jetties, as well as a campfire site and eating space along the trail. At the northern end of the trail, you will find duckboards, accessible to all, across a mire area, and information boards on the natural features of the mires in the area. 

Trail Description 
The trail has not been marked, but there is no risk of getting lost on this trail. In the initial section of the trail, when descending onto the shore of Huosilampi Pond, there is a 150-metre long section that has a gradient of over 5% and therefore, those using a wheelchair may need an assistant for pushing the wheelchair. Most of the trail runs on the level of the shore of Huosilampi Pond. 

On the shore of Huosilampi Pond, the trail branches into two. One branch goes to a lean-to shelter at the southern end of the pond and the other branch to a mire area at the northern end of the pond. If you visit both ends of the pond, the distance is about 1.3 km, measured from the day parking area. The trail has been surfaced with stone dust and the duckboards are built of planks. 

Please Note  
The trail is easily accessible and the services provided by the visitor centre are in the vicinity. There is also a short distance from the trail to the Karhunkainalo Camping Ground, which provides accessible accommodation, sauna and shower facilities, as well as an accessible service building for caravanners. 

From the northern end of the trail, a gravel trail continues that is about one metre wide and accessible to all. For the final section, the trail runs along a gravel road to the Huosiusjärvi rental cabin, accessible to all. The visitor centre will provide you with more information on the accommodation at the Karhunkainalo Camping Ground and the Huosiusjärvi rental cabin.  
 

Muikkupuro Accessible Trail, 1.5 km / direction   

Available when the ground is unfrozen, travel time about one hour by wheelchair / direction 
Category: Demanding accessible trail a demanding wheelchair trail, Easy trail an easy trail 

The surroundings of the Muikkupuro lean-to shelter are the most beautiful scenery in Hossa. The lean-to shelter is located between two crystal-clear lakes that are connected by a stream babbling by the lean-to shelter. At Muikkupuro, you can admire the sandy heaths and clear waters that are characteristic of Hossa. There is no winter maintenance on the trail. 

Photo: Sini Salmirinne

Starting Point 
Hossalaislammet parking area  

Driving directions: Drive past the Hossa Visitor Centre and continue along Jatkonsalmentie Road for 3.3 km. Turn to the right onto Pistonlehdontie Road. Drive for about 3.3 km, and the Hossalaislammet parking area is located on the left side of the road. 

Coordinates: Euref-Fin (WGS84) lat: 65° 29.2077' lon: 29° 24.2176'   

ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7264832m E: 611258m  

Hiking Structures  
Along the trail there are benches for taking a break. The Muikkupuro lean-to shelter is accessible to all and there is a campfire site in front of the lean-to shelter. There is also a dry toilet for the disabled at Muikkupuro (take toilet paper with you). By the mouth of the stream, on the side of Lake Keski-Valkeainen, you will find a sandy beach for taking a dip in the water. However, the beach is not accessible to all, because of a small shore bank.   

Trail Description  
Trail markings: red paint  

The Muikkupuro lean-to shelter is located between two crystal-clear lakes, Iso-Valkeainen and Keski-Valkeainen, which are connected by a stream babbling by the lean-to shelter. At Muikkupuro, you can admire the sandy heaths and clear waters that are characteristic of Hossa. You can also canoe to Muikkupuro from accessible rental huts, Hirvastupa and Peurapirtti, which are located on the shores of Lake Iso-Valkeainen. 

The trail starts from the Hossalaislammet parking area. The trail runs along spacious pine heaths and is 1‒1.5 metres wide. There are gentle ascents and descents midway along the trail and in the end part of the trail. The trail has been surfaced with stone dust and the terrain is level. 

Please Note  
The trail runs along a mountain biking trail for about 500 metres, so you may meet mountain bikers along the trail.   

Along the trail and to the starting point, you are also allowed to drive with electric vehicles, such as an electric wheelchair or an electric scooter. The distance from the visitor centre to the parking area is 6.6 km. Travelling on the road is always at your own risk. When travelling manually by wheelchair on the terrain, please check that the front wheels are high and wide enough. You can also use a nose gear wheel that is fixed to the wheelchair.  

There is a boat landing site on the northern side of the Muikkupuro lean-to shelter, on the shore of Lake Iso-Valkeainen. You can also land there with an assistant. Hirvastupa and Peurapirtti are accessible rental huts on the shore of Lake Iso-Valkeainen. From the huts, you can canoe to the destination. The distance is about 1.5 km.
  

Muikkupuron mutka Trail, 1.5 km / direction  

Available when the ground is unfrozen 0.5 h / direction   
Category: Easy trail easy 

The Muikkupuron mutka Trail, accessible to all, is meant for hikers and cyclists. The trail runs through a gorgeous esker and shore landscape, taking you to the Muikkupuro lean-to shelter. Muikkupuro, which is a wriggling, crystal-clear stream, is stunningly beautiful. There is no winter maintenance on the trail.

Photo: Hannu Huttu

Starting Point   
Hossalaislammet  

Coordinates: Euref-Fin (~ WGS84) lat: 65° 29.2077' lon: 29° 24.2176'   

ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7264832m E: 611258m  

Hiking Structures   
Muikkupuro lean-to shelter, an accessible dry toilet by the lean-to shelter  
Trail Description  
Trail markings: red signs 
Length: 1.5 km in one direction  
Altitude difference: about 20 m 

The Muikkupuron mutka Trail is part of the Kokalmuksen kierros Trail.   
 

Hossa Nature Trail, 3 km circle trail  

Available when the ground is unfrozen, travel time about one hour  
Category: Intermediate trail intermediate  

On the 3-km-long nature trail running around Huosilampi Pond, you can explore the natural features of the Hossa National Park. It is like Hossa in a miniature size. There is no winter maintenance on the trail.  

Photo: Sirke Seppänen

Starting Point   
Visitor centre 

Coordinates: Euref-Fin (WGS84) lat: 65° 28.1255' lon: 29° 31.0366'  

Address: Jatkonsalmentie 6, Suomussalmi  

Hiking Structures   
The Huosilampi campfire site and rain shelter, four hook and line jetties and the large lean-to shelter by Huosilampi Pond with an eating space, a fireplace, a campfire site and a dry toilet for the disabled  

Trail Description   
Trail markings: cone signs  
Altitude difference: about 29 metres  

Along the trail, you will learn about old-growth forests, mires, kettle holes, the waterways, berries, reindeer and the human history in the Hossa area. Recommended direction: anti-clockwise. A 500-metre-long section of the nature trail is also suitable for those using a wheelchair or a pushchair. The nature trail has connections to Lake Huosiusjärvi and to the paths in the village of Hossa. There is also a wheelchair trail to the Huosiusjärvi rental cabin (800 m). 
 

Hakokosken hujaus Trail, 5 km / circle trail  

Available when the ground is unfrozen, travel time about two hours  
Category: Intermediate trail intermediate  

On the Hakokosken hujaus Trail, you can enjoy the magnificent esker landscape. There is no winter maintenance on the trail.  

Photo: Sini Salmirinne

Starting Point  
Huosivirta parking area  

Coordinates: Euref-Fin (~ WGS84) lat: 65° 28.3178' lon: 29° 27.8778'  

Address: Jatkonsalmentie 33, Suomussalmi  

Hiking Structures 
Huosivirta campfire site, the Hakokoski lean-to shelter, the Torkonluikea campfire site  

Trail Description 
Trail markings: yellow signs 
Altitude difference: about 30 metres  

The trail takes you around Lake Syvä-Hoilua and onto Hakoharju Esker, as well as to the banks of the Hakokoski and Torkonluikea Rapids. Most sections of the trail are easy, but there are also a few steep ascents.   

From the Hakokosken hujaus Trail, there are connections to the Huosiuksen huikonen Trail and to the Laukkujärven lenkki Trail.  
 

Huosiuksen huikonen Trail, 8 km circle trail  

Available when the ground is unfrozen, travel time about 3‒4 h  
Category: Intermediate trail intermediate  

Handsome views open out from the Huosiuksen huikonen Trail towards Lake Huosiusjärvi. The trail that runs around the lake takes you to explore Huosiharju Esker, the Iikoski Rapids and the Torkonluikea Rapids. There is no winter maintenance on the trail.   

Photo: Taneli Kaakinen

Starting Point   
Huosivirta parking area  

Coordinates: Euref-Fin (~ WGS84) lat: 65° 28.3178' lon: 29° 27.8778'  

Address: Jatkonsalmentie 33, Suomussalmi  

Hiking Structures   
Huosivirta campfire site, the Iikoski campfire site, the Torkonluikea campfire site  

Trail Description   
Trail markings: yellow signs   
Altitude difference: about 29 metres 

Most sections of the trail are level and easy to walk on, except for the more demanding esker sections. You can either hike around Iikoskenniemi, or you can take a shortcut. There is a connection from this trail to the nature trail, and further on to the visitor centre, the Huosiusjärvi rental cabin and to the Iikoski rental cabin.  

A large part of the Huosiuksen huikonen Trail is also part of the Harjujen huikonen Biking Trail (marked with yellow).   

The Huosiuksen huikonen Trail has a connection to the Hakokosken hujaus Trail.  
 

Kokalmuksen kierros Trail, 14 km circle trail  

Available when the ground is unfrozen, travel time about 4‒5 h  
Category: Easy trail easy  

The Kokalmuksen kierros Trail takes you through the most splendid landscape in Hossa and provides excellent rest spots. On the Kokalmuksen kierros Trail, trekkers and cyclists travel along the same trail. The trail is accessible to all, all the way to Muikkupuro.  There is no winter maintenance on the trail. 

Photo: Hannu Huttu

Starting Point  
Hossalaislammet  

Coordinates: Euref-Fin (~ WGS84) lat: 65° 29.2077' lon: 29° 24.2176'   

ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7264832m E: 611258m   

Hiking Structures   
Muikkupuro lean-to shelter, Ala-Valkeainen Open Wilderness Hut, the Kokalmus campfire site, the Kokalmus lean-to shelter, the Lipposensalmi lean-to shelter, the Pitkä-Hoilua campfire site. 

Trail Description    
Trail markings: red signs  
Altitude difference: about 22 metres   

The trail goes, via Muikkupuro, to Hoiluansärkkä and, bypassing the reindeer sheds, to the Kokalmus lean-to shelter. From Kokalmus, the trail returns to the shore of Lake Pitkä-Hoilua. The trail is easy and mostly level, allowing hikers to focus on enjoying nature. 

Connecting trails: 

  • Lipposensalmi - Aittojoki - Kukkuri - Peranka  
  • Lipposensalmi - Jatkonvaara - Huosivirta  
  • Kokalmus - Korkeakangas - Värikallio
      

Laukkujärven lenkki Trail, 10 km circle trail  

Available when the ground is unfrozen, travel time about three hours  
Category: Intermediate trail intermediate   

The trail runs, along Laukunharju Esker, to the shores of Lake Laukkujärvi, from where it continues to the shores of Lake Talasjärvi and Lake Puukkojärvi. The trail is otherwise easy, but the descent to Laukunsalmi, and the ascents and descents on the esker in the final part of the trail are demanding. There is no winter maintenance on the trail.   

Photo: Sirke Seppänen

Starting Point 
Hossalaislammet   

Coordinates: Euref-Fin (~ WGS84) lat: 65° 29.2077' lon: 29° 24.2176'   

ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7264832m E: 611258m  

Hiking Structures 
Umpi-Valkeainen campfire site, Laukkujärvi Open Wilderness Hut, the Puukkojärvi lean-to shelter, Puukkojärvi Open Wilderness Hut  

Sights  
A meadow, a barn and a reindeer trap at Talassalmi  

Trail Description   
Trail markings: blue signs 
Altitude difference: about 30 m   

You may extend your excursion by starting it from the Huosivirta parking area and by adding the Hakokosken hujaus Trail (about 5 km) to your excursion.   
 

Värikallion kaarros Trail, 8 km circle trail 

Available when the ground is unfrozen, travel time about three hours  
Category: Intermediate trail intermediate - Demanding trail demanding  

The Värikallion kaarros Trail takes you to the most famous sight in Hossa. Thanks to the walking platform, you will be able to explore the historical Värikallio rock paintings at a distance of only a few metres. There is no winter maintenance on the trail.   

Photo: Sirke Seppänen

Starting Point   
Lihapyörre   

Coordinates: Euref-Fin (~ WGS84) lat: 65° 30.4386 lon: 29° 21.2776'    

ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7267031m E: 608906m   

Hiking Structures 
Lihapyörre lean-to shelter (accessible to all), the Ala-Ölkky lean-to shelter, the Värikallio cooking shelter and campfire site  

Sights  
Värikallio rock paintings dating to the Stone Age  

Trail Description   
Trail markings: yellow signs   
Altitude difference: about 50 metres  

The trail goes from Lihapyörre, via Ala-Ölkky, to the Värikallio Cliffs, and then it returns, via Mieskallionvaara and Korkeakangas, to Lihapyörre.    

Connecting trails:

  • Värikallio - Korkeakangas - Kokalmus  
  • Värikallio - Ala-Ölkky - Julma-Ölkky  
     

Ölökyn ylitys Trail 5 km / circle trail 

Available when the ground is unfrozen, travel time about three hours  
Category: Demanding trail demanding   

Ölökyn ähkäsy and Ölökyn ylitys are the most demanding circle trails in the Hossa National Park. There is no winter maintenance on the trail. 

Photo: Hannu Huttu

Starting Point   
Julma-Ölkky parking area    

Coordinates: Euref-Fin (~ WGS84) lat: 65° 32.2332' lon: 29° 19.4532'  

Address: Julma-Ölkyntie 86, Kuusamo   

Hiking Structures  
The Ölökyn ärjä lookout point, the Julma-Ölkky summer café and transport by boat 

Sights  
Julma-Ölkky canyon lake  

Trail Description   
Trail markings: orange signs 
Altitude difference: about 50 metres  

Connecting trails:  

  • Julma-Ölkky - Ala-Ölkky - Värikallio  
     

Ölökyn ähkäsy Trail 10 km circle trail  

Available when the ground is unfrozen, travel time about five hours  
Category: Demanding trail demanding   

Ölökyn ähkäsy and Ölökyn ylitys are the most demanding circle trails in the Hossa National Park. There is no winter maintenance on the trail. 

Photo: Laura Tokola

Starting Point   
Julma-Ölkky parking area  

Coordinates: Euref-Fin (~ WGS84) lat: 65° 32.2332' lon: 29° 19.4532'  

Osoite: Julma-Ölkyntie 86, Kuusamo  

Hiking Structures   
Ölkynperä lean-to shelter, the Ölökyn ärjä lookout point, the Julma-Ölkky summer café and transport by boat   

Sights  
Julma-Ölkky canyon lake  

Trail Description   
The Ölökyn ähkäsy Trail runs around the Julma-Ölkky canyon lake. The trail is difficult to walk on. Ölökyn ylitys goes along the same trail as Ölökyn ähkäsy, but it crosses the Julma-Ölkky canyon lake along a hanging bridge.  

Trail markings: orange signs  

Altitude difference: about 50 metres  

Connecting trails: 

  • Julma-Ölkky - Ala-Ölkky - Värikallio  

Hossa National Park Brochure 

Hossa National Park brochure

(julkaisut.metsa.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.