Customer Service and Guidance

  • Hossa Visitor Centre
    • Information, guided outdoor excursions.
    • Café and restaurant, kiosk and souvenirs.
    • Reception desk for Karhunkainalo Camping Ground.
    • Permits for fishing. Fishing permits can also be bought from a automat.
    • Rental services for cabins, boats, canoes, kayaks, bicycles and fishing and hiking equipment.

Hossa Visitor Centre. Photo: Hannu Huttu

Services offered by enterprises and other organisations in Hossa National Park 

  • Following enterprises and other organisations offer services in the Hossa National Park. They have a cooperation agreement with Metsähallitus and they follow the principles of sustainable nature tourism when operating in the national park.

Meals, Cooking and Snacks

Café and Restaurant

  • There is a café-restaurant at the Hossa Visitor Centre. 
  • You can prepare food at cabins, huts and rest spots.

Campfire Sites

  • Hossa National Park boasts 14 lean-to shelters and 5 open wilderness huts, next to which there is a campfire site.
  • Campfires are only allowed at designated campfire sites.

Making an open fire is forbidden when a forest fire warning is in effect. 

Bonfire by a lean-to shelter. Photo Eeva Mäkinen

Drinking Water

  • The water in the area is usually drinkable, but the quality of the water has not been tested. You can obtain tap water from the visitor centre.

Waste Management

  • The main principle is that hikers take their own litter away with them. Hossa National Park adheres to the principles of litter-free hiking.
  • There are recycling points at the visitor centre's parking area and at the Jatkonjärvi camping site.
  • You can find a recycling point, as well as a collection system for chemical toilet waste and liquid waste, at the Karhunkainalo camping ground.

Toilets

  • There is a toilet or a dry toilet at the visitor centre, at the huts, the cabins and at almost all rest spots.
  • There are toilets or dry toilets suitable for the disabled at the visitor centre, the Karhunkainalo Camping Ground, the Lihapyörre parking area, the Lihapyörre lean-to shelter, the Muikkupuro lean-to shelter, the fishing sites on the shores of Lake Pitkä-Hoilua and Huosiuslampi Pond, the Iikoski rest spot and at Seipiniemi.

Overnight Stays

In Hossa, you can stay overnight at a large or small hut, in a campervan or caravan, at an open wilderness hut, in a tent, or at a lean-to shelter. Some of the accommodation in the national park can only be booked online, the other accommodation only from the visitor centre.

There are several tourism enterprises that provide versatile accommodation in areas surrounding the national park. Further information is available on the hossa.fi web pages.

Lean-to Shelters and Campfire Sites

There are several lean-to shelters in the national park and in the surrounding areas. They provide shelter against rain, and you can eat meals and stay overnight at these lean-to shelters. There are campfire sites and chopped firewood next to each lean-to shelter. You are not allowed to pitch a tent by the Huosilampi lean-to shelter or by the Iikoski rest spot.

Camping

Besides the Karhunkainalo Camping Ground, you can also pitch a tent at the Jatkonjärvi camping site and at the Seipiniemi camping site.  

You can put up a tent by a lean-to shelter. Photo: Taneli Kaakinen

Jatkonjärvi Camping Site

  • A camping site, free of charge, on the shore of Lake Jatkonjärvi
  • Campfire sites, tables and benches, dry toilets, a recycling point

Seipiniemi Camping Site

  • A reservable  camping site on the shore of Lake Hossanjärvi
  • Space for about 60 people, suitable for large groups, such as Scout camps and camp schools
  • A well, wooden bases for tents, dry toilets, an earth cellar, a lean-to shelter, a campfire site, as well as a cooking shelter (incl. a wood-burning cooker and a washing up table)
  • A programme services centre, including an eating space and a smoke sauna that can be rented (it will be heated up)

Open Wilderness Huts

There are five open wilderness huts in the Hossa National Park. They can freely be used by all hikers. They are meant for stays of 1‒2 nights. They cannot be booked in advance. Room for all at a pinch.

Open wildernes hut by Laukkujärvi. Photo: Sirke Seppänen

Rental Huts

There are twelve rental huts owned by Metsähallitus in the national park and in the surrounding areas. The facilities provided by the huts vary, ranging from small wilderness huts without electricity to large cabins with electricity. Further information on the huts is available at the visitor centre, but the huts are booked via the website.

Camping Grounds

Karhunkainalo Camping Ground, which is located close to the visitor centre, and its service building provide services for caravanners and campers. There are four rental cabins and a rentable lakeside sauna at the camping ground. The camping ground's reception desk is located at the visitor centre.

  • Service building
    • Two cooking spaces, an eating space, two saunas (incl. showers), toilets, a laundry room
    • Suitable for the disabled
  • A rentable lakeside sauna
    • A lounge and dressing space with a fireplace A steam room, showers, a separate toilet.
    • Suitable for the disabled
    • Bookings from the Hossa Visitor Centre
  • Four rental cabins
    • Hunajatassu, Karhu, Mesikämmen and Metsänkuningas
    • Cabins with electricity and the other modern conveniences
    • No sauna, you can go bathing in the sauna that is located in the service building
    • The Karhu cabin is suitable for allergic people, pets are not allowed there
    • Bookings from the Hossa Visitor Centre
  • Caravan spaces
    • 39 asphalt-surfaced caravan spaces with electricity
    • A recycling point and a collection system for chemical toilet waste and liquid waste
  • Spaces for pitching up a tent

Caravan Parking

  • You may only take your caravan to the visitor centre.
  • There is a parking area close to the visitor centre where you can park your caravan.
  • Staying overnight in campervans and caravans in the hiking area is only allowed at the Karhunkainalo Camping Ground.

Personal Hygiene

  • There is a good sauna (by reservation) at the Karhunkainalo Camping Ground on the shore of Öllöri Pond, and there are showers and saunas in the service building of the camping ground. The saunas are also suitable for the disabled. Bookings from the Hossa Visitor Centre.
  • There is a smoke sauna at Seipiniemi. It takes about six hours to heat it. Bookings from the Hossa Visitor Centre.
  • All rental cabins in the area have a sauna. The rent of the cabins of the camping ground includes the right to use the sauna and shower facilities in the service building.

Swimming Shores

  • There are no official beaches in Hossa, but many lakes have sandy areas that are suitable for swimming.
  • There are changing facilities, a cooking shelter, campfire sites and a dry toilet on the shore of Lake Hypäsjärvi, Iikoski (2 km from the visitor centre).
  • There are changing facilities, a jetty and a toilet on the shore of Öllöri Pond, next to the Karhunkainalo Camping Ground.
  • There are also sandy beaches at Kokalmus and Seipiniemi.

Programme Services

  • Tailored programme services are organised by Experience KL Oy, tel. +358 (0)50 384 4692 and by other partners, as well as by tourism enterprises based in the village of Hossa (www.hossa.fi)
  • Programme services can be organised on the shore of Lake Hossanjärvi at Seipiniemi, for example. In the summer of 2017, an enterprise called The Spirit of Hossa (www.hossa.fi) operates at Seipiniemi.

Diving Site

  • Öllöri is a crystal-clear kettle-hole pond that is almost 40 metres deep.
  • There are changing facilities, a space for servicing and drying scuba diving equipment, a place for filling diving cylinders (the customer's compressor), a jetty and a toilet.
  • There is also a compressor at the visitor centre for filling diving cylinders. The filling costs 0.80 euros/litre. Please note! So far, the visitor centre's compressor is not available for use. The closest places for filling diving cylinders are at the Kuusamo, Taivalkoski and Hyrynsalmi fire brigades.

Overnight Stays in the Surrounding Area

  • Hossan Lomakeskus (an apartment hotel) serves you in the village of Hossa (www.hossa.fi).
  • A camping ground, Camping Hossan Lumo, is located in Hossa, and another camping ground, Teerirannan leirintä, can be found on the northern side of the national park.
  • Private cottage accommodation is also available close to the national park.
  • Further information from the Suomussalmi Tourist Office (www.suomussalmi.fi) and the Kuusamo tourist information (www.kuusamo.fi)

Equipment Rental

  • From the Hossa Visitor Centre, you can hire boats, canoes, kayaks, fishing gear, bikes, snowshoes and other hiking gear, as well as linen.
  • Boat, canoe and kayak prices
  • Gear is also rented out by other tourism enterprises in Hossa (www.hossa.fi).

Services for the Disabled

  • Hossa National Park provides versatile services for the disabled.
  • Further information from the Hossa Visitor Centre.

Other Services in the Surrounding Area

  • The village of Hossa (www.hossa.fi) boasts a restaurant, a café and a reindeer park.
  • You can buy groceries at Camping Hossan Lumo.
  • Experience KL Oy and other tourism enterprises in the area organise outdoor meals.
  • The closest grocery shop is in the village of Juntusranta, 30 km.
  • There is a cash dispenser in Kuusamo, 85 km, and in Suomussalmi, 100 km.
  • There is an authorised post agent in the village of Juntusranta, 30 km.
  • There are post offices in Kuusamo, 85 km, and in Suomussalmi, 100 km.
  • There are fuel distribution points in Hossan Lomakylä (a resort 5 km from the visitor centre), as well as in the village of Juntusranta (30 km from the visitor centre).
  • The closest garage is in the village of Juntusranta, 30 km.
  • There is a health centre and a pharmacy in Suomussalmi, 100 km, and in Kuusamo, 85 km.
  • Hossa taxi, tel. +358 (0)40 5318 964
  • Canoe transport services are provided by Experience KL OY, tel. +358 (0)50 384 4692.
  • Municipality of Suomussalmi (www.suomussalmi.fi)
  • Town of Kuusamo (www.kuusamo.fi)
Services Offered by Partners in Hossa Hiking Area