Tankavaara Visitor Centre

Welcome to Tankavaara Visitor Centre

Tankavaara Visitor Centre, on the outskirts of Urho Kekkonen National Park, is a traditional visitor centre introducing the nature, history, and current use of the Park: the magnificent hiking and ski trails, warmth of the fell huts, the thriving reindeer breeding tradition, and open fell wilderness areas. Nature trails can be accessed directly from the visitor centre's yard. Along the trails, visitors can encounter owls and capercaillie and visit the remnants of the World War Two-era German Schutzwall military post.

Opening Hours in 2018

28.5.-26.8. Mon-Fri 10am-5pm
27.8.-28.9. Mon-Fri 9am-4pm
29.9.-31.12. Closed
On Midsummer 22.6. closed

Saariselkä Customer Service takes care of Urho Kekkonen National Parks' customerservice, when the Tankavaara Visitor Centre is closed.

Contact Information

Address: Tankavaarantie 11B, 99695 Tankavaara (Sodankylä)

Telephone: +358 206 39 7251

E-mail: ukpuisto(at)metsa.fi, hammastunturi(at)metsa.fi

Location: Tankavaara (www.tankavaara.fi), Sodankylä (www.sodankyla.fi), Eastern Lapland, Urho Kekkonen National Park. Read more.

Arrival: By car and public transportation. Read more.

Visit: Entrance to the visitor centre is free of charge. Guided group tours of the exhibition cost €50/group/hour, and must be booked in advance. Open in the spring, summer, and autumn seasons; at other times by prior arrangement (a door opening fee will be charged). Read more.

Things to Do and See: Exhibitions, films, nature trails, a lean-to, a storytelling cave, guided group tours. Read more.

Suitability: Excellent for families with children. The main exhibition, nature shop, auditorium, and temporary exhibitions in the downstairs and the exhibition space upstairs are accessible to all. There is a toilet for the disabled in the premises. A barrier-free nature trail (1 km) is accessible to all with an assistant. Pets are not permitted in the Visitor Centre.

Services: Nature guidance, hiking information, nature shop, reservations and keys to huts in Urho Kekkonen National Park and Hammastunturi Fell Wilderness Area, auditorium rental, and fishing, hunting, and snowmobile track permits. Services provided by cooperating partners are also available. Read more.

This is the web page www.nationalparks.fi/koilliskairavisitorcentre

The Visitor Centre is managed by Metsähallitus.