Directions to Hossa National Park

Check regional Covid-instructions before your hiking trip or a visit to a nature center.

Liminganlahti Nature Centre is closed 1.1.-4.2.2022. The Finnish Nature Centre Haltia is closed 10.1.–1.2.2022. Koli Nature Centre Ukko is closed 1.1.–26.1.2022. Kuusamo Customer Service Karhuntassu is closed 13.1.–31.1.2022.

In other nature centers in Finland, we require the use of a facial mask and keeping the 2 meter distance to other visitors. In addition, there may be requirements to show the Covid pass, and/or the number of visitors can be limited. More information Nature centers. The length of the restrictions depends on the region. More regional information can be found at the Finnish institute for health and welfare website.

Hossa National Park is located between the Viitostie (Highway 5, E63) and Suomussalmi–Murtovaara (no. 843) roads in the northern part of Suomussalmi, partly in the municipalities of Kuusamo and Taivalkoski. The nearest airport is located in Kuusamo and the nearest railway station in Kajaani.

To the Hiking Trails

The hiking trails can be accessed from the following parking areas: the Hossa Visitor Centre, Huosivirta, Hossalaislammit, Lihapyörre, Julma-Ölkky or Aittojoki.

Starting points for hiking trails, starting points for biking trails and starting points for canoe routes.

By Coach to Hossa

Hossa  is reached by coach in summer and autumn. In winter, you can take a bus to Peranka and Juntusranta.

The Hossa bus service ( operates in summer 7.6.-10.8.2021 between Hossa and Kuusamo - Rukatunturi.

On Kajaanintie/Viitostie (Highway 5, E63), between Kajaani and Kuusamo, there are coaches that go to Peranka. From Peranka, there is a connecting trail to the national park’s western end to the Kukkuri open wilderness hut (9.5 km) and the Hossa Visitor Centre (38 km).

In Summer 2021 coaches Kajaani-Kuusamo go via Hossa from 6th June to 3rd October

  • Mon-Fri 7.45 Kuusamo Ervastin aukio - 8.50 Hossan Lomakeskus - 10.20 Suomussalmi coach station - 12.00 Kajaani travel center
  • Mon-Fri 14.40 Kajaani travel center - 16.20 Suomussalmi coach station - 17.50 Hossan lomakeskus - 19.00 Kuusamo Ervastin aukio
  • Sun 10.00 Kuusamo Ervastin aukio - 11.05 Hossan Lomakeskus - 12.35 Suomussalmi coach station - 14.20 Kajaani travel center
  • Sun 15.15 Kajaani travel center - 17.00 Suomussalmi coach station - 18.25 Hossan lomakeskus - 19.35 Kuusamo Ervastin aukio

On school days, coach Suomussalmi-Näätävaara-Juntusranta operates between Suomussalmi and Juntusranta. From Juntusranta, there is 34 km to Hossa.

Matkahuolto ( has a telephone service that helps with coach timetables and fares on 0200 4000.

By Train to Kajaani and Hossa

If travelling by train (, the closest railway station is in Kajaani, 170 km from Hossa National Park. Connections by coach from Kajaani to Hossa.

By Car to Hossa

Hossa Visitor Centre, Jatkonsalmentie 6, Suomussalmi. More parking space is available on the other side of Jatkonsalmentie. Space for about 40 cars in total and for about 20 cars in winter.

Huosivirta parking area, Jatkonsalmentie 33, Suomussalmi. Space for 10 cars, no winter maintenance.

Hossalaislammet parking area, Pistonlehdontie 225, Suomussalmi. Space for 25 cars for most of the year, but only 10 cars in winter. Please note that not all GPS navigators recognise the address but direct you close to Highway 5. You should access the parking area via Jatkonsalmentie.

Lihapyörre parking area, at the end of the road turning north from Pistonlehdontie. Space in two parking areas for a total of 20 cars. In winter, the upper parking area, i.e., the starting point for the wilderness trail, has space for 8 cars.

Julma-Ölkky parking area, Julma-Ölkyntie 86, Kuusamo. Space for 80 cars. No winter maintenance.

Aittojoki parking area, along the road turning from Pistonlehdontie to Kokalmus. Space for 3 cars. No winter maintenance.

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

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Hossa National Park's map in