Things to Do and See in Hossa Visitor Centre

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.–20.2.2022. 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.

Get acquinted with the region

There are two large touch screens in the entrance hall of Hossa Visitor Centre presenting the National Park and its services. Large nature themed photo prints on wood decorate the walls and the collective art piece "Puuhippa" can be found in the dining hall. In the auditorium you may learn more about the life and history in the border land trough an animation or admire all four seasons of Hossa presented in a time-lapse video. Take a look at the photo wall of the auditorium and get acquinted with the rock paintings of Värikallio.

  • Presentation of the Hossa National Park
    • Suitable for all ages.
    • Presents nature, the history of the region and activities in the Hossa National Park.
    • Duration 45-60 minutes, price 50 €/group. Must be booked in advance.
    • In summer 2020 there are no presentations cue to covid-19.

Reference Library

The visitor centre's reference library boasts a wide variety of nature guide books. The library also has books on the history of Kainuu and on rock paintings.

Children's Play Corner and Activity Yard

  • Located indoors, in the children's play corner you can try noses and ears of animals.
  • There is a playground for children in the visitor centre's yard. It has a sandbox and toys, swings, an aerial cableway as well as a jungle gym and two slides.

Nature Trail

At a distance of about 150 metres from the visitor centre is a nature trail (3 km) that circles Huosilampi Pond and climbs along Huosiharju Esker. There are information boards, campfire sites and a large lean-to shelter along the trail. The lean-to shelter has an eating area, a cooking shelter, an accessile toilet, a firewood shed, a fireplace and a campfire site. Huosilampi Pond, along which the nature trail runs, is stocked with rainbow trout. You can purchase fishing permits at the visitor centre.

Campfire Sites

There is a fireplace at the visitor centre and on the back terrace. The closest campfire site or lean-to shelter is located along the nature trail, at a distance of about 500 m from the visitor centre. The national park has many campfire sites, lean-to shelters, cooking shelters and open wilderness huts.

Hossa Nature Trail Brochure

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Outdoor Etiquette

1. Respect nature.

2. Mainly use marked trails.

3. Camp only where it is allowed.

4. Light your campfire only where it is allowed.

5. Do not litter.

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