Iivaara Nature Reserve
Area: 24,1 km2, Natura 2000 area (1998)
Iivaara-Jousivaara nature reserve in southern Kuusamo consists of two hilly sections, Iivaara-Penikkavaara hill and Laihanvaara-Jousivaara hill, and adjacent herb-rich forest and mire reserves. Virmajoki flood meadow is a significant traditional landscape site adjoining the Laihanvaara area. The core of the Iivaara area consists of valuable old forests that represent the northern hill and fell country at its best.
Iivaara was long considered a hunting and fishing destination. The hill forests are rich in decaying wood, making it popular with bird enthusiasts.
The area is managed by Metsähallitus
The area is managed by Metsähallitus, Parks & Wildlife Finland.
This is the web page nationalparks.fi/iivaara
Oulanka Visitor Centre
Tel. int. +358 206 39 6850
Oulanka Visitor Centre in Kuusamo is closed from 29 February 2024 for the spring. Hikers can still get advice on matters related to Oulanka National Park on the Nationalparks.fi website and Mon-Fri 12pm - 3pm by phone and email.