Directions to Oulanka National Park
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.
Oulanka National Park is located 50 km north of Kuusamo and 40 km south of Salla. The closest villages are Käylä, Juuma and Hautajärvi. The nearest railway station is in Kemijärvi (130 km), but the best coach connections are from Oulu and Rovaniemi. The nearest airport is located in Kuusamo.
To the Hiking Trails
The Oulanka hiking trails can be accessed from the following starting points: the Karhunkierros Visitor Centre at Hautajärvi, Niitselyksentie at Hautajärvi, Savilampi, Ristikallio (Sallantie), Oulanka Visitor Centre, Oulanka National Park Camping Ground, Harjulampi (Liikasenvaara), and Juuma.
By Coach to Oulanka
The Karhunkierros Trail coach runs on weekdays on the Kuusamo – Ruka – Käylä – Ristikallio – route. Connections to the Oulanka Visitor Centre, Juuma and Hautajärvi vary according to the season. Karhunkierros Trail coach timetable (ruka.fi).
The airport bus is available to all visitors in addition to air passengers. Airport bus timetables (visitsalla.fi).
By Air to Oulanka
From scheduled flights to Kuusamo (finavia.fi), there is an airport bus connection to Salla via Ruka, Käylä, Ristikallio, and Hautajärvi. The airport bus is available to all visitors in addition to air passengers. Airport bus timetables (visitsalla.fi).
By Karhunkierros Trail Taxi to Oulanka
The taxi services in the Ruka area provide rides at a discounted rate with ridesharing to get you to the Karhunkierros Trail. Call the taxi and let them know the date and time, plus the number of passengers requiring transport to the Karhunkierros Trail. Further information on Karhunkierros Trail Taxi (ruka.fi).
By Car to Oulanka
Oulanka Visitor Centre. Liikasenvaarantie 132, Kuusamo. Open all year.
Harjulammentie parking area. Harjulammentie 37, Kuusamo. No winter maintenance.
Juuma parking area. Juumantie 133, Kuusamo. Winter maintenance usually from the start of the winter holidays in mid/late February.
Karhunkierros Visitor Centre parking area. Hautajärventie 414, Hautajärvi. Open all year.
Könkään kuohu Trail parking area. The nearest address is Liikasenvaarantie 138, Kuusamo. The parking area is at the end of a kilometre-long forest road branching off from Liikasenvaarantie. No winter maintenance.
Niitselyksentie parking area. Niitselyksentie 119, Salla. No winter maintenance.
Ristikallio parking area. Sallantie 174, Salla. Open all year.
Savilampi parking area. The nearest address is Teeriahontie 10, Salla. From Urriaavantie you turn to Teeriahontie, drive for 1 km and turn left, then drive 5.5 km along the forest road to reach the parking area at the end of the road. Oulanka Canyon is signposted along road 950 and at all crossroads. No winter maintenance.