Customer Service and Guidance

Oulanka Visitor Centre, the main information point in Oulanka National Park is located in the park's centre.

  • Information on hiking in the Oulanka National Park and in surrounding areas
  • Exhibition of Oulanka National Park and changing art and nature photo exhibitions
  • Souvenir shop which selection includes maps and Oulanka theme products.

Services Offered by Enterprises and Other Organisations in Oulanka National Park

Following enterprises and other organisations offer services in the national park. They have a cooperation agreement with Metsähallitus and they follow the principles of sustainable nature tourism when operating in national park.

Meals, Where to Buy and Prepare

Stores, Kiosks and Restaurants

An open wooden lapp-hut with a fire pit in front. The forest floor surrounding the shelter is sandy.

Campfire Sites and Cooking Places

Oulanka National Park has:

  • 50 campfire sites, which are mainly located along the Karhunkierros Hiking Trail. Firewood, axe and saw are provided on site.
  • 6 open wilderness huts with cooking spots and gas cookers. Wilderness huts are called as Savilampi, Taivalköngäs (no gas cooker), Ristikallio (no gas cooker), Ansakämppä, Jussinkämppä, and Kerojärvi.

Any kind of fire is strictly forbidden outdoors during wildfire warning, even at designated campfire sites. However the use of camp stoves (f.e. Trangia) are allowed during wildfire warnings. 

  • This prohibition does not apply to cooking shelters or other fireplaces with a flue.

Drinking Water

  • Waters in lakes, rivers and brooks should be boiled before it is drunk, as the quality of water differs from one area to another.
  • Drinking water from the parks water-system is at each person's own risk.
  • There is a water tap at the Oulanka Visitor Centre outside of the wall.

Waste Management

  • The National Park and Karhunkierros Hiking Trail have three recycling points. Visitors can recycle for example glass and metal at these points as well as hazardous waste such as batteries.
  • Biodegradable waste should be placed in a toilet or composter, and small amounts of clean paper and cardboard can be used as kindling in a campfire.
  • More information on Hiking without Littering.

Dry toilets

  • Dry toilets are provided at all campfire sites and huts. 

Overnight Stays

Camping in Tents and Lean-to Shelters

There are several lean-to shelters and tens of camping sites around the River Kitkajoki. Pitching of tents is also permitted in the vicinity of wilderness huts.

Open Wilderness Huts

There are 7 open wilderness huts and 1 day-use hut in Oulanka National Park. Please, read the rules using the huts. Along the Karhunkierros trail:

Kerojärvi Wilderness Hut is on the Keroharju Trail on the shore of Lake Kerojärvi.

Camping Grounds

  • Oulanka Camping Ground is located on the Karhunkierros Hiking Trail in the centre of Oulanka National Park.
  • There are several camping grounds in Juuma Village. 

Lodging in the Surrounding Area

  • In the villages of Hautajärvi, Juuma and Käylä (about 13 km from the National Park) there are rental cottages some of which are in year-round use.
  • Altogether, in Kuusamo there are almost 40 000 beds for guests, of which the majority are at the Ruka Ski Resort. The ski resort is 22 km from Oulanka. There are also several hotels in the Ruka area. 

Equipment Rental

Accessible Services

Other Services in the Surrounding Area

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  • There is a post office and a store, which also sells fuel, in Käylä Village. There are some rental cabins in the area, of which some are in year-round use.
  • There are many programme service enterprises in Juuma, which arrange hiking trips in Oulanka National Park rent hiking equipment.
  • There are some rental cabins in the vicinity of Hautajärvi village. 
  • There are several programme service enterprises in Ruka, which arrange white water rafting and canoeing excursions and hiking trips in Oulanka National Park. The companies also rent hiking equipment. Ruka also has stores and the ATM closest to the park.
  • Kuusamo has a variety of services. In the centre of town there is a medical centre and two pharmacies, a hiking gear store and several other speciality shops.
  • Some tourist sights in the area are Ruka Fell, Valtavaara Hill, the River Kuusinkijoki and the Giant's Kettles at Aholavaara in the southern part of the Municipality of Salla. (Giant´s kettles were formed during the Ice Age by water making stones whirl around, which grounded a deep hole in the rock).

Check for Warnings

When forest and grass fire warnings ( are in effect, fire is only allowed at covered campfire sites that have a flue. A fire can be also lit in fireplaces at wilderness and other huts. Always use extreme caution when handling fire. The one who lights a fire is always responsible for its safe use. Please note, that making fire at these campfire sites can be banned locally. 

Gathering at the campfire sites increases the risk of coronavirus infection. Guidelines concerning coronavirus COVID-19