Services in Oulanka 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.–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.

A dry toilet in a wooden building. There is a gravel path leading past the building.

Customer Service and Guidance

  • Oulanka Visitor Centre, the main information point in Oulanka National Park is located in the park's centre.
    • Guided tours, introductions, exhibitions, information on hiking in the National Park and in surrounding areas.
    • Maps, fishing permits, Oulanka theme products.
    • From the Cafe also snowshoe rental.
  •  Kuusamo Customer Service Karhuntassu situated in Kuusamo centre.
    •  Information on hiking and quidance on Oulanka and hiking destinations surround.
    • Oulanka souvenirs and permits on sale.

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

  • There are stores in the villages of Käylä and Ruka.
  • There are several restaurants in Ruka.
  • There are kiosks at the Oulanka Camping Ground and at Juuma Retki-Etappi.

More information can be found at the Oulanka Visitor Centre.

Photo: Ari Ikäheimo

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. (Taivalköngäs, Kerojärvi at, Savilampi, Jussinkämppä, Siilastupa, Ansakämppä).

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

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.
  • Visitors are asked to burn paper and cardboard at campfire sites and to place organic waste in dry toilets.
  • More information on Hiking without Littering.


  • There are toilets at Oulanka Visitor Centre.
  • There are toilets and outhouses at Oulanka and Juuma Camping Grounds.
  • There are dry toilets at wilderness huts and campfire sites.

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 trip hut in Oulanka National Park. Along the Karhunkierros trail:

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

Oulanka National Park Camping ground's riverside. Photo: Minna Koramo

Camping Grounds

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

  • Oulanka Visitor Centre loans out infant backpacks to carry the family's youngest in. Visitors must pay a deposit.
  • There are over 40 programme service enterprices in the Kuusamo area, which rent out eg. hiking equipment.
  • More information can be found on the Town of Kuusamo ( and Ruka ( websites.

Services for the Disabled

  • Oulanka Visitor Centre, exhibition and cafe are accessible by wheelchair and baby pram. There are toilets for the disabled.
  • Könkään kuohu, Accessible Trail

Other Services in the Surrounding Area

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  • There is a bank, 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).