Starting Points and Parking Areas for the Hiking Trails

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Könkään kuohu Trail, Accessible to All, 100 m / Direction 

Available when the ground is unfrozen (June-September). Travel time 15 minutes.
Category: Easy trail easy Accessible nature trail. easy wheelchair trail

Can you hear the difference between the roar of rapids in spring and in summer? The Könkään kuohu Trail, accessible to all, takes you to the lowest set of the Kiutaköngäs Rapids, to the kingdom of mountain avens.

Eight persons sitting around a fire pit. Two of the persons are sitting in a wheelchair.

Starting Point
The parking area for the Könkään kuohu Trail at Mataraniemi. The parking area is located in the central part of the national park, at the end of a forest road starting from the Liikasenvaarantie Road. The forest road has no winter maintenance.

Hiking Structures
The trail starts from the parking area. An accessible dry toilet is located in the beginning of the trail, right next to the parking area. Take toilet paper with you.

There is an accessible dry toilet at the beginning of the trail and a rope guiding the hikers in some sections of the trail. The campfire site is also suitable for those using a wheelchair.

There is access from the parking area to the canoeists' starting point (no accessible).

An accessible toilet. A gravel path is leading to the building from the forest.

Sights
The lowest set of the Kiutaköngäs Rapids, the large pool of quiet waters and the sandy banks of River Oulankajoki.

Trail Description
Trail markings: has not been marked.
Brochure of the Könkään kuohu Trail (Pdf File, 1 MB, julkaisut.metsa.fi)

The light-filled pine heath and the quite new rest spot invite you to take a break. The wide trail takes you to the last set of the Kiutaköngäs Rapids, which is located below the lower pool of quiet waters. Thereafter, the rapids become a peacefully flowing river.

A rope between metal poles leading towards the gushing rapid. Sparsely grown trees in the area.

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Napapiirin nopia, Accessible Trail, 500 m / Direction

Available when the ground is unfrozen (June-September). Travel time 30 minutes‒1 hour.
Category: Easy trail easy Accessible nature trail. easy wheelchair trail

The beautifully babbling Rytiniva invites hikers to take a break at the new lean-to-shelter, accessible to all, in the first section of the Karhunkierros Trail at Hautajärvi.

A person pushing a stroller along a gravel path. A child holding the stroller for support is walking next to it

Starting Point
The starting point for the Karhunkierros Trail (Hautajärventie 414, 98995 Hautajärvi).

Hiking Structures
A lean-to-shelter and an accessible dry toilet by Rytiniva. Take toilet paper with you.

Sights
Rytiniva in the River Koutajoki, the first section of the Karhunkierros Trail.

Trail Description  
Trail markings: orange paint signs.
Brochure of the Napapiirin nopia Trail (Pdf File, 556 KB, julkaisut.metsa.fi)

Rytiniva is a pleasant rest spot, accessible to all, by the River Koutajoki. The trail to the rest spot runs through a pine forest. The wide, gravelled trail is suitable for wheelchairs and prams. The boldest hikers may take a dip in the River Koutajoki. This accessible trail runs along the same trail as Karhunkierros.

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Kiutaköngäs Trail, 1 km / Direction 

Available all year round. Travel time 1 hour.
Category: Easy trail easy

This scenic trail is an excellent day-trip destination, all year round.

A family of four walking along a gravel path in the forest.

Starting Point
Oulanka Visitor Centre (Liikasenvaarantie 132, 93900 Kuusamo). 

Hiking Structures
There are wooden steps and a few wide wooden bridges along this gravelled trail. There are a woodshed and a dry toilet by the roofed rest spot. Take toilet paper with you.

Sights
River Oulankajoki, the Kiutaköngäs Rapids, the memorial for Reino Rinne, the plant information boards, the dolomite cliff walls

Trail Description
Trail markings: orange, green and yellow paint signs.

A scenic trail, all year round, that starts from the Oulanka Visitor Centre and takes you to the Kiutaköngäs Rapids. The trail is part of many other trails, such as the Karhunkierros Trail and the Hiiden hurmos Trail. Hikers tread along this trail all year round, so it can also be done in winter. There is no winter maintenance for the trail. The rest spot is located at a distance of 100 metres from the Kiutaköngäs Rapids, further on along the riverbank.

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Hiiden hurmos Trail, 5 km, Circle Trail  

Available all year round. In winter snowshoes might be needed. Travel time 2‒3 hours.
Category: Intermediate trail intermediate

When hiking along the Hiiden hurmos Trail, you will travel in the footsteps of the ancient spirit called Hiisi, along the banks of the Kiutaköngäs Rapids and in spacious pine forests. Depending on the season, you may see reindeer, gorgeous calypsos or stubborn mountain avens when hiking on the trail. The information boards along the trail will provide you with fascinating stories, and perhaps they will also reveal what type of rock the handsome Kiutaköngäs cliffs consists of.

Three hikers walking along a wooden footpath. The path is leading through a dense forest.

Starting Point
Oulanka Visitor Centre (Liikasenvaarantie 132, 93900 Kuusamo). 

Hiking Structures
An observation tower by a former reindeer roundup enclosure, wooden duckboards on the shores of Hiidenlampi Ponds, a former meadow barn and a roofed rest spot of Kiutaköngäs (including a woodshed and a dry toilet). There are an axe and a saw in the woodshed for chopping wood. Take toilet paper with you.

Sights
The gushing Kiutaköngäs Rapids are handsome in all seasons. By the former reindeer roundup enclosure, you can almost hear the stamping of hooves that used to take place there in the old days.

Trail Description
Trail markings: yellow paint signs.
Recommended direction: anti-clockwise.

This gravelled trail runs in varied, gently undulating forests and by one of the most famous sights in Oulanka, the Kiutaköngäs Rapids, which are almost 200 metres long. The trail starts and ends at the Oulanka Visitor Centre.

Please Note
The trail is a hiking trail in summer and a snowshoe trail in winter. The Oulanka Wilderness Trail passes by the Hiiden hurmos Trail in late winter.

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Rytikönkään reissu Trail, 5 - 7 km, Circle Trail 

In summer. Travel time 2‒3 hours.
Category: Easy trail easy

When hiking along the Rytikönkään reissu Trail in mid-summer, you will see splendid calypsos, lady's slippers and other beauties. Along the trail, you can explore some living habits of our forefathers, and there is a world-record pond along the trail: immense numbers of nine-spined sticklebacks thrive in the pond.

An old log barn can be seen on a densely overgrown fen meadow.

Starting Point
The parking area of the Oulanka Camping Ground. The road leading to the camping ground has no winter maintenance.

In early spring and in late autumn, when the camping ground is closed, the starting point is located at Oulanka Visitor Centre, making the excursion seven kilometres long.

Hiking Structures
The services of the Oulanka National Park Camping Ground are available 1 June ‒ 31 August. A waste recycling point is located by the camping ground's parking area. There are duckboards on the trail. There are no campfire sites, nor dry toilets along the trail.

Sights
Mire landscape and plants, Rytilampi Pond, the Rytiköngäs Waterfall, the Runsuniitty meadow, the River Oulankajoki.

Trail Description
Trail markings: green paint signs.
Recommended direction: anti-clockwise.

Here you can explore Oulanka's versatile species and meadow culture. The trail runs, via Rytilampi Pond, to the banks of the Rytiköngäs Waterfall and to the Runsuniitty meadow decorated by globeflowers. Part of the trail goes along the Karhunkierros Trail. Download the material presenting the history of the natural features of Oulanka to your mobile, using the QR code on the information board that is located by the trail's starting point.

Please Note
No dry toilet.

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Kanjonin kurkkaus Trail, 6 km, Circle Trail 

Available when the ground is unfrozen (June-October). Travel time 2‒3 hours.
Category: Intermediate trail intermediate

The river Oulankajoki, which runs along a narrow, stony canyon, is the gem of the Kanjonin kurkkaus day-trip trail. The trail in the northern part of the park is very peaceful, even during peak seasons. It runs along the Karhunkierros Trail for a while. On this trail, the small wonders of nature come close to you ‒ will you find a block of flats occupied by hole-nesting birds?

A hiker with her dog sitting between trees at the edge of a canyon. Oulanka river can be seen between the trees.

Starting Point
The parking area of Savilampi / Oulanka Canyon in Salla. The road leading to the parking area has no winter maintenance.

Hiking Structures
A campfire site along Kirkasvetinenlampi Pond, the lookout point to Oulanka Canyon, the Savilampi open wilderness hut. Take toilet paper with you.

Sights
Oulanka Canyon and the magnificent view from the top of the canyon to Savilampi Pond reward hikers who can take a break at the Kirkasvetinenlampi rest spot or at the Savilampi open wilderness hut.

Trail Description
Trail markings: green paint signs.  
Recommended direction: anticlockwise.
Brochure of the Kanjonin kurkkaus Trail (Pdf File, 1.2 MB, julkaisut.metsa.fi)

The Kanjonin kurkkaus Trail runs in varied forests in northern Oulanka and climbs, almost unnoticed, along the shore of Kirkasvetinenlampi Pond, onto the top of the canyon. You can also enjoy an impressive view to the canyon from the southern side of River Oulankajoki. In order to do so, you must first cross the hanging bridge by the Savilampi open wilderness hut.

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Könkään keino Trail, 8 km, Circle Trail 

Available when the ground is unfrozen. Travel time 3‒4 hours.
Category: Easy trail easy Intermediate trail intermediate

The River Oulankajoki has been carving its way through the sandy riverbanks for thousands of years. The Könkään keino Trail takes you to the ancient riverside route with a beautiful view towards the wide river valley. The Kiutaköngäs Rapids will crown your hike.

Two hikers sitting on a tall riverbank looking out over the river.

Starting Point
Oulanka Visitor Centre (Liikasenvaarantie 132, 93900 Kuusamo). 

Hiking Structures
An observation tower by a former reindeer roundup enclosure, wooden duckboards on the shore of Hiidenlampi Ponds, the Merenoja campfire site, the roofed rest spot of Kiutaköngäs. Take toilet paper with you.

Sights
The most important sight along this trail is the Kiutaköngäs Rapids and its rusty red cliffs. The herb-rich forest covered by ostrich ferns by the Merenoja stream and the view opening out from Loseikko are charming.

Trail Description
Trail markings: green paint signs.
Recommended direction: anticlockwise.

When hiking along the Könkään keino Trail, whose first section runs along the same trail as the Hiiden hurmos Trail, you will be able to enjoy a large variety of sceneries. The dry, light-filled pine heaths change into mires, and from mires into lush herb-rich forests. There are some altitude differences and duckboards along the trail. However, the trail is wide and easy to walk on. In winter, some sections of the Oulanka Wilderness Trail run along the same trail as the Könkään keino Trail.

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Keroharjun kuiskaus Trail, 17 km / Direction 

Available when the ground is unfrozen (June-September). Travel time one day.
Category: Intermediate trail intermediate

The ruggedly beautiful, narrow Keroharju Esker splits a wide aapa mire area in the easternmost part of the park. Along this wilderness trail, hikers can explore traces of the Ice Age and the human history. How did the Crown mark their most handsome pines in the early 20th century? Why were an open wilderness hut and a sauna built in the Keroharju Esker area?

Smoke is rising from the fire pit outside a wilderness hut. A hiker sitting on the porch is looking at the fire.

Starting and Ending Points
Harjulammentie Road at Liikasenvaara and Niitselyksentie Road at Hautajärvi. You can cross the River Niitselysjoki by using a cable boat. The Harjulammentie Road has no winter maintenance.

Hiking Structures
A cable boat across the River Niitselysjoki, the Elijoki and Kirkonnurkanlampi lean-to shelters, the Keroharju Open Wilderness Hut and sauna. A woodshed close to the open wilderness hut, and a composting toilet. There are an axe and a saw in the woodshed for chopping wood. Take toilet paper with you.

Sights
Esker formed by the Ice Age, the wide aapa mire areas, the trees marked by the Crown in the early 20th century.

Trail Description
Trail markings: blue paint signs.
Recommended direction: has not been defined.

The Keroharju Trail is a beautiful esker trail surrounded by mires in the northern part of the Oulanka National Park. When setting off from Hautajärvi, cross the River Niitselysjoki by using a cable boat. On this wilderness trail, you may see animals and bear tracks. The Keroharju Open Wilderness Hut is located midway along the trail. It boasts the only sauna in the national park. Lake Kerojärvi, abundant in fish, attracts recreational fishermen.  

Please Note
The cable boat across the River Niitselysjoki (at the northern end of the trail) is taken out of use for winter on 1 October. There are some altitude differences along the trail. Some sections of the trail are narrow and some trees have fallen on the trail. Some of the duckboards are in poor condition.

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Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, 12 km, Circle Trail

Available year around. Estimated travel time in summer 4-6 hours.
Category: Intermediate trail intermediate Demanding trail demanding trail
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail is for those in good shape and have basic hiking skills.

The Pieni Karhunkierros Trail takes backpackers to the southernmost part of Oulanka National Park. On this scenic day trail, you can admire the beautiful wilderness of Oulanka: the gushing rapids, the steep cliffs and the sheltered forests. In addition to the spectacular sights, you can also explore a variety of species, including the mountain aven and the wild strawberry, on this trail. Pack snacks in your rucksack, take your camera with you and set off for Pieni Karhunkierros!

A hiker is taking a photograph of a winding waterway with his mobile phone.

Starting points
Juuma village parking area (Juumantie 133, Kuusamo) and Basecamp Oulanka.

Hiking Structures

  • Myllykoski day trip hut is located on the shore of the River Kitkajoki on Pieni Karhunkierros Trail.
  • Siilastupa open wilderness hut is located on the shore of the River Kitkajoki on Pieni Karhunkierros Trail.
  • Harrisuvanto lean-to shelter on the north end of the hanging bridge
  • Pyöreälampi campfire site
  • Dry closets:
    • There are two wilderness huts on Pieni Karhunkierros Trail (Myllykoski, Siilastupa) both of which have a dry toilet in their vicinity. Biodegradable waste can also be put in dry toilets.
    • Indoor water closets are in Basecamp Oulanka tel. int. +358 0400 509 741 and Retkietappi tel. int. +358 (08) 863 21. Please, check opening hours.

Two hikers in a forest climbing stairs in the direction of the camera.

Sights
Jyrävä Falls, Aallokkokoski Falls, Kitkajoki River, Kallioportti rocks, Myllykoski Falls, Harrisuvanto, hanging bridges.

Hiking direction
Because of a steep ascent, there are steps to Kallioportti, and therefore the direction of the trail varies according to the season.

  1. Clockwise when the ground is unfrozen (descending the steps is easier than ascending): Juuma - Myllykoski - Kallioportti - Harrisuvanto - Jyrävä - Myllykoski - Juuma.
  2. Anti-clockwise in snowy conditions (ascending the steps is easier than descending): Juuma - Myllykoski - Jyrävä - Harrisuvanto - Kallioportti - Myllykoski - Juuma.

The river is roaring and hikers are standing next to a log building in the background.

Trail Description
Pieni Karhunkierros has been marked with green paint signs on trees along the trail. The trail can also be completed in winter when the wooden poles with reflectors serve as trail markings.

Pieni Karhunkierros is not maintained in winter. 

1) The Pieni Karhunkierros Trail Description When the Ground Is Unfrozen:
Juuma - Myllykoski - Pyöreälampi - Kallioportti, 3.2 km

There are duckboards on the wet sections and some parts of the trail are rocky.

  • 1.5 km from Juuma to Myllykoski. A day trip hut, a campfire site and a dry toilet. Hanging bridge across the River Kitkajoki.
  • There is a campfire site and a camping site on the shore of Pyöreälampi Pond.  
  • Kallioportti boasts a lookout point from where splendid views open out towards the River Kitkajoki valley.

The section from Pyöreälampi Pond to Harrisuvanto runs in the Oulanka National Park's restricted area (the Juuma aapa bogs), where you are only allowed to move along the marked trails.

Kallioportti - Harrisuvanto - Jyrävä, 4.6 km  

The trail runs on an easy heath terrain, but there are demanding descents and steps. This section is not recommended to those with a poor condition.

  • A demanding descent from Kallioportti: 100 metres along the steps down to the valley.
  • After passing the Harrisuvanto lean-to shelter, you will arrive at the Harrisuvanto hanging bridge.
  • The Siilastupa open wilderness hut, the campfire sites and a dry toilet are located by the tranquil waters of Jyrävä.    

Jyrävä - Myllykoski - Juuma, 3.5 km

This trail is suitable for everyone, as it is easy to walk on and shows impressive sights. No difficult sections, but some parts of the trail are rocky. The trail includes a 1.5 km-long section from the starting point to Myllykoski. This section will be done when going there and back.  

  • The Siilastupa open wilderness hut is located by the banks of the gushing Jyrävä Falls. Within a distance of a few metres, the waters drop nine metres. There are two campfire sites by the Siilastupa open wilderness hut.
  • At Myllykoski, there is a mill that was built by the Juuma Mill Collective in 1926. It has been restored by the town of Kuusamo. The mill was still working in 1947‒1948. Currently, it serves as a day trip hut. There is a campfire site and a dry toilet at Myllykoski.
  • The Niskakoski hanging bridge across the River Kitkajoki. The bridge is located at a distance of 200 metres from the trail's end point. 

A snowshoer reading an information board.

2) The Pieni Karhunkierros Trail Description in Snowy Conditions:  

Juuma - Myllykoski - Jyrävä, 3.5 km  

This trail is suitable for everyone, as it is easy to walk on and shows impressive sights. No difficult sections, but some parts of the trail are rocky. The trail includes a 1.5 km-long section from the starting point to Myllykoski. This section will be done when going there and back.  

  • The Niskakoski hanging bridge across the River Kitkajoki. The bridge is located at a distance of 200 metres from the trail's starting and end point.
  • At Myllykoski, there is a mill that was built by the Juuma Mill Collective in 1926. It has been restored by the town of Kuusamo. The mill was still working in 1947‒1948. Currently, it serves as a day trip hut. There is a campfire site at Myllykoski.
  • After Myllykoski, do not cross the hanging bridge but head to the Aallokkokoski Rapids, which are 200 metres long.
  • The Siilastupa open wilderness hut is located by the banks of the gushing Jyrävä Falls. Within a distance of a few metres, the waters drop nine metres. There is a campfire site by the Siilastupa open wilderness hut.  

Jyrävä - Harrisuvanto - Kallioportti, 4.6 km  

The first part of the trail runs on an easy heath terrain, but the final section consists of demanding ascents and steps. This section is not recommended to those with a poor condition.

The section from Harrisuvanto to Pyöreälampi Pond runs in the Oulanka National Park's restricted area (the Juuma aapa bogs), where you are only allowed to move along the marked trails.

  • The Siilastupa open wilderness hut and the campfire site are located by the tranquil waters of Jyrävä.
  • After the Harrisuvanto hanging bridge, you will arrive at the Harrisuvanto lean-to shelter.
  • There is a steep ascent to Kallioportti: 100 metres along the steps from the valley.

Kallioportti - Pyöreälampi - Myllykoski - Juuma, 3.2 km

The trail runs on a fairly easy heath terrain. There are duckboards along the wet sections and some parts of the trail are rocky.

  • Kallioportti boasts a lookout point from where splendid views open out towards the River Kitkajoki valley.
  • There is a campfire site and a camping site on the shore of Pyöreälampi Pond.  
  • The Myllykoski hanging bridge is located along the trail.
  • After Myllykoski, the trail runs to the starting point in Juuma.

Read more on Pieni Karhunkierros Trail on Outdoor Active.

A hiker on a wooden footpath walking towards a pond

Please Note

Restricted area: Between Harrisuvanto and Pyöreälampi Pond the trail leads through a restricted area within Oulanka National Park. In this area visitors are not allowed to wander off the marked trails.

Safety: Karhunkierros Trail crosses Pieni Karhunkierros Trail at several points be sure to follow the correct trail.

It is really dangerous to go on the ice of the river during winter time.

Pieni Karhunkierros is a hiking trail. Cyckling is not allowed in any season of the year.

There are 3 hanging bridges along the trail - Niskakoski, Myllykoski and Harrisuvanto - which make crossing the river safer.

Making a campfire: Lighting campfires is only permitted in spots designated for this purpose. When there is a forest fire warning in effect lighting fires is only permitted in wilderness huts which have a fire place/oven with a flue. Lighting fires is strictly forbidden at campfire sites when there is a forest fire warning.  

As Oulanka National Park is a popular hiking destination, a large amount of firewood is burned each year. Siilastupa open wilderness hut on Pieni Karhunkierros Trail for instance is one of the most used in Oulanka. We ask that you use firewood sparingly.

Hiking without littering: There is a no-littering policy in Oulanka National Park and along its trails. There are no waste bins along the trails.