Oulanka Visitor Centre

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Welcome to Oulanka Visitor Centre

Oulanka Visitor Centre will take you to gorgeous riverbanks and magnificent photography destinations. It will also provide you with unforgettable experiences. Here, you can obtain information on the gushing waterfalls, the legendary Karhunkierros Trail and the variety of services provided in the area. Start your nature adventure at Oulanka Visitor Centre.

Opening Hours in 2022 and 2023

Oulanka Visitor Centre and Customer Service:
1st Nov. – 31st Dec. Tue - Sat 10–16, closed on Christmas Eve, Saturday 24th of December
Exceptionally closed from 29th of November to 1st of December 2022.
1st Jan. 2023 – 6th Feb. 2023 Tue - Sat 10–16
7th Feb. 2023 – 31st May. 2023 Mon - Sun 10–16
1st June 2023 – 30th Seb. 2023 Mon - Sun 10–18

Restaurant Ravintola Talonpöytä Oulanka:
Closed 30th. Oct. 2022 – Spring 2023

There is free entry to the visitor centre and national park. Before heading to the trails, please read the coronavirus guidelines. Welcome!

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Contact Information

Address: Oulangan luontokeskus, Liikasenvaarantie 132, 93900 Kuusamo, Finland 
Telephone: +358 206 39 6850 
E-mail: oulanka(at)metsa.fi

The best place to gain information on Oulanka and Karhunkierros Trail - Oulanka Visitor Centre

Location: In Kuusamo, Northern Ostrobothnia, Oulanka National Park and Karhunkierros. Read more.

Arrival: By car and public transportation. Read more.

Visit: Open daily during the high season. Closed on Sundays and Mondays from November to January, as well as on Christmas holidays. There is no entrance fee to the visitor centre. Guided group tours at the exhibition and in the terrain of Oulanka National Park cost 50€/group/hour, and must be booked in advance. Read more.

Things to Do and See: The exhibition On the Banks of a Flowing River, films, events, guided tours, temporary exhibitions, day hiking trails, a nature trail (2 km) to the Kiutaköngäs Rapids, a memorial for the author Reino Rinne by the nature trail. Read more. 

Services: Hiking information, signposts guiding to hiking trails, nature education, a souvenir shop, fishing licences, an auditorium, a children's play corner, a library, lockable storages for belongings. Read more.

Suitability: An excellent location for families with children. Visitor centre is accessible except entry to library upstairs. Also pets are welcome.

The Visitor Centre is managed by: The Parks and Wildlife Finland, Metsähallitus.

This is the web page nationalparks.fi/oulankavisitorcentre

Self-guided Tour: "Kuusamo's Renowned National Parks"

Pdf 1 Mb (julkaisut.metsa.fi) 

Self-guided Tour: "From Helsinki to the Taiga Forests"


Pdf 2,4 Mb (julkaisut.metsa.fi)

Restaurant Ravintola Talonpöytä Oulanka

Closed 30th. Oct. 2022 – Spring 2023

Soup lunch is served from 11 to 15. Hamburgers and other tasty meals made of local ingredients can be ordered from the menu. Coffee, sweet and salty pastries and small selection of trekking foods and items are also available. Meal orders have to be made at the latest a half-an-hour before the closing time.

E-mail: info(at)talonpoyta.fi
Tel. +358 40 124 2994
Website (talonpoyta.fi)

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