Visit Oulanka Visitor Centre
Opening Hours in 2023
1st Jan.–7th Feb. Tue - Sat 10–16 (10 am to 4 pm)
9th February - 31st May Mon - Sun 10-16
1st June - 30th September Mon - Sun 10-18
1st October - 31st October Mon - Sun 10-16
1st November - 31st December Tue - Sat 10-16
We reserve the rights to changes.
Directions and Maps
The Oulanka National Park is located 60 km north of Kuusamo and 40 km south of Salla. The closest villages are Käylä, Juuma and Hautajärvi.
- There are road signposts from Kuusamo, Ruka and Kemijärvi to the visitor centre.
- From Kuusamo: take road E5 towards Kemijärvi for 38 km, and turn right onto road 950, going to Salla. Drive 7 km to Käylä. From Käylä, turn onto road 8693 going to Liikasenvaara. The Visitor Centre is 13 km from Käylä. There are signposts to the Visitor Centre (Oulangan luontokeskus) from the Käylä intersection on road E5.
- From Kemijärvi: take road E5 towards Kuusamo for 96 km and turn left onto Räväntie road (to Käylä). Drive 8 km to Käylä village, go straight to Liikasenvaarantie road (8693) and drive 13 km to the Visitor Centre.
By Public Transportation
Busses travel to Oulanka National Park from Salla and Kuusamo.
The Karhunkierros Bus drives on schooldays via Ruka, Juuma, Käylä, Ristikallio parking area and Hautajärvi. Connections to Oulanka Visitor Centre and Juuma vary on different times of the year.
The Airport Bus connection from almost every Kuusamo Airport's scheduled flights to Salla via Ruka, Käylä, Ristikallio parking area and Hautajärvi is available also for others than flight passengers.
- The Karhunkierros bus timetables (ruka.fi)
- The Airport bus timetables (visitsalla.fi)
- Kuusamo airport (finavia.fi)
- The towns of Oulu, Rovaniemi and Kemijärvi can be reached by train. Timetables here (vr.fi).
- The most frequent bus connection to Kuusamo is from the town of Oulu, timetables (matkahuolto.fi)
Karhunkierros Trail Taxi
During summer there are special destination taxis from Kuusamo and Ruka for a smaller fare than in general.