The legendary Karhunkierros Trail takes you to the best locations in Oulanka National Park
When there is no snow on the ground. On spring Karhunkierros Trail is usually accessible from the end of May.
Travel time about 4 days.
Category: an intermediate trail
The trail is managed and maintained by Metsähallitus, Parks and Wildlife Finland and the municipality of Kuusamo.
Location: In Northern Ostrobothnia, in Eastern Lapland in Kuusamo (www.kuusamo.fi), in Salla (www.salla.fi), and in Oulanka National Park. Read more.
Arrival: By car and public transportation. Read more
Things to see: Oulanka Canyon, River Oulankajoki, Kiutaköngäs Rapids, Jyrävä Waterfall, River Kitkajoki, the hanging bridges.
Suitability: Requires basic hiking skills, also suitable for inexperienced hikers. Read more
Services: The Oulanka Visitor Centre, a camping ground, open wilderness huts, day-trip huts, rental huts, campfire sites, hanging bridges, dry toilets.
Length: 82 km (the entire trail), many shorter route options (18 - 31 km). The trail has been marked with orange paint marks on trees. Read more
Hiking season: The best time to hike along this trail is from 1 June to 15 October. On May the trail is usually covered by snow and the flood in river Oulankajoki and little creeks and rivers spreading on the hiking trails, too. In winter, you can ski or snowshoe from the Oulanka Visitor Centre to Juuma. The high season is in July-August, more quiet at the end of May and in October.
The Karhunkierros Hiking Trail is also known as The Bear's Trail or The Bear's Ring.