Karhunkierros Trail Route Description

18.4.2019
The Oulanka Wilderness Trail (26km) is closed. The trail is winter trail. Due the melting snow there can be water on the trail. If you are heading to the day trails of Oulanka, it is good to wear shoes with a good grip because the trails (especially stairs) are still slippery.

Starting Points for Karhunkierros

Starting points listed from north to south are

Karhunkierros Trail can be divided into sections, which each take a couple of days to hike. Each of these sections starts and ends at trail starting points, which are all on coach routes. For more information read the directions page.

Kiutaköngäs falls. Photo: Ismo Lampi

Trail Sections

Karhunkierros Trail can be divided into 4 sections, which each have demanding and non-demanding parts. There is much to see nature wise and you will find new sights to admire all the time. There are mires, cliffs, herb-rich forests, dry pine forests, meadows and much more, such as Oulanka National Park's scenic spots, which includes roaring rapids sheltered by an ancient cliff wall.

The trail meanders from the level easy to travel forest terrain in the north of the National Park to the rocky river banks and steep fells in park's south. In spring when the snows melt and the ground thaws conditions are reversed. Small brooks and rivers which have their sources in the mires flood. This makes crossing flowing water difficult. During rain duckboards, hanging bridges and rocky parts of the terrain can be slippery.

Ristikallio cliffs. Photo: Ismo Pekkarinen

Trail Markings

The trail is marked with orange paint markings on trees and signposts.

Nice to know

The Karhunkierros Hiking Trail is also known as The Bear's Trail or The Bear's Ring.

Karhunkierros Trail on other pages

Dogs must be kept on a leash! Photo: Seppo Leinonen.

Dogs must be kept on a leash!

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