Oulanka National Park Trails

Oulanka Canyon. Photo: Minna Koramo.

You can explore the gorgeous national landscape of the Oulanka National Park on foot, by canoe, by bike, on skis or by snowshoes. The national park offers excellent hiking opportunities, ranging from short day-trip trails to the 82-km-long Karhunkierros Trail, which is one of the most popular hiking trails in Finland.  

Choose the trail that suits you best and hike to the gushing rapids, the beautiful flood meadows, the winter forests and the rugged landscape. Discover your own Oulanka!

Easy Trails

 The Könkään kuohu Trail is accessible to all. Photo: Susanna Kolehmainen / MetsähallitusKönkään kuohu Trail, 100 m / Direction, Accessible to All

Parking Fireplace Hiking All accessable disposal toiletNature trailLaunching place

Available when the ground is unfrozen. Travel time 15 min.

Category: Easy trail easy, easy, accessible trail / wheelchair trail accessible trail / wheelchair trail

Starting point: The parking area for the Könkään kuohu Trail

Description of the Könkään kuohu Trail

 

 

 The Rytiniva Accessible Trail runs at Hautajärvi. Photo: Airi Kallunki / MetsähallitusNapapiirin nopia Trail, 500 m / Direction
Parking Fireplace Hiking Lapp hut

Available when the ground is unfrozen. Travel time 0.5‒1 h.

Category: Easy trail easy, easy, accessible trail / wheelchair trail accessible trail / wheelchair trail

Starting point: The starting point for the Karhunkierros Trail at Hautajärvi. The trail is part of Karhunkierros.

Description of the Napapiirin nopia trail

 

 

The Kiutaköngäs Trail is suitable for many visitors to Oulanka. Photo: MetsähallitusKiutaköngäs Trail, 1 km / Direction 

Parking Fireplace Hiking Sight

Available all year round. Travel time 1 h.

Category: Easy trail easy

Starting point: Oulanka Visitor Centre's parking area

Description of the Kiutaköngäs Trail 

Other Hiking Trails, under 10 km 

Hiiden hurmos Trail. Photo: Susanna KolehmainenHiiden hurmos Trail, 5 km, Circle Trail
Parking Hiking Fireplace Disposal toilet Sights and scenery Visitor Centre

Available all year round: it is a hiking trail in summer and a snowshoe trail in winter. Travel time 2‒3 h

Category: Intermediate trail intermediate

Starting point: Oulanka Visitor Centre

Description of the Hiiden hurmos Trail

 

 

Rytisuo Nature Trail. Photo: Susanna KolehmainenRytikönkään reissu trail, 5‒7 km, Circle Trail

Parking Hiking Sights and scenery Pick berries and mushrooms Nature Trail

Available in summer as a hiking trail. Travel time 2 h.

CategoryEasy trail easy

Starting point: The parking area of the Oulanka National Park Camping Ground

Description of the Rytikönkään reissu Trail


 

Kanjonin kurkkaus takes a hiker to Oulanka Canyon. Photo: Minna KoramoKanjonin kurkkaus Trail, 6 km, Circle Trail
Parking Hiking Open wilderness hut Fireplace Disposal toilet Sights and scenery

Available when the ground is unfrozen. Travel time 2‒3 h.

Category: Intermediate trail intermediate

Starting point: The Savilampi parking area at the end of a forest road that branches off from Teeriahontie Road

Description of the Kanjonin kurkkaus Trail


 

Könkään keino Trail. Photo: Susanna KolehmainenKönkään keino Trail, 8 km, Circle Trail

Parking Hiking Fireplace Disposal toilet Sights and scenery Visitor Centre

Available when the ground is unfrozen. Travel time 3‒4 h.

Category: Easy trail easy Intermediate trail intermediate

Starting point: Oulanka Visitor Centre

Description of the Könkään keino Trail

 

Other Hiking Trails, over 10 km 

The Myllykoski (old mill) by The Pieni Karhunkierros Trail. Photo: Juho MäättäPieni Karhunkierros Trail, 12 km, Circle Trail

Parking Hiking Open wilderness hut Lean-to shelter Disposal toilet Sights and scenery

Available all year round. Travel time 4‒6 h.

Category: Intermediate trail intermediate

Starting point: Village of Juuma, Retkietappi holiday village

Description of The Pieni Karhunkierros

 

 

The Keroharju Trail runs along eskers and pine heaths. Photo: Juho Määttä / MetsähallitusKeroharjun kuiskaus Trail, 17 km / Direction
Parking Hiking Hiking Open wilderness hut Lean-to shelter Wilderness sauna

Available when the ground is unfrozen. Travel time one day.

Category: Intermediate trail intermediate

Starting and ending points: Harjulammentie Road at Liikasenvaara and Niitselyksentie Road at Hautajärvi. The River Niitselysjoki is crossed by using a cable boat.

Description of the Keroharjun kuiskaus Trail


 

The Karhunkierros Trail is suitable for beginners. Photo: Vastavalo / Jari HindströmKarhunkierros Trail, 82 km / Direction

Parking Long hike Hiking Open wilderness hut Lean-to shelter Disposal toilet Sights and scenery 

Available when the ground is unfrozen. Travel time 4 days.

Category: intermediate

Starting point: Several starting points

Trail description: The Karhunkierros Trail webpages

 

Canoeing Routes

On the lower course of River Oulankajoki, you can canoe and do stand up paddling, enjoying the scenery. Photo: Laura Johansson Kiutaköngäs Pool of Quiet Waters – Jäkälämutka, 25 km
Canoeing Fishing Lean-to shelter Open wilderness hut Camping ground Fireplace Place to go ashore Parking

Available in June‒October, in the period of unfrozen waters. Travel time 2‒4 h. Suitable for beginners and families with children.

Category: Easy trail easy

Rapids scale: I‒III

Starting point: The parking area for the Könkään kuohu Trail, in the central part of the park, along Liikasenvaarantie Road

Trail description: Canoeing Route Kiutaköngäs Pool of Quiet Waters – Jäkälämutka

 

 When canoeing, you can experience Oulanka from another angle. Photo: Kjell Erik ReinhardtsenSavilampi – Oulanka Visitor Centre, 13 km
Canoeing Fishing Lean-to shelter Open wilderness hut Camping grounds Fireplace Place to go ashore Parking Visitor Centre

Available in June‒October, during the period of unfrozen waters. Travel time 2‒4 h. Suitable for experienced canoeists.

Category: Intermediate trail intermediate Demanding trail demanding

Rapids scale:  I‒IV

Starting point: The Savilampi parking area, on the border of Salla and Kuusamo, at the end of a forest road.

Trail description: Canoeing Route Savilampi ‒ Oulanka Visitor Centre

 

Biking Trails

Oulanka Visitor Centre - Taivalköngäs, 9 km / Direction

Mountain biking Fireplace Open wilderness hut Visitor Centre Disposal toilet

Available when the ground is unfrozen. Travel time 3‒4 h.

Category: Demanding trail demanding

Starting point: Oulanka Visitor Centre

Trail description: Oulanka Visitor Centre ‒ Taivalköngäs

 

Oulanka Wilderness Trail is suitable on fatbikes on winter time. Photo: Harri MourujärviOulanka Wilderness Trail: Oulanka Visitor Centre ‒ Juuma, 26 km / Direction

Mountain biking Fireplace Open wilderness huts Visitor Centre Disposal toilet

Available from mid-February to April. Travel time 4 h ‒ one day.

Category: Demanding trail demanding

Starting point: Oulanka Visitor Centre or Juuma

Trail description: Oulanka Wilderness Trail

Skiing Trails

Oulanka Wilderness Trail, 26 km / Direction 

Parking Skiing Open wilderness hut Lean-to shelter Visitor Centre

In late winter. Travel time 1‒2 days.

Category: Demanding trail demanding

Starting point: Oulanka Visitor Centre or Juuma

Description of the Oulanka Wilderness Trail

 

Snowshoe Trails

Hiiden hurmos Trail, 5 km / Circle Trail

Snowshoeing Disposal toilet Nature observation tower Visitor Centre Cooking shelter

This trail is a hiking trail in summer and a snowshoe trail in winter. Travel time 2‒3 h.

Category: Intermediate trail intermediate

Starting point: Oulanka Visitor Centre

Description of the Hiiden hurmos Trail

 

 A snowshoer by the Myllykoski Rapids. Photo: Sanna SaarelaPieni Karhunkierros Trail, 12 km / Circle Trail

Parking Snowshoeing Open wilderness hut Lean-to shelter Disposal toilet Sights and scenery

In winter. Travel time 4‒6 h.

Category: Intermediate trail intermediate

Starting point: Village of Juuma, Retkietappi holiday village

Description of The Pieni Karhunkierros trail and the webpages

 
 

Oulanka Wilderness Trail, 26 km / Direction

Snowshoeing Visitor Centre Fireplace Open wilderness hut

Available from mid-February to April. Travel time 1‒2 days.

Category: Demanding trail demanding

Starting point: Oulanka Visitor Centre or Juuma

Description of the Oulanka Wilderness Trail, also suitable for fatbiking

Other Hiking Trails close to Oulanka and Ruka

Oulanka National Park Map © Parks and Wildlife Finland

Excursionmap.fi: Oulanka

Destination Brochure

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ilmatieteenlaitos.fiCheck for Warnings

When forest and grass fire warnings are in effect, fire is only allowed at covered campfire sites that have a flue. A fire can be also lit in fireplaces at wilderness and other huts. Always use extreme caution when handling fire. The one who lights a fire is always responsible for its safe use. Please note, that making fire at these campfire sites can be banned locally. 

Check the current warnings (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi).

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

Dogs must be kept on a leash!