Hossa - Juntusranta Canoeing Route, 40 km / 2 - 3 days
The route Hossa - Juntusranta offers both calm river and lake sections and flowing rapids. To begin with, the Hossanjoki river beginning at Niskakoski rapids is fast and contains a lot of rapids. Then the waters calm down into a gentle, winding river with occasional lakes and ponds. Down the river there are a few rapids to cheer up the canoer.
The total distance of the route is 40 km, of which rapids total 7 km. The estimated excursion time for the entire route is 2 - 3 days. During dry summers the first stretch of the Hossanjoki river is rocky and the canoe may touch the bottom several times. We recommend the use of plastic canoes. The latter part of the route can be run throughout the summer.
The rapids on the route and their classification (high-water classification in brackets):
Leveänkoski II (II+)
Pystynkoski II (II+)
Papinpetäjä - Niskakoski, 7 km
You can start at Papinpetäjä, from where the canoeing distance to the boat launch at Niskakoski is seven kilometres. Along this section you will find Hossa village with several private tourist services (www.hossa.fi) on the east side of Lake Hossanjärvi. There is a campfire site at Niskakoski.
Niskakoski - Kuikankoski, 4 km
The route starting from Niskakoski rapids (I) continues after Isokivenlaukama as three-part rapids with a lot of rocks (II). The last rapids in this section, Leveänkoski, must be run carefully in high water when its classification can be as high as II+. There is the Leveänkoski cooking shelter on the left shore before the Leveänkoski rapids. At Vääräkoski rapids (I) the route goes under the Perangantie road bridge and there is a boat launch and information board by the bridge.
Approximately one kilometre after the bridge there is the Pystynkoski rapids (II, II+ in high water) with two branches, of which you should take the right-side one. Pystynkoski rapids must be run carefully, especially in high water, and, when necessary, first check the route from the shore. Under the Pystykoski rapids, on the south shore of an islet, there is the Pystykoski lean-to shelter. After the lean-to shelter the route continues as a river route for a couple of kilometres, including the Hippavirta and Kuikankoski rapids (I). There is a lean-to shelter at Kuikankoski with a boat launch on its south side.
Kuikankoski - Tormunjärvi, 18 km
South of Kuikankoski the route includes one kilometre of flowing waters followed by the four-part Alakoski rapids (I). There is a Lapp tent and a campfire site at Alakoski. After Alakoski the route continues along a gently flowing, winding, branching and occasionally expanding river to Lake Tormuanjärvi. The distance from Alakoski to Lake Tormuanjärvi is approximately 17 kilometres. There is a boat launch on the east shore of Lake Tormuanjärvi, in Muosalmi. The route continues from the western side of Lake Tormuanjärvi, where there is a lean-to shelter.
Lean-to Shelter at Lake Tormuanjärvi - Juntusranta, 11 km
From Lake Tormuanjärvi the route continues as a gently flowing, winding river with occasional stretches of faster flow. After five kilometres, on the south side of Saarivirta, the Saarijoki river branches to the right side of the route. There is a boat launch at the other end of this river. After Saarivirta you canoe 1.5 km to the Raaninkoski rapids (I). There is a campfire site before the rapids. From Raaninkoski rapids the canoeing route continues 1.5 km to the bridge of the Juntusranta road, i.e. Heinäkivi, where there is a boat launch.
You can continue canoeing from Heinäkivi along Lake Kokkojärvi to Juntusranta village, where there is a marina. This route is approximately four kilometres. On the south side of Juntusranta there is the historical habitat called Kalmosärkkä with campfire sites and information boards.
Iijärvi - Hossa Canoeing Route, 14 km / 8 hrs
The Iijärvi - Hossa canoeing route mainly consists of lakes with only a few rapids. Iijärvi is a large lake located partly in the area of Kuusamo municipality. In windy weather the lake is challenging to cross and it is best to go around it close to the shore. The route stretches 14 km, starting at the bridge over the Sakkojoki river along road 843 to Kuusamo and ending at Papinpetäjä, and the estimated canoeing time is 8 hours. In low water canoeing is not possible on the Iikoski rapids, but the remaining route is accessible even in low water.
Sakkojoki - Iikoski, 10 km
The route begins by the bridge over the Sakkojoki river with about 2 km of easily flowing narrow river. The river connects to Sakkolahti Bay in Lake Iijärvi. Continue south a little over 2 km on the lake and turn southwest after Teeriniemi cape towards Niskanniemi. The river section leading to Lake Hypäsjärvi begins on the south side of Niskanniemi.
You can also start the route on the western shore of Iso Ahvenlahti Bay, which makes the route 3 km shorter. The lake section from Iso-Ahvenlampi continues a couple of kilometres east, then turn south after Paloniemi. The river section leading to Lake Hypäsjärvi begins after Niskanniemi.
The river section comprises a couple of kilometres of calm, winding waters. At some points the river extends to bays and a pond. The route goes below the bridge of the road to Kuusamo and passes through Saarilampi to Lake Hypäsjärvi. You can stop at the southwest corner of Lake Hypäsjärvi (approx. 1 km) before the Iikoski Rapids. There is the Iikoski day parking area with a cooking shelter by the rapids.
Iikoski - Hossa, 4 km
The Iikoski rapids cannot be run in low water. Even in high water you should study the first section of the route from the shore because of the numerous surface rocks. Iikoski rapids comprise three parts stretching about half a kilometre. The rapids section ends at Lake Huosiusjärvi. On the shore of this lake you can find the Iikoski and Huosiusjärvi rental cabins.
The water route continues with a lake section across Lake Huosiusjärvi (1.5 kilometres). You can stop at the boat launch place before Huosivirta or continue via Huosivirta (I) to Lake Kenttäjärvi and on to Papinpetäjä, an isthmus between Lakes Hossanjärvi and Keihäslampi, via Mykränsalmi. The distance from Huosivirta to Papinpetäjä is approximately 2 kilometres.
Julma-Ölkky - Somer - Hossa Canoeing Route, 16 km / 14 hours
The Julma-Ölkky - Somer - Hossa route is a relatively easy, winding lake route spiced by a few small rapids and straits. You can add historical elements to your canoe excursion by visiting the Värikallio Cliffs. The route is at its best in early summer and during rainy summers even later. In low water it is recommended to start the excursion at the Lihapyörre parking area and float the canoe from there to Lake Laukkujärvi; this route is usually very dry after midsummer.
Julma-Ölkky is a rugged canyon lake of over 3 kilometres in length. You can start your excursion by visiting the Ölkky end, which adds some 6 kilometres to the canoeing distance. In the summertime there is boat transport available for a fee at Ölkky.
Julma-Ölkky - Ala-Ölkky - Värikallio - Ala-Ölkky, 4 km
From the Julma-Ölkky boat launch place, canoe a couple of kilometres south on Ala-Ölkky. At the branching point of Ala-Ölkky you can find the Ala-Ölkky lean-to shelter. If you want to go to Värikallio Cliffs, take the right-hand side route and canoe upstream about 500 metres. Beach on the western bank and float the canoe about 500 metres along a channel dug out for this purpose to Lake Somerjärvi. There is a Lapp tent and a marked hiking trail past it to Värikallio Cliffs. When returning in high water, you can run the fast and narrow rapids from Lake Somerjärvi to Ala-Ölkky. A visit to Värikallio Cliffs adds 2 kilometres to the excursion distance.
Ala-Ölkky - Somer - Suottavirta, 7 km
From Ala-Ölkky the route continues along the Somerjoki river, which has class I rapids. After some 2 km the river expands to Lihapyörre and before this there is a lean-to shelter with the same name. There is a boat launch on the south side of Lihapyörre. The river section between Lihapyörre and Lake Laukkujärvi is winding and fast during high water. The one-kilometre rapids section is classified I in low water and II in high water. In low water be prepared to float or pull the canoe at the end of the section.
River Somerjoki joins Lake Laukkujärvi. The Laukkujärvi open wilderness hut is on the southern shore of the lake. The water route goes past the wilderness hut and on to Lake Talasjärvi via the Laukkusalmi strait (I). On the north side of the Talassalmi strait there are old meadows and a barn worth seeing. After the Talassalmi strait you arrive at Lake Puukkojärvi and there is a lean-to shelter and Puukkojärvi open wilderness hut on its eastern shore. Lake Puukkojärvi is followed by the Puukkosalmi strait (trail bridge). After the strait, turn right and you arrive at Suottavirta (I), where there is a campfire site after the trail bridge.
Suottavirta - Hossa, 5 km
There is a boat launch at the south end of Saarihoilua following Suottavirta. At the east end of Saarihoilua is the start of the Louhikoski rapids (I) leading to Hakokoski rapids (I) via Hakolampi Pond. After Hakokoski rapids there is the Hakokoski lean-to shelter. After the lean-to shelter, run the long and narrow Syvä-Hoilua, at the south end of which is the Torkonluikea rapids (I) and a campfire site.
You can stop at the boat launch place on the western shore of Lake Huosiusjärvi or continue and run Huosivirta (I) and onto Papinpetäjä, an isthmus between Lakes Hossanjärvi and Keihäslampi, via Lake Kenttäjärvi and the Mykränsalmi strait. The total distance of this route is 16 km and the estimated excursion time is 14 hours.
Peranka - Hossa Canoeing Route, 37 km
The River Perankajoki is a versatile canoieng route including both narrow river sections and wider lake sections. The route passes through varying landscapes: young forests, meadows, verdant mixed woodland and the national landscape most typical of the national park, dry pine heaths.
The route can be run throughout the summer but in low water it is common to touch the bottom and sharp rocks, especially in the first section of the route. Running the Lounatkoski rapids at the bridge is not recommended (classification II+, even III). There is a warning sign on the left bank before the dangerous section, and portage starts approximately 50 metres after the sign.
The rapids on the route and their classification:
Laukkukoski II+ ! (in low water the lowest section cannot be run, the canoe must be pulled)
Nimettömänkoski I-, II-
Lounatkoski II+ !!
Lounatkoski at the bridge II+ - III.
Peranka - Iso-Kukkuri, 15 km
The beginning of the route is winding and includes a lot of rapids. The 6-kilometre section between Peranka and main road no 5 has seven class I rapids, as well as still and calmly flowing waters. There is a boat launch at the bridge on road 5. After the bridge, at about one kilometre of canoeing distance, are the fast and rocky Laukkukoski rapids (II+!). The lowest section of Laukkukoski cannot be run in low water, so be prepared to pull your canoe. After Laukkukoski rapids there are two class I rapids within a short distance. The route continues as a calm river route for two kilometres and then there is the Hevonperseenmutka bend and a lean-to shelter with the same name.
After the lean-to shelter there is the Hevonperseenkoski rapids (I) and after two bends the Pitkäkoski rapids (II), where the canoe may touch the bottom several times in low water. These rapids are followed by 1.5 kilometres of river without rapids and then Saukkovirta rapids (I). There is a beaver nesting area in the upper part of the stream, so be prepared to pass a beaver dam. After Saukkovirta the next one-kilometre section includes a few fast-flowing places, after which you arrive at the Perankajoki river, total length 15 km, which joins Lake Iso-Kukkuri. The next section is a lake section with fast-flowing places and rapids between the chains of lakes.
Iso-Kukkuri - Lavajärvi, 5 km
Lake Iso-Kukkuri is approximately three kilometres long, open at the beginning and branching in the middle. The route continues along the north side of the cape and at the end there is the Kukkuri open wilderness hut. At the hut there is the Peuronkoski rapids (I) with current-controlling elements under the bridge over the rapids. When going to the hut, land on the right-hand bank before the current controllers. When running the rapids, be careful not to get turned sideways.
Iso-Kukkuri is followed by Pikku-Kukkuri, a small, one-kilometre lake with two islands. At the isthmus between Pikku-Kukkuri and Lake Lavajärvi there are the Tuirankoski rapids (I). Lavajärvi is approximately three kilometres long. The Lavajärvi open wilderness hut is situated approximately at the middle of the lake on the northern shore.
Lavajärvi - Iso-Nimetön, 2 km
The three-part Nimettömänkoski rapids (I - II-) between Lake Lavajärvi and Lake Iso-Nimetön can be run or bypassed via a portage trail. The rapids start in the southern part of Lake Lavajärvi, before the Syrjäharju isthmus. The last, third rapid section is the most difficult one. In low water it is best to canoe along Lake Lavajärvi to Lake Iso-Syväjärvi and carry the canoe to Lake Iso-Nimetön.
On the isthmus between Lakes Lavajärvi and Iso-Syväjärvi there is the Syrjäsalmi lean-to shelter and on the left-hand side after the Nimettömänkoski rapids there is a campfire site. There is a boat launch after the first of the Nimettömänkoski rapids.
Iso-Nimetön - Lounajajärvi, 7 km
Iso-Nimetön is a narrow lake approximately two kilometres long, followed by Lake Pikku-Nimetön, which is a little less than one kilometre long. There is a boat launch on the southern shore of Pikku-Nimetön. At the end of the lake there is the Joukovirta lean-to shelter. There are old hunting pits near the lean-to shelter.
After River Joukovirta the canoeing route continues as a calm lake route for some 5 km via lakes Joukojärvi, Virtajärvi and Pahkulampi to Lounaja. The old Honkavaara reindeer fence can be seen on the western side of Lake Virtajärvi. There is a trail leading to the fence from the western bank of Virtasalmi strait. There are campfire sites on the west and northeast shores of Lounaja. In the northern part of Lounaja, on the Lipposensalmi isthmus, there is the Lipposensalmi lean-to shelter. If you want to, you can canoe north from Lipposensalmi to Pitkä-Hoilua or via Kokalmus, Ala-Valkeinen and Keski-Valkeinen to Iso-Valkeinen, where there are boat launches. On the isthmus between Ala-Valkeinen and Keski-Valkeinen there is the Ala-Valkeinen open wilderness hut, approximately 3.5 km from Lipposensalmi.
Lounajajärvi - Lounatkoski, 4 km
When heading west, Lake Lounajajärvi narrows into the Iso-Tolosenvirta river, and by this river there is the Tolosenvirta rental cabin. After a long lake section, the first rapids are Tolosenvirta (I). The canoeing route continues along the north shore of Lake Tolosenlampi and there is also a launching site in the narrow section. Before the Lounatkoski rapids there is an island, which you can pass on the northern or southern side. The two main streams come back together before the bridge and the worst fall. There is a warning sign on the left bank. Portage starts here. Running the rapids at the bridge is not recommended!
The portage passes by the Lounatkoski rental cabin and the Lounatkoski mill. You can end your excursion at the Lounatkoski portage, in which case the route will total 33 km. The estimated excursion time is 2 days.
Lounatkoski - Hossa, 4 km
The water route continues along the river running to Lake Jatkonjärvi. There is a camping site on the western shore of Lake Jatkonjärvi, and the Jatkonsalmen Pääpirtti and Teräväpää rental cabins are on the isthmus before Lake Kenttäjärvi. You can continue canoeing the lake route across Lake Kenttäjärvi and the Mykränsalmi strait to the Papinpetäjä isthmus on the northeast shore of Nurmiselkä in Lake Hossanjärvi. There is a landing place there. The water route continues south as the Hossa - Juntusranta canoeing route.