Iivaara is located in Southern Kuusamo 31 km south of the centre of Kuusamo on the eastern side of main road 5 (E63). The nearest villages are Hiltunen and Pikkarainen. The nearest Metsähallitus service point is Kuusamo Customer Service Karhuntassu.
By car From Kuusamo, drive 16 km along Kajaanintie road (main road 5 /E63) to the Lämsänkyläntie junction. Hiltusentie junction is 6 km down the Lämsänkyläntie road. Continue 19 km along Hiltusentie road until you reach the Iivaara parking area on your left, which is also the starting point of the trail.
Hiltusentie parking area is the closest parking area near Iivaara, and is also the northern starting point of the Iivaara Trail. The summit of Iivaara hill is around 3.5 km from the parking area.