The legendary Karhunkierros Trail takes you to the best locations in Oulanka National Park
When there is no snow on the ground, travel time 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. 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.