What's Currently Happening along Karhunkierros Trail
Siilastupa wilderness hut is in use again
Siilastupa wilderness hut was out of use due to roof renovation (from 8th of May 2023). The renovation is now finished and the hut is again open for hikers.
Maintenance of the Oulanka Wilderness Trail, 26 km, has ended for spring 2023
The maintenance of the Oulanka Wilderness Trail has ended for this spring season because of the warm days. Any people using the trail after this day must pay attention to the weather forecast. The trail can still be done with suitable equipment (skis, fur-based skis, snowshoes) but note that the snow conditions change during the day. After cold night the snow is in better condition and during the day snow will start to soften. The Wilderness Trail is not meant for hiking or walking without equipment. The trail cannot be traversed anymore when snow stays soft overnight.
More information about the Oulanka Wilderness Trail.
The cable boat across the River Niitselyjoki has been removed for the winter
The cable boat across the River Niitselysjoki at the northern end of the Keroharjun kuiskaus -trail has been removed for the winter. Before snow the trail can still be reached from the southern end of the trail from the parking at Harjulammentie Road. The Harjulammentie Road has no winter maintenance. More information about Keroharjun Kuiskaus trail can be found from the hiking trail description.
The Taivalköngäs wilderness hut is in use again
The Taivalköngäs wilderness hut suffered from fire damage this summer. The damage has been repaired and the historical hut is now back in use. Remember to use extreme caution when handling a fire. Check the fire warnings before making a fire (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi). Only make a fire at the official campfire sites or in the hut stoves. Never leave a fire unattended. Make sure fire has been properly extinguished before leaving the hut or the campfire site.
Entering the Pähkänänkallio Cliff is prohibited 1.4.-15.8.
Entering in the Pähkänänkallio Restricted Area is prohibited from 1st of April to 15th of August. You can see the map of the restricted area below.
News in Karhunkierros
Surveys reveal surprising insect species in Finland
Visitors to national parks are happier than before – financial uncertainty is reflected in the total number of the visits
Metsähallitus is looking for 1,000 people to become members of the Wilderness and Nature Community – come and develop the services for nature lovers
Karhunkierros Trail Weather
The latest weather forecasts and warnings for Kuusamo (ilmatieteenlaitos.fi) and Hautajärvi, Salla (ilmatieteenlaitos.fi).
Check for Warnings
When forest and grass fire warnings (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi) 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.