Entering the Pähkänänkallio Cliff is prohibited 1.4.-15.8.

(Updated 04/19/2022)
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.

Map of restricted area in Pähkänä Rocks.

Acrossing the River Niitselysjoki is not able right now

(Updated 4/19/2022)
Acrossing the River Niitselysjoki of the Keroharjun kuiskaus (17km) trail is forbidden right now. The ice of the river is melting and crossing the river is very dangerous. When the ice has melted the river is possible to cross by using a cable boat.

Current Covid-19 restrictions in our region

(Updated 02/11/2022)
Below you can find links to the latest guidelines concerning the Covid-19 situation:
Epidemic situation in Northern Ostrobothnia (oyskorona.fi)
Kuusamo City Covid-19 info (kuusamo.fi)
Situation update on coronavirus (thl.fi)
Coronavirus Guidelines, Metsähallitus, Parks and Wildlife Finland.

No gas stove at the Taivalköngäs wilderness hut

(Updated 08/12/2021)
The gas stove of the wilderness hut at Taivalköngäs is being repaired. We will inform here when the gas stove is at its place again. Food can be prepared at the campfire sites near the hut when the forest fire warning is not valid. Always have a camping stove with you when hiking long distances.

News in Karhunkierros

Karhunkierros Trail Weather

The latest weather forecasts and warnings for Kuusamo (ilmatieteenlaitos.fi) and Hautajärvi, Salla (ilmatieteenlaitos.fi).

Trip Advisor Recommendations for Karhunkierros Hiking Trail

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. 

Drawing of a fireplace. The drawing shows the roof, the flue and off the ground.

Tips for Outdoors

Two people are sitting on the rock by the lake.
Outdoor Guide: Plan Your Visit