Route change at Valtavaara

(Updated 22/07/2021)

Map of route change at Valtavaara.

 

A roof renovation started at Oulanka Visitor Centre

(Updated 14/07/2021)

The roof renovation started on 14th of July and is estimated to finish within a month from the start. During the renovation part of the Visitor Centre’s yard will be marked with barricade tape for safety. Do not enter inside the marked area. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Forest fire warning is valid

(Updated 8/07/2021)

Making open fires is now forbidden everywhere except in the campfire sites with both a flue and a roof, as shown in the picture below. The terrain is very dry and flammable so please avoid making fires even in permitted places.

Always check if the forest fire warning has been issued before making a fire. You can see all warnings on the Finnish Meteorological Institute's website (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi).

Forest fire warning sign and guide where making fire is permitted during the warning.

Capture and tagging of brown trout for scientific study is underway at Kiutaköngäs

(Updated 2/07/2021)

From June 29th to July 30th there are researchers at work capturing and tagging Oulanka river brown trout at the Kiutaköngäs rapids. Visitors may see objects, for example a ladder, that are used by the researchers. There is also a cage on the upper part of the river, in which the tagged fish are placed to recover before they are released. Please do not use or touch any the equipment.


The capturing and tagging of the brown trout is an activity of the Karelia CBC project Pro Trout, managed by Metsähallitus Wildlife Service Finland, in collaboration with the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke).

Boat for crossing the Niitselysjoki river

(Updated 6/01/2021)
Boat for crossing the Niitselysjoki river for the Kerhoharjun kuiskaus trail is on the water again. Boat will be in use for crossing the river for the summer 2021.

NUTS Karhunkierros race 28.-29.5.2021

(Updated 5/26/2021)
NUTS Karhunkierros race is held on the Karhunkierros Trail from Friday to Saturday (28.-29.5.). The race ends at midnight on Saturday.

Entering the Pähkänänkallio Cliff is prohibited 1.4.-15.8.

(Updated 5/25/2021)
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.

The use of a face mask is recommended

(Updated 8/10/2020)
We recommend using a face mask when visiting Oulanka Visitor Centre. Keeping a safe distance is still important, also when spending time outdoors. Please read our coronavirus guidelines (nationalparks.fi) before heading to the trails.

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.

Gathering at the campfire sites increases the risk of coronavirus infection. Guidelines concerning coronavirus COVID-19

Watch Oulanka Webcam

Kiutaköngäs webcam picture (oulankalw.oulu.fi)

Oulanka web cam