What's Currently Happening in Koli National Park

Café Eväsretket on an autumn break

(Updated 26th of October 2021)

Café Eväsretket (kalastusretket.fi) is on an autumn break during 24.10.-25.12.2021. During the break there are no restaurant or café services for public at Koli Nature Centre Ukko. These can be found at Break Sokos Hotel Koli (sokoshotels.fi).

Koli Nature Centre Ukko closed due to maintenance 1.-7.11.2021

(Updated 24th of October 2021)

Koli Nature Centre Ukko is closed due to maintenance in week 42 (1.-7.11.2021).

During the maintenance break you can reach our customer service:

Maps of the Koli area can be bought from the reception of Break Sokos Hotel Koli (sokoshotels.fi).

First snow has fallen – be aware of the slippery rocks and trails

(Updated 18th of October 2021)

First snow has fallen in Koli region. The conditions on our trails are partly slippery, muddy and icy. Be cautious when hiking especially on our "The Trail of the Tops" circle trail or Mäkrä circle trail.

The Nature Centre Ukko's Art Exhibitions 2021

(Updated 13th of October 2021)

Metsän uni art exhibition by Milja Laine is shown in Nature Centre Ukko's downstairs, nearby the stairs, until 3rd of January 2022.

Sami Parkkinen’s photograph exhibition Growth can be found from Ukko's gallery space upstairs until 31th of January 2022.

Fire alarm equipment test in Koli

(Updated 12th of October 2021)

The fire alarm equipment in Koli will be tested on October 13th from 8.00 am. Alarm will be heard in the Koli Nature Centre Ukko, the Sokos Hotel and the yard between.

Koli Nature Center Ukko returns to normal opening hours

(Updated 13th October 2021)

The Koli Nature Centre Ukko has returned to normal opening hours.

16.8. – 31.12.
Mon – Sat 10am – 5pm
Sun 10am – 3pm

1.11.-7.11.2021 closed to visitors (maintenance break)
24.12.2021 open 10am–2pm
25.–26.12.2021 open 10am–3pm

We reserve the rights to changes.

Please check possible exceptions to opening hours of Café Eväsretket (kalastusretket.fi) and Koli Shop Retkitupa (feelkoli.fi).

Prefer Public transportation when Arriving to Koli in summer season

(Updated 14th of August 2021)

Please, prefer public transportation when arriving to Koli during the summer season:

Tip 1: Beginning on 7 June 2021, you can take a bus from Joensuu and Nurmes to Ahmovaara Mon-Fri. A bus connection from Ahmovaara to Koli (koli.fi, in Finnish) must be booked in advance.

Tip 2: During 5.6. – 22.8.2021 you can take a scenic lift from Ukko-Koli slopes parking area (Rantatie 27, Lieksa) to Koli Nature Centre Ukko. Check the schedule and prices for the Scenic lift (koli.fi/en).

Always check the forest fire warning before making an open fire

(Updated 30th of July 2021)

When forest and grass fire warnings (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi) are in effect, lighting an open fire is prohibited at all fire sites in Koli National Park. Prolonged heat waves further increase the risk of forest fires. Always use extreme caution when handling fire. The one who lights a fire is always responsible for its safe use. 

During a forest fire warning, prefer hiking snacks that can be prepared and enjoyed without a fire. Use of camping stoves is allowed. Note that wood burning pocket stove is also counted as an open fire and is thereby prohibited.

Ikolanaho Spring and Jero Well are Out of Commission

(Updated 1st of October 2020)

The spring in Ikolanaho and the well in Jero reservable hut and are out of commission. Do not drink the water even after boiling it. It is possible to borrow water containers and get clean drinking water from the Nature Centre Ukko.

Hikers planning to take the Herajärven kierros trail should carry enough drinking water with them. It is possible to fill water bottles at Koli Nature Centre Ukko. It is also possible to get water from Myllypuro river. However, water from wells, springs and natural sources should be boiled before drinking. The Herajärven kierros trail is hard hiking trail with high number of hills and therefore it is really important to carry enough drinking water with you. The number of wells, springs, rivers, lakes and ponds, where hiker can get more drinking water, are very limited along the Herajärven kierros trail.

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