What's Currently Happening in Koli National Park
Prefer public transportation when arriving to Koli
(Updated 10th of June)
Please, prefer public transportation when arriving to Koli during the summer season:
Tip: It is possible to access Koli harbour Mon-Sat 25 June - 7 August 2021 aboard the historic rail/water connection (koli.fi)! From Koli harbour, you can go directly to the national park's hiking trails, such as the Harbour trail, the Kasken kierros trail or the Koli summer café trail.
Tip 2: A free bus runs between Koli harbour, Koli village and Ukko-Koli from 28 June - 1 August 2021.
Tip 3: 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) must be booked in advance.
The main building of the Kiviniemi Hiking Centre was destroyed by fire on 26.5.
(Updated 1st of June 2021)
Drinkable water is available from a water tank transported to Kiviniemi on Monday 31st of May. The municipality of Kontiolahti starts to build a new well in Kiviniemi, and estimates that it might be in use by the end on June 2021.
Accommodation and other services in Kiviniemi Hiking Centre are operating regardless of the fire accident. If you have any questions, please contact the entrepreneur: +368 400 159 204.
The Nature Centre Ukko's art exhibitions
(Updated 25th of May 2021)
The Nature Photos of the year 2020 are available in Nature Centre Ukko's gallery space downstairs until 29th of August 2021.
Dream Nature Center exhibition presents childrens' ideas of what an ideal nature center would be like. The exhibition is presented in Ukko's upstairs hall space until 31st of May 2021.
Emmi Jormalainen’s drawings from the book Being Lost can be found from Ukko’s downstairs, nearby the stairs, until 30th of June 2021.
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.
News in Koli
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.
Gathering at the campfire sites increases the risk of coronavirus infection. Guidelines concerning coronavirus COVID-19.