Kuhmo Visitor Centre Petola

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Three bears made of wood inside on the floor, one big and two small.

Welcome to the Petola Visitor Centre in Kuhmo

Kuhmo Visitor Centre Petola is home to Finland's large carnivores and offers a window on the Kainuu wilderness. Here you can obtain information on the brown bear, the wolf, the lynx and the wolverine. There is also plenty of information on wild forest reindeer. At Petola, you can buy unique souvenirs and get the best tips for hikes in the wilderness of Kainuu.


Opening Hours in 2023

Petola Visitor Centre is open 4.-29.7.2023, tue - sat, from 10 to 16.

We reserve the rights to changes.

Cafe is open 4.-29.7.2023, tue - sat, from 10 to 16.

Contact Information

Address: Lentiirantie 342, 88900 Kuhmo 
Telephone: +358 206 39 6380 
E-mail: petola(at)metsa.fi

Petola is home to Finland's large carnivores

Location: In Kuhmo, the Kainuu Region. Read more.

Arrival: By car. Read more.

Visit: Open from May till October. At other times by agreement. During opening hours, there is no entrance fee to the visitor centre. In opening hours, guided group tours cost 50 €/group/hour. Outside opening hours guided group tours cost 100 €/group and they must be booked in advance. Read more.

Things to Do and See: The Predators on the Prowl exhibition, events, short nature films, the Petola Nature Trail, guided group tours. Read more.

Suitability: An excellent location for families with children. Visitor Centre is accessible. It is not allowed to bring pets in the visitor centre.

Services: large carnivore -themed products, fishing and hunting permits, licences for the snowmobile routes maintained by Metsähallitus, meeting services, nature education, WLAN. Café services for groups when booked in advance. Read more.

Kuhmo Visitor Centre Petola´s symbol.

The Visitor Centre is managed by: The Parks and Wildlife Finland, Metsähallitus.

This is the web page nationalparks.fi/kuhmovisitorcentre

Outdoors in Kuhmo Brochure

Pdf 6,9 Mb (julkaisut.metsa.fi)

Nearby Destinations

Hiidenportti National Park

The Friendship Park:

There are many splendid destinations in the Kuhmo area.
Enquire about other nearby destinations at the visitor centre.

A mobile phone in a hand, Retkikartta.fi is visible on the screen. Open the map of Kuhmo visitor centre on Retkikartta.fi.

Excursionmap.fi is a free map service provided by Metsähallitus. It can be used to search destinations, choose map layers and print maps.

Open wildtaiga.fi.

Learn about large carnivores in Finland


Learn about wild forest reindeer


Self-guided Tour: "From Helsinki to the Taiga Forests"

Pdf 2,4 Mb (julkaisut.metsa.fi)

Self-guided Tour: "Kuusamo's Renowned National Parks"

Pdf 1 Mb (julkaisut.metsa.fi)