Oulanka National Park Directions and Maps

04.07.2019

Liikasenvaarantie road to Oulanka Visitor Centre is now under renovation. The road is open but pay attention to crushed stone on the road. Please follow the speed limits 20-30 km/h. More information...
The road to Oulanka National Park's Visitor Centre in now under renovation. Pay attention to crushed stone on the road and please follow the speed limits 20-30 km/h. Driving to Visitor Centre takes about 40 minutes. Asphalt covering is starting 26. August and the work will last 2-3 weeks. The contractor of road renovation is Destia. More information about renovation on Traffic situation web site (liikennetilanne.tmfg.fi) and arrival to the Oulanka Visitor Centre from phone number +358 206 39 6850.

Oulanka National Park is located 50 km north to the town of Kuusamo and 40 km south to the municipality of Salla. The closest villages are Käylä, Juuma and Hautajärvi.

  • Contact our customer service and we will gladly assist you in planning your trip to Oulanka.

Directions

By Car

  • Kiutaköngäs Rapids and Oulanka Visitor Centre in the centre of the National Park can be reached by car. From Kuusamo take Road E63 (road 5) for 38 km towards Kemijärvi and turn right onto road 950 towards Salla. Drive 7 km and turn onto Liikasenvaaran tie (road 8693) at Käylä. It is 13 km from the intersection to the Visitor Centre. There are signposts to the Visitor Centre from Road E63.
    • When going to the parking area at Taka-aho turn left off of Liikasenvaara Road a bit before the village of Liikasenvaara. This intersection is about 12 km after the Visitor Centre.
  • When coming to Juuma in the southern part of the park, take Road E63 for 36 km from Kuusamo towards Kemijärvi. Then turn onto road 18897 towards Juuma Village. There are signposts from Road E63 to Juuma Village.
    • There is also a connecting road, Riekamontie Road, from Juuma Village to Liikasenvaaran tie Road. The distance from Juuma to Oulanka Visitor Centre is 20 km.
  • When coming to Hautajärvi in the northern part of the National Park from Salla, take road 950 towards Kuusamo for 41 km. When coming from Kuusamo, take Road E63 towards Kemijärvi for 38 km, turn right onto road 950 towards Käylä - Salla and drive for 36 km.
    • When going to the parking area at Ristikallio from Salla, take road 950 towards Kuusamo for 56 km. When coming from Kuusamo, take road E63 towards Kemijärvi for 38 km, turn right onto road 950 towards Käylä - Salla and drive for 18 km.
    • The parking area at Savilampi is 13 km south to the village of Hautajärvi. When driving there turn off of road 950 at the intersection for Urriaapa. Drive 4 km along the road to Urriaapa and turn right. Then drive for 1 km and turn left. Then follow a forest road for 5,5 km until you get to the parking area. There are signposts to the Oulanka Canyon (Oulangan kanjoni) from road 950 and at intersections along the route.
      • Pdf-brochure, driving directions to Savilampi parking area and Kanjonin kurkkaus Trail (julkaisut.metsa.fi)

Map of the surroundings of Oulanka National Park

For more detailed parking area addresses, please see below under Starting Points for Excursions.

By Public Transportation

Busses travel to Oulanka National Park from Salla and Kuusamo.

The Karhunkierros Bus drives on schooldays via Ruka, Juuma, Käylä, Ristikallio parking area and Hautajärvi. Connections to Oulanka Visitor Centre and Juuma vary on different times of the year.

The Airport Bus connection from almost every Kuusamo Airport's scheduled flights to Salla via Ruka, Käylä, Ristikallio parking area and Hautajärvi is available also for others than flight passengers.

Contact our customer service, we'll be happy to assist in planning your trip to Oulanka National Park.

Karhunkierros Trail Taxi

During summer there are special destination taxis from Kuusamo and Ruka for a smaller fare than in general. More information: Taxicenter Kuusamo-Ruka (www.ruka.fi).

Starting Points for Excursions

  • Parking Areas: Hautajärvi village (former Karhunkierros Visitor Centre), Niitselyksentie road in Hautajärvi, Savilampi parking area, Ristikallio parking area, Oulanka Visitor Centre, Liikasenvaarantie road near the Visitor Centre, Oulanka Camping Ground, Harjulammentie road in Liikasenvaara and two parking areas in Juuma.
  • Note! Minor roads are not necessarily ploughed during the winter. Please contact the customer service to check the road conditions and the state of maintenance.
  • Starting Points for Trails:
    • Hautajärvi Village / former Karhunkierros Visitor Centre, (road address, Hautajärventie 414)
    • Oulanka Visitor Centre at Kiutaköngäs (road address, Liikasenvaarantie 132)
    • Juuma Village (road address, Juumantie 134)
    • The parking area at Ristikallio by road 950 (road address, Sallantie 174)
  • Boat Launch Ramps
    • The river shore below Kiutaköngäs Rapids can be reached by car. Take Liikasenvaarantie Road over the Oulanka Bridge and past the Oulanka Biology Station. Continue for 100 metres and turn right as signposted onto the road made for the transportation of boats and canoes. Follow the road for 2 km to the boat launch ramp. Cars should not be left at the end of the road as the parking area is quite small.
    • In the north there is a boat launch ramp at the River Savinajoki, north to the Savilampi open wilderness hut. Another boat launch ramp in the north is on the lower course of the River Oulankajoki by Jäkälämutkantie Road 200 metres before Jäkälämutka.

Maps

Electronic maps

 Map of Oulanka National Park. © Metsähallitus 2015

Other Maps

  • Ruka Oulanka Bear's Trail (Karhunkierros Trail) Waterproof Outdoor Map, 1:50 000 / 1:25 000, Karttakeskus 2017. The map is sold by Oulanka Visitor Centre and Kuusamo Customer Service Karhuntassu, Karttakeskus and well-stocked bookstores.
  • Salla Address and recreation map, 1:100 000. National Land Survey of Finland 2013.
  • Peruskarttalehdet: Base maps / terrain maps 4611: 12, 4613: 03, 05, 06, 08, 09, 4614: 01, 04, 07, 1:20 000. Maps are sold by Karttakeskus.
  • Basic maps T5312 Juuma, T5321 Liikasenvaara, 1:25 000. Maps are sold by well-stocked bookstores, Karttakeskus and the National Land Survey of Finland.
  • Terrain maps 4613 Rukatunturi, 4614 Selkälä, 1:50 000. The maps are sold by Karttakeskus, the National Land Survey of Finland, District Survey Office and by well-stocked bookstores.
  • Terrain maps T531 Juuma, T532 Hautajärvi, 1:50 000. Maps are sold by well-stocked bookstores, Karttakeskus and the National Land Survey of Finland, District Survey Offices.
  • Outdoor GT Northern Finland, 2016, 1:400 000. Map is sold by Karttakeskus and well-stocked bookstores.
  • Pieni Karhunkierros: map. Metsähallitus 2009. The map is sold by Oulanka Visitor Centre.
  • Karhunkierros Trail, water resistant map, 1:25 000, Calazo Förlag 2016. Map is sold for example by Oulanka Visitor Centre.
  • Kuusamo Waterproof Outdoor Map, 1:100 000, Karttakeskus 2017. The map is sold by Oulanka Visitor Centre and Kuusamo Customer Service Karhuntassu, Karttakeskus and well-stocked bookstores.

Map Sales Points


Excursionmap.fi: Oulanka

Parking Areas

Hautajärvi village

  • Hautajärventie 414, Hautajärvi

Ristikallio parking area

  • Sallantie 174, Kuusamo

Oulanka Visitor Centre

  • Liikasenvaarantie 132, Kuusamo

Juuma parking area

  • Juumantie 134, Kuusamo

Parking area addresses are in Finnish to be used in navigators.

Other parking areas

Destination Brochure

Pdf-file 5.6 Mb  (julkaisut.metsa.fi)

Kanjonin kurkkaus Trail Brochure

Pdf-file 1.6 Mb  (julkaisut.metsa.fi)

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

Self-guided Tour: "Kuusamo's Renowned National Parks"
Pdf-file 0,8 Mb (julkaisut.metsa.fi) 

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

Self-guided Tour: "From Helsinki to the Taiga Forests"
Pdf-file 2 Mb (julkaisut.metsa.fi)