Sights in Oulanka National Park
The natural features and cultural sights of the River Oulankajoki form one of Finland's National Landscapes.
To get to the sights of Oulanka visitors must often walk a few kilometres. The most famous sight, the Kiutaköngäs Falls, is easy to reach by foot: it is only about 1 km from the next parking area.
You can find driving directions to different sights from Directions pages.
Rupakivi Rock is a 5 metre high rock rising from the middle of the River Savinajoki. It is located 4 km from the Savilampi Parking Area. The destination is at the end of a long walk and difficult to access.
Oulanka Canyon (Oulangan kanjoni)
Oulanka Canyon is a steep-faced gorge located about 2 km from the Savilampi Parking Area. The destination is quite easily accessible.
The Ristikallio Cliffs
Ristikallio Cliffs is a rugged rock formation in the River Aventojoki. From the Ristikallio Parking Area, follow the Karhunkierros Hiking Trail for 5 km to the destination, which is quite easily accessible.
Taivalköngäs Rapids is a rocky set of rapids in the River Oulankajoki. It can be reached by two different trails. One starting point is at Oulanka Camping Ground, from where visitors follow the Karhunkierros Hiking Trail north for 8 km. The other starting point is Sallantie Road Parking Area from where it is a 9 km hike to the rapids. The destination is difficult to access.
Kiutaköngäs Rapids is 325 metres long. They are located 1 km from Oulanka Visitor Centre. The destination is quite easily accessible.
Niskakoski Rapids is swift rapids located in the River Kitkajoki. There is a hanging bridge crossing the rapids. The destination is easily accessible.
Jyrävä Rapids in the River Kitkajoki are unharnessed and have a drop of 9 metres. They are located on the Pieni Karhunkierros Trail at the southern point of the park 3,5 km from Juuma Parking Area. The destination is difficult to access, due to changes in altitude.
Kallioportti is a look-out point on the Pieni Karhunkierros Trail. A view of the River Kitkajoki opens on the ledge. Kallioportti is located 4 km from Juuma Parking Area. The destination is difficult to access, due to changes in altitude.
The nine hanging bridges which cross the Rivers Oulankajoki and Kitkajoki are also sights worth seeing. They are located at Oulankajoki river near the Savilampi wilderness hut, Taivalköngäs Rapids (3), Niskakoski Rapids, Myllykoski Rapids and at the quiet waters of Harrisuvanto.