Oulanka National Park Trails

A squatting hiker surrounded by lush forest is looking at the Oulanka canyon. A river flows through the canyon floor.

You can explore the gorgeous national landscape of the Oulanka National Park on foot, by canoe, by bike, on skis or by snowshoes. The national park offers excellent hiking opportunities, ranging from short day-trip trails to the 82-km-long Karhunkierros Trail, which is one of the most popular hiking trails in Finland.  

Choose the trail that suits you best and hike to the gushing rapids, the beautiful flood meadows, the winter forests and the rugged landscape. Discover your own Oulanka!

Easy Trails
 

Könkään kuohu Trail, 100 m / Direction, Accessible to All

   

A fire pit surrounded by wooden benches. Coniferous trees in the background.

Available when the ground is unfrozen.
Travel time 15 min.
Category: easy, accessible trail / wheelchair trail
Starting point: The parking area for the Könkään kuohu Trail. The road has no winter maintenance.
Description of the Könkään kuohu Trail

 

Napapiirin nopia Trail, 500 m / Direction

   

A fire pit surrounded by wooden benches. On one side of the picture a wooden lapp-hut can be seen and there is forest in the background.

Available when the ground is unfrozen.
Travel time 0.5‒1 h.
Category: easy, accessible trail / wheelchair trail
Starting point: The starting point for the Karhunkierros Trail at Hautajärvi. The trail is part of Karhunkierros.
Description of the Napapiirin nopia trail


Kiutaköngäs Trail, 1 km / Direction

   

Two hikers walking towards the photographer along a gravel path through the forest.

Available all year round.
Travel time 1 h.
Category: easy
Starting point: Oulanka Visitor Centre's parking area
Description of the Kiutaköngäs Trail 

 

Other Hiking Trails, under 10 km 

 

Hiiden hurmos Trail, 5 km, Circle Trail

     

A signpost in the middle of the forest. There is a gravel path next to it.

Available all year round: it is a hiking trail in summer and a snowshoe trail in winter.
Travel time 2‒3 h
Category:  intermediate
Starting point: Oulanka Visitor Centre
Description of the Hiiden hurmos Trail

 

Rytikönkään reissu trail, 5‒7 km, Circle Trail

    

A squatting hiker photographing a wooden sign in the forest.

Available in summer as a hiking trail.
Travel time 2-3 h.
Category:  easy
Starting point: The parking area of the Oulanka National Park Camping Ground or the parking area of the Oulanka Visitor Center. The road to the camping ground has no winter maintenance.
Description of the Rytikönkään reissu Trail

 

Kanjonin kurkkaus Trail, 6 km, Circle Trail

     

A hiker standing in front of a small coniferous tree looking towards the canyon.

Available when the ground is unfrozen.
Travel time 2‒3 h.
Category:  intermediate
Starting point: The Savilampi parking area at the end of a forest road that branches off from Teeriahontie Road. The road has no winter maintenance.
Description of the Kanjonin kurkkaus Trail

 

Könkään keino Trail, 8 km, Circle Trail

     

Two hikers with walking poles walking along a path following the edge of the canyon.

Available when the ground is unfrozen.
Travel time 3‒4 h.
Category:  easy  intermediate
Starting point: Oulanka Visitor Centre
Description of the Könkään keino Trail
 

Other Hiking Trails, over 10 km 

 

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, 12 km, Circle Trail

     

A family having a break at a rest stop. An old log building can be seen in the background.

Available all year round.
Travel time 4‒6 h.
Category:  intermediate
Starting point: Village of Juuma, Juumantie 134.
Description of The Pieni Karhunkierros

 

Keroharjun kuiskaus Trail, 17 km / Direction

     

A hiker hugging a dead standing tree.

Available when the ground is unfrozen.
Travel time one day.
Category:  intermediate
Starting and ending points: Harjulammentie Road at Liikasenvaara and Niitselyksentie Road at Hautajärvi. The River Niitselysjoki is crossed by using a cable boat. The Harjulammentie Road has no winter maintenance.
Description of the Keroharjun kuiskaus Trail

 

Karhunkierros Trail, 82 km / Direction

       

A family with a dog and a child sitting in a child carrier backpack walking towards the camera along a stony and sloping trail.

Available when the ground is unfrozen.
Travel time 4 days.
Category:  intermediate
Starting point: Several starting points
Trail description: The Karhunkierros Trail webpages

 

Canoeing Routes

 

Kiutaköngäs Pool of Quiet Waters – Jäkälämutka, 25 km

      Place to go ashore 

Two paddlers in a canoe on a river, in front of these is a person on a SUP-board and next to him is another canoe with two paddlers.

Available in June‒October, in the period of unfrozen waters.
Travel time 5‒7 h.
Suitable for beginners and families with children.
Category:  easy
Starting point: The parking area for the Könkään kuohu Trail, in the central part of the park, along Liikasenvaarantie Road
Trail description: Canoeing Route Kiutaköngäs Pool of Quiet Waters – Jäkälämutka

 

Savilampi – Oulanka Visitor Centre, 13 km

       

A kayaker on a river surrounded by leafless trees. A small barn can be seen at the shore.

Available in June‒October, during the period of unfrozen waters.
Travel time 2‒4 h.
Suitable for experienced canoeists.
Category:  intermediate  demanding
Rapids scale:  I‒IV
Starting point: The Savilampi parking area, on the border of Salla and Kuusamo, at the end of a forest road.
Trail description: Canoeing Route Savilampi ‒ Oulanka Visitor Centre

 

Biking Trails

 

Oulanka Visitor Centre - Taivalköngäs, 9 km / Direction

    

Available when the ground is unfrozen.
Travel time 3‒4 h.
Category:  demanding
Starting point: Oulanka Visitor Centre
Trail description: Oulanka Visitor Centre ‒ Taivalköngäs

 

Oulanka Wilderness Trail: Oulanka Visitor Centre ‒ Juuma, 26 km / Direction 

    

A fat bike standing in a snowbank on a mire. A wilderness trail crosses the picture.

Available from mid-February to April.
Travel time 4 h ‒ one day.
Category: Demanding trail demanding
Starting point: Oulanka Visitor Centre or Juuma
Trail description: Oulanka Wilderness Trail

 

Skiing Trails

 

Oulanka Wilderness Trail, 26 km / Direction - Closed

   

Closed for winter season 2020. In late winter.
Travel time 1‒2 days.
Category:  demanding
Starting point: Oulanka Visitor Centre or Juuma
Description of the Oulanka Wilderness Trail

 

Snowshoe Trails

 

Hiiden hurmos Trail, 5 km / Circle Trail

    

This trail is a hiking trail in summer and a snowshoe trail in winter.
Travel time 2‒3 h.
Category:  intermediate
Starting point: Oulanka Visitor Centre
Description of the Hiiden hurmos Trail

 

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, 12 km / Circle Trail

    

A snowshoer standing on a wooden deck in front of a roof covered fire pit. A river is flowing in the background.

In winter.
Travel time 4‒6 h.
Category:  intermediate
Starting point: Village of Juuma, Juumantie 134.
Description of The Pieni Karhunkierros trail 
 

 

Oulanka Wilderness Trail, 26 km / Direction - Closed

   

Closed for winter season 2020. Available from mid-February to April. Travel time 1‒2 days.
Category:  demanding
Starting point: Oulanka Visitor Centre or Juuma
Description of the Oulanka Wilderness Trail, also suitable for fatbiking
 

 

Other Hiking Trails close to Oulanka and Ruka

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