Biking Trails in Oulanka
Starting Points and Parking Areas for the Biking Trails
- Oulanka Camping Ground, Liikasenvaarantie 137, 93900 Kuusamo (in the central part of the park, along Liikasenvaarantie Road)
No winter maintenance. The parking area is closed when the camping ground is closed (September‒May).
- Oulanka Visitor Centre, Liikasenvaarantie 132, 93900 Kuusamo
Open all year round.
- Juuma, Juumantie 134 (Retkietappi holiday village)
Open all year round.
Biking Trail Oulanka Visitor Centre ‒ Taivalköngäs, 9 km / Direction
Available when the ground is unfrozen.
Estimated travel time 3‒5 hours.
Some sections of the only biking trail in Oulanka run along easy pine heaths. However, the biking trail is technically demanding in places. There are three hanging bridges and an open wilderness hut in the Taivalköngäs area.
Oulanka Visitor Centre (Liikasenvaarantie 132, 93900 Kuusamo).
Services provided by the Oulanka Visitor Centre and the Oulanka National Park Camping Ground, a waste recycling point at the camping ground, the Runsulampi campfire site, a bridge, the hanging bridges at Taivalköngäs and the Taivalköngäs Open Wilderness Hut. There are woodsheds and dry toilets at the rest spots. Take toilet paper with you.
Taivalköngäs Rapids, the River Oulankajoki, the Karhunkierros Trail.
Trail markings: orange paint signs
The trail is part of the Karhunkierros Trail and the Rytikönkään reissu Trail. This is a technically demanding, one-way trail. The open wilderness hut is located by the end of the Taivalköngäs Rapids. After a short hike onto the riverbank, beautiful views open out towards the river valley.
Oulanka Wilderness Trail, 26 km / Direction
Available from mid-February to April.
Estimated travel time 1‒2 days.
Go exploring Oulanka's winter wilderness by snowshoes, skis or by fatbike ‒ on the Oulanka Wilderness Trail, you may see a fox running on the river ice or a boreal owl that is on the lookout on a spruce crown.
Oulanka Visitor Centre (Liikasenvaarantie 132, 93900 Kuusamo) or Juuma.
The Ansakämppä and Jussinkämppä Open Wilderness Huts, campfire sites. Take toilet paper with you.
Kiutaköngäs Rapids, Oulanka's most peaceful wilderness parts.
Trail markings: yellow‒orange ribbons
Recommended direction: not defined
You can go on a day-trip trail or stay overnight on the Oulanka Wilderness Trail, where you can explore the forest in late winter. The trail runs from the Kiutaköngäs Rapids to the Jussinkämppä Open Wilderness Hut, following the Karhunkierros Trail, and then it branches off, by Jussinkämppä, towards Juuma. The trail is levelled once a week by snowmobile. No skiing track. Due to the altitude differences and the narrowness of the trail, this is a challenging trail. The trail is maintained in April till the end of the crusty snow period.
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.