Starting Points and Parking Areas for the Biking Trails

Summer Biking Trail

Biking Trail Oulanka Visitor Centre ‒ Taivalköngäs, 9 km each way

Available when the ground is unfrozen.
Estimated travel time 3‒5 hours.
Category: Demanding trail demanding.

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.

Starting Point

Oulanka Visitor Centre (Liikasenvaarantie 132, 93900 Kuusamo).

Hiking Structures

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 Description

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.


Winter Biking Trail

Oulanka Wilderness Trail, 26 km each way

Available from mid-February to April.
Estimated travel time 1‒2 days.
Category: Demanding trail demanding

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.

A fat bike on a snowy wilderness trail in the forest.

Starting Point

Oulanka Visitor Centre (Liikasenvaarantie 132, 93900 Kuusamo) or Juuma.   

Hiking Structures

The Ansakämppä and Jussinkämppä Open Wilderness Huts, campfire sites. Take toilet paper with you.


Kiutaköngäs Rapids, Oulanka's most peaceful wilderness parts.

Trail Description

Trail markings: yellow‒orange ribbons.

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. 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.


The Map of Oulanka Wilderness Trail (

Customer Service

Oulanka Visitor Centre
Tel. int. +358 206 39 6850
Email: oulanka(at)

Oulanka Visitor Centre in Kuusamo is closed from 29 February 2024 for the spring. Hikers can still get advice on matters related to Oulanka National Park on the website and Mon-Fri 12pm - 3pm by phone and email.

Check for Warnings

When wildfire warnings ( 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. 

Drawing of a fireplace. The drawing shows the roof, the flue and off the ground.