Starting Points and Parking Areas for the Canoeing Routes
- Savilampi parking area on the border of Salla and Kuusamo, at the end of a forest road.
The parking area has no official address, but it is located at the end of a forest road that branches off from Teeriahontie Road.
No winter maintenance
- Parking area for the Könkään kuohu Trail (in the central part of the park, along Liikasenvaarantie Road)
The parking area has no official address, but it is located at the end of a forest road that branches off from Liikasenvaarantie Road (Liikasenvaarantie 138, Kuusamo).
No winter maintenance.
Oulanka Visitor Centre, Liikasenvaarantie 132, 93900 Kuusamo.
Parking area, open all year around.
Available in June‒October, in the period of unfrozen waters. Estimated travel time 5‒7 h. Suitable for beginners and families with children
This canoeing route is suitable for families with children and for novice canoeists, as, apart from the short stretches of strongly flowing waters, there are no rapids. The route ends at the Jäkälämutka pool of quiet waters where you can find a canoe launching site. A rope prevents you from entering the state border zone.
The parking area for the Könkään kuohu Trail (in the central part of the park, along Liikasenvaarantie Road).
Ansakämppä (open wilderness hut), the lean-to shelters in the Sirkkapuro and Alaniemi areas, the campfire sites in the Kiutaköngäs and Nurmisaarenniemi areas. The Karhunkierros Trail runs along the riverbank, all the way to Ansaoja (6 km from the starting point).
The canoe launching sites are located at Nurmisaarenniemi (a campfire site) and at Jäkälämutka (Jäkälämutka is not part of the Oulanka National Park).
The herb-rich forests on the shores of the Purkuputaanoja stream and at the mouth of the Merenoja stream, the sandy shores of the River Oulankajoki.
A description (in Finnish) of the River Oulankajoki at the Kuusamon koskimelojat website (koskimelojat.blogspot.fi).
Available in June‒October, in the period of unfrozen waters. Estimated travel time 2‒4 h. Suitable for experienced canoeists.
Category: intermediate demanding. Rapids scale: I-IV
The first part of the canoeing route runs in between the rugged cliff walls and the final part meanders peacefully in the landscape of flood meadows. From the Savilampi Open Wilderness Hut, you can walk to see the Oulanka Canyon. You must bypass the Taivalköngäs Rapids by land. The route has sections of fairly short rapids, so it is meant for experienced canoeists.
The Savilampi parking area on the border of Salla and Kuusamo, at the end of a forest road.
The Savilampi and Taivalköngäs Open Wilderness Huts, the Runsulampi camping site. The canoe launching sites are located by the Savilampi Open Wilderness Hut, the Taivalköngäs Open Wilderness Hut and at the Runsulampi camping site.
Oulanka Canyon, the Taivalköngäs Rapids
A description (in Finnish) of Canoeing Route Savilampi ‒ Oulanka Visitor Centre at the Kuusamon koskimelojat website (koskimelojat.blogspot.fi).
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.
Gathering at the campfire sites increases the risk of coronavirus infection. Guidelines concerning coronavirus COVID-19.