Canoeing Routes

13.5.2019
Please, take notice that there are lots of snow along Karhunkierros Trail and in May the river Oulankajoki as well as the little creeks and rivers are on flood. Karhunkierros is accessible for hiking by the end of May.

If you are heading to the day trails of Oulanka, it is good to wear shoes with a good grip because the trails (especially stairs) can still be slippery.
Paddlers in Oulankajoki river. Photo: Minna Koramo.

Starting Points for the Canoeing Routes

Oulanka National Park Map © Parks and Wildlife Finland
Oulanka provides you with outstanding opportunities for canoeing. You can canoe along both of the rivers that run through the national park: the River Oulankajoki and the River Kitkajoki. Further information on the canoeing routes, the services and water safety is available in the Canoeing Guide on the River Oulankajoki (julkaisut.metsa.fi). It is sold at the visitor centres.

Lower Part of the River Oulankajoki: Kiutaköngäs Pool of Quiet Waters – Jäkälämutka, 25 km

Canoeing Lean-to shelter Parking Place to go ashore Open wilderness hut Fireplace Disposal toilet

Available in June‒October, in the period of unfrozen waters. Estimated travel time 2‒4 h. Suitable for beginners and families with children
Category: Easy trail easy. Rapids scale: I-III

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 lower course of the River Oulankajoki flows peacefully and is also suitable for novice canoeists. Photo: Vastavalo / Jari Hindström

Starting Point
The parking area for the Könkään kuohu Trail (in the central part of the park, along Liikasenvaarantie Road).

Services
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).

Sights
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.  

Further Information
A description (in Finnish) of the River Oulankajoki at the Kuusamon koskimelojat website (koskimelojat.blogspot.fi).

Kayak paddler in Oulankajoki river. Photo: Minna Koramo.


 

Upper Part of the River Oulankajoki: Savilampi – Oulanka Visitor Centre, 13 km

Canoeing Lean-to shelter Parking Place to go ashore Open wilderness hut Fireplace Disposal toilet Camping ground Visitor Centre

Available in June‒October, in the period of unfrozen waters. Estimated travel time 2‒4 h. Suitable for experienced canoeists.
Category: Intermediate trail intermediate Demanding trail 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.

Starting Point
The Savilampi parking area on the border of Salla and Kuusamo, at the end of a forest road.

Services
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.

Sights
Oulanka Canyon, the Taivalköngäs Rapids

Further Information
A description (in Finnish) of Canoeing Route Savilampi ‒ Oulanka Visitor Centre at the Kuusamon koskimelojat website (koskimelojat.blogspot.fi).

Customer Service

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

Kuusamo Customer Service Karhuntassu
Tel. int. +358 206 39 6804
Email: karhuntassu(at)metsa.fi

Parking Areas

Hautajärvi starting point 

Hautajärventie 414, 98995 Hautajärvi (Salla) 
Available all year round 

Savilampi parking area, Salla 

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

Oulanka Visitor Centre 

Liikasenvaarantie 132, 93900 Kuusamo 
Available all year round 

Parking area for the Könkään kuohu Trail, the canoeists' starting point, Kuusamo 

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. 

ilmatieteenlaitos.fiCheck for Warnings

When forest and grass fire warnings are in effect, fire is only allowed at covered campfire sites that have a flute. A fire can be also lit in fireplaces at wilderness and other huts. Always use extreme caution when handling fire. Please note, that making fire at these campfire sites can be banned locally. 

Check the current warnings (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi).