What's Currently Happening in Oulanka National Park
The wilderness hut at Taivalköngäs is not in use
The open wilderness hut at Taivalköngäs is currently not in use due to fire damage to the structures of the hut. The Taivalköngäs Wilderness Hut remains closed until further notice. We will inform about the schedule for the renovation of the hut later here on our website.
This Summer’s hiking season has started
The Karhunkierros trail is already in good condition for hiking and the flood isn’t cutting the path anymore. Some parts of the trail are still wet and even a bit snowy. This time of the year it’s possible to spot the protected and very rare plant the calypso orchid (calypso bulbosa). The calypso orchid blooms for a short time in the beginning of the summer. The orchid often grows next to trails so please stay on the path so you won't accidentally step on these small and frail plants.
The trails of Oulanka National Park are dry
The route to Kanjonin kurkkaus trail (6 km) starting point (Savilampi parking area) is dry and in good condition. The trails from The Oulanka Visitor Centre: Kiutaköngäs 2 km, Hiiden hurmos 5 km and Könkään keino 8 km are all in good condition to walk. The Pieni Karhunkierros trail (12 km) is also in good condition.
The cable boat at the river Niitselysjoki in use from 1st of June
The cable boat across the river Niitselysjoki at the north of the Keroharjun kuiskaus trail (17 km/ direction) is available for use again from the 1st of June.
Entering the Pähkänänkallio Cliff is prohibited 1.4.-15.8.
Entering in the Pähkänänkallio Restricted Area is prohibited from 1st of April to 15th of August. You can see the map of the restricted area below.
Current Covid-19 restrictions in our region
Below you can find links to the latest guidelines concerning the Covid-19 situation:
Epidemic situation in Northern Ostrobothnia (oyskorona.fi)
Kuusamo City Covid-19 info (kuusamo.fi)
Situation update on coronavirus (thl.fi)
Coronavirus Guidelines, Metsähallitus, Parks and Wildlife Finland.
News in Oulanka
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.