What's Currently Happening in Oulanka National Park

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.
Photo: Ismo Pekkarinen

The trails are slippery

(Updated 28.2.2019)
The varying temperatures cause quite slippery hiking conditions on the trails. Be careful and stay on the trail!

Do not step on the ice cover of rivers or rapids!


Oulanka Wilderness Trail will be open on Friday 15.2. Keep cautious of the gravel on the trail

(Updated 13.2.2019)
Oulanka Wilderness Trail will be open on Friday (15.2.2019). The track has been leveled once by a snow mobile on Monday and it will be leveled again now on Friday to make the snow more packed, so it would carry the hiker better. The track is now too soft for fatbikes, but the conditions for fatbiking will also improve after the second leveling on Friday.

Hikers, please note, that there is gravel on the trail between the Kulmakkopuro brook and the Jussinkämppä open wilderness hut. The length of the track with gravel is approximately 2 kilometers long. Gravel has been spread on the trail for improving the Karhunkierros summer trail. Due to gravel, hikers need to sometimes carry their skis and snowshoes. 

Opening hours in Karhunkierros Visitor Centre

(Updated 19.9.2018)
Metsähallitus customer service in Karhunkierros Visitor centre in Hautajärvi has ended this summer. Basecamp Oulanka cafe in the Visitor centre is open 17.9, 19.9, 20.9, 21.9, 23.9, 24.9, 27.9, 28.9 and 30.9. 9 am - 5 pm. More information: http://karhunkierros.fi/contact/

The Niskakoski suspension bridge will be repaired

(Updated 1.8.2018)
In Juuma, right in the beginning of Pieni Karhunkierros trail, the Niskakoski suspension bridge will be repaired. Notice that you might have to wait for a while, before you can go on.

The road leading to Kanjonin Kurkkaus (Oulanka Canyon) construction is finished and the road is ready for use

(Updated 29.7.2018)

Watch Oulanka web cam

Kiutaköngäs web cam picture (oulankalw.oulu.fi)

Oulanka web cam

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).