What's Currently Happening in Oulanka National Park

8.8.2022
The Taivalköngäs Wilderness Hut is currently not in use due to fire damage to the structures of the hut. The wilderness hut remains closed until further notice. We will inform about the schedule for the renovation of the hut later on our website.

A group on metallic rustic signpost in forest.

The wilderness hut at Taivalköngäs is not in use

(Updated 08/08/2022)
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

(Updated 05/27/2022)
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

(Updated 05/27/2022)
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

(Updated 05/27/2022)
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.

(Updated 04/19/2022)
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.

Map of restricted area in Pähkänä Rocks.

Current Covid-19 restrictions in our region

(Updated 02/11/2022)
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. 

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

Tips for Outdoors

Two people are sitting on the rock by the lake.
Outdoor Guide: Plan Your Visit