What's Currently Happening in Oulanka Visitor Centre

The Taivalköngäs wilderness hut is in use again

(Updated 09/13/2022)
The Taivalköngäs wilderness hut suffered from fire damage this summer. The damage has been repaired and the historical hut is now back in use. Remember to use extreme caution when handling a fire. Check the fire warnings before making a fire (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi). Only make a fire at the official campfire sites or in the hut stoves. Never leave a fire unattended. Make sure fire has been properly extinguished before leaving the hut or the campfire site.

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.

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 Visitor Center

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.