Visit Syöte Visitor Centre
Because of the coronavirus, safe distances should be kept even in nature, and thorough hand hygiene should be followed at huts, campfire sites and after using the toilet. Metsähallitus' policies and guidelines will be updated as the general corona guidelines become more specific. Check our website for the current situation: www.nationalparks.fi/coronavirusguidelines.
Opening Hours in 2020
Customer service and exhibition at Syöte Visitor Centre are closed until 1th of February to prevent the spreading of Covid-19 virus. Café Korppi serves daily from 10 am to 4 pm.
Metsähallitus customer service
1.2. - Uncertain, depends on Covid 19- situation.
1.12-23.12. Open daily from 10 am to 4 pm
27.12.-10.1.2021 Open daily from 10 am to 4 pm
Directions and Maps
- When coming from Oulu: When having passed Pudasjärvi keep on driving straight about 30 km until coming to a crossing with the sign to the National Park. Follow the sign to the left (road nr. 858) and continue for about 25 km to Iso Syöte. Then, you will see another sign (luontokeskus, nature centre) to the left. From here it´s only a couple of kilometers to the Syöte Visitor Centre.
- When coming from Kuusamo: When arriving at Taivalkoski turn right to direction Posio, road 863, and continue for 19 km. Follow the sign and turn left again onto the road 862. From there it is 18 km to Iso-Syöte. Then, follow the sign "luontokeskus / nature centre".
By Public Transportation
- In the skiing season, usually until 31 May, a coach operates from Oulu and from Pudasjärvi to the Syöte resort on weekdays. In addition, transport is arranged from Oulu (the ski buses) at weekends. By hopping on the local ski bus, you can travel from the hotels and from the nearby area to the visitor centre or close to (walking distance) the front slopes of Iso-Syöte. See timetables and prices (syote.fi).
- On schooldays, two coaches operate between Pudasjärvi and Syötekylä. Take a look at the timetables (matkahuolto.fi).
- The coach stops by the visitor centre when necessary.
On Foot and by Skis
- You can walk or cycle to the visitor centre along the bicycle routes and, in winter, you can ski along the cross-country ski trails from the core area of Syöte to the visitor centre. There is also a fairly demanding hiking trail (2 km) from the summit of Iso-Syöte to the visitor centre.