Valtavaara-Pyhävaara Directions and Maps
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.
Valtavaara Nature Reserve is located about 25 km north of the town of Kuusamo. The villages closest to the nature reserve are Virkkula and Rukajärvi and the village-like Ruka Holiday Resort.
- When going to Ruka Holiday Resort Kuusamo take main road 5 (E63). About 25 km from Kuusamo turn right onto road 8692 to Rukatunturi Fell. Follow this road for 2,5 km and then turn left to Rukatunturi Fell. There is a parking area at the central square in Ruka.
- To get to Vuosseli parking area follow the road to Rukatunturi for 2,5 km and turn right onto Rukajärventie road (road 18884). Follow this road for about 1 km and turn left onto Vuosselintie road. Continue for 1,9 km until you gat to Vuosseli parking area.
- To get to Konttainen parking area from Kuusamo drive about 28 km along main road 5 (E63) (past Ruka). Then turn right onto road 8694 towards the village of Virkkula. Follow the road for about 3,5 km and you will reach Konttainen parking area.
- Coaches travel to Valtavaara from Kuusamo and Salla. Local buses and the Karhunkierros bus travel daily to Ruka Holiday Resort. The route for the Karhunkierros coach passes through Ruka and Käylä on its way to Salla. The Karhunkierros coach route is a combination of local coach routes and you must change from one to another at points to get to Valtavaara Hill.
- The closest airport (finavia.fi) is in Kuusamo.
- There are railway stations (vr.fi) in Oulu, Rovaniemi and Kemijärvi. The station closest to the Valtavaara-Pyhävaara area is the one at Kemijärvi. Kemijärvi is about 173 km from Valtavaara.
- The Karhunkierros bus (ruka.fi) transports visitors to Ruka to the starting and end point for Karhunkierros Trail. The bus travels between Kuusamo and Salla. This bus also serves as a school bus route during the school year.
- Taxi enterprises (ruka.fi) from Ruka and Käylä serve as connecting transportation.
- For more information on public transportation see the Ruka (ruka.fi) website.
Starting Points for Excursions
- Parking areas are located at Ruka central square and Konttainen on Virkkulantie road and at Vuosseli.
- Starting Points for Trails
- Excursionmap.fi of Metsähallitus
- Ski Trail map (kuusamo.fi, in Finnish)
- National Land Survey of Finland map service (karttapaikka.fi)
- Maastokartta: Terrain map T531 Juuma, 1:50 000. The map is sold by Karttakeskus, the National Land Survey of Finland and well-stocked bookstores
- Peruskartta: Basic map T5311 Rukantunturi, 1:25 000. The map is sold by Karttakeskus, the National Land Survey of Finland and well-stocked bookstores
- Karhunkierros outdoor guide, 1:50 000 and 1:25 000. Karttakeskus 2016. The map is sold by Oulanka Nature Centre, Karttakeskus and well-stocked bookstores.
- Karhunkierros, waterproof map, 1:25 000, Calazo Förlag 2016. The map is sold by Calazo, Oulanka Nature Centre and Kuusamos Customer Service Karhuntassu.
- Maastokartta: Basic terrain maps 4613 01, 4615 01, 1:20 000. The maps are sold by the National Land Survey of Finland and well-stocked bookstores.
- Maastokartta: Terrain map 4613 Rukatunturi, 1:50 000. The map is sold by Karttakeskus, the National Land Survey of Finland and well-stocked bookstores
- GT tiekartta Pohjois-Suomi: GT Roadmap Finland North, 2013, 1:400 000. The maps are sold by Karttakeskus and well-stocked bookstores.
- Ruka Oulanka Karhunkierros waterproof outdoor map, 1:50 000 / 1:25 000. Karttakeskus 2017. The map is sold by Oulanka Nature Centre, Kuusamos Customer Service Karhuntassu, Karttakeskus and well-stocked book stores.