ROUTES IN OULANKA NATIONAL PARK
Border of Oulanka National Park - Oulanka Canyon - returning through the same route
You will walk through impressive scenery of cliffs and rocks. The Savinajoki and Oulankajoki rivers run into Savilampi Pond and continue from there as one: the grand Oulankajoki River. Right at the river delta is the wondrous Oulanka Canyon, where (about 2 km from the starting point) you will find the Savilampi hut, breathing the timelessness of a bygone world. If you walk upstream along Savinajoki River, you will be able to marvel at the famous Rupakivi, a tall stone bolder in the middle of the river.
Starting point: Urriaapa, Savilampi at the edge of the national park
Transport: Ruka - Urriaapa, Savilampi 59 km
Degree of difficulty: Medium
Duration: 5 hours
Length: 6 km
How to get there from Kuusamo: Kemijärventie road (number 5) - Sallantie road (950), from which along the signs of "Oulangan Kanjoni".
Kiutaköngäs Trail, 1 km / Direction
Available all year round
Travel time 1 h
Category: Easy trail easy
This scenic trail is an excellent day-trip destination, all year round.
Hiiden hurmos Trail, 5 km, Circle Trail
Available all year round, in summer it is a hiking trail and in winter a snowshoe trail.
Travel time 2‒3 h
Category: Intermediate trail
Könkään kuohu Trail, Accessible to All, 100 m / Direction
Available when the ground is unfrozen
Travel time 15 min
Category: Easy trail; easy accessible / wheelchair trail
Napapiirin nopia, Accessible Trail, 500 m / Direction
Available when the ground is unfrozen
Travel time 0.5‒1 h
Category: Easy trail; Easy accessible / wheelchair trail
OTHER ROUTES IN KUUSAMO:
The path starts on the east side of the fell. It is well marked. There is a Lappish kota-type shelter on the top of the fell, from where you have a breathtaking view to the Nuorunen fell in the East, to the Salla fells and to the Iivaara fell in the South.
Starting point: Along the nearest road to Kuntivaara (signs lead you there)
Degree of difficulty: Easy - suitable for children even if it's a little bit uphill
Length: 1.7 km
How to get there from Kuusamo: Vuotungintie road (8690) and following the signs to Kuntivaara to get there.
Suininki Game Trail
The path is located ca 20 km to the North-East from Kuusamo town. The game path gives a good overall picture about forestry and preservation of game in Kuusamo. The information boards along the route give more detailed information.
Starting point: Vaimosuontie road
Degree of difficulty: Easy
Length: 5 km
How to get there from Kuusamo: Vuotungintie road (8690) - Vaimosuontie road, along which the route starts.
Iirinki Day Trip Trail 9 km
Duration: 4-5 hours
Starting point: Iivaara parking area (Iivaaran Eräkartano)
Services: Iivaara campfire site, Näätälampi hut
Sights: Iivaara fell, sceneries to east
It is located ca 13 km to the South of Kuusamo town. Along the trail there are remains of Salpalinja, a fortified defence line reaching from the South of the country all the way up to Kuusamo and further north. The visitors can see trenches, collapsed machine gun nests and blown up concrete bunkers, remains of a narrow gauge railroad built by the German troops during the war (time of building 1941-1944), and also places and remains related to a system of moving logs from one waterway to another by lake draining to the desirable direction (in operation btw. 1923-1929). The path runs from Lahtela to Lake Vanttajanjärvi. There are information boards along the path. The texts are in Finnish, German and English.
Starting point: Lahtela village
Degree of difficulty: Fairly easy, but more suitable for adults because of the topic of the path.
Length: One way 4.5 km, return 9 km.
How to get there from Kuusamo: Kajaanintie road (number 5) about 6 km - Lämsänkyläntie road about 6 km.
There are actually two routes on Näränkä area: Näränkä Route goes over the Hyöteikönsuo swamp to the Näränkä farm (an old farm on top of the fell) to the border line and down to the Hyöteikönsuo swamp again. This route is appr. 11-15 km long depending on the starting point. Fell Route (Vaaranreitti) goes around the Näränkä farm past the Kirkkokallio and Yheksänsylenkallio sightseeing spots. Vaaranreitti is about 3 km long.
Starting point: Along the Närängänvaarantie road
Degree of difficulty: Intermediate (there are some mosquitos in the swamp area)
Length: Fell Route 3 km, Näränkä Route 11-15 km
How to get there from Kuusamo: Kajaanintie road (5) - Kerontie road (8421) - Kurvisentie road, from which along the signs to Närängänvaara.
The trail follows the steep banks of the Canyon Lake Julma Ölkky. The starting and finishing point is located nearby a boat service. You can also combine this route with the routes in Hossa area.
Starting point: Along the Julma Ölkkyntie road.
Degree of difficulty: Fairly easy.
Length: 10 km
How to get there from Kuusamo: Kajaanintie road /5) - Kerontie road (8421) - Kurvisentie road (843) - Julma- Ölkkyntie road. Or alternatively following the road to Kajaani even further and then Selkoskyläntie road - Kurvisentie road (843) - Julma- Ölkkyntie road.