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Oulanka National Park

Located in the areas of Kuusamo and Salla, in Lapland region.

  • The park was established in 1956 and covers 285 square kilometres.
  • The park is bordered to the east by Russia and by the Paanajärvi National Park, with which Oulanka is constantly cooperating.
  • The area is a diverse combination of northern, eastern and southern nature.
  • The landscape is dominated by pine forests, river valleys with rapids and sandbanks and extensive swamps in the northern part. The fauna is rich and many endangered animal and plant species thrive in the area.
  • Oulanka is one of the most popular national parks in Finland, where you can take many days of hiking as well as a few hours of sightseeing. Kiutaköngäs, for example, is a hundred-meter waterfall located less than a kilometer from the Oulanka Visitor Center.
  • You can explore the gorgeous national landscape of the area on foot, by canoe, by bike, on skis or by snowshoes.
  • The national park offers excellent hiking opportunities, ranging from short day-trip trails to the 82-km-long Karhunkierros Trail, which is one of the most popular hiking trails in Finland.
  • The nine hanging bridges which cross the Rivers Oulankajoki and Kitkajoki are also sights worth seeing. They are located at Oulankajoki river near the Savilampi wilderness hut, Taivalköngäs Rapids, Niskakoski Rapids, Myllykoski Rapids and at the quiet waters of Harrisuvanto.
  • The unobstructed trail is a 150-meter rock-covered path below Kiutaköngäs, north of the Oulanka River, which is suitable for all hikers.
  • Oulanka National Park is suitable for everyone, all year round. Also accessible services, visitor centre and a trail.

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