Wilderness area and national park located in the Kainuu and North Ostrobothnia regions, in Kuusamo, Suomussalmi and Taivalkoski municipalities.
The Park opened on June 17, 2017. Hossa has the best water tour areas in Finland. The lakes in the area are great for kayaking and rowing, and the rapids are relatively easy.
The nature of area is diverse and varied. There are many small lakes, swamps, short rivers and streams in the area. There are about 130 lakes and ponds in the area. They are separated by several ridges. The forests are mainly pine forests. Spruce grows mainly on the upper slopes. In the forests grows cowberrys and blueberries, in the swamps grows hilla. Delicious forest mushrooms can also be found in Hossa National Park.
Lots of reindeers and deers lives in the area. All of Finland’s large carnivores have also been found in Hossa, of which bears are most common. The bird species is wilderness. Movers in the area often encounter woodpeckers, capercaillies and swans.
Hossa`s the most well-known sights are the 4000 year old rock paintings of Värikallio on the shore cliff of Lake Somerjärvi in the northern part of the area. In January 2016, Suomussalmi Hossa, Moilasenvaara and the Kuusamo Julma-Ölky area were proposed for designation as Finland’s 100th anniversary national park.
How to Get There?
Follow main road 5 (E63, Kuusamontie) for 66 km to the north from Suomussalmi or for 73 km to the south from Kuusamo. At the village of Peranka turn onto road 9190 (Selkoskyläntie) and drive east for 25 km. Then turn north on road 843 (Hossantie) and drive past the village of Hossa. It is an 8 km drive along road 843 to Hossa Visitor Centre’s intersection. From this intersection it is 700 m to the visitor centre, address Jatkonsalmentie 6. From Suomussalmi you can alternately take road 843 all the way to area.
When coming from the north take road 843 (Kerontie/Kurvisentie). This shortens the journey by 20 km.
During the school days operates a coach from Kuusamo to Juntusranta.
There are coaches daily, which travel along main road 5 to Peranka from Kajaani and Kuusamo. From the village of Peranka a hiking trail leads 9 km to Kukkuri open wilderness hut on the west boundary of the national park and 38 km to Hossa Visitor Centre.
Activities in the area:Biking, Birdwaching, Canoeing, Fishing, Guided trips, Hiking, Pick berries and mushrooms, Scuba diving, Sights and scenery, Skiing, Snowshoeing, Swimming, Tenting, Trekking, Walk on nature trail
City or municipality:Kuusamo, Suomussalmi, Taivalkoski