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Oulanka National Park (Oulangan kansallispuisto)

Oulanka National Park

Oulanka National Park is situated in Lapland and Northern Ostrobothnia regions of Finland on the border with Russia. The area of the nature reserve covers 270 km². Oulanka National Park is one of the most visited nature parks in the country.




Location: Lapland/ Northern Ostrobothnia     Map

Area: 270 km²

Official site




Description of Oulanka National Park


Many tourists take Karhunkierros Hiking Trail (Bear's Ring) that take hikers on a 80 km trek that usually takes three to four days through untouched pine forests, picturesque gorges, lakes, streams and swamps of the North Europe. You can start at the Hautajärvi Visitor Centre or the Ristikallio parking area. The path will take you to the village of Ruka that is situated 25 km North of Kuusamo. The best time to visit Oulanka National Park is in winter and warm summer months when numerous birds come here to nest. Their main food source, many species of butterflies also begin to appear around the middle of the summer. Herds of reindeer roam this untouched land as they did for centuries.













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