Level: (* *) two bears Founded in 1979, the relatively large Kylmäluoma Hiking Area is in Taivalkoski, by main road 5, about 45km south of Kuusamo. The terrain is mainly dry pine forest, characterised by steep ridges following the bodies of water. The trails on top of the ridges have great views down to vast…
Level (* * ) two bears Hossa is one of the state’s hiking areas. It’s a great destination for hiking, skiing, canoeing and fishing. The forests are mainly easy and pretty pine forests, even heaths and magnificent ridges, left by the Ice Age. There are trees of many ages, old too, and there’s evidence of…
Level: (* *) two bears Martinselkonen is a 6200 hectare nature reserve in Suomussalmi, close to the Russian border. Martinselkonen is a Natura area, and one of the most important nesting area for birds in Finland. Nature there is typical of Kainuu with vast, old forests and coniferous swamps. The area is a great destination…
Level: (*) one bear Kalmosärkkä in Suomussalmi, south-east of Juntusranta village, is a prehistorical settlement. Kalmosärkkä is protected by the Finnish Heritage Agency and maintained by Metsähallitus. The area is regarded as nationally valuable site. Dominated by pine trees, Kalmosärkkä is a narrow sandbank, a little over one kilometre long. In the north, the sandbank…
Herkkusuu has fresh baked goods, pies and rieska bread, all available for take-out as well as eating in. Herkkusuu serves home-made lunch in a beautiful setting by lake Kiantajärvi. A specialty to Suomussalmi and Kainuu is the bark bread, made by adding ground phloem to the flour as an extender – an emergency food of…
Restaurant Juomuskota at Ollilan lomamajat resort is specialised in fish dishes. Many original features make the restaurant space a unique experience. Open for booking.
Rukan Salonki Chalets have a private restaurant, Kultala, with many Lapland’s specialties on the menu,such as reindeer, salmon and willow grouse. Open for booking.
Loma-Lopotti’s Wilderness Restaurant Huilinki serves Kuusamo’s local delicacies, such as fresh fish in many forms, traditional sautèed reindeer and baked goods. Nearly everything is made from local ingredients. Open for booking.
A reindeer farm with a restaurant/bar set in a Lapp hut. Delicious reindeer dishes by order. Reindeer meat and products for sale.
The Tasala house is an original 50’s house that can be booked to serve traditional dishes of Lapland, with ingredients from nearby forests and lakes. They have a beautiful collection of Finnish Arabia porcelain ware. The house is by the Arctic Circle Hiking Trail.
Pohjolan Pirtti is in Vuotunki, some 34km east of the centre of Kuusamo. Open for booking.
Isokenkäisten Klubi is a family business serving tourists by Lake Heikinjärvi, only two kilometres from the Russian frontier zone. Open for booking.
Oivangin lomakartano is a family restaurant, hand-built from sturdy logs, honouring the food traditions of the past with a modern twist. Open for booking.
Studio Restaurant Tundra – a cozy space available for booking: a restaurant, cooking courses and a ceramics studio. Open for booking.
Arola Farm and Wilderness Holidays, traditional country dishes by order. Ingredients are from the farm and the nearby lakes. All bread is made in the Arola house and baked in the wood-heated oven. The house has 25 seats.
Café & Restaurant Kultainen Kukko offers local dishes and lunch in a cozy atmosphere. For larger festivities, the main building, Vanha Kurimo is available for booking.
A modern hotel with a scenic view, Hotel Kalevala treats you with local ingredients. The menu has traditional dishes from home and away, all garnished with a local touch.
The three golden spruces in the coat of arms refer to wilderness typical of the municipality of Kuhmo. Kuhmo has a famous annual chamber music festival. Kuhmo is the largest municipality in Europe by area, and bears and other apex predators are abundant in the coniferous forests, or taiga. Kuhmo as many nature activities and…
Level: (* *) two bears The area is one of the largest swamp areas in Kainuu, with very diversified bird species. Lake Säynäjärvi and smaller ponds add variety. The area is very much in its natural state. There are a vast variety in mire types. Many of them are poor, but there are small lush…
Level: (* * ) Two bears Murhisalo has forever been the hunting and gathering grounds for Finland’s only White Karelian villages, Kuivajärvi and Hietajärvi. There are still signs of hunting culture and ancient travelling routes, and old fishing saunas make the area a cultural historically valuable destination. Lake Murhijärvi provided all the fish for these…
Level (*) One bear Almost the entire catchment area of Lake Jämäsjärvi at the centre of the Jämäsvaara area is in it’s natural state; no logging or ditching. On the south-eastern shore, there’s the steep Jämäsvaara with dense spruce forests. Due to abundance of decayed wood, many species of polypores and insects thrive there. In…
Level: (*) one bear Recreational Forest of Jauhovaara is in south-western Kuhmo. Known as a vantage point, the peak of Jauhovaara is 253.2 metres above the sea level. The north side, especally, is characterised by steep cliffs and magnificent views. Dominated by spruce, the area is an exception to rugged pine forests and mires otherwise…
Level: (* *) two bears The Juortanansalo – Lapinsuo Mire Reserve represents the real wilds of the Friendship Park. It is a genuine find for hikers, who love mires and travelling off the beaten path. The Kuhmo UKK trail runs through the eastern part and makes the area accessible also to less experienced hikers. You…
Level (*) One bear The Lauttavaara Nature Study Forest is used by Metsähallitus to give school groups and other visitors an insight into biodiversity and environmentally friendly forestry methods. You can find it on Via Karelia, some 10 km north of the Kuhmo centre. Other attractions nearby include the Lentuankoski rapids, Lentua Nature Information Hut…
Level: (* *) two bears Lake Lentua is the largest unregulated lake in the basin of the Oulujoki river, and the most valuable example of lakeland nature in Kainuu. The shoreline is mostly unbuilt, and there’s a strong sense of wilderness. Many of Lentua’s waters and islands, and parts of the shoreline, are Natura areas.…
Friendship Park is a network of nature conservation areas established in the Kuhmo and Suomussalmi region. It has five Nature Reserves, each independently presented in this site. On Via Karelia, the Friendship Park/Ystävyyden puisto signs take you to the Kuhmo Visitor Centre Petola. Being a network of nature reserves, there isn’t one called the Friendship…
Level: (* * ) Two bears The Iso-Palonen – Maariansärkät Nature Reserve is one of the five nature reserves of the Friendship Park in Kuhmo. Situated in eastern Kuhmo, the area is characterized by small lakes, many ponds, pine forests and ridges, formed by the Ice Age, or “särkkä”, as they’re called in Kainuu. The…
Level: ( * * ) Two bears Close to the national border, east of Kuhmo, Elimyssalo is the home of the second coming of wild forest raindeer. The species had been hunted to extinction in Finland by the mid 19th century. In the end of 1960’s, Martti Montonen, found some wild forest reindeer in Elimyssalo,…
Level: (* *) two bears Teerisuo – Lososuo Mire Reserve, south-west from Kuhmo is located by the road 5284 from Kuhmo to Valtimo. The area is a prime example of wilderness. The forest islets and mires make up a balanced mix. Pieni Teerisuo, Isosuo, Kuitisuo and Lososuo comprise an over 8 km long stretch of…
Level: (* * *) Three bears Hiidenportti National Park is situated between two water systems. The Park was established in 1982 to preserve the regional wilderness. The main attraction of the park is the canyon-like ravine, where the Porttijoki river runs from north-west to south-east. The Park is named after the Hiidenportti ravine at the…
Level: (* *) two bears Jonkerinsalo Nature Reserve is in southern Kuhmo, on the western side of the canoeing route on the Jongunjoki river. The area is ruggedly beautiful, characterized by the regionally treasured ravine of Hiidenportti, where the Louhipuro stream runs between steep cliffs. There’s a lean-to at the north end of the Hiidenportti…
Level: (*) one bear Kieverrysjärvet is a recreational area in southern part of Kuhmo close to Via Karelia and where the Russian border reaches it’s most western spot. This is a perfect destination for a day-trip. An easily passable trail travels around six lakes and ponds: Porojärvi, Syrjälampi, Valkealampi, Syvälampi, Hukkalampi ja Juolunka, and through…
The frontier guard post has been used by soldiers under the reign of three different domains. It served first as a frontier guard for Finns, then for the Russians in the Winter War, and finally, the Germans in the Continuation War. The building is the oldest guard house in Finland and the only one preserved…