Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Northern Finland. The high season for tourism is the winter when people head to the ski resort 20 km north of the town. However Oulanka National Park 20 km farther to the north is also fairly popular and can be visited around the year.
phone: +358 40 860 8365address: Torangintaival 2The official tourist info of Kuusamo.
By carMost people travel to Kuusamo by car. Expect a 10 h drive from the southern part Finland, more in the winter when there is snow and ice.
By trainThe nearest train station is in Oulu, from where there are connecting buses timed to train arrivals.
By busIt takes 3 hours by bus from Oulu to Kuusamo. There are regular connections from Rovaniemi and Kajaani, too.
Having your own car is the most practical way of getting around in Kuusamo. Aside from a few intercity buses and school buses a day public transport is non-existent. You can also get around by taxi, but given the distances, it is pretty expensive.
Local bus traffic consists of two lines serviced a few times per weekday during the school year, but not in weekends or summer. Information about local and regional buses can be had from Pohjolan Matka (timetable links).
You can also use long-distance bus lines for travelling inside Kuusamo. Buses from Kuusamo bus station to Oulu for southwest direction, to Kajaani and Kuusamo border crossing ("raja-asema") for south direction, to Rovaniemi, Salla and Kemijärvi for north direction. Timetables from Matkahuolto.
Driving around during weekend is popular among the youth. Snowmobiling is very popular in Kuusamo so there are hundreds of kilometres snowmobiling routes. In Ruka village and in Kuusamo centre there is no need for cars.
phone: +358 40-860-8365 (general tourist info), +358 20-639-6804 (Metsähallitus)address: Torangintaival 2Tourist information, the Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, cafeteria and a Metsähallitus’ customer service point giving information and hiking advice regarding the nearby destinations and selling fishing and hunting permits.
Kaamosgalleriaphone: +358 400-623-264Art exhibitions.
Local history museumphone: +358 40-860-8717address: Kitronintie 6Old farmhouses.
phone: +358 20-564-6850address: Liikasenvaarantie 132, 93999 KuusamoInformation on hiking, camping and on the national park in general. Also an exhibition. Several hiking trails, including an easy 1 km trail, start here.
Out of town
phone: +358 8 860-0250One of the biggest ski centres in Finland.
Oulanka National ParkMany trails, ranging from easy 1–10 km ones (including ones accessible by wheelchair and pram) to the famous Karhunkierros trail. The summer trails are generally well marked with good infrastructure. Also canoeing routes. Borders Paanajärvi National Park in Russia (border passing for wildlife only).
KarhunkierrosThe most popular hiking trail in Finland. The 80 km long trail leads through two beautiful national parks. There are also several shorter variations of the trail. The trail is easily accessible from Kuusamo airport with a bus that takes you to the beginning of the trail. Although the trail is quite easy, you should still be prepared with a decent map and enough food. Water is not a problem, as there are plenty of rivers that have clean and drinkable water. There are several open wilderness huts (autiotupa), where you can stay for free. The huts tend to get full during peak season (end of June to beginning of August), so you should consider bringing your own tent. It is possible to extend the hike all the way to Urho Kekkonen National Park by the UKK trail.
Näränkä Natural ForestVirtually pristine nature, unique even in the scale of Western Europe (according to Metsähallitus). By the Russian border, 30 km from Kuusamo centre. Forests, natural small waterways, bogs, high hills with good views and a wilderness farm. The Hyöteikkö trail is closed as the duckboards are in bad shape; the Näränkä Vaaranpolku trail (3 km) is still reached via the Näränkä farm.
Ölökyn ähkäsy trailHiking trail (10 km) around the Julma-Ölkky lake. A shorter route, Ölkyn ylitys (5 km) takes a shortcut by a suspension bridge over the lake. Impressing canyon lake. Rock paintings. Both trails are fairly demanding; the terrain is rough. Part of Hossa National Park.
There are many handicraft stores at the Ruka resort and in central Kuusamo.
phone: +358 8 860-3450address: Kemijärventie 44-46The famous spoon lure manufacturer Kuusamon Uistin has a shop located on the factory premises. There is also a café.
Supermarket Prisma Kuusamophone: +358 10-763-3100address: Huoparintie 1Big supermarket in Kuusamo city. Daily items, clothing, sport equipment etc.
K-Citymarket Kuusamophone: +358 207204100address: Luomantie 1-3Big supermarket. Here you can buy almost anything.
- Leipäjuusto a regional fresh cheese. Also known as Finnish squeaky cheese because the cheese is "squeaking" when one's chewing it.
- Poronkäristys, sauteed reindeer. A speciality of Lapland, but also available in the northern part of the Oulu province.
Restaurant Mangophone: +358 8-859 6440address: Kylpyläntie 1, 93699 KuusamoThe restaurant in the spa hotel offering healthy food.
Spa Coffeephone: +358 8-859 6000address: Kylpyläntie 1, 93600 KuusamoThe restaurant has a la carte meals, pizza, toast, salad and different kinds of snacks on their menu.
Sokos Hotel Kuusamo Restaurantsphone: +358 20 1234 693address: Kirkkotie 23, 93600 KuusamoThree different restaurants: Torrero for really good meal, Ollin Baari for drinks and Hotku Club for dancing.
SportBar & Arenaphone: +358 8-852 1909address: Kylpyläntie 1, 93600 KuusamoThis place is for sport fans. You can can go bowling, play billiards, watch sports or just enjoy a drink.
phone: +358 20-123-4693address: Kirkkotie 23Hotel is located in the centre of Kuusamo. Free wired Internet in the rooms.
phone: +358 20-1234-906address: Kylpyläntie 1A spa hotel.
phone: +358 8 852-1111address: Petäjälammentie 6, 93600 KuusamoAccommodation in cottages, camping area and hotel rooms (Hotelli Kuusanka). Petäjälammentie is some 4,5 km north from Kuusamo centre.
phone: +358 40-528-4787address: Junganjoentie 3–4Oivangin Lomakartano has three log villas. They are all located near lakes known for their clean waters and variety of fish. Junganjoentie is some 13 km north-west from Kuusamo centre.
phone: +358 40-486-8322address: Sossonniementie 2168 well-equipped cottages around the lake Välijärvi. Every cottage has its own sauna, boat and swimming area. Some 20 km to south-east from Kuusamo centre.
phone: +358 400-972-260address: Heikinjärventie 3Different kinds of accommodation in the peace of wilderness. Private restaurant, smoke sauna, meeting facilities and a typical Lappish hut. Heikinjärventie is some 42 km north-east from Kuusamo centre.