KARHUNKIERROS ENTIRE ROUTE – EXPRESS
Experience the entire Karhunkierros attractions in three days!
The requirement is a good hiking condition and experience, so that you can walk approx. 25-30 kilometers a day without possible problems with your legs.
The duration is 2 nights (3 days) and the length is 72 kilometers. On this hike, we will hike the entire route from Ristikallio starting point to Ruka.
The night before the hike, we gather and spend the evening together at the premises of Ruva Holiday (Sallantie 203, Kuusamo). You can leave your car at the accommodation while hiking. Transportation from Ruka to the accommodation after the hike is included in the price. You can also request other transportation options in Kuusamo and Ruka regions.
During the evening, we go through the gear, pack the backpacks and go through the hike in more detail, without forgetting important safety instructions. In the morning we enjoy a nutritious breakfast, fill our hot water bottles with coffee and prepare for the day.
After breakfast, we have transportation to the starting point of the hike, Ristikallio starting point, where we start our hike in Oulanka National Park.
After breakfast, we go hiking from the Ristikallio starting point, where we have transportation. The length of the day’s journey is 18 kilometers.
During the day, we will eat lunch at the Taivalköngäs rapids.
The end point is the Oulanka campsite, where we stay in cabins in the campsite.
We leave the campsite early in the morning towards the next accommodation of the day in Juuma. A total of 31 kilometers are accumulated during the day, so in terms of kilometers walked, this day is the longest.
We go to Oulanka Nature Center, after which it’s Kiutaköngäs, which is a breathtaking experience formed by rapids and waterfalls about 200 meters long.
We proceed along the banks of the Oulanka river. We get to admire amazing views of the slowly flowing Oulanka river and sand dunes. We pass Kulmakkopuro and hike along Kulmakkovaara to Jussinkämppä, where we take a lunch break.
After lunch, we hike towards the shore of Kitkajoki and continue along the Kitkajoki valley and admire the Pähkänänkallio on the way. We leave the Kitkajoki valley and continue towards Harrisuvanto, where we take an afternoon break.
At the end of the day, we go to Jyrävä waterfall, from where we reach Juuma via Aallokkoski and Myllykoski, where we stay for the second night.
We eat dinner, take care of ourselves and prepare with rest for the last day of the hike.
On the third day, the destination is Ruka, which is about 23 kilometers away. The day is heavy, especially because of the climbs for the rest of the way.
At first, we will hike over easy terrain towards Porotimajoki wilderness hut. From there we will continue to have lunch on the Iso-Kuikkalammi shelter. After lunch, the day’s ascent begins first to Iso-Kumpuvaara, from there via Konttainen towards Valtavaara.
From Valtavaara, we continue the last stretch towards Ruka, where we will enjoy a common meal after the hike. We review the experiences of the hike and congratulate ourselves for doing very well on this tough hike.
Your guide on these hikes is Tommi Kallberg – Oulangan Taika Oy:n founder and experienced in hiking on artic area as well as on this route.
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