Everyman’s rights mean that everyone can pick berries and mushrooms in the area. Berry buckets can be filled with blueberries, cloudberries, rubus, lingonberries and cranberries. Coniferous forests can also offer, among other things, cepes, brittlegills and milk-caps.
At Hossa, it is possible to depart on bear viewing and photography excursions, provided by local companies. Whilst at the bear-watching spots, one may also view wolverines, eagles and ospreys. Distance to the nearest bear-watching spot is around 20 km. Bear watching is possible from June to mid-August. Most surely you will meet a bear at Predator center in Kuusamo, distance there is a little bit more than 40 km.
It is worthwhile bringing your binoculars along when visiting Kylmäluoma and Hossa. With any luck, one may spot a red throated loon gliding on the water, or an osprey diving into the water. Kylmäluoma is a nationally significant nesting area for both species. At Hossa, one could also see the less common smew. Birds can be observed on one’s own or with a guide who knows the best places.
Several tourism companies function around the Hossa National Park area. Their range is diverse in nature, sports, as well as dining experiences. Read more on Hossa’s services at Hossa.fi.
The best-known places to visit in the Hossa National park include the rock paintings of Värikallio as well as the canyon-lake Julma-Ölkky, and also visitor centre. From Kylmäluoma, it is easy to visit the childhood home of writer-professor Kalle Päätalo, Kallioniemi, Jokijärvi (27 km). Also worth seeing and experiencing is Finland’s oldest village shop, Jalava shop, in Taivalkoski (47 km). Famous for its bears, Kuusamo Large Predator Centre is around 20 kilometres away from Kylmäluoma and from Hossa around 40 km. Additional tips can be gained via the Luontoon.fi, Visittaivalkoski.fi and Suomussalmi.fi pages.
Employees of Hossa and Kylmäluoma trekking centres can, by request, implement programme services and catering outdoors. Customized programme services are well suited, for example, as part of meetings. More information on the area’s programme services can be obtained from the reception centres.
Snowmobile routes can be made, even between the centres of Hossa and Kylmäluoma. Driving on routes made by Local snowmobile associations, municipalities and the State Forest Enterprise require a permit. Read more on the permits and routes at eraluvat.fi.
Hossa is one of best water excursion destinations in Finland. Kylmäluoma’s numerous ponds and lakes provide excellent starting points for canoeing and boating. Koillismaa’s famous Iijoki river is also a great local spot for water activities. Several fireplace spots on trails are located on shorelines, so it’s easy to take advantage of the waterways whilst on treks.
Hossa’s clear waters are ideally suited to diving. Hossa’s Ollörijärvi maintenance building can be freely used by divers. Underwater diver’s docks have been made for the approximately 40 meters deep Öllöri.
Kylmäluoma’s 9-hole frisbee golf course is freely available to everyone. Equipment can be rented and course maps can be bought from the visitor centre’s reception. The approximately 1.5 km-long course starts off from behind the reception building.
The area’s hiking trails and forest roads offer a plethora of options for mountain bikers. From Kylmäluoma, one can pedal along an old church path towards the village of Taivalkoski. The trails are easy to ride, as a rule, and they are suitable for biking. There is a 30 kilometres long, demanding cycling route between Hossa and Kylmäluoma. At Kylmäluoma, it is possible to rent bikes and fatbikes, and at Hossa it is possible to rent fatbikes.
Snowshoes give you the freedom to walk in the middle of silent forests. By following signs of trekking trails, it is convenient to do a route, according to one’s own fitness. Equipment for walking on the crust of snow drifts can be rented from the trekking centre.
Hossa has around 40 kilometres of skiing tracks, and multi function tracks. Kylmäluoma has around 7 kilometres of maintained cross country trails. On one track, one can also ski in the skating style. The ski trails are, mostly, easy in difficulty levels.
There are easy to walk trails departing from Hossa and Kylmäluoma for family excursions. Some of the routes are also suitable for the disabled. The trails with fireplace spots and places for overnight stays, maintained by the State Forest Enterprise, guarantee successful treks. The visitor centres sell trail maps, which will help in the planning of suitable routes. Read more on the trekking trails at luontoon.fi.
Kylmäluoma provides the possibility to catch large rainbow trout. The acclaimed fishing spots are easily assessable via short walks. In addition to the favoured Iso-Pajuluoma and Katkeimanlampi, Kylmäluoma offers numerous ponds and lakes, for both spinning and luring. It is also possible to rent a boat for fishing on Iso-Pajuluoma. Hossa is known for its natural stock of trout and grayling. Read more on the fishing destinations and permits at eraluvat.fi.
Fatbike tour, intermediate. Approx. 26 kilometres, 3 – 4 hours. €80 per person
June – September, on Mondays & Thursdays.
Canoeing tour, beginners. Approx. 1 – 2 hours. €40 per person .
June – September, on Wednesdays & Fridays.
Sign up: hossa(at)retkeilykeskus.fi, +358503844692 or @ Hossa Visitor Center.
One requires separate fishing permits to fish in the waters of Kylmäluoma and Hossa. Permits can be purchased from the visitor centres, as well as via the erälupa online store, from a service number and mobile service. See real-time permit requirements at eraluvat.fi.
BOATS, CANOES AND SUP-BOARDS
Boats, canoes and kayaks can be rented from both Hossa and Kylmäluoma visitor centres. A canoe shuttle service is available by agreement. Sup boards can also be rented in Kylmäluoma.
Snowshoes permit easy movement amidst a snowy landscape. Snowshoes can be rented from both visitor centres.
It is as if the hilly ridge terrains of Hossa and Kylmäluoma were made for mountain biking. Mountain bikes can be rented from both sites. In addition, the equipment for rent at Kylmäluoma includes the popular fatbikes.
There is no need to bring one’s own equipment to play on Kylmäluoma’s frisbee course. The frisbees can be rented from the visitor centre reception. Course maps can also be bought from the reception.
TENNIS, BADMINTON AND BASKETBALL
At Kylmäluoma tennis court, one can loan equipment from the reception or play with one’s own. Equipment for playing badminton and basketball can also be loaned.
BABY CARRYING BACKPACK
A baby carrying backpack is a convenient means of transporting infants on treks. Such backpacks can be loaned from Kylmäluoma visitor centre.