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BIRD SPOTTING

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.

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SERVICES IN THE AREA

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.

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ATTRACTIONS

The best-known places to visit in the Hossa National parkinclude 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 Hossaaround 40 km.

Additional tips can be gained via the Luontoon.fiVisittaivalkoski.fi and Suomussalmi.fi.

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PROGRAMME SERVICES

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.

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HUNTING

Kylmäluoma offers small game hunters extensive state hunting grounds right next to the hiking center. Hunting permits are also available for the lands of local hunting clubs, and in addition, the common forest areas of Kuusamo are close to the Kylmäluoma hiking area. Also in Hossa outside the national park, there are enough state hunting grounds.

Read more about permits Eraluvat.fi.

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TREKKING

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 about hiking trails Luontoon.fi  and Retkikartta.fi, and select Kylmäluoma Hiking Area or Hossa National Park as a destination.

Kylmäluoman nature trail presentation Retkipaikka.fi.

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FISHING

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.