After still lake sections towards the end of the route, you come to Lounatkoski rapids. Shooting the rapids at the trail bridge is not recommended (rapids of difficulty class II+ or even III). Before the hazardous section, a trail for pulling the canoes begins after a warning sign on the left bank (approx. 50 m).
While the route can be used throughout the summer, in dry periods you may touch the bottom frequently and come across sharp rocks, especially at the beginning of the route.
Safety informationIn case of an emergency during your excursion, for example if you get lost, have an injury or spot a forest fire, call the emergency number 112 immediately.
Plan your route in advance and familiarise yourself with it. When out canoeing, scout challenging whitewater sections from the shore before attempting to shoot them. Remember that when in flood, the river is always dangerous – during a flood, you cannot trust the route descriptions and classifications of rapids. On the lake sections, it is a good idea to stay close to the shore.
Suitable for canoeists with some experience.
Tips, hints and linksThere are several launching sites and other service infrastructure on the route: Hevonperseenmutka lean-to shelter, Kukkuri open wilderness hut, Lavajärvi open wilderness hut, Syrjäsalmi lean-to shelter, Nimettömänkoski launching site, Joukovirta lean-to shelter, Lipposensalmi lean-to shelter and Jatkonjärvi camping site.
Hossa National Park’s rules and guidelines: https://www.nationalparks.fi/hossa/instructionsandrules
Pets must always be kept on a leash and under control in the national park.
Please note that fires are prohibited during forest fire warnings at all campfire sites that are not equipped with a flue.
Please use the firewood sparingly and only when needed. Firewood is delivered to the campfire sites during the winter with snowmobiles. During the summer, the firewood storages are filled where necessary.
There are no waste containers and no waste management at the national park. Food waste can be placed in the outdoor toilets. Small amounts of clean paper and cardboard can be used as fire lighters at the campfire sites. Other waste must be taken away with you and not left in the terrain.
Getting thereHossa National Park is located between road Kuusamontie (main road 6, E63) and road Suomussalmi - Murtovaara (road 843). Most of the national park situates in the municipality of Suomussalmi, but parts of it are in municipalities of Kuusamo and Taivalkoski.
The starting point of this route is Lake Iso-Perankajärvi; approximately 200 metres north of the Peranka crossing on main road 5, turn onto a forest road leading to the shore of Lake Iso-Perankajärvi.