Paddle route along the river Oulanka starts from Savilampi pond and ends near the Visitor Center of Oulanka National Park.
The upper part of river Oulanka forms a majestic and scenic route suitable for canoeist with some experience. Floating silently in the water in a canoe or rowing boat is a perfect outdoor activity and offers magnificent views and a true experience of the Northern nature. This 13 km long route starts at Savilampi pond. The river runs with steady flow down to the Taivalköngäs (cat. IV-V, very or extremely difficult) rapids with a drop of about 9 meters. Taivalköngäs rapids have two branches, both of which are equally difficult. The rapids can be by-passed using the path accross the island. Below these rapids the flow is steady down to the Oulanka National Park Visitor center. Ending point is a boat launching area on the right after the Liikasenvaarantie Road bridge. Estimated paddle time 3-6 hours, recommended time is June-October. In general, the current is swift and the river is easily navigable when water is high. Taivalköngäs and Kiutaköngäs rapids are spectacular sights.
Strongly recommend to visit Oulanka Canyon before paddle trip!
If you wish to continue the lower part of Oulanka river start from Kiutaköngäs pool.
There are no other big rapids along this route but the Taivalköngäs rapids must be passed by land (boat trail accross the island). Wear a life jacket and put sensitive equipment in waterproof bags. Your phone is a safety device, make sure the battery is full. Emergency number 112 works in all EU countries. You can also download application 112 in Finland.
By car: From the center of Kuusamo road E63 north, turn towards Salla (road 950) and drive about 24 km, turn right to Urriaavantie road direction Oulangan kanjoni / Oulanka Canyon (blue sign), drive forward 4 km and turn right to Teeriahontie road, drive forward 1 km and turn left towards Kanjoni (Canyon) and drive 5,5 km to parking place where you'll leave the car. You will have to move the canoe a short route before arriving to Savilampi pond.
Please, follow the signposts on roadsides instead of following instruction of a navigator.
Use same parking as for the Oulanka Canyon visitors. Parking is free.
Kayak or canoe.