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Hossa's nature is diverse and varied. The area has many small lakes, marshes, short rivers and streams. In total there are about 130 lakes and ponds in the area. They are separated by several ridges. Forests are mainly pine forests: spruce grows mainly on the upper slopes of the dangers. In the forests, lingonberries and blueberries grow, marshes curb. Mushrooms of rugged forests, such as gourmet carpets, can also be found in Hossa.

The area is rich in reindeer and elk. All large carnivores in Finland have also been found in Hossa, the most common of these bears. The bird species are desert. The area often encounters roaches, woods and song swans.


In Hossa, there is an extensive trail network of about 90 kilometers for hikers. The trails roam the region's ridges and lakes. The paths form a number of loops separated by colored paint marks on the trees. There is a three-kilometer-long nature trail near the Nature Center, which introduces Hossa's nature, history and culture. Hossa has 4 mountain biking trails. Three of the trails are wheelchair accessible. The UKK hiking trail also goes through the Hossa hiking trail through the eastern border and further to Kylmäluoma.


From Highway 5, Peranga, you can reach the southwestern corner of the Hossa area around the Kukkur Desert by a 9.5-kilometer connecting path. In the northwest corner of the National Park from Somerjärvi there is a 30 km connecting route to Kylmäluoma hiking area. The route must cross or circulate Lake Irnijärvi, where boat transport is also arranged. In the village of Hossa there is another end of the 160 km eastern border hiking trail to Kuhmo.


Hossa also has some of the best water hiking areas in Finland. The lakes in the area are very suitable for canoeing and rowing, and the rapids are relatively easy.


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Hossa Nature Center May 2007



Lower White Desert

Tourists arriving in the area are guided by the Hossa Nature Center. In addition to the advice, the center has a café-restaurant and an area exhibition as well as souvenirs and some basic food for sale. The center also has a reception at the nearby Bear Campground, which sells fishing, hunting and snowmobile licenses, and hires for boats, bikes, and fishing and hiking equipment.

The Hossa National Park has a total of 14 sweatpants and five wilderness huts. Tents are also available in the vicinity of lean-to shelters and huts and campfire sites. There are also 12 Metsähallitus rental cabins in the area.





Color Kallio

In addition to the ridge landscapes shaped by the Ice Age, Hossa's most famous attractions are the 4,000-year-old rock paintings of Värikallio on the shore of Lake Somerjärvi in ​​the northern part of the area.

Other attractions in the area include various reindeer herding structures such as old reindeer herding fences and reindeer herds and reindeer herds. There is an old, functioning water mill in Lounatkoski. At Keihäslampi, on the shore of Lake Hossanjärvi, there is a dead pine tree called the Priesthood, with the oldest inscriptions on the side dating from the 1750s.


Here you will find routes and other tips from Hossa!