Kainuun luontoretket located next to Hossa National Park provides hiking and nature tourism services round the year. In addition to tourism services, the company offers accommodation in log cabins on the shores of Joukojärvi Lake.
Timo, your host, is not only a wilderness and nature guide but also a Metsähallitus contract entrepreneur. Also a qualified carpenter, he has applied his skills to renovating the buildings and using recycled materials.
The headquarters of Kainuun luontoretket is in Riihelä, an old log building. Its accommodation facilities serve course participants, hiking customers and occasional pre-booked visitors. Accommodation is also available in an outbuilding (2 x 2 persons), Joukojärvi log house (2 to 8 persons) and Körmelö log cabin (3 persons). In total, there are 20 beds.
There is no running water in these buildings, and cold water is available in the well. The buildings have sinks with a drain and composting toilets. Possibility of bathing in a sauna with a wood-burning stove and swimming in the lake comes with all types of accommodation.
In catering services, we strive to use local foods, even if the 80-kilometre distance to the nearest shop sets its limitations. We use our own mushrooms, berries and fish. Meals are provided for prebooked customers.
At Riihelä, visitors can buy home-made carpentry products, including canoe paddles, spatulas and firewood carriers.
Hossa National Park is right across the lake, only 500 m from Riihelä. Hossa National Park was opened in 2017 to celebrate Finland’s 100th anniversary as an independent state. It is the 40th national park in the country. The foundation of Hossa’s landscape of eskers, mires and lakes with clear waters and plenty of fish was laid by the Ice Age.
Activities and services of Kainuun luontoretket:
In the local area:
Accessible services are also available in Hossa National Park: some of the trails are suitable for wheelchairs, and the area has fishing jetties, a lean-to shelter and rental huts for visitors with restricted mobility.
Hossa National Park is located between Road 5 (E63) to Kuusamo and Road 843 from Suomussalmi to Murtovaara, in the northern parts of Suomussalmi. The distance to Kuusamo is 80 km.