How to get there?
Travelers can get to the Kalevala National Park on a dirt road running from the town of Kostomuksha to the village of Vuokkiniemi (55 km, a local bus commutes regularly), or they can choose a road located a bit to the west and running to Vuokkijoki. From Vuokkiniemi, travelers can continue their trip to the north, up to the Vuonninen village (39 km) and Venehjarvi village (25 km), or on the Latvajarvi road to the west (it is 25 km to the border).
Kostomuksha can be reached from Petrozavodsk by rail. Foreigners can get here through the Vartius-Lutta cross-border checkpoint. Bus communication between Kuhmo and Kostomuksha fits well the departure of a bus to Vuokkiniemi.
To get acquainted with the virgin nature, a hike or a boating route suits perfectly. A boat can be rented from the locals, and it is not possible to find a canoe here.
Location of the Park at the map of Europe
3D map of the Park
Overnight in a rune-singer village
Tourists coming to the Kalevala National Park will be interested in visiting the village of Vuokinniemi. About five hundred people live in the village. At the end of the 1990s, a new Orthodox church was constructed upon old drawings.
Over decades, the Venehjarvi village stood deserted in the depth of pine forest. Now it has started to revive again. A small part of the village can be seen from a chapel standing on a hill. There is a small guest lodge in the village.
The village of Vuonninen is located in the northern sector of the Park where Lonnrot was recording runes for the Kalevala Epic. The village is gradually recovering and now there is a small shop, a cafe and guest lodgings.