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You should visit Paljakka-Ukkohalla skiing centres. These two skiing centres Paljakka in Puolanka and Ukkohalla in Hyrynsalmi (distance between the centres 20 km) are together a many-sided skiing destination with lots of activities.
In addition to cross-country skiing (250 kilometres of skiing tracks) and downhill skiing (23 slopes) you can enjoy activities like fishing, bowling, riding, dog-sledge driving, snowmobiling etc. In Paljakka-House you can do in-door exercise like wolleyball, basketball, tennis and badminton. Spa Kiannon Kuohut is located only about a half hour's drive by car. You can accommodate yourself in two hotels (Hotel Paljakka and Hotel Ukkohalla) or in hundreds of well-equipped holiday apartments (cottages). SEE MORE PICTURES AND INFO IN MY PALJAKKA-UKKOHALLA TRAVELOQUE
Updated Apr 4, 2011
I really enjoyed my visit at Hepoköngäs. Not only the drive there through the endless Finnish forests, but also the path from the parking to the waterfall is remarkingly beautiful. Forest which looks very old-growth surrounds Finlands highest waterfall.
The path to the waterfall is well usable for wheel chairs!
Written Aug 9, 2008
Kiiminkijoki-river, located in Oulu Province, offers about 70 sets of rapids for fishermen and canoers. For canoers the river is a diverse, naturally beautiful water route.
The river Kiiminkijoki is a part of the international Project Aqua- protection programme. The river Kiiminkijoki is 170 kilometres long unbuilt, free flowing river. There is a network of well-equipped rest places and special fishing sites along the river. Also Finland's largest natural waterfall, Hepoköngäs belongs to the river Kiiminkijoki headwaters in Puolanka.
Updated Oct 11, 2003
Hepokongas - Finland's highest (24 m) naturall waterfall - is located in the central municipality in continental Finland - Puolanka (about 155 kilometres from the town Oulu to the east).
Hepokongas is a part of the Kiiminkijoki-river. From the splash of the fall it is possible to canoe all the way to the Gulf of Bothnia, on which the river flows after about 170 kilometres.
The most beautiful side of the falls you will see in May, when water reaches its highest point, but Hepok?ng?s is magnificent all summer long.
Hepokongas is definitely worth visiting!
Updated Oct 13, 2003
Hepoköngäs in winter time. This picture is taken on 6th December - Finland's Independence Day - when there is an annual happening 'Hepoköngäs Celebration Lights'.
Written Aug 24, 2002
Walking down to the waterfall you will notice signs indicating the crossing of the UKK trail. This trail is named after Urho Kekkonen who was the Finnish president being the longest time in this position (from 1956 to 1981).
The trail is very naturelike. Several huts and lean-to shelters give possibilities to stay overnight. Use the interactive map to find huts, lean-to shelters etc. to prepare the trip.
'http://www.luontoon.fi/page.asp?Section=4984' refers to UKK-trail where it crosses a featured region.
Written Aug 10, 2008