The early stages of summer tourism
Kuusamo, located on a watershed divide, has historically been a well-known waypoint on the trade route between the White Sea and the Gulf of Bothnia. In the early stages of tourism, over a hundred years ago, people worried about the preservation of the Oulanka nature due to extensive felling of timber. Today, Kuusamo is surrounded by the national parks of Hossa, Syöte, Riisitunturi, Oulanka, and Salla, and Paanajärvi on the Russian side.
Due to its natural diversity, Kuusamo is one of the most beautiful, varied, and dearly loved regions in Finland. Kuusamo has undertaken the responsibility to develop tourism in a way that is sustainable for nature.