Rainbow in the Riisitunturi National Park. Photo: Marjo Kämäräinen

The principal actor of The Gateway to the Land of National Parks Project was Naturpolis Ltd, and the subordinate actors are Ruka-Kuusamo Tourist Association, Metsähallitus, University of Oulu, Kajaani University of Applied Sciences, Syötteen matkailuyhdistys Tourist Association, the Municipality of Suomussalmi, the Municipality of Salla, and the Municipality of Posio. Thereby, the project will brought all the tourist regions served by the Kuusamo Airport together to collaborate on increasing the number of passengers and flights as well as to implement the joint marketing of a wider area. Co-operation of tourist regions will make it possible for a large area to be distinguished from other tourist regions especially by foregrounding the national parks of the area.

The project execution period was from 1 May 2019 to 31 August 2022 (The work package which Metsähallitus, Parks & Wildlife Finland was in charge of ended on 31 December 2021.)

From the point of view of airport improvement, the main focus of the joint measures of the project were on the development of year-round tourism, as it is the cure for improving employment and reducing labour shortage in tourism. Particular attention was paid to the fact that the area as a whole will develop so that it will be known not only for its national parks, but also for its quality services and sustainable business practices. With the help of digital service paths and the improvement of the findability and online purchasability of tourism services, the area will also be more easily accessible to independent travellers. There was a special focus on the improvement of sustainable tourism in all the project measures.

Land of National Parks logoThe project measures were divided into five work packages:

  1. Enhancement of air traffic and mobility services (Naturpolis and Ruka-Kuusamo Tourist Association as responsible actors)
  2. Land of National Parks – Attractive and sustainable nature tourism (Metsähallitus as responsible actor)
  3. Strengthening of the sustainability of tourism in the Land of National Parks region (University of Oulu as responsible actor)
  4. Supporting of the renewal and development of tourist regions (Kajaani University of Applied Sciences as responsible actor)
  5. Tourism area-specific work packages

More information

Work package 2:
Venla Karkola, Senior Specialist, Outdoor Recreation and Visitor Management
Metsähallitus, Parks & Wldlife Finland
tel. int. +358 206 39 4097

Whole project:
Naturpolis Oy: www.naturpolis.fi/en

Naturpolis Nordic Business Center logo.

Logos of the Project Actors

Last updated 11 August 2023