Kainuu region is located geographically in mid-eastern part of Finland. At year 2015 traditional Kainuu Orienteering Week is organized in Suomussalmi - located in northern part of the region (see location at Kainuu Outdoor map).
Arriving to Finland and Kajaani by flying
It is possible to fly all the way to Kajaani from Helsinki, where majority of foreign flights arrive, but there are many other airports where you can fly as well. Next closest of them is Kuopio airport.
Useful information regarding flying and all Finnish airports can be found from Finavia (Airport service company) website. You can find websites of all Finnish airports linked there - f.ex. Kajaani airport. From each local airport site you can find information about airport transport connections.
Direct connection from Helsinki - Kajaani - Helsinki is offered by Flybe. Airfare to this connection starts from 39 € / one-way
International connection via Tallin is provided daily by Estonian Air.
Arriving to Finland by ferry
If you prefer to take your own car with you, you can travel to Finland by ferry from most of the countries surrounding the Baltic sea (Sweden, Estonia, Poland, Germany). Check possible routes and timetables f.ex. from following companies: Tallink/Silja, Viking line, Finnlines.
Arriving by car
If you arrive to Finland by public transportation, but prefer to continue your journey by driving, get a rental car f.ex. from one of these companies: Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Scandiarent, Sixt. Here are distances, estimated driving times and links to driving instructions (by Google map) for some routes to Kajaani. From Kajaani there is 1h 20min driving to Suomussalmi (about 110km).
Helsinki - Suomussalmi: 660km, 7h 30min
Turku - Suomussalmi: 730km, 8h 30min
Tampere - Suomussalmi: 570km, 7h 00min
Jyväskylä - Suomussalmi: 420km, 5h 00min
Vaasa - Suomussalmi: 480km, 6h 00min
Kuopio - Suomussalmi: 280km, 3h 30min
Oulu - Suomussalmi: 200km, 2h 40min
Rovaniemi - Suomussalmi: 280km, 3h 30min
Kuusamo - Suomussalmi: 140km, 1h 40min
Kajaani - Suomussalmi: 110km, 1h 20min
Vuokatti - Suomussalmi: 115km 1h 30min
Arriving to Kajaani by rail or bus
Wheather you enter to Finland by flying or by ferry, railway connections to Kajaani are available from most of the places where you first arrive (see map here). Check timetables and buy tickets from VR (Finnish railways) website. Here are some common travel times when arriving by rail:
- Helsinki - Kajaani: 5h 30min - 7h 30min
- Turku - Kajaani: 7h 30min - 8h 00min
- Tampere - Kajaani: 5h 30min - 6h 30min
- Oulu - Kajaani: 2h 00min - 3h 00min
- Kuopio - Kajaani: 2h 00min
See railway connections on the map.
Railway station is near the city centre of Kajaani (map). From Kajaani railway station you can continue journey to Suomussalmi by bus or rental car.