Kuhmo Visitor Centre Petola

In Petola you can get to know the Finnish large carnivores: brown bear, wolf, lynx and wolverine. You will learn what they look and sound like, what their tracks look like, how they move, behave and breed and what sort of environments they live in. Petola can also offer plenty of scientific information on large carnivores.

The multifaceted Petola

Petola offers opportunities, facilities and equipment for all sorts of learning activities and sessions. When combined with the other sights and destinations in the area, Petola is a great place to spend a few days. For more information on Visitor Centre Petola in Kuhmo, see www.nationalparks.fi/petola.

Permanent exhibition

The Predators on the Prowl exhibition is divided into several sections, where images, sounds, lights and tangible objects familiarise visitors with the large carnivores inhabiting the Finnish woods. The golden eagle is often counted as one of Finland's large carnivores, so it too has its own place in the exhibition. Petola also offers a comprehensive data bank with plenty of reading material and literature on large carnivores. For more information, see www.nationalparks.fi/petola.

Nature trail

The Petola nature trail familiarises visitors to the behaviours and abilities of predators. The trail is packed with informative activities and visitors can compare their jumping prowess to the pounce of a lynx, try to find where a wolverine has hidden its quarry, attempt to communicate without words like wolves and compare their brawn to that of a bear. The activities are also entwined with ancient folklore concerning the birth of the animals. There are also some predator-related brain teasers for jogging the grey cells. For more information, see www.nationalparks.fi/petola.