Hotel Kalevala is located on the pine heath of Kalevala, by Lake Lammasjärvi, about 4 kilometres from the centre of Kuhmo. The area surrounding the hotel offers many opportunities choices for recreation: the Winter War Museum, the Untold Arctic Wars digital exhibition, Petola Visitor Centre, Pohjola House, Cafe Torilla, a frisbee golf course, and trails for cross-country skiing. Harakkasaari, an island that is part of the Lentua Nature Reserve, is located nearby.
Hotel Kainuu sits in the centre of Kuhmo, close to cultural sites. A 4 km lakeside path, Rantaraitti, and the sandy beach of Ruukinranta are in the immediate vicinity. In winter, an ice hole for swimming and cross-country skiing tracks are laid on the ice-covered lake.