Customer Service

Metsähallitus
Tel. int. + 358 (0) 206 39 5270 Tue-Fri 10:00-14:00
seitseminen(at)metsa.fi

Niinisalo garrison, tel. int. +358 2 1816 2111 (restricted military area)

For more information on travelling to the area contact Jämi-info tel. int. +358 40 573 6120.

Services Offered by Enterprises and Organisations in Hämeenkangas

Meals, Where to Buy and Prepare

Shops, Kiosks, Cafés and Restaurants

  • There are cafes at the military home at Niinisalo garrison and at the Kuninkaanlähde public swimming pool. There are café/restaurants at the Jämi aviation and tourist centre and at Kuninkaanlähde hotel.
  • The closest shops are located at Jämijärvi (www.jamijarvi.fi, in Finnish) about 10 km from the Jämi aviation and tourist centre and at Kankaanpää (www.kankaanpaa.fi) about 15 km from Kuninkaanlähde.

Campfire Sites, Cooking Shelters and Lean-to Shelters

There are numerous lean-to shelters, Lapp pole tents and campfire sites in the Hämeenknagas area. Only three of these have dry toilets in their vicinity. They are Viidentienlaavu lean-to shelter, Ruskalaavu lean-to shelter (toilet for the disabled) and at Koivistonharju lean-to shelter (toilet for the disabled), which is located next to the old, burnt down VIP Lapp pole tent. Please note that the military sometimes uses lean-to shelters in their exercises.

Metsähallitus takes care of firewood supply and maintenance for only some of the lean-to shelters, Lapp pole tents and campfire sites. Local organisations take care of maintenance for other points.

  • Metsähallitus is responsible for firewood supply and maintenance at the following structures:
    • Jättikota Lapp pole tent
    • Koivistonvati cooking shelter
    • Koivistonharju lean-to shelter
    • Kuninkaanlähde Lapp-pole tent
    • Leirikoululaavu lean-to shelter
    • Matolaavu lean-to shelter
    • Niinikota Lapp pole tent
    • Niiniharju lean-to shelter
    • Ruskalaavu lean-to shelter
    • Sormela lean-to shelter
    • Viherä lean-to shelter
    • Viidentienlaavu lean-to shelter
  • At the next structures visitors must gather or bring their own firewood:
    • Caravankota lean-to shelter
    • Hanna Lapp pole tent
    • Hiihtolaavu lean-to shelter
    • Jämi-Jukola lean-to shelter
    • Järvilaavu lean-to shelter
    • Keidaslaavu lean-to shelter
    • Kontinniittu lean-to shelter
    • Kunkunpesä Lapp pole tent
    • Kyröntie lean-to shelter ( has pulled down 9/2013)
    • Lauri lean-to shelter
    • Lehtolaavu lean-to shelter
    • Metla lean-to shelter
    • Pentti lean-to shelter
    • Pirkka lean-to shelter
    • Pirtulaavu lean-to shelter
    • Ronja lean-to shelter
    • Ruunanhovi campfire site
    • Soininharju lean-to shelter
    • Tallikota Lapp pole tent
    • YK-laavu lean-to shelter
    • Ylisenharju lean-to shelter

Lighting campfires is forbidden also at the constructed campfire sites if the forest fire warning is in effect.

  • This prohibition does not apply to cooking shelters or other fireplaces with a flue.

The lean-to-shelter of Viidentienristeys (crossing of five roads). Photo: Terttu Konttinen

Drinking Water

  • There are drinking water points at the Jämi aviation and tourist centre, at Kuninkaanlähde public swimming pool and at the military residence at Niinisalo garrison. There are wells at Ruskalaavu lean-to shelter, Viidentienlaavu lean-to shelter and Koivistonvati cooking shelter: the water has been tested and suitable for drinking.
  • The surface water from the lakes, rivers and brooks must be boiled before use. Water in the springs and running water in the brooks is usually good for drinking. However, the quality of the water cannot be monitored, so the use of natural water is at your own risk.
  • Look at the tips for outdoors drinking water in Hiking in Finland -pages.

Waste Management

There are no waste-bins in the area. Measures should be taken in advance to avoid taking unnecessary waste into the area. Biodegradable waste should be placed in a toilet and small amounts of clean paper and cardboard can be used as kindling in a campfire. Read more about Hiking without Littering.

Toilets

There are no Metsähallitus maintained dry toilets at campfire sites, lean-to shelters and Lapp pole tents in Hämeenkangas, except for at Viidentienlaavu lean-to shelter, Ruskalaavu lean-to shelter (toilet for the disabled), Jättikota Lapp pole tent, Kuninkaanlähde Lapp pole tent, Koivistonvati cooking shelter and Koivistonharju lean-to shelter (toilet for the disabled). Additionally there are toilets at the Jämi aviation and tourist centre, Kuninkaanlähde hotel and at the military residence at Niinisalo garrison. Take your own toiletpaper.

Overnight Stays

Camping and Lean-to Shelters

There are no camping sites in Hämeenkangas. Visitors may stay in the area's lean-to shelters and Lapp pole tents when they are not being used in military exercises. Please take note that Metsähallitus does not supply all lean-to shelters and Lapp pole tents with firewood.

Caravan Area

There are caravan areas (www.kankaanpaa.fi, in Finnish) on the grounds of Kuninkaanlähde hotel, the Jämi aviation and tourist centre and at the public swimming pool.

Other lodging

Other possible places to lodge at are Kuninkaanlähde hotel and the Jämi aviation and tourist centre.

Services for the Disabled

  • At Niiniharju there is a short portion of trail suited for the disabled, though you will need an assistant with you.
  • The Uhrilähde spring and Kylmänmyllynlähde spring tourist sites are also easily accessible and suited for the disabled.
  • Additionally the areas around Ruskalaavu lean-to shelter and Koivistonharju lean-to shelter are accessible by wheelchair. Visitors with wheelchairs may not necessarily need assistants. There are toilets for the disabled at both lean-to shelters.

Other Services in the Surrounding Area

  • Kankaanpää is the closest urban area with services at and is about 15 to 20 km from Hämeenkangas. There are also a few services at Jämijärvi (about 10 km) and at Niinisalo (about 15 km).
  • The closest fuel distribution points are at Jämijärvi and Kankaanpää.

Destination Brochure, Summer



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Destination Brochure, Winter



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