Customer Service and Guidance

Services Offered by Enterprises and Organisations in the Nature Reserve

  • Enterprises and organisations offering services in the Iivaara Nature Reserve
    • Guided excursions, food and catering services, transportation and lodging services and equipment rental.
    • They have a cooperation agreement with Metsähallitus and they follow the principles of sustainable nature tourism when operating in the nature reserve.

Food, Where to Buy and Prepare 

Stores, Kiosks and Restaurants

  • There are versatile services in Kuusamo town centre, about 31 km form Iivaara
  • Cafés and restaurants: Kuusamon Portti (along road nr 20) about 29 km from Iivaara. Snow mobile route goes via Kuusamon Portti.

Campfire Sites

Note that lighting fire even at the campfire sites is not allowed if the forest fire warning is in effect.

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

Drinking Water

  • Waters in lakes, rivers and brooks should be boiled before it is drunk, as the quality of water differs from one area to another. Drinking water from the these is at each person's own risk.
  • It is recommended that hikers fill up water bottles at the customer service points.

Waste Management

  • There are no waste bins in the area, so hikers should bring their waste with them out of the area to a recycling point. Biodegradable waste should be placed in a toilet or composter, and small amounts of clean paper and cardboard can be used as kindling in a campfire. Read more about Hiking without littering.

Toilets

Overnight Stays

Open Wilderness Hut

Lodging in the Surrounding Area

Campervans and Caravans

  • Cmpervans and caravans can be parked in the Hiltusentie road parking area at the starting point of Iirinki Trail. There are no services at the parking area.

Equipment Rental

  • There are over 40 programme service enterprises in the Kuusamo area, which rent out eg. hiking equipment.
  • More information can be found from Ruka (www.ruka.fi) and Kuusamo Info (www.ruka.fi), tel +358 40 860 8365.

Services for the Disabled

  • There are no services for the disabled in the area.

Other Services in the Surrounding Area

  • There is a taxi in the Poussu village.
  • Other services at Kuusamo town (banks, shops, post office, medical centre, pharmacies)

Other Sights in the Surrounding Areas

Services Offered by Partners in Iivaara