Customer Service and Guidance

Services offered by enterprises and other organisations in Kaldoaivi Wilderness Area

Meals, Where to Buy and Prepare

Campfire Sites, Turf Huts and Cooking Shelters

  • The campfire site of Opukasjärvi.
  • The campfire shelters of Opukasköngäs, Kontinpaistama, Saunakoski, Kallokoski, Skaidijärvi, Skiecharasjärvi and Johtijärvi.
  • The turf hut of Vaisjoki.

On state-owned lands in the Northern Lapland, it is allowed to use branches and sticks from the ground for making a campfire. To take and use fallen trees of little value from the ground, you need a permit which can be obtained from Ivalo Customer Service and Siida - Northern Lapland Nature Centre. It is recommended to use a campfire place which has been previously used, if you find one.

Please note that lighting campires is forbidden also at the constructed campfire places if the forest fire warning is in effect. However, it is allowed to use a camping cooker.

Drinking Water

Water in the area is normally suitable for drinking, but during hot periods in the summer, it is recommended to boil the water before drinking. Usually running water is better for drinking than still water.

Waste Management

  • Measures should be taken in advance to avoid taking unnecessary waste into the area. Take all the non-degradable waste that accumulates during your trip out of the area for recycling.
  • There are recycling points at the huts and at the Lapp pole tents. There are waste bins at the campfire sites.
  • Read more about Hiking without Littering.

Toilets

There are dry toilets at the open wilderness huts, the campfire shelters and the designated campfire sites.

Overnight Stays

Lean-to Shelters and Camping

Hikers are free to choose their own camping place in the wilderness. It is recommended to camp on the grounds of the open wilderness huts, near the designated campfire sites, or at places which have been previously used for camping, to avoid wearing of the ground. You need to carry a tent or equivalent, even if you plan to stay in open wilderness huts.

  • Lean-to shelters are located at Opukasköngäs, Kontinpaistama, Saunakoski and Kallokoski.
  • There are campfire shelters at Johtijärvi, Skaidijärvi and Skiecharasjärvi.

Turf Hut

  • Vaisjoki Turf Hut is located at the confluence of the Rivers Vetsijoki and Vaisjoki, from the snow mobile track about 500 m downstream along the River Vetsijoki.

Open Wilderness Huts

There are six open wilderness huts (owh) in the wilderness area. They are located along the Sevettijärvi-Pulmanki hiking trail.

  • Opukasjärvi owh is located in the southern end of the Lake Opukasjärvi, west of the River Ailajoki which flows into the lake.
  • Iisakkijärvi owh is located on the southwestern shore of the Lake Iisakkijärvi.
  • Rousajärvi owh is located 100 m from the Lake Rousajärvi, on the eastern bank of the brook which begins from the southeastern side of the lake.
  • Huikkimajoki owh is located about 500 m north of the River Huikkimajoki, on the shore of a small lake, about 100 from the hiking trail.
  • Tsaarajärvi owh is located on the eastern shore of the Lake Tshaarajärvi.
  • Tsuomasjärvi owh is located on the northern shore of the Lake Tsuomasjärvi, which is on the northwestern side of the Kolmmesoaivi Fell on the borderline.

Rental Cabins

There are three rental cabins in Kaldoaivi Wilderness Area, all of which are located in the southeastern part of the area, near the River Näätämöjoki.

  • Kontinpaistama rental cabin is located on the shore of the Lake Kontinpaistama, on the southern side of the River Näätämöjoki, about 500m from the river.
  • Saunakoski rental cabin is located on the southern bank of the River Näätämöjoki, by the upper course of Saunakoski rapids.
  • Kuosnijoki rental cabin is located below Alavaara, on the southern bank of the River Näätämöjoki.
  • Silisjoki rental cabin is located on the weste shore of lake Opukasjärvi in the bank of River Silisjoki. 

Caravans

Caravans and campervans can be parked on public parking areas. Tourism companies in the surrounding areas offer services for caravan tourists.

Lodging in the Surrounding Area

More information about accommodation possibilities in the surrounding area can be got from the tourist information of the municipalities of Utsjoki (www.utsjoki.fi, in Finnish) and Inari.

Services for the Disabled

There are no special services for the disabled in the area. The Sámi Museum and Northern Lapland Nature Centre Siida is accessible by a wheelchair. There is also a toilet for the disabled in Siida, and the outdoor museum is accessible by a wheelchair with assistance.

Other Services in the Surrounding Area

  • In the village of Utsjoki (www.utsjoki.fi, in Finnish), on the northern side of the wilderness area, all the basic services can be found: different shops, a post office, a health centre, and companies offering activities and accommodation services, for example. Nuorgam also has the basic services.
  • In the village of Sevettijärvi, on the southern side of the wilderness area, there is a bar, and accommodation services. In Näätämö (30 km from Sevettijärvi), there are food shops.
  • The food shops in the surrounding area have medicine cupboards.
  • The nearest petrol stations are in Näätämö (30 km from Sevettijärvi), and on the northern side of the area in Utsjoki and Nuorgam.
  • Taxi drivers can be found in Sevettijärvi, Näätämö, Utsjoki and Nuorgam.
  • Taxi drivers may also provide car relocation service, as well as may the companies which offer services for tourists.