Customer Service and Guidance

  • There are information boards at the Hoikantie, Pirtupolku, Verkkopudas, Polvikoski and Lakonkangas parking areas.
  • For more information on Koitajoki Nature Reserve contact Visitor Centre Ukko in Koli. 
  • Local entrepreneurs act as guides to the area. More information on guide services available from Visitor Centre Ukko in Koli, from Ilomantsi webpages (www.ilomantsi.fi, in Finnish) and from Karelia Expert (www.visitkarelia.fi).

Services Offered by Enterprises and Organisations in the Koitajoki area

Meals, Where to Buy and Prepare

Campfire Sites

There are numerous campfire sites in the Koitajoki area. They are located at:

Niemipuro Open Hut. Photo: Tarja Teppo

When there is a forest fire warning in effect lighting open flames is only allowed in wood ovens located in open wilderness huts.

More information about lighting campfires can be found at Hiking in Finland.

Drinking Water

  • There are no drinking water points in the terrain.
  • 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 park. Measures should be taken in advance to avoid taking unnecessary waste into the area. Of the waste that accumulates during your trip, you can use campfire sites to burn those articles which can safely be burnt, and leave biodegradable waste in the dry toilets. Take all other waste out of the area. Read more about Hiking without Littering.

Toilets

  • All the area's lean-to shelters, open wilderness huts and campfire sites have dry toilets. Additionally at Polvikoski campfire site there is a dry toilet for the disabled.

Overnight Stays

Camping

  • Camping is allowed on a temporary basis in the area. We recommend that you camp in the vicinity of lean-to shelters or at Kivikkosuo campfire site.

Lean-to Shelters

There are three lean-to shelters at Koitajoki:

  • At Koidanvaaram east of Koivusuo Strict Nature Reserve.
  • On the shore of the River Asumajoki, at the point where the Rivers Asumajoki and Koitajoki meet.
  • At Lakonkangas under 1 kilometre from Lakonkangas parking area.

Open Wilderness Huts

There are four open wilderness huts at Koitajoki.

  • Verkkopudas (in Finnish) is situated on the east bank of the River Koitajoki to the southeast of Koivusuo Strict Nature Reserve.
  • Leimuukämppä (formerly named Asumajoki, in Finnish) is situated right next to the border zone on the south bank of the River Asumajoki, to the southeast of Koivusuo Strict Nature Reserve.
  • Niemipuro (in Finnish) is situated on the west bank of the River Koitajoki at the point where the Rivers Niemipuro and Koitajoki meet.
  • Hanhikoski (in Finnish) is situated on the west bank of the River Koitajoki about 2 km north of Lakonkangas.

The bunks in each open wilderness hut fit 4 - 6 visitors; the bunks at Leimuukämppä fit 8. The huts are heated with wood ovens. Open wilderness huts are intended for overnight stays of one night at a time.

Lodging in the Surrounding Area

Services for the Disabled

  • There is a 100 metre long road which can be travelled by wheelchair from Polvikoski parking area to Polvikoski campfire site. At the campfire site there is a dry toilet for the disabled.

Other Services in the Surrounding Area

  • There are more services such as a shop, a bank, a post office, and service station in the centre of Ilomantsi (www.ilomantsi.fi, in Finnish), which is located about 50 km from Koitajoki.
  • For more information on renting equipment see the Ilomantsi website tourism section (www.ilomantsi.fi, in Finnish) and the Karelia Expert website (www.visitkarelia.fi).