Customer Service and Guidance 

  • Ivalo Customer Service
    • Information and maps for the whole of Northern Lapland. Permits for fishing, hunting and driving motor vehicles cross-country. 
  • Siida - The Sámi Museum and Northern Lapland Nature Centre
    • The customer service point of Metsähallitus in Siida offers information about Piilola Trail and other hiking destinations in Northern Lapland Area. In addition to the permanent and temporary exhibitions, Siida offers information on hiking, and sells maps and permits for the whole of Northern Lapland.

Services offered by enterprises and other organisations along Piilola Trail in the Vätsäri Wildernessa Area 

  • Following enterprises and other organisations offer services in the Vätsäri Wilderness Area.
    • They have a cooperation agreement with Metsähallitus and they follow the principles of sustainable nature tourism when operating in the wilderness area, where the Piilola Trail goes.

Meals, Where to Buy and Prepare   

Cáfes, Restaurants, Shops and Kiosks  

  • Shops, cáfes and restaurants can be found in the village of Ivalo.
  • Wilderness Hotell in Nellim.

Drinking Water

The water is usually drinkable throughout the entire area. The quality of the water in the rivers and springs is better than the lake water. However, use of the natural waters is at your own risk. On warm days, the water must be boiled.   
  • Look at the tips for outdoors drinking water in Hiking in Finland -pages.

Waste Management

  • There are waste collection bins by the open wilderness hut, but hikers are requested to take all non-decomposable waste with them and sort it. 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 Environmentally friendly hiking

Firewood Supply

  • Photo: Pasi NivasaloThere is firewood and an axe for chopping the wood at the open wilderness huts and lean-to shelters. Please use the wood sparingly. Firewood maintenance is mainly carried out in winter with snowmobiles.

Parties Responsible for Maintenance

  • Metsähallitus Natural Heritage Services for Lapland are responsible for waste management and firewood supplies on the Finnish side of the border. More information is available at the Northern Lapland Nature Centre Siida
  • In Norway, the trail is maintained by the office of the County Governor in Finnmark. More information is available from Bioforsk Svanhovd (www.bioforsk.no).

Dry Toilets

  • Each open wilderness hut and lean-to shelter has a dry toilet. 

Overnight Stays

Camping and Lean-to Shelters 

  • Camping is allowed on the Finnish side of the Piilola Trail in the Vätsäri Wilderness Area in accordance with the everyman's rights (www.ym.fi).  
  • It is recommended that you camp in the vicinity of the open wilderness huts or the lean-to shelters, as they also boast a campfire site and a dry toilet.
  • In Øvre Pasvik National Park on the Norwegian side, camping is freely allowed by the Piilola Trail.
  • There are two lean-to shelters by the Piilola Trail:
    • The Nuottamajärvi lean-to shelter is located on the southwestern shore of Lake Nuottamajärvi, at a distance of about 14 km from the trail's southern starting point.
    • The other (and the most northern) lean-to shelter by the trail is located on the southeastern shore of Lake Svarbrysttjørna at a distance of about 2 km from the starting point located on the Norwegian side of the border.

Wilderness Huts

The huts are located in the following order when walking along the Piilola Trail from south to north:
  • Piilola, open wilderness hut
  • Piilolaporten, open wilderness hut
  • Ellenvannskoia, open wilderness hut

Photo: Pasi Nivasalo

Other Services

  • The entrepreneurs in Nellim and Inari (www.nordicainari.fi) as well as in Kirkenes and Sør-Varanger (www.kirkenesinfo.no, in Norwegien) offer versatile services for recreational visitors.
  • The small villages of Nellim and Svanvik provide accommodation and catering services. There is a food store in Svanvik and a wide range of basic services in Ivalo and Kirkenes.

Contact Information