Customer Service and Guidance

  • More information on hiking possibilities and nature in the area is available in Saimaa Nature Centre Riihisaari in Savonlinna.
  • Boards in the terrain have text in Finnish and English. The central information boards have basic information additionally in Swedish, German and Russian.
  • Information boards are situated in Laukansaari in the research park's parking area, at the parking area located north end of the esker top road, at Lusto railroad station, at Harjutie kiosk, at Kruunupuisto Rehabilitation Centre and at Kaarnaniemi boat pier.

Services Offered by Enterprises and Organisations in the Nature Reserve

Meals, Where to Buy and Prepare

Cafés, Restaurants and Kiosk

Several enterprises and organisations Metsähallitus works in cooperation with offer cafe, kiosk and restaurant services near the nature reserve.

Shops

During summer the closest shop is located at Harjun Portti on the west shore of Tuunaansalmi Sound in the village of Tuunaansaari. There are several shops in the municipal centre of Punkaharju which is about 5 km from the esker area.

Campfire Site

Karjalankallio campfire site and lean-to are situated on the north shore of Laukansaari. Please note that lighting campfires is forbidden if the forest fire warning is in effect! Check for forest fire warnings (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi).

Drinking Water

  • Surface waters, the water in lakes, rivers and streams, should be boiled for several minutes before drinking, as the quality of water can vary depending on the place and temperature.
  • Look at the tips for outdoors drinking water in Hiking in Finland -pages.

Waste Management

  • There are no waste bins at the nature reserve's service structures and visitors must bring their own waste out of the area and take it to waste or recycling points. At Karjalankallio campfire site biodegradable waste can 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 is a public toilet at the kiosk at Harjutie road during the kiosk is open.
  • There is a dry toilet at the Karjalankallio campfire site.

Overnight stays

Camping

  • Camping in Punkaharju Esker Nature Reserve is forbidden.

Rental Huts

  • Lammasharju Rental Hut is in summer use. It is located in the gorgeous national landscape of Punkaharju, on the shore of Lake Pihlajavesi.

Lodging in the Surrounding Area

  • There are numerous lodging options available in the surrounding area. See the cooperation partners. For more information see visitsavonlinna (www.visitsavonlinna.fi) or contact Savonlinna tourist information in Riihisaari, tel. +358 44 417 4466.

Services for the Disabled

  • Trail which can be travelled by wheelchair, with the help of an assistant, is the Tree Species Trail.
  • The trail running from the Kruunupuisto parking area to the picturesque Valkialampi pond is suitable for wheelchair visitors accompanied by an assistant.
  • There is a toilet equipped with a wheelchair ramp at the kiosk at Harjutie road.

Services for Boaters

Photo: Petri Jauhiainen

  • There are two boat piers at Punkaharju, both at Tuunaansalmi Sound. The Hotel Valtionhotelli pier is on the east side of the sound and the Tuunaansaari pier is on its west side.
  • There are guest boat spaces and a fuelling point in Harjun Portti at Tuunaansalmi Sound, see cooperation partners.
  • There is a boat pier at Cape Mustaniemi.

Other Services in the Surrounding Area

Destination Brochure

Destination Brochure of Punkaharju

Pdf-file 1263 kb (julkaisut.metsa.fi)

Customer Service

Saimaa Nature Centre Riihisaari
Tel. int. +358 (0)206 39 5929
saimaa(at)metsa.fi

The national customer service number of Metsähallitus +358 (0)206 39 4020