Customer Service and Guidance

There are no Metsähallitus customer service points in the Simojärvi and Soppana areas. The closest customer service points are:

Simojärvi and Soppana area information boards can be found:

  • at Korvajokisuu cooking shelter.
  • at Lake Yli-Soppananjärvi cooking shelter.
  • at Matalakangas parking area, which is located on Teerivaarantie near the River Paasonjoki.
  • The information boards have text in Finnish, English and German.

Services offered by enterprises and other organisations

Meals, Where to Buy and Prepare

Campfire Sites, Huts and Cooking Shelters

Campfire sites managed by Metsähallitus are situated at the following locations:

  • Porosaari Island:
    • open wilderness hut and campfire site
    • a lean-to shelter and campfire site at the north end of the island
  • Selkäsaari Island: lean-to shelter
  • Lamanginsaari Island: campfire shelter and campfire site
  • Ahosaari Island: lean-to shelter
  • Kenttäsaari Island: open wilderness hut and campfire site
  • Korvajokisuu: cooking shelter and campfire site
  • Lake Yli-Soppananjärvi: cooking shelter and campfire site
  • Lake Tuppilampi: campfire site
  • Lake Paasonjärvi: lean-to shelter
  • Lake Paha-Paasonjärvi: campfire shelter and campfire site

There are also rest spots in the Simojärvi and Soppana areas which are managed by someone other than Metsähallitus.

Lighting campfires is strictly forbidden when there is a forest fire warning in effect, even at marked campfire sites. When there is a forest fire warning in effect fires may only be lit in ovens at cooking shelters and wilderness huts. More information on lighting fires at campfire sites can be found on the Hiking in Finland pages.

Drinking Water

  • There is a well in the area near Yli-Soppananjärvi cooking shelter from which to get drinking water.
  • 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.
  • Read more tips on drinking water on the 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. 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. Take all other waste out of the area. Read more about Hiking without Littering.
  • At Korvajokisuu cooking shelter there is a mixed waste bin as well as a glass recycling box.

Toilets

  • There are dry toilets at all rest spots on the islands on Lake Simojärvi.
  • There are dry toilets at the Korvajokisuu and Lake Yli-Soppananjärvi cooking shelters.
  • There is a dry toilet at Kosti Campfire shelter by Lake Paha-Paasonjärvi.
  • Campfire sites along the hiking trail do not have dry toilets at them.

Overnight stays

Camping and Lean-to Shelters

  • Camping in all parts of the area is an Everyman's Right.
  • There are two sites in the area which are very well suited for camping: the Lake Yli-Soppananjärvi and Korvajokisuu areas. These sites have cooking shelters and Yli-Soppananjärvi has also a well from which it is safe to take drinking water. Visitors may camp in these areas free of charge.
  • There are no other designated camping areas, but we recommend that visitors camp near lean-to shelters and Campfire shelters. Visitors may also stay overnight in lean-to shelters.

Open Wilderness Huts

  • Kenttäsaari Island on Lake Simojärvi.

Rental Cabins

There is one rental cabin that can be booked through Wild Nordic (www.lomarengas.fi/varaamo/villipohjola):

  • Rosamo, which is located in the shore of Lake Yli-Soppananjärvi.   

Rental cabin in the surrounding area:

  • Kaitavirta can be booked through Wild Nordic (www.lomarengas.fi/varaamo/villipohjola)

Services for the Disabled

  • There are no services for the disabled in the Simojärvi and Soppana areas.

Services for Boaters

The area's coordinates are given using the WGS-84 Coordinate System.

Harbours and Boat Launch Ramps

  • Simojärvi boat and fishing harbour pier, old submarine harbour (66º 5.544'27º 5.512')
    • boat parking spots
    • Harbour: fishing harbour warehouse, concrete boat launch ramp
    • Waste disposal point
    • The harbour is managed by the municipality of Ranua.
  • Simontaipale boat harbour (65º 58.373'27º 8.874')
    • boat parking spots.
    • Harbour: sheltered campfire site, concrete boat launch ramp.
    • There is a lean-to shelter near-by.
    • The harbour is managed by the municipality of Ranua.
  • Pohjaslahti boat launch point (66º 13.181'26º 52.191')
    • Gravel covered boat launch ramp
    • The boat launch point is managed by the municipality of Ranua
  • Korvajokisuu boat launch point (66º 3.465'27º 16.253')
    • Gravel covered boat launch ramp, which is suitable for row boats.
    • The boat launch point is managed by Metsähallitus.

It is difficult to come ashore with larger boats at the area's rest spots as there are no actual boat piers at them. Coming ashore in smaller boats is possible at all the rest spots even though the water on the shoreline is shallow.

Simojärvi boat and fishing harbour. Photo: Hely Juntunen
 

Lodging, Equipment Rental and Other Services in the Surrounding Area

  • There are numerous rental cabins in the Simojärvi area. In the area's surrounding villages there are numerous cafes and restaurants. There are tourist enterprises in the surrounding area which offer a variety of services. More information on these can be found on the websites for the municipalities of Ranua (www.ranua.fi, in Finnish) and Posio (www.posio.fi, in Finnish).
  • Versatile information on Lapland and tourist services in the area can be found on the Lapland tourism website (www.lapland.fi).