Customer Service and Guidance

  • Pilke House Customer Service, Rovaniemi
  • There are information boards and maps at Vaattunkiköngäs and Vikaköngäs, the area's main starting points.

Services offered by enterprises and other organisations

Meals, where to buy and prepare

Shops

  • The closest shops are in the village of Vikajärvi and in the town of Rovaniemi (www.rovaniemi.fi).

Campfire Sites and huts

  • There are lean-to shelters at Vikaköngäs and on the islands around Vaattunkiköngäs. There are also lean-to shelters at Lake Vaattunkilampi, the halfway point of the Könkäiden polku Trail and at the Säynäjäoja Stream on the mire trail. There is a campfire shelter in Sortovaara by the Pikkurompa Trail. Along the Kivalonaapa meadow culture trail (Niittykulttuuripolku) there is Niittypirtti Day Trip Hut.

Niittypirtti daytrip hut. Image: Pia Jaakola

  • There is a rest stop on each trail where visitors can enjoy picnic lunches.
  • Making open fires is always prohibited at both marked campfire sites and when fires are permitted by the land owner if a forest fire warning has been issued for the area (ilmatieteenlaitos.fi).
    • This prohibition does not apply to cooking shelters or other fireplaces with a flue.

Vikaköngäs rest area. Photo: Juha Paso

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. There are springs on Vaattunkivaara Nature Trail and Pikkurompa Trail. The quality of the water in the springs has not been tested.
  • Look at the tips for outdoors drinking water in Hiking in Finland -pages.

Waste Management

  • The outdoors destinations within the hiking area do not have waste bins. It is the responsibility of each hiker to dispose of waste that accumulates during the trip.
  • Biodegradable waste should be placed in a dry 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 to recycling points. You can get more information on recycling and waste management on the Hiking Without Littering page.
  • There are recycling points at Vikaköngäs and Vaattunkiköngäs, the trails' starting points.

Toilets

  • There are dry toilets at each rest spot. Dry toilets for the disabled can be found by the Vikaköngäs and Vaattunkiköngäs starting points and the Könkäänsaari lean-to shelter.

Overnight stays

Camping and Lean-to Shelters

  • Camping is an Everyman's Right (www.ymparisto.fi) in the hiking area, but we recommend that you sent up camp in the vicinity of rest spots. Hikers may also spend the night in the area's lean-to shelters, as long as they are not disturbing other people in the area.

Rental Cabins

  • Well equipped Vaattunki cabin lodge at Vaattunkiköngäs (www.wildnordic.fi). 
  • There is a cabin by Vaattunkilampi pond which is available for rent between May 1st and October 31st. Information and bookings, ph. +258 40 596 5661/Jari Marjala. 

Lodging in the Surrounding Area

  • Information on lodging services in the surrounding area can be found on the Rovaniemi (www.rovaniemi.fi) websites.

Equipment Rental

  • Ask about hiking and outdoor recreation equipment at private tourist enterprises in Rovaniemi. A list of these enterprises can be found on the Rovaniemi (www.rovaniemi.fi) websites.

Services for the Disabled

  • There is a trail suited for disabled visitors from Vaattunkiköngäs to Könkäänsaari. The River Raudanjoki has a hanging bridge across it. The barrier-free Könkäänsaari Nature Trail is suitable for the disabled. The Könkäänsaari lean-to shelter has also been designed for the disabled. The trail has been classified as a demanding wheelchair route. 
  • At Vikaköngäs there is a plank trail as well as a lean-to shelter and a pier, which are suited for the disabled. The plank trail leading from the hanging bridge to the Vikaköngäs lean-to shelter has been classified as an easy wheelchair route. Fishing is one possible activity at Vikaköngäs.
  • Accessible dry toilets can be found by the Vikaköngäs and Vaattunkiköngäs starting points and the Könkäänsaari lean-to shelter.

Könkäänsaari rest area is accessible also for wheelchairs. Image: Vesa-Matti Hillberg

Services for Boaters

  • A harbour has been built at the north end of Lake Olkkajärvi. The harbour has a parking area and is situated next to main road E75. From the harbour boaters can sail or row on Olkkajärvi and then along the River Raudanjoki all the way to Vaattunkiköngäs when the water is not frozen over.

Other Services in the Surrounding Area

  • Information on services in the surrounding area can be found on the Rovaniemi (www.rovaniemi.fi) websites.
  • Find out more about visiting Lapland (www.lapland.fi/visit/).
Services Offered by Partners in Arctic Circle Hiking Area

Destination Brochure

Arctic Circle Hiking Area's destination brochure

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