A pavilion photographed from inside. A forest can be seen through the door.

Customer Service and Guidance

Services Offered by Enterprises and Organisations in the Nature Reserve

Food, Where to Buy and Prepare

Cafés and Restaurants

Two people are sitting with ice cream at a wooden table. In the background behind the pine trees is an observation tower.

Campfire Sites

At Aulanko Outdoor Recreation Centre, located on the northern side of the area, there is a campfire shelter for hikers, maintained by the town of Hämeenlinna. Lighting campfires is forbidden inside the nature reserve.

Waste Management

  • There are no waste-bins in the forest. Measures should be taken in advance to avoid taking unnecessary waste into the area. 
  • There are waste bins on the parking areas along the ring road.
  • Read more about hiking without littering.


  • At café Tornikahvila on Aulangonvuori Hill, there is a toilet with a ramp for wheelchair users. It is open when the café is open.

Overnight Stays

  • Visitors are not permitted to stay overnight in the nature reserve. 

Lodging in the Surrounding Area

  • Accommodation near the nature reserve is available for example at Kylpylähotelli Scandic Aulanko.
  • Further information: hameenlinna.fi 

Accessible Services

  • There is an asphalt-surfaced one-way ring road, which goes round the nature reserve. Driving is allowed from 6 am-11 pm on this road. There are five parking areas along the ring road. In addition, taxis may drive to the front of the café Tornikahvila on Aulangonvuori Hill. The café and its toilet have ramps for wheelchair users.
  • The scenic lookout place on Aulangonvuori Hill is accessible by wheelchair.
  • You can see 56 different species of trees and shrubs along the nature trail going round Lake Joutsenlampi. The section of the trail which goes round the lake is also accessible by wheelchair.
  • There is a good network of trails in the area. Some of the trails are wide sandy tracks in a good condition, so they are also accessible by wheelchair.

Other Services in the Surrounding Area

Check for Warnings

When wildfire warnings (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi) are in effect, fire is only allowed at covered campfire sites that have a flue. A fire can be also lit in fireplaces at wilderness and other huts. Always use extreme caution when handling fire. The one who lights a fire is always responsible for its safe use. Please note, that making fire at these campfire sites can be banned locally. 

Drawing of a fireplace. The drawing shows the roof, the flue and off the ground.