Customer Service

Metsähallitus
Tel. int. + 358 (0) 206 39 5270 Mon-Fri 9:00-15:00
sisasuomi(at)metsa.fi

Niinisalo garrison, tel. int. +358 (0)2 99800  (restricted military area)

For more information on travelling to the area contact Jämi-info tel. int. +358 40 573 6120.

Services Offered by Enterprises and Organisations in Hämeenkangas

Meals, Where to Buy and Prepare

Shops, Kiosks, Cafés and Restaurants

  • There are cafes at the military home at Niinisalo garrison and at the Kuninkaanlähde public swimming pool. There are café/restaurants at the Jämi aviation and tourist centre and at Kuninkaanlähde hotel.
  • The closest shops are located at Jämijärvi (jamijarvi.fi, in Finnish) about 10 km from the Jämi aviation and tourist centre and at Kankaanpää (kankaanpaa.fi, in Finnish) about 15 km from Kuninkaanlähde.

Campfire Sites, Cooking Shelters and Lean-to Shelters

Hikers are eating pancakes with jam. Hikers dressed in winter clothes are sitting on a fleece in a lean-to shelter.There are numerous lean-to shelters, campfire huts and campfire sites in the Hämeenkangas area. Only these have dry toilets in their vicinity: Viidentienlaavu lean-to shelter, Ruskalaavu lean-to shelter (accessible toilet), Koivistonharju lean-to shelter (accessible toilet), Kuninkaanlähde campfire hut, Niinikota campfire hut (accessible toilet) and Koivistonvati coocing shelter. Please note that the military sometimes uses lean-to shelters in their exercises.

Metsähallitus takes care of firewood supply and maintenance for only some of the lean-to shelters, campfire huts and campfire sites. Local organisations take care of maintenance for other points.

A wooden building, sever hikers have gathered around the building. Some of the hikers are eating their packed lunch in the sunshine.

  • Metsähallitus is responsible for firewood supply and maintenance at the following structures:
    • Koivistonvati cooking shelter
    • Koivistonharju lean-to shelter
    • Kuninkaanlähde campfire hut
    • Leirikoululaavu lean-to shelter
    • Matolaavu lean-to shelter
    • Niinikota campfire hut
    • Niiniharju lean-to shelter
    • Ruskalaavu lean-to shelter
    • Sormela lean-to shelter
    • Viherä lean-to shelter
    • Viidentienlaavu lean-to shelter

A lean-to shelter in the forest.

  • At the next structures visitors must gather or bring their own firewood:
    • Caravankota lean-to shelter
    • Hanna campfire hut
    • Hiihtolaavu lean-to shelter
    • Jämi-Jukola lean-to shelter
    • Järvilaavu lean-to shelter
    • Keidaslaavu lean-to shelter
    • Kontinniittu lean-to shelter
    • Kunkunpesä campfire hut
    • Lauri lean-to shelter
    • Lehtolaavu lean-to shelter
    • Metla lean-to shelter
    • Pentti lean-to shelter
    • Pirtulaavu lean-to shelter
    • Ronja lean-to shelter
    • Ruunanhovi campfire site
    • Soininharju lean-to shelter
    • Tallikota campfire hut
    • YK-laavu lean-to shelter
    • Ylisenharju lean-to shelter

Lighting campfires is forbidden also at the constructed campfire sites if the forest fire warning or the grass fire warning is in effect. Check the current warnings (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi).

  • This prohibition does not apply to cooking shelters or other fireplaces with a flue and a roof. 

Drinking Water

  • There are drinking water points at the Jämi aviation and tourist centre, at Kuninkaanlähde public swimming pool and at the military residence at Niinisalo garrison. The well at Ruskalaavu lean-to shelteris is out of order.  The well at Viidentienlaavu lean-to shelter: well water should be boiled before use as drinking water. The well at Koivistonvati cooking shelter: the water is suitable for drinking.
  • 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.
  • Look at the tips for outdoors drinking water in Hiking in Finland -pages.

Waste Management

There are no waste-bins in the area. Measures should be taken in advance to avoid taking unnecessary waste into the area. Biodegradable waste should 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 are no Metsähallitus maintained dry toilets at campfire sites, lean-to shelters and campfire huts in Hämeenkangas, except for at Viidentienlaavu lean-to shelter, Ruskalaavu lean-to shelter (accessible toilet), Kuninkaanlähde campfire hut, Koivistonvati cooking shelter, Niinikota campfire hut (accessible toilet) and Koivistonharju lean-to shelter (accessible toilet). Additionally there are toilets at the Jämi aviation and tourist centre, Kuninkaanlähde hotel and at the military residence at Niinisalo garrison. Take your own toiletpaper.

Overnight Stays

Camping and Lean-to Shelters

There are no camping sites in Hämeenkangas. Camping is allowed in the area, but we recommend camping in the vicinity of campfire sites and shelters. Visitors may stay in the area's lean-to shelters and campfire huts when they are not being used in military exercises. Please take note that Metsähallitus does not supply all lean-to shelters and campfire huts with firewood.

Caravan Area

There are caravan areas (kankaanpaa.fi, in Finnish) on the grounds of Kuninkaanlähde hotel, the Jämi aviation and tourist centre and at the public swimming pool.

Other lodging

Other possible places to lodge at are Kuninkaanlähde hotel and the Jämi aviation and tourist centre.

Accessible Services

  • At Niiniharju there is a short portion of accessible trail, though you will need an assistant with you.
  • The Uhrilähde spring and Kylmänmyllynlähde spring tourist sites are also easily accessible.
  • Additionally the areas around Ruskalaavu lean-to shelter and Koivistonharju lean-to shelter are accessible by wheelchair. Visitors with wheelchairs may not necessarily need assistants. There are accessible toilets at both lean-to shelters.

Other Services in the Surrounding Area

  • Kankaanpää is the closest urban area with services at and is about 15 to 20 km from Hämeenkangas. There are also a few services at Jämijärvi (about 10 km) and at Niinisalo (about 15 km).
  • The closest fuel distribution points are at Jämijärvi and Kankaanpää.

Hämeenkangas Brochure, Summer


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Hämeenkangas Brochure, Winter


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