Customer Service and Guidance

Services Offered by Enterprises and Organisations in the Nature Reserve

  • Enterprises and organisations offering services in the Iivaara Nature Reserve
    • Guided excursions, food and catering services, transportation and lodging services and equipment rental.
    • They have a cooperation agreement with Metsähallitus and they follow the principles of sustainable nature tourism when operating in the nature reserve.

Tuli palaa tulentekopaikalla, jota ympäröivät istuinpenkit ja kivet.Food, Where to Buy and Prepare

Stores and Restaurants

  • There are versatile services in Kuusamo town centre, about 31 km form Iivaara
  • Cafés and restaurants: Kuusamon Portti (along road nr 20) about 29 km from Iivaara. Snow mobile route goes via Kuusamon Portti.

Campfire Sites

Note that lighting fire even at the campfire sites is not allowed if the forest fire warning is in effect.

Drinking Water

  • Waters in lakes, rivers and brooks should be boiled before it is drunk, as the quality of water differs from one area to another. Drinking water from the these is at each person's own risk.
  • It is recommended that hikers fill up water bottles at the customer service points.

Waste Management

  • There are no waste bins in the area, so hikers should bring their waste with them out of the area to a recycling point. 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. Read more about Hiking without littering.

A canopy and a signboard at a rest stop in the middle of the forest.

Dry toilets

Overnight Stays

Open Wilderness Hut

A log cabin in the middle of a coniferous forest, there is a fireplace next to the cabin. There are information boards on the cabin wall.

Lodging in the Surrounding Area

Accessible Services

  • There are no accessible services in the area.

Other Services in the Surrounding Area

  • There is a taxi in the Poussu village.
  • Other services at Kuusamo town (banks, shops, post office, medical centre, pharmacies)

Other Sights in the Surrounding Areas

Check for Warnings

When forest and grass fire warnings ( 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. 

Gathering at the campfire sites increases the risk of coronavirus infection. Guidelines concerning coronavirus COVID-19