Services in Lauhanvuori National Park
Liminganlahti Nature Centre is closed 1.1.-4.2.2022. The Finnish Nature Centre Haltia is closed 10.1.–1.2.2022. Koli Nature Centre Ukko is closed 1.1.–20.2.2022. Kuusamo Customer Service Karhuntassu is closed 13.1.–31.1.2022.
In other nature centers in Finland, we require the use of a facial mask and keeping the 2 meter distance to other visitors. In addition, there may be requirements to show the Covid pass, and/or the number of visitors can be limited. More information Nature centers. The length of the restrictions depends on the region. More regional information can be found at the Finnish institute for health and welfare website.
Services Offered by Enterprises and Organisations in the National Park
- Enterprises and organisations offering services in the national park
- They have a cooperation agreement with Metsähallitus and they follow the principles of sustainable nature tourism when operating in the national park.
Meals, where to buy and prepare
Shops, cafés and restaurants
- Lauhansarvi Nature Tourism Centre (lauha.fi, in Finnish) in the municipality of Isojoki offers restaurant and accommodation services. It is open round the year, tel.int. +358 40 825 8751.
- In the municipality centre of Isojoki (12 km), there are all basic services.
Campfire Sites, Cooking Shelter, Lean-to Shelters and Day Trip Hut
- Kaivolammi: campfire place
- Lauha lean-to Shelter: campfire place
- Leikkistenkangas lean-to Shelter: campfire place
- East and west side of Lake Spitaalijärvi: campfire place
- West side of Lake Spitaalijärvi: cooking shelter
- Kärkikeidas day trip hut: wooden stove
Lighting campfires is not allowed even at the campfire places if the forest fire warning or the grass fire warning is in effect.
At the cooking shelter at Lake Spitaalijärvi, the fireplace with chimney can be used also during the forest fire warning or the grass fire warning. Check the current warnings (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi).
- There is a well in the vicinity of Lauhan kämppä cabin. The well's water has been tested and was found to be clean.
- Spring areas around the trail from Lake Spitaalijärvi to Kivijata, the water has not been tested.
- The water in Lauhanvuori area is generally suitable for drinking, but it has not been tested.
- 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 dry toilet and small amounts of clean paper and cardboard can be used as kindling in a campfire.
- Read more about Hiking without Littering.
- There are dry toilets at the top of Lauhanvuori Hill, on the grounds of the Lauhan kämppä cabin, at Lakes Spitaalijärvi and Kaivolampi, and at the Leikkistenkangas and at the Kärkikeidas day trip hut.
Camping is allowed on camping sites at Lake Kaivolampi and at the east side of Lake Spitaalijärvi.
There are parking area with electricity at the Nature Tourism Centres in Lauhansarvi (lauha.fi, in Finnish). On the parking are at Lake Spitaalijärvi, it is allowed to stay in a caravan, but there are no other services in the area. There is space for only two caravans.
- The Lauha Rental Hut located inside the National Park can be rented from beginning of April until end of October.
Lodging in the Surrounding Area
To Lake Spitaalijärvi in the middle of the park it is possible to get by wheelchair. The distance is about 500 m from the parking area. There is a 0,5-km-trail on the lake shore, and a cooking shelter and an accessible dry toilet.
Other Services in the Surrounding Area
- The nearest bank and shop services are at Isojoki (12 km).
- The nearest petrol stations are in Isojoki (12 km) and Honkajoki (20 km).
- It is possible to rent a sauna in Muurahainen and Lauhansarvi Nature Tourism Centres.
Sights in the Surrounding Area
- Mustansaarenkeidas is a protected mire at Isojoki, where there are a 1,3-km-long circular duckboard trail and observation tower. The area is managed by Metsähallitus. More information from Metsähallitus, Tel. int. +358 206 39 5270 (tue-fri 10:00-14:00), seitseminen(at)metsa.fi.
- Hyypänjokilaakso (kauhajoki.fi, in Finnish) in Kauhajoki is a landscape area of national value.
- Kauhaneva - Pohjankangas National Park