The Nälmänjoki rope-pulley ferry will be functional until the end of October

(Updated 15th of October 2021)

In Patvinsuo, the Nälmänjoki rope-pulley ferry is functional until the end of October, but the availability of the ferry depends on the weather. 

Most likely the waters will freeze in November or in December. 

We will update this page as soon as we receive more detailed information on the matter.

Finnish Frontier Guard's Restricted Military Area

(Updated 24th of September 2021)

Entering Area Is Forbidden During Shooting Training.

The trail leading from Lahnalampi parking area to Pirskanlampi camping leads at points through the Finnish Frontier Guard's restricted military area. This shooting range is marked in the terrain by red circles around tree trunks. Entering the area during shooting practice is forbidden.

During 2021 shooting practice will take place:

  • 6.-9.9.
  • 6.9.2021 12.00–20.00 (12 PM-8 PM)  
  • 7.9.2021 08.00–20.00 (8 AM-8 PM)
  • 8.9.2021 08.00–20.00 (8 AM-8 PM)
  • 9.9.2021 08.00–20.00 (8 AM-8 PM).
  • 4.-8.10.
  • 4.10.2021 10.00–00.00 (10 AM-12AM)
  • 5.10.2021 08.00–18.00 (8 AM-6 PM)
  • 6.10.2021 08.00–00.00 (8 AM-12 AM)
  • 7.10.2021 08.00–00.00 (8AM-12 AM)
  • 8.10.2021 06.30–12.00 (6.30 AM-12 PM).
  • 25.-28.10.
  • 15.-17.11.

There are signs in the areas vicinity and along trails leading to the area with information about shooting practice times.

The blue-green algae situation can change quickly in the summer

(Updated 15th July 2021)

Researchers expect higher concentrations of toxic blue-green algae this summer than usual, spurred by continued warm, calm conditions ( So far, no blue-green algae deposits have been observed in Patvinsuo's water bodies, but the situation may change rapidly as the heat cycle continues. Keep an eye out for the blue-green algae situation (

With the help of an easy glass or stick test, a hiker can check the blue-green algae situation (

Children and pets must not be allowed into contaminated water, and adults should also avoid swimming. Water containing blue-green algae must also not be consumed by people or animals, even after boiling. Any child or pet suspected of having been exposed to contaminated water should be thoroughly washed with clean water.

For your part, you can prevent the formation of cyanobacterial inflorescence by preventing detergents from entering waterways. Doing dishes or washing directly in the lakes can significantly increase the local nutrient load and the amount of cyanobacteria. Prefer biodegradable detergents and do all washing far enough, about 5 meters, away from the used water source.

Suomu Nature Information Hut

(Updated 27th of April 2021)

The Suomu Nature Information Hut is open during summer season 2021 from 1.5. until 30.9.

For more information or resevations, the local guide Pekka Turunen can be reached by WhatsApp: +358 465 720 766.

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