Customer Service and Guidance

  • The Kuhmo Visitor Centre Petola provides guidance and information on the areas of the Friendship Park in addition to selling licences.
  • Guided trips for school and daycare centre groups (in Finnish). Read about the services for school groups and other groups of children in the Lauttavaara Nature Study Forest (in Finnish), or contact the Petola Visitor Centre for more information.
  • The Elimyssalo Nature Reserve has information boards in Finnish, English and Russian in the parking areas and at Levävaara.

Services Offered by Enterprises and Organisations in Elimyssalo Nature Reserve

Meals, Where to Buy and Prepare

Campfire Sites and Lean-to Shelters

  • Saari-Kiekki: a campfire site and a lean-to shelter
  • Eastern end of Lake Elimysjärvi, Saunaniemi: a campfire site and a lean-to shelter
  • Elimyskangas: a campfire site
  • Heinävaara: a campfire site

Saari-Kiekki campfire site. Photo: Eeva Pulkkinen

Open flame is not permitted even at a campfire site if a forest fire warning has been issued.
For more information on open flame at a designated campfire site, please refer to the Hiking in Finland.

Drinking Water

  • The waters in the area are natural waters that have not been tested. You may use the water at your own risk.
  • It is always advisable to boil surface water such as water from lakes, rivers and streams before drinking it, since water quality varies from one area to another.
  • Use of the well on the grounds of Levävaara is not recommended. There is a spring outside the grounds and a signposted path leading to the same.
  • It is recommended that you bring your own drinking water.
  • Tips on hiking and drinking water.

Waste Management

There are no waste-bins in the nature reserve. Measures should be taken in advance to avoid taking unnecessary waste into the area. 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.

  • There are collection points at the Saari-Kiekki and Viiksimo parking areas for recycling plastic, metal, mixed waste and glass.


  • There is a dry toilet near every campfire site and lean-to shelter.
  • There are dry toilets also at the Saari-Kiekki and Viiksimo parking areas.
  • Both Levävaara and Latvavaara have dry toilets behind the cowsheds.

Overnight stays

  • There is no public accommodation in Elimyssalo.
  • Only in special cases, such as camps, it is possible to arrange accommodation in Levävaara. Overnight stays must be agreed with the Kuhmo Visitor Centre Petola.
  • In summer there are sheep herders staying at the Levävaara farm. You may cuddle the sheep, but please remember, that the buildings are at the use of the sheep herders only.

Camping and Lean-to Shelters

You are allowed to camp temporarily near lean-to shelters and campfire sites.

  • Lean-to shelters by Lake Saari-Kiekki and Lake Elimysjärvi
  • Campfire sites in Elimyskangas and Heinävaara

Lodging in the Surrounding Area

  • For information on accommodation in the nearby areas, see the sites of Kuhmo Town ( or contact the entrepreneurs of Wild Taiga (
  • Wild Nordic (Villi Pohjola) ( offers wilderness cabins, cottages and other accommodation, some of them quite near to Elimyssalo.

Services for the Disabled

There are no services for the disabled in Elimyssalo.

Other Services in the Surrounding Area

  • The nearest shops, banks, service stations and other services can be found in the population centre of Kuhmo (
  • Other services also from the entrepreneurs of Wild Taiga (