Services in Hiidenportti National Park 

14/5/2019
In Hiidenportti, please, note that the stairs leading down to the valley near the Porttilampi lean-to shelter have been removed because of their bad condition. However, it is possible to follow the trail keeping in mind that it is a little more demanding. The stairs and duckboards in some other places are also in bad condition. They will be repaired in 2020.
Photo: Eeva Pulkkinen

Customer Service and Guidance

Services Offered by Enterprises and other Organisations in Hiidenportti National Park

Meals, Where to Buy and Prepare

The National Park has campfire sites, lean-to shelters and cooking shelters

  • Palolampi: information point in shelter, campfire site, cooking shelter and well
  • Lakes Porttilammit, Urpolampi, Kitulanlampi and Oravijärvi and Allaslahti Bay: campfire site and lean-to shelter
  • Pitkäportti: campfire site
  • The Palolampi rental hut is ment for serving coffee or food for groups. More information from Kuhmo Visitor Centre Petola. Note that the rental hut is not suitable for overnight stays.

Note that when a forest fire warning is in effect open fires are forbidden even at campfire sites. Though the owen in Palolampi cooking shelter can be used during forest fire warning.

Drinking Water

  • There is a well at Palolampi information point.

Waste Management

Biodegradable waste should be placed in a dry 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.

  • Recycling points can be found at Palolampi and Urpovaara parking areas.

Toilets

  • There are dry toilets at each campfire site and by each lean-to shelter in the National Park.

Overnight Stays

  • Camping is permitted in the National Park in the vicinity of lean-to shelters and campfire sites, as well as, near Palolampi information point. Note that the Palolampi rental hut is not suitable for overnights.

Lean-to Shelters

  • There are lean-to shelters at Lakes Porttilammit, Urpolampi, Kitulanlampi and Oravijärvi and at Allaslahti Bay.

Caravans

  • Caravans may be parked at Palolampi parking area, but there are no special services for caravan tourists.

Lodging in the Surrounding Area

  • For information on accommodations in the surrounding area contact Sotkamo (www.sotkamo.fi), Kuhmo (www.kuhmo.fi) or Valtimo (www.valtimo.fi, in Finnish) tourist information.

Services for the Disabled

  • The terrain in Hiidenportti National Park is quite demanding. Visitors with wheelchairs access areas near Palolampi information point. There is no toilet for the disabled in the National Park.

Other Services in the Surrounding Area

  • The closest shops, banks, petrol stations and other services are in the municipality centres of Sotkamo (www.sotkamo.fi, in Finnish), Kuhmo (www.kuhmo.fi, in Finnish) and Valtimo (www.valtimo.fi, in Finnish).

Services Offered by Partners in Hiidenportti National Park

ilmatieteenlaitos.fiCheck 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. 

Check the current warnings (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi).

Destination Brochure

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