Services in Juortanansalo - Lapinsuo Mire Reserve

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.
  • The Juortanansalo - Lapinsuo Mire Reserve has a small information board in Finnish and English along Liekinvaarantie Road at the point where the UKK Trail crosses the latter.

Services Offered by Enterprises and Organisations in the Mire Reserve

Meals, Where to Buy and Prepare

Café and Shop

  • In Vartius, you can find the Rajakontti café, which also has a grocer's.
  • Other shops, cafes and other services in the centre of town Kuhmo.

Campfire Sites

  • There are no equipped campfire sites in the area. ‘Everyman's right' entitles you to choose freely where to camp and make a campfire.
  • For firewood, you can use branches, stumps and twigs. Collecting and burning standing trees or trunks lying on the ground is not permitted.
  • Outside the reserve, there is a lean-to shelter and a campfire site on the northern side of the Riionlampi Pond.
  • Open flame is completely prohibited if a forest fire warning has been issued.
  • For more information on open flame, please refer to the Hiking in Finland instructions and everyman's right (

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.
  • It is recommended that you bring your own drinking water.
  • Look at the tips for outdoors drinking water in Hiking in Finland -pages.

Waste Management

  • There are no waste-bins in the mire 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 no dry toilets along the trail.
  • You can find dry toilets at the Riionlampi lean-to shelter and the Väärälampi wilderness hut outside the trail.

Overnight Stays


  • There are no designated places for camping in the area: everyman's right entitles you to choose a place freely.
  • Outside the reserve, you can also camp near the Riionlampi Pond lean-to shelter.

Open Wilderness Hut

Lodging in the Surrounding Area

  • There are lodging enterprises in Lentiira village (, in Finnish).
  • Contact the entrepreneurs of  Wild Taiga (
  • For information on accommodation in the nearby areas, seethe site of  Kuhmo Town ( or the Suomussalmi Tourist Office (
  • Wild Nordic (Villi Pohjola) ( offers wilderness cabins, cottages and other accommodation.

Services for the Disabled

  • There are no special services for the disabled in the Juortanansalo - Lapinsuo area.

Other Services in the Surrounding Area

  • The Vartius border guard station is located nearby. To travel to Russia, you need a valid passport and visa.
  • There are several businesses offering nature-based tourism services relatively near the Juortanansalo - Lapinsuo Mire Reserve in both Kuhmo and Suomussalmi. Fore more information on these and other services, contact