Customer Service and Guidance

  • Saimaa Nature Centre Riihisaari is located in the town of Savonlinna.
    • Information and guidance on hiking, the services in the Lake Pihlajavesi area, and the area's nature.

Services Offered by Enterprises and Organisations in the Nature Reserve

Meals, Where to Buy and Prepare


  • The nearest shops are in the town centre of Savonlinna. It is about 10 km to Savonlinna from, for example, Iso-Kankainen excursion harbour.

Campfire site at Juuvinsaari Island. Photo: Laura Lehtonen

Campfire Sites

  • All the excursion harbours have campfire sites, except Taikinasaari Island.
  • Please note that if the forest fire warning is in effect, lighting campfires is forbidden everywhere. Also avoid lighting an open fire when the wind is strong, to prevent forest fires.

Drinking Water

  • There are no taps or wells in the area. Surface water (from lakes, rivers and brooks) should be boiled before drinking it, as the quality of the water is changeable.

Waste Management

  • In the excursion harbours, there are no waste-bins. Measures should be taken in advance to avoid taking unnecessary waste into the area. Of the waste that accumulates during your trip, biodegradable waste should be placed in a toilet and small amounts of clean paper and cardboard can be used as kindling in a campfire.Take all other waste out of the area. Read more about Hiking without littering.


  • There are dry toilets in all the excursion harbours, except in Uuraanpää.
  • Toilet paper is good to have along.

Overnight Stays


There are 17 excursion harbours in Pihlajavesi area. Different excursion harbours have different services, more information.

  • The northwestern shore of Iso-Kankainen Island
  • The cape on the southern shore of Juuvinsaari Island
  • Cape Pääskyniemi, the southern shore of the cape on the western side of Kongonsaari Island
  • Mitinhiekka, the northern shore of the southeastern cape on Pesolansaari Island
  • The northern end of Mustasaari Island
  • Uuraanpää, the western cape of Uuraansaari Island
  • The bay on the western shore of Suuri-Simuna Island
  • Cape Koivukannanniemi, in Koivukanta on the shore of Pitkä Pihlajavesi
  • Piispanhuvila, Cape Satamoniemi on Kesamonsaari Island
  • The southern shore of Cape Tetriniemi
  • Koukkuniemi, the corner of the bay in the headland in the middle of the eastern side of Kongonsaari Island
  • The northeastern shore of Kokonsaari Island
  • Cape Peltoniemi / Haukiniemi, the northern end of the western part of Cape Turkinniemi
  • The northeastern shore of Taikinasaari Island
  • The southern shore of Aapelinsaari Island
  • Savonsaaret Islands, the eastern side of the spit of land in the northern end of Savonsaari Island

The Juuvinsaari Island excursion harbour. Photo: Laura Lehtonen

Excursion Harbours

  • There are 17 excursion harbours for boaters on Lake Pihlajavesi.
  • In the excursion harbours, camping is allowed according to the Everyman's right ( for 1 - 3 days.
  • Visitors should note that there are a lot of privately owned lands in the area and visitors should respect the landowners and their privacy.

Lodging in the Surrounding Area

Equipment Rental

Services for the Disabled

Special Services for Boaters

Other Services in the Surrounding Area

  • The nearest banks, petrol stations and other services are in the town centre of Savonlinna (

Services Offered by Partners in Pihlajavesi