Customer Service and Guidance

Services Offered by Enterprises and Other Organisations in Rokua National Park

  • Following enterprises and other organisations offer services in the national park.
    • They have a cooperation agreement with Metsähallitus and they follow the principles of sustainable nature tourism when operating in the national park.

Photo: Vesa Krökki

Meals, Where to Buy and Prepare

Cafés, Restaurants and Shops

  • There is a café at the Visitor Center Suppa  (www.rokuageopark.fi).
  • There are also cafées and restaurants at the hotels.
  • The nearest shop are in Utajärvi and Vaala.

 Campfire Sites and Lapp Huts

  • Kirvesjärvi: Lapp hut
  • Saarinen: Lapp hut
  • Pitkäjärvi: Lapp hut
  • Rokuanjärvi: Lapp hut
  • Palovartijan tupa "Fireguard's Hut": iron heating stove.
  • Pookin paussi: hut for a day trips
  • Please note that lighting campfires is forbidden also at campfire places, if the forest fire warning is in effect!
    • This prohibition does not apply to cooking shelters or other fireplaces with a flue.

There is a Lapp pole tent on the shore of Lake Saarinen. Photo: Arto Havana / Studio EppuAppu

Drinking Water

  • For information on water quality ask at the Visitor Center Suppa (www.rokuageopark.fi). In warm summers there has been a lot of algae in Lake Rokuanjärvi, so its water is not recommended for drinking.

Viewpoint

  • Pookivaara Hill, which is the highest point of Rokua at 194,2 metres above the sea level and about 50 metres above its surroundings, was an excellent place for fire observation. Fire guard's hut and observation tower were built there in 1936. At wartime the tower was used for air surveillance. Fire guards used the place until mid 1970s. The current fire observation tower, which is not in its original use any more, is already the third one at the same place. The tower was renovated and was reopened in spring 2013. The tower now has also opening windows so it is possible to view and photograph the scenery without disturbing glasses. The highest part of the tower is only accessible with guide. More information from Liminka Bay Visitor Centre, mobile, +359 40 832 1781 and email liminganlahti(at)metsa.fi.

Photo: Olli Help

Waste Management

  • In the forest there are no waste-bins. Measures should be taken in advance to avoid taking unnecessary waste into the area. 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.

Toilets

  • There are dry toilets at the Lapp huts at Lakes Kirvesjärvi, Saarinen and Rokuanjärvi, at the Lapp hut and camping site at Lake Pitkäjärvi, and at the fire guard's hut at Pookivaara.

Overnight Stays

Camping and Lapp Huts

  • Camping in the National Park is only allowed in the camping site at Lake Pitkäjärvi.
  • There are Lapp huts at Lakes Kirvesjärvi, Saarinen, Rokuanjärvi and Pitkäjärvi.
    • The Lapp huts have firewood shelter with an axe, and dry toilet.
  • In Rokua there are also a lean-to shelter and a Lapp hut maintained by the municipalities.

Open Wilderness Hut

Lodging in the Surrounding Area

  • In Rokua and the surrounding area there are several privately owned rental cottages, hotels, YMCA Centre and services for visitors with caravans. Information and reservations at the Visitor Center Suppa (www.rokuageopark.fi).

Services for the Disabled

  • From the parking area of Rokua National Park to the Lapp hut at Lake Pitkäjärvi, there is a 0,8 km surfaced trail which is suitable for wheelchair users.
  • From Rokua Health & Spa via Lake Ahveroinen to the Information Center Suppa, there is 2,8 km paved trail which is suitable for wheelchair users.
  • There are fishing places at Lakes Ahveroinen and Kirvesjärvi, which have been constructed to be suitable for the disabled.
  • To the Lapp hut at Lake Rokuanjärvi it is possible to get by wheelchair.
  • There are dry toilets suitable for the disabled at Lapp huts at Lakes Kirvesjärvi, Pitkäjärvi and Rokuanjärvi.

Other Services in the Surrounding Area

  • The municipality centres of Utajärvi and Vaala are the nearest places which have more services.

Services Offered by Partners in Rokua 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. Please note, that making fire at these campfire sites can be banned locally. 

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

Destination Brochure

Rokua National Park Brochure

Destination Brochure (julkaisut.metsa.fi)