Customer Service and Guidance

  • Häme Nature Centre is located about 300 metres from the parking area.
    • Information on hiking and guide services within the visitor centre.
    • Sale of maps and small products.
    • The boards along the area's nature trails are in Finnish. Exhibition texts and video subtitles are available in Finnish or English. There are information and guide boards with maps in the terrain, which are in Finnish.

Services Offered by Enterprises and Organisations in the recreation area

Meals, Where to Buy and Prepare


  • There is a cafeteria called Café Erika in the nature centre. For further information contact Häme Nature Centre. The cafeteria is open at the same times as the nature centre on summer season (May - Aug) otherwise cafeteria is open on weekends or to request. Meals for groups must be reserved in advance.

Photo: Elina Nystedt

Campfire Sites

  • There is a campfire site and a lean-to shelter on the east shore of Myllylahti Bay.
  • The Meidän Metsä (our forest) lean-to shelter is situated at Toralahti Bay in the western part of the area.
  • Additionally there is a company lean-to shelter in the vicinity of the visitor centre, which can only be used by reservation. Reservations can be made at the visitor centre.
  • Lighting campfires is forbidden also at the constructed campfire sites if the forest fire warning is in effect.
  • More information about lighting campfires can be found at Hiking in Finland.

Drinking Water

Waste Management

  • There are waste bins at the Häme Visitor Centre beach.
  • The outdoors destinations within the nature reserve do not have waste bins. It is the responsibility of each hiker to dispose of waste that accumulates during your trip. Take all waste out of the area to recycling points.
  • Read more about Hiking without Littering.


  • There are toilets including a toilet for the disabled at the visitor centre.
  • There are dry toilets at the dressing room located on the beach by the visitor centre as well as in the vicinity of both the area's campfire sites.

Overnight stays

Camping and Lean-to Shelters

  • Staying overnight in the area is an Everyman's Right.

Lodging in the Surrounding Area

  • Eerikkilä Sports institute ( is situated on the northern edge of the Ruostejärvi area. It offers several sorts of lodging choices from hostel to hotel rooms.
  • There are also several choices for lodging in the surrounding municipalities, such as hotels, rental cabins, a camping ground as well as private farm enterprises with accommodation. More information available from the municipality of Tammela (, in Finnish) and town of Forssa (

Services for the Disabled

  • The Häme Visitor Centre has been designed so that it is easily accessible for the disabled. All the areas can be reached by wheelchair and there is a toilet for the disabled on the premises.
  • Visitors can get to the visitor centre from the parking area by wheelchair along a sandy trail. The visitor centre is 300 metres from the parking area.
  • There is a beautiful natural sandy beach on the trail; Lapinniemenpolku which is near the beach is at least partially suited for the disabled if they are assisted.
  • Disabled visitors may drive by car from the parking area via the maintenance road all the way to the visitor centre. The visitor centre's staff can open the beam across the maintenance road if needed.

Other Services in the Surrounding Area

  • The closest shop is in Letku about 5 km from the visitor centre.
  • Other services can be found in Tammela (, in Finnish) 15 km from the area and in Forssa ( 20 km from the area.

Services Offered by Partners in Ruostejärvi