Customer Service and Guidance


Drinking Water

  • Visitors can get drinking water from Häme Visitor Centre during its opening hours.
  • Read tips on drinking water on the Hiking in Finland pages.


Waste Management

  • There are no waste-bins in the trail. Measures should be taken in advance to avoid taking unnecessary waste into the area. Biodegradable waste should be placed in a toilet and small amounts of clean paper and cardboard can be used as kindling in a campfire.
  • There are bins for mixed waste at the lake shore by Häme Visitor Centre in Ruostejärvi Recreation Area.
  • Read more about Hiking Without Littering.

Campfire site at Siltalahti Bay. Photo: Elina Nystedt

Campfire Sites

  • Campfire sites in Ruostejärvi Recreation Area:
    • 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 Lapiniemi lean-to shelter in the vicinity of the visitor centre, which can be reserved by companies from Häme Visitor Centre. Hikers can use the shelter without charge as long as it is not reserved.
  • Campfire sites in Liesjärvi National Park are situated
    • at Siltalahti Bay at the south end of Lake Tapolanjärvi
    • at Lake Peukalolammi
    • at Lake Kaksvetinen
    • at the Savilahti camping area
    • at Korteniemi
    • at Lake Onkimaanjärvi
  • 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.


Firewood Supply

  • Lean-to shelters are supplied with firewood as well as tools to cut it with. Lapiniemi lean-to shelter is an exception and doesn't have an axe.

Maintenance and Management

  • The municipalities of Tammela (www.tammela.fi, in Finnish) and Loppi (www.loppi.fi) maintain the trail.
  • Ruostejärvi Recreation Area is managed and maintained by the Ruostejärvi care and management committee, while Liesjärvi National park is managed and maintained by Metsähallitus.


Toilets

  • There are dry toilets in the same building as the dressing rooms at Lake Ruostejärvi beach. The dry toilets are open during the summer 10 am to 9 pm every day. During the rest of the year visitors can ask for a key to the dry toilets at Häme Visitor Centre.
  • In Ruostejärvi Recreation Area there are dry toilets near both the Myllylahti and Toralahti lean-to shelters.
  • There is a toilet and a toilet for the disabled at Häme Visitor Centre.
  • There are dry toilets at Lake Onkimaanjärvi and at Korteniemi.


Overnight Stays

Camping and Lean-to Shelters

  • Savilahti camping ground is situated by the trail in Liesjärvi National Park. Additionally Finland's Everyman's Rights state that visitors can stay overnight in tents at other places by the trail for short periods, outside the National Park.
  • Myllylahti lean-to shelter in Ruostejärvi Recreation Area is situated at Myllylahti Bay on Lake Ruostejärvi, about 100 m from the trail in the direction of Eerikkälä Sports Institute. There is also a good swimming spot at the lean-to shelter. There is no official beach.
  • In Liesjärvi National Park there are lean-to shelters at Lakes Kaksvetinen and Peukalolammi.
  • There is a lean-to shelter base at Lake Onkimaanjärvi.
  • Visitors may stay over night in lean-to shelters for on to two nights at a time.


Other Services

  • Häme Nature Centre is located in Ruostejärvi Recreation Area, and offers visitors information on hiking destinations in the surrounding area. There is a café at the visitor centre.
  • More services can be found in Tammela (www.tammela.fi, in Finnish) and Loppi (www.loppi.fi).