Drinking Water

  • There are no water points along the trail.
  • The surface water from the lakes, rivers and brooks must be boiled before use. Water in the springs and running water in the brooks is usually good for drinking. However, the quality of the water cannot be monitored, so the use of natural water is at your own risk.
  • Look at the tips for outdoors drinking water in Hiking in Finland -pages.

Breakfast by the River Koitajoki. Photo: Anne Väänänen

Waste Management

  • There are no waste-bins in the park. Measures should be taken in advance to avoid taking unnecessary waste into the area. Of the waste that accumulates during your trip, you can use campfire sites to burn those articles which can safely be burnt, and leave biodegradable waste in the dry toilets. Take all other waste out of the area. Read more about Hiking without Littering.

Firewood Supply

  • At each campfire site, open wilderness hut and lean-to shelter there is a supply of firewood as well as an axe to chop it with.

Maintenance and Management

  • Metsähallitus Natural Heritage Services Southern Finland is responsible for waste management and firewood maintenance along Tapion taival Trail. For more information contact Nature Centre Ukko in Koli.


  • There are dry toilets at every lean-to shelter, open wilderness hut and campfire site. There is a dry toilet for the disabled at Polvikoski campfire site.

Overnight stays

Camping and Lean-to Shelters

  • Camping is allowed for 1 to 3 days as an Everyman's Right (www.ym.fi) at any point along the trail except for in Koivusuo Strict Nature Reserve. However, we recommend that you camp at campfire sites or at Lakonkangas lean-to shelter.
  • There are also other lean-to shelters as well as open wilderness huts in the Koitajoki Area on the trails connected to Tapion taival Trail.


Wilderness Huts

  • Hanhikoski on the western bank of the River Koitajoki about 2 km north of Lakonkangas.
  • Niemipuro on the western bank of the River Koitajoki at the point where the River 


Other Services

  • The closest shop is at Ilomantsi, which is about 50 km from Polvikoski at Koitajoki.
  • More information on renting hiking equipment is available in Finnish on the municipality of Ilomantsi (www.ilomantsi.fi) website as well as in several languages including English on the Karelia Expert website (www.visitkarelia.fi).