Customer Service and Guidance

  • There are boards along the trail with information on the area's nature.
  • There is no guidance in Tiilikkajärvi National Park at the Sammakkotammi information point after year 2006. The information point is located by road 5850 (Rautavaara - Valtimo) on the shore of Lake Sammakkojärvi.
  • Visitors can reserve a guide to travel the trail with them at Metsäkartano nature tourist centre (

Drinking Water

  • Visitors can buy drinking water at Metsäkartano nature tourist centre.
  • There is a well at Uiton kämppä wilderness hut in Tiilikkajärvi National Park. The water in the well has been tested and found to be safe to drink. The wilderness hut is not on this trail; it is located 3,5 km from the Sammakkotammi information point.
  • 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.

Waste Management

  • In Tiilikkajärvi National Park and on Virvatulten polku Trail each visitor is responsible for the waste that accumulates during his/her stay. Please bring all waste home with you. Dry toilets can also be used to compost biodegradable waste and there are instructions at campfire sites on what waste can be burnt. Read more about Hiking without Littering.

Firewood Supply

  • There is ready chopped firewood at Yrittisuo lean-to shelter. At Pankalampi lean-to shelter and Yrttilampi campfire site there is a saw for cutting and an axe for chopping the firewood.
  • 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.

Hikers having packed lunch at Yrttilampi campfire site. Photo: Katri Suhonen

Maintenance and Management

  • The municipality of Rautavaara is responsible for firewood maintenance at Pankalampi lean-to shelter.
  • Metsähallitus Natural Heritage Services Southern Finland is responsible for waste management and firewood maintenance at Yrttilampi campfire site. For more information contact Nature Centre Ukko in Koli.
  • Metsäkartano nature tourist centre is responsible for firewood maintenance at Yrittisuo lean-to shelter.


  • There are dry toilets at Sammakkotammi information point in Tiilikkajärvi National Park, at Yrttilampi campfire site and at Pankalampi lean-to shelter.
  • There are toilets at Metsäkartano nature tourist centre.

Overnight Stays

Camping and Lean-to Shelters

  • Camping is permitted at Yrttilampi campfire site, at Pankalampi lean-to shelter and at Yrittisuo lean-to shelter.
  • Pankalampi lean-to shelter is located on the east side of Lake Pankalampi and is maintained by the municipality of Rautavaara.
  • Yrittisuo lean-to shelter is located between the Yrittisuo bird watching tower and the road leading to Metsäkartano and is maintained by Metsäkartano.

Hotels, Rental Cabins, and Services for Caravan Tourists

  • A wilderness hotel and rental cabins in connection to Metsäkartano nature tourist centre ( offer accommodation for visitors.
    There is a separate camping ground for caravan tourists.

Other Services