What's Currently Happening in Kolovesi National Park

Winter in Kolovesi

(Updated 9 January 2019)

Nature in Kolovesi has settled down for the winter. No winter maintenance is performed on the roads, parking areas or trails in the park. It is not safe to move on the ice, as currents may keep it treacherously thin in the narrows of Lake Kolovesi, even after a hard frost. 

In winter, visitors are not allowed on the islands in the national park, in the park's water areas, motor vehicles are prohibited from moving on the ice. All movement on the islets and snowdrifts by the shore is prohibited in order to avoid disturbing Saimaa ringed seals, which give birth to pups in nests in the snow drifts on the shores of small islets.

In Pitkäsaari southern and Lapinniemi excursion harbours there is no firewood

(Updated on 9 January 2019)

In Pitkäsaari southern and Lapinniemi excursion harbours there is no firewood. 
If you wish, you may fetch firewood from the nearby excursion harbour to the southern campfire site of Pitkäsaari. 
In Lapinniemi food must be cooked on camping cookers. If you wish, you may fetch firewood from the nearby excursion harbour (for examle from Laajakaarre).
It is prohibited to collect firewood from the nature!

In Karjalansaari, to the north of Kolovesi National Park, there is no excursion harbour. It has been taken down.

Huhtiniemi and Mäntysalo Rental Huts

(Updated 9 January 2019)

Huhtiniemi and Mäntysalo (Mäntysalo in finnish only now) Rental Huts can now be booked from the web shop eraluvat.fi or from the service number +358 20 69 2424.

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. The one who lights a fire is always responsible for its safe use. Please note, that making fire at these campfire sites can be banned locally. 

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

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