Customer Service and Guidance

  • There are information boards at the Kivalot and Hankasalmenaho parking areas.
  • For more information on the area contact Pilke House Customer Service.

Services offered by enterprises and other organisations

Meals, Where to Buy and Prepare

Campfire Sites and Huts

  • There are five lean-to shelters in the mire reserve and each has a campfire site. They are located:
    • Next to the Hangassalmenaho parking area.
    • At the Kivalot starting point (no maintenance at the moment).
    • At the northwest of Martimojärvi, there is a lean-to shelter in a bog islet.
    • At Jääkärikämppä day-trip hut (maintained by the Keminmaa municipality).
    • Kurkioja lean-to shelter on the ski trail at the reserve's western boundary (maintained by the Keminmaa municipality).
  • Open Wilderness Huts
  • Day-trip Huts
  • It is prohibited to light campfires even in the designated campfire sites if the forest fire warning or the grass fire warning is in effect. Check the current warnings (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi).
    • This prohibition does not apply to the fireplace in Jääkärinkämppä or the stoves in Koivuselkä, Saunasaari, Kaltiolampi, Kivalo and Martimo-ojan Niittytupa open wilderness huts.

Kivalo open wilderness hut. Photo: Olli Vainio

Waste Management

  • There are no waste bins in the area. This means that each visitor is responsible for his or hers own waste and must make sure it is brought out of the area to a recycling point. Biodegradable waste should be placed in a dry toilet or composter, and small amounts of clean paper and cardboard can be used as kindling in a campfire.
  • There are recycling points for glass and metal and bins for mixed waste at Kivalot and Hangassalmenaho parking areas.
  • Read more about Hiking Without Littering.

Toilets

  • There are dry toilets at each of the area's lean-to shelters and wilderness huts.

Overnight stays

Camping and Lean-to shelters

There area five lean-to shelters in the mire reserve. Camping is allowed in their vicinity. The lean-to shelters are located:

  • Next to the Kivalot parking area (no maintenance at the moment).
  • Next to the Hangassalmenaho parking area.
  • On the shore of Lake Martimojärvi (Martimojärvi lean-to shelter).
  • On the ski trail at the reserve's west boundary (Kurkioja lean-to shelter).
  • At Jääkärikämppä day-trip hut.

At the Lake Martimoaapa lean-to shelter. Photo: Juha Paso

Open and Reservable Wilderness Huts

There are five open wilderness huts in the mire reserve of which Koivuselkä and Saunasaari are located on a hiking trail.

In addition to there is also a day-trip hut called Jääkärikämppä in the area.

Services for the Disabled

  • There are duckboards which can be travelled by wheelchair from the parking area to Hangassalmenaho lean-to shelter. There is also a toilet for the disabled there.

Lodging and Other Services in the Surrounding Area

  • For information on services in the surrounding area see the websites of the following municipalities: Kemi (www.kemi.fi), Simo (www.simo.fi, in Finnish), Keminmaa (www.keminmaa.fi, in Finnish) and Tervola (www.tervola.fi, in Finnish).
  • Versatile information on Lapland and tourist services in the area can be found on the Lapland tourism website (www.lapland.fi).