Services in Helvetinjärvi National Park

Customer Service

Metsähallitus Parks & Wildlife Finland 
Tel. +358 (0)206 39 5270

Services Offered by Enterprises and Organisations in the National Park

Meals, where to buy and prepare

Restaurant Helvetin Portti

  • There is a restaurant at Kankimäki parking area (Helvetinkoluntie 775), +358 3 476 6104. Information and maps are available at the restaurant. Restaurant services include also accommodation, Caravan-park and WLAN connection. Restaurants specialty is wild boar and ostrich meals.

Campfire Sites, Cooking Shelters and Day-use Hut

  • Heinälahti: Campfire site
  • Haukanhieta: 2 Campfire sites and cooking shelter (with flue)
  • Iso Ruokejärvi: Campfire site
  • Helvetinkolu: Campfire site and day-use hut, where wooden stove and fireplace (with flue)
  • Luomajärvi: Campfire site,
  • Luomanlahti: cooking shelter (with flue)
  • Ruokejärvet: Campfire site 
  • Valkoinen: Campfire site

Please note that lighting campfire is not allowed if the wildfire warning is in effect. Check the current warnings (

  • This prohibition does not apply to cooking shelters or other fireplaces with a flue.

Drinking Water

  • There is a well at Haukanhieta. 
  • Surface water, such as water from lakes, rivers and brooks should be boiled before drinking, because the quality of the water varies in different areas.

Waste Management

There are no waste-bins in the area. Measures should be taken in advance to avoid taking unnecessary waste into the area. Biodegradable waste should be placed in a dry toilet and small amounts of clean paper and cardboard can be used as kindling in a campfire.Toilets at Haukanhieta are emptied with suction. Do not put any food waste or other garbage in them. Read more about Hiking without Littering.


In the National Park there are dry toilets at each campfire site and camping site. Also the restaurant at Kankimäki has a toilet.

Overnight Stays


In Helvetinjärvi National Park there are six free camping sites with campfire site, firewood shelter, axe, and dry toilet. The camping sites are located at

  • Heinälahti,
  • Haukanhieta,
  • Iso Ruokejärvi,
  • Luomajärvi,
  • Ruokejärvi and
  • Valkoinen.

In Helvetinjärvi National Park there are no lean-to shelters.

Camping in Haukanhieta. Photo: Timo Nieminen

Caravans and Camper Vans

Staying overnight in a caravans or camper vans is allowed at Haukanhieta parking area. There are no special services for visitors with caravans.

Rental Cabins

Hiedan maja´s cabin in the National Park can be rented from the end of May until the end of October.

Information and reservations Metsähallitus, Tel. int. +358 206 39 5270 (mon-fri 9:00-15:00), seitseminen(at)

Lodging in the Surrounding Areas

Accessible Services

The National Park landscape is quite demanding, due to differences in altitude. Only at Haukanhieta the surroundings are accessible by wheelchair, but it is recommended wheelchair users have an assistant. There is an accessible toilet at the restaurant in Kankimäki.

Other Services in the Surrounding Areas

  • In the municipality centre of Ruovesi, about 20 km from Helvetinkolu, and in Kuru, about 25 km from Haukanhieta, there are all basic services.
  • Nearest place to get fuel is Ruovesi.
  • Information on canoe and boat rental in the surrounding areas can be found in Metsähallitus, Tel. int. +358 206 39 5270 (mon-fri 9:00-15:00), sisasuomi(at)

Check for Warnings

When wildfire 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. 

Drawing of a fireplace. The drawing shows the roof, the flue and off the ground.

Helvetinjärvi Brochure

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