Services in Isojärvi National Park

Check regional Covid-instructions before your hiking trip or a visit to a nature center.

Liminganlahti Nature Centre is closed 1.1.-4.2.2022. The Finnish Nature Centre Haltia is closed 10.1.–1.2.2022. Koli Nature Centre Ukko is closed 1.1.–20.2.2022. Kuusamo Customer Service Karhuntassu is closed 13.1.–31.1.2022.

In other nature centers in Finland, we require the use of a facial mask and keeping the 2 meter distance to other visitors. In addition, there may be requirements to show the Covid pass, and/or the number of visitors can be limited. More information Nature centers. The length of the restrictions depends on the region. More regional information can be found at the Finnish institute for health and welfare website.
The Savotta trail and mountain bike trail are flooded. The beaver has dammed the creek between Kuorejärvi and Kurkijärvi. There is an estimated water depth of 30 cm on both sides of the bridge.

In front of a cottage there is an information board. Benches and a table are present in the yard, the door to the cottage is open.

Customer Service

Tel. int. +358 206 39 5270, mon-fri 09:00-15:00

Cafe Heretty
Tel. int. +358 44 532 5955 (Minna), +358 44 049 5067 (Vesa)

Services Offered by Enterprises and Organisations in the National Park

Meals, where to buy and prepare

Heretty summer cafe

  • Opening hours in 2021:
    • From 30.4. to the end of September Tuesday - Sunday 11:00-17:00.
    • In October open on Saturdays and Sundays 11:00-17:00. In addition 19.-22.10.2021 open from Tuesday to Friday 11:00-17:00 (autumn semester week 42).
  • You can also hire a row boat, a canoe, a kayak, a fatbike, hiking equipment, a packraft or accommodation from Heretty cafe.
  • Reservations for groups in advance.
  • Contact: +358 44 532 5955 (Minna), +358 44 049 5067 (Vesa), erataival(at)
  • Address: Kylämäntie 1335, Kuhmoinen
  • Website: Isojärvi Outdoors (, in Finnish)


There are no shops in Isojärvi area. The nearest shops can be found in Länkipohja and Kuhmoinen.

Campfire Sites and Cooking Shelters

There are hikers with a dog by the campfire in the accessible cooking shelter. The cooking shelter has a flue.

  • Kannuslahti: an accessible cooking shelter (with flue) and an accessible campfire site,
  • Kuorejärvi: a campfire site and a lean-to shelter
  • Vahterjärvi: a campfire site and a lean-to shelter
  • Lortikka: a campfire site on the south shore of the Lake Lortikkalampi,
  • Kalalahti: a campfire site and lean-to shelter
  • Renusaari: a campfire site and lean-to shelter

When the forest fire warning or the grass fire warning is in effect, fire lighting is allowed only in the built fireplace of the cooking shelter in Kannuslahti. Check the current warnings (

Vahterjärvi campfire site and lean-to seen from the other side of the lake.

A child pumping water from a well.Drinking Water

  • There are two wells at Heretty cabin. Water in the new well (closer to the cabin) is suitable for drinking. Water in the old well (near the road) has been tested and should be used other purposes, such as washing dishes.
  • 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.
  • There is a recycling point in Heretty behind the horse stable.
  • Read more about Hiking without Littering.


There is a dry toilet at each campfire site. In addition, there are dry toilets at parking areas of Heretty and Huhtala.

Overnight Stays

Camping and Lean-to Shelters

Camping out temporarily is allowed at the tent sites, in the lean-to shelters and in the vicinity of the campfire sites.

  • The tent sites and lean-to shelters are situated in Kuorejärvi, Vahterjärvi, Kalalahti and Renusaari.
  • The other campfire sites are situated in Kannuslahti and on the south shore of Lake Lortikkalampi.

Rental Huts

  • Lortikka and Luutsaari rental huts. Bookings via +358 44 532 5955 (Minna), +358 44 049 5067 (Vesa), erataival(at)
  • Heretty Rental Huts 1 and 2  


Caravan tourists can stay at Heretty parking area, but there are no special services.

Equipment Rental

Heretty cafe and other nationalpark's partner enterprises rent row boats, canoes, kayaks, hiking equipment and packrafts.

Accessible Services

There is an accessible dry toilet in Heretty. In Kannuslahti there is accessible cooking shelter and campfire place.

Services for Boaters

There is a parking area and boat launching place in Nokipohja, North-West to Huhtala croft. In Kalalahti and Renusaari there are canoe jetties.

Other Services in the Surrounding Area

The nearest banks, post offices, health centres, pharmacies and petrol stations can be found in the municipalities of Länkipohja (, in Finnish), 14 km, and Kuhmoinen (, in Finnish), 17 km.

Heretty Nature Trail Brochure

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