Customer Service and Guidance 

Photo: Anna Pakkanen

Meals, Where to Buy and Prepare

The closest food stores are located in Savukoski and Pelkosenniemi.

Campfire sites

  • The starting point of the Kivitunturi Nature Trail: a cooking shelter
  • Sotsonportti: a cooking shelter and a campfire site
  • Äitipetäjänlampi: a lean-to shelter and a campfire site
  • It is prohibited to light campfires even in the designated campfire sites if the wildfire warning is in effect. Check the current warnings (
    • The prohibition does not apply to cooking shelters at Sotsonportti and the trailhead. 
  • More information about lighting campfires can be found at Hiking in Finland.

Drinking Water

  • Drinking water can be drawn from the creek at the Sotsonportti and Kivikuru rest stops and directly from the Äitipetäjänlampi Pond. In addition to these, there are also a few other ponds and creeks along the trails. Surface water, such as water taken from ponds and creeks, should be boiled for a few minutes before drinking, as water quality varies from place to place and according to temperature.

Waste Management

  • Take your waste out of the area as there are no waste bins. Small amounts of biodegradable waste can be placed in a dry toilet and small amounts of clean paper and cardboard can be used as kindling when making a campfire. Read more about Hiking without Littering.


  • There are dry toilets at the starting point and at the Sotsonportti cooking shelter and Äitipetäjänlampi lean-to shelter. 

Overnight Stays

Camping and lean-to-shelters

  • In the Kivitunturi area, visitors may stay overnight at Äitipetäjänlampi lean-to shelter surroundings with a tent, and in accordance with Everyman's Right elsewhere.

Staying Overnight Nearby

Accessible Services

  • The trails in Kivitunturi area are not suitable for those with restrictions in moving. There are a lot of height differences and stairs. 

Other Services in the Surrounding Area

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.