What's Currently Happening in Kolovesi National Park

Report Seal Carcasses or seals in need of help

It is essential for the conservation of the Saimaa ringed seal that all dead seals are examined. Please, report +358 206 39 5000. More information.

Check for Warnings

When wildfire warnings (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi) 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.

Roads and routes open

(Updated 19.5.2024)

The Nahkiaissalontie road leading to the starting point of the Nahkiaissalo nature trail can now also be driven by car. The road to Kirkkoranta was already drivable before.

Kolovesi National Park in the winter

(updated 17.12.2023)

Kolovesi National Park is closed for the winter. In order to protect the nesting peace of the Saimaa ringed seal, the area is only suitable for summertime activities. During the winter, it is forbidden to enter any of the islands in the park, and the roads leading to the area do not have winter maintenance. There is no winter maintenance on the snowy roads or routes in the National Park area. The Nahkiaissalontie road leading to the starting point of the Nahkiaissalo Nature Trail and Hirviniemi Trail is often covered with snow for a long time in the spring, and due to the long uphill, the return trip from the Nahkiaissalo parking area back to the main road can be challenging. Welcome again in spring after the snow has melted.

Accessibility improved in Hirviniemi

(Updated 3/8/2023)

Accessible services have been improved in the Hirviniemi area during the summer and there are now also an accessible toilet, a canoe pier, a campfire site and a tent site.

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