Customer Service

Metsähallitus
Tel. int. +358 206 39 5270 (mon-fri 09:00-15:00)
sisasuomi(at)metsa.fi

Services Offered by Enterprises and Organisations in the National Park

Meals, where to buy and prepare

Shops, cafés and restaurants

  • Lauhansarvi Nature Tourism Centre (www.lauha.fi, in Finnish) in the municipality of Isojoki offers restaurant and accommodation services. It is open round the year, tel.int. +358 40 825 8751.
  • In the municipality centre of Isojoki (12 km), there are all basic services.

Campfire Sites, Cooking Shelters and Lean-to Shelter

  • Kaivolammi: campfire place
  • Lauha lean-to Shelter: campfire place
  • East and west side of Lake Spitaalijärvi: campfire place
  • West side of Lake Spitaalijärvi: cooking shelter

At the Kaivolammi campfire place. Photo: Timo Nieminen

Lighting campfires is not allowed even at the campfire places if the forest fire warning or the grass fire warning is in effect.

At the cooking shelter at Lake Spitaalijärvi, the fireplace with chimney can be used also during the forest fire warning or the grass fire warning. Check the current warnings (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi).

Drinking Water

  • There is a well in the vicinity of Lauhan kämppä cabin. The well's water has been tested and was found to be clean.
  • A spring on the east side of Lake Spitaalijärvi. The water must be boiled before drinking.
  • Spring areas around the trail from Lake Spitaalijärvi to Kivijata, the water has not been tested.
  • The water in Lauhanvuori area is generally suitable for drinking, but it has not been tested.

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.
  • Read more about Hiking without Littering.

Toilets

  • There are dry toilets at the top of Lauhanvuori Hill, on the grounds of the Lauhan kämppä cabin, and at Lakes Spitaalijärvi and Kaivolampi.

Overnight Stays

Camping

  • Camping is allowed on camping sites at Lake Kaivolampi and at the east side of Lake Spitaalijärvi.

Caravans

  • There are parking area with electricity at the Nature Tourism Centres in Lauhansarvi (www.lauha.fi, in Finnish). On the parking are at Lake Spitaalijärvi, it is allowed to stay in a caravan, but there are no other services in the area. There is space for only two caravans.

Rental Huts

  • The Lauha Rental Hut located inside the National Park can be rented from beginning of April until end of October.

Lodging in the Surrounding Area

  • Information on lodging in the surrounding area can be found on the webpages of the municipalities of Isojoki (www.isojoki.fi, in Finnish) and Kauhajoki (www.kauhajoki.fi).

Services for the Disabled

  • To Lake Spitaalijärvi in the middle of the park it is possible to get by wheelchair. The distance is about 500 m from the parking area. There is a 0,5-km-trail on the lake shore, and a cooking shelter and a dry toilet suitable for the disabled.

Other Services in the Surrounding Area

  • The nearest bank and shop services are at Isojoki (12 km).
  • The nearest petrol stations are in Isojoki (12 km) and Honkajoki (20 km).
  • It is possible to rent a sauna in Muurahainen and Lauhansarvi Nature Tourism Centres.

Sights in the Surrounding Area

  • Mustasaarenkeidas is a protected mire at Isojoki, where there are a 1,3-km-long circular duckboard trail and observation tower. The area is managed by Metsähallitus. More information from Metsähallitus, Tel. int. +358 206 39 5270 (tue-fri 10:00-14:00), seitseminen(at)metsa.fi.
  • Hyypänjokilaakso (www.kauhajoki.fi) in Kauhajoki is a landscape area of national value.
  • Kauhaneva - Pohjankangas National Park

Services Offered by Partners in Lauhanvuori National Park

ilmatieteenlaitos.fiCheck for Warnings

When forest and grass fire 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. 

Check the current warnings (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi).

Destination Brochure

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