Mäntysalonkämppä, Rental Hut

Exceptionally, bookings for the reservation and rental huts maintained by National Parks Finland for the year 2025 can only be made starting from the beginning of November 2024. More information

Mäntysalonkämppä rental hut serves as a destination even for a group. There is a large common room, one bedroom and a kitchen and the size of the hut is 120 m2. There is accommodation for 10 people in bunk beds in the common room, four in the bedroom. Metsähallitus, Parks & Wildlife Finland`s National terms of Reservation and the guidelines on using Rental Huts apply at Huhtiniemi. 


Mäntysalonkämppä rental hut is situated on the eastern shore of Mäntysalo Island on the northern end of Kolovesi National Park. The hut, an old loggers' cabin built in 1940, was restored for its current purpose in 2006-2007. The Mäntysalonkämppä hut is situated on an island, and tenants must arrange passage from the mainland to the island independently. A 1.7 km connecting path runs from the hut to the Mäntysalo nature trail. The Mäntysalo nature trail is 3.8 km long.


  • Eastern Finland, North Karelia Region, Heinävesi, Kolovesi National Park
  • Address: Mäntysalo 28, 79700 Heinävesi
  • Mäntysalonkämppä, coordinates:
    • Euref-Fin (~ WGS84) lat: 62° 17.7689' lon: 28° 46.3476' (Use these coordinates for 112 emergency calls)
    • ETRS-TM35FIN: N: 6908431 E: 591925



By boat

  • The hut is accessible from the south by canoe, rowing boat or electric motor boat. Motor boats with internal combustion engine may not enter the southern part of Kolovesi National Park. The hut is approximately 17 km away from the Käkövesi guidance and boat launching site and approximately 9 km from the Kirkkoranta guidance and boat launching site.
  • From the north, the hut is accessible from the boat route, the so-called Heinävesi route across the northern part of the national park. The hut is approximately 2.5 km away from the route. From the north, the hut is also accessible by motor boat.

By car

  • It is about 15 km from the municipality of Enonkoski to the boat launching place of Käkövesi, where there is an information board with a map. The way is signposted from the centre of Enonkoski, from where you need to continue in the road no 471 to the ferry over Hanhivirta and onto the fork of the road going to Käkövesi boat launching place, where there is a brown and white sign to Kolovesi National Park Käkövesi. There is a parking area at Käkövesi  boat launching place. Parking area is not ploughed in winter.
  • The Kirkkoranta guidance and boat launching site is also accessible from road no. 471. Kirkkoranta is 25 km from Enonkoski, approximately 23 km from Savonranta and around 30 km from Heinävesi. A sign for the Kolovesi National Park stands at the crossroads for Kirkkoranta. There is a parking area at the end of the road.

By Public Transportation

  • The Kolovesi National Park is not accessible by public transport and there are no regular bus services to the park. Some bus services run to Enonkoski from Savonlinna and Heinävesi. Always check the timetables (matkahuolto.fi). Enonkoski is about 33 km from Savonlinna and 55 km from Heinävesi.


  • Available by reservation from 24 May to 28 September 2024.
  • Rental day is from 2 pm until 12 noon the next day
  • 110 €/day - 545 €/week (incl. VAT 10%)


  • Information concerning the keys will be provided after making the reservation.


  • Bunk beds with mattresses, pillows and quilts. No bedlinen or towels provided. 
  • No electricity.
  • Gas stove and fridge.
  • Cooking utensils and tableware for 16 people.
  • Wood-burning stove in the kitchen-living room. No basic heating. Please note that it will take some time for the hut to warm up.
  • There are candles and battery-powered lanterns at the hut for lighting. We recommend that you bring your own lights with you.
  • A campfire site in the yard. Campfires are prohibited when the wildfire warning is in effect.
  • A dry toilet in the yard, but no toilet paper available.
  • There is a well in the yard. The quality of the water in the well has been analysed and boiling is recommended before using it as drinking water. 
  • There is a jetty for boats and canoes/kayaks by the shore. Water by the shore deepens quickly.
  • The lakeside sauna is wood-burning.

Waste Management

  • There are no waste containers at the hut. According to Metsähallitus principles, waste management at the hut is based on self-management of waste.
  • You can burn small amounts of paper and cardboard in the fire.
  • Take biodegradable waste into the composting toilet.
  • There is a “well” for greywater at the western end of the outbuilding.
  • Empty the cooled ashes from the fireplaces into the dedicated ash containers.
  • Other waste must be brought to recycling points. The Kirkkoranta waste collection point has containers for metal, mixed waste and clear and coloured glass.
  • Read more about Hiking without Littering


  • Tenants must arrange passage from the mainland to the island independently.
  • In the winter, 1.1.-30.4., it is forbidden to enter any of the islands (including Mäntysalo) in the park.
  • The water drawn from the well must be boiled when used for cooking and as drinking water.
  • There are no accessible services in the hut.
  • There is no basic heating in the hut.
  • No toilet paper available.
  • Pets are not permitted in the hut.
  • Camping in the yard is not allowed. 
  • Lighting fire at the yard `s campfire site is forbidden if the wildfire warnings is in effect (ilmatieteenlaitos.fi).
  • Safety on hiking

Customer service and maintenance 

  • Maintenance is carried out by: Metsähallitus, Parks & Wildlife Finland.
  • General observations, customer service and maintenance needs:
    Saimaa Nature Centre Riihisaari, Riihisaari, 57130 Savonlinna, Finland. Telephone: +358 206 39 5929. Please notice that the calls can sometimes be re-directed to Koli Nature Centre Ukko.
  • Acute maintenance needs: Tel. +358 (0)400 191 542
  • E-mail: saimaa(at)metsa.fi

Booking information

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Terms of reservation

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Guidelines on using Rental Huts

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112 Emergency Number

If you have an emergency during your trip, such as getting lost, injured or finding a wildfire, call 112. Read more detailed emergency instructions.

Download the 112 Finland application (112.fi) to your phone. When an emergency call is made through the 112 Finland application, the emergency centre attendant is automatically informed of the caller's location.

It is recommended to keep the mobile phone warm and to bring extra food and water with you. There are many excursion locations with no mobile coverage and some mobile phones does not work in sub-zero temperatures, that is why it is always a good idea to let someone know about your itinerary and timetable.

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Outdoor Etiquette

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1. Respect nature.

2. Mainly use marked trails.

3. Camp only where it is allowed.

4. Light your campfire only where it is allowed.

5. Do not litter.

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