Palovartija House, Rental hut

This rental hut is reserved for shepherds until the end of August. From the beginning of September Palovartija can be booked from -webshop. Main building: 83 m2 /2 pers. + 2 pers. Also on the grounds: bunkhouse (sleeps 4), waterfront sauna and root cellar. Palovartija House is subject to the terms and guidelines of Metsähallitus rental huts.

Originally built in 1845 and last renovated in 2005, Palovartija House is located on a high esker ridge in the beautiful national landscape of Punkaharju. Well-stocked Lake Pihlajavesi is right next to the hut. Visitors to Palovartija House can easily explore the National landscape and sights of Punkaharju.


  • Eastern Finland, South Savo, Savonlinna (, Punkaharju Nature Reserve
  • Address: Punkaharjun harjutie 124, 58500 Punkaharju
  • Coordinates: WGS84 lat: 61.77120 lon: 29.34940
  • Palovartija House is located on the shore of Lake Pihlajavesi, close to ship traffic. The hut can be reached by car from Punkaharjun harjutie. There is parking space for a few cars on the hut grounds.


By car

  • Palovartija House can be reached by car on highway 14; 32 km from Savonlinna and 90 km from Imatra. The hut is 370 km from Helsinki. When driving in from the south, turn onto Punkaharjun harjutie 4792, drive another 1.2 km, and then turn left at the address sign 124 onto the narrow cottage road, which runs up the ridge. The hut is approximately 200 metres from Harjutie.

By public transportation

By boat

  • Palovartija House can easily be reached by boat from the fairways on Lake Pihlajavesi and Lake Puruvesi. There is no pier on the shore.


  • Shepherds’ Week season 5 June - 7 August 2023, rate: 600 € / week (incl. 10% VAT)
  • Rental season 7 August - 1 October 2023, rates starting from 200 € / 2 days (incl. 10% VAT)
  • The reservation day starts at 2 pm and ends at 12 noon the next day.
  • The rate does not include the final cleaning fee.


  • The information regarding the keys is given in the reservation confirmation.


  • In the main building, the bedroom has a double bed and there is a pull-out sofa in the main room. The bunkhouse has bunks for four (pillows and duvets - no sheets included), electric lighting, stove and refrigerator. Kitchen utensils and dishware for eight. Electric heating only in the main building. Outhouse as a toilet.
  • There is a campfire site next to the sauna.
  • The wood-burning waterfront sauna is located at the foot of the hill, on the shore of an esker pond.
  • There is a rowboat at the guests’ disposal on the shore of Lake Pihlajavesi.
  • A responsible hiker practices litter-free hiking and leaves no trace.


Maintenance and Management

Booking information

Book from Eräluvat-webshop

Terms of reservation

Read the terms of reservation.

Guidelines on using Rental Huts

Read Guidelines on using Rental Huts.

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 ( 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

A cartoon picture of a family walking on a summer path.

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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