Palovartijan maja Open Wilderness Hut

Palovartijan maja Open Wilderness Hut. Photo: Saara Airaksinen.

This open wilderness hut was previously a fire guard's home. It is situated at the top of Pookivaara Hill in Rokua National Park. It is on Keisarinkierros Hiking Trail (Emperor's Circle Trail) about 2 km south from the Wilderness Hotel Rokuanhovi and ski stadium. The hut was built in 1936 and functioned as a fire guard hut up to the year 1975.


Open wilderness hut for 2 persons.


Kainuu, Municipality of Vaala, Rokua National Park



Palovartijan tupa, coordinates: Euref-Fin (~ WGS84) lat: 64° 33.8711' lon: 26° 29.7029'  ETRS-TM35FIN: N: 7160018 E: 475801


A stove


  • Hikers must bring their own drinking water. The quality of the water in the well situated on the grounds of the hut has not been tested.
  • Pets are not permitted in the hut.
  • Safety on hiking

Waste Management

There are not waste bins at the hut. Hikers are adviced to bring their own waste out of the area. Read more about Hiking Without Littering.

Maintenance and Management

Metsähallitus, Parks & Wildlife Finland.

For more information contact 

Liminka Bay Visitor Centre, tel. +358(0)206 39 6059.

Guidelines on Using Open Wilderness Huts

Read Guidelines on Using Open Wilderness Huts.

Information for Companies and Big Groups

Do you plan to organize guided excursions to the Finnish National Parks or other protected areas? It is possible due to partnership agreement with Metsähallitus, Parks & Wildlife Finland.


Many kinds of Huts for the Hiker. Please note, that it is not allowed for big groups or commercial groups to overnight in Open Wilderness Huts and in Day Trip Huts

A hand holding a mobile phone showing Open the map of Palovartijan tupa in


Outdoor Etiquette

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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