Passage and movement restrictions
Suomu Nature Hut is open
Hiking conditions
Campfire sites and firewood
Ongoing research in Patvinsuo National Park

Karhunpolku trail (Patvinsuo to Ruunaa) bridge has been renewed

(Updated 2nd of June 2022)

Karhunpolku, trail which runs from Patvinsuo to Ruunaa hiking area and further to Kuhmo, is again in condition for hiking. The Niittykoski bridge on the Häähnijoki river has been reconstructed. The duckboards might still be under water after Aittakoski.


The Nälmänjoki rope-pulley ferry has been put in place

(Updated 20th of May 2022)

The Nälmänjoki rope-pulley ferry has been put into operation again. The ferry is located in the southern part of the Patvin kierto Circle Trail (25 km), between Pirskanlampi and Majaniemi camping areas. Patvin kierto Circle Trail can again be circled using the southern path. The conditions in the Patvinsuo trails and duckboards can be still wet in some places.

Check out Patvinsuo National Park's maps and trails when planning your hiking trip.

Insect Traps on the Shores of Lake Suomunjärvi

(Updated 20th of May 2022)

There are insect traps on the shores of Lake Suomunjärvi. They are not plastic rubbish. Insect traps are used to try to find out the species of beetles on sandy beaches. Please do not touch the traps if you happen to find it.

The researcher pours the liquid into a plastic jar sunk into the sandy beach. The second picture shows several traps on the beach.

Patvinsuo visitor survey has begun

(Updated 16th of May 2022)

A visitor survey and related interviews will be conducted in Patvinsuo National Park from mid-May to mid-September. Interviews are mainly conducted near Suomu Nature Hut, Suomunranta and Kurkilahti. Interviews are also conducted on Patvinsuo National Park’s and smaller parking areas.

The study examines visitor satisfaction, visitor structure, regional distribution of use, duration and reasons of visit, use of money, and timely distribution of use.

Participating to the survey takes about 10-15 minutes. We hope positive attitude and participation from the visitors. The results of the study will be utilized in the development of the area.

Suomu Nature Information Hut is open

(Updated 30th of April 2022)

The Suomu Nature Hut in Patvinsuo has been opened on 30th of April at 10 am. More information about the services and opening hours of the Suomu Nature Hut: Read more.

Shooting training at the Finnish Frontier Guard's restricted military area

(Updated 2nd of May 2022)

The Patvinkierto trail leading from Lahnalampi parking area to Pirskanlampi camping area goes next to the Finnish Frontier Guard's restricted military area. This shooting range is marked in the terrain by red circles around tree trunks. Entering the restricted area during shooting practice is strictly forbidden, so stay at the marked trails.

During 2022 shooting practice will take place:

  • 8.9.-11.9.2022
  • 26.9.-30.9.2022
  • 10.10.-13.10.2022
  • 24.10.-31.10.2022

There are signs in the areas vicinity and along trails leading to the area with information about shooting practice times.

Movement restrictions between 1.3.-10.7. at Patvinsuo National Park to ensure the peace of nesting birds

(Updated 1st of March 2022)

Restrictions on movement outside the marked trails began 1.3. in the restricted areas of Surkanlampi, Lahnasuo and Hulkkonen and around Teretinniemi. Movement outside the marked routes is prohibited between 1 March and 10 July 2022 in order to ensure the peace of the nesting birds. Please check the restricted areas on the map of Patvinsuo before starting your hiking trip.

All campfire sites have been maintained
(Updated 1st of March 2022)

The winter maintenance of Patvinsuo has been completed. Firewood has been delivered to the campfire sites.

News in Patvinsuo

Check 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. 

Drawing of a fireplace. The drawing shows the roof, the flue and off the ground.

Tips for Outdoors

Two people are sitting on the rock by the lake.
Outdoor Guide: Plan Your Visit