Directions to Punkaharju Nature Reserve

Check regional Covid-instructions before your hiking trip or a visit to a nature center.

Liminganlahti Nature Centre is closed 1.1.-4.2.2022. The Finnish Nature Centre Haltia is closed 10.1.–1.2.2022. Koli Nature Centre Ukko is closed 1.1.–26.1.2022. Kuusamo Customer Service Karhuntassu is closed 13.1.–31.1.2022.

In other nature centers in Finland, we require the use of a facial mask and keeping the 2 meter distance to other visitors. In addition, there may be requirements to show the Covid pass, and/or the number of visitors can be limited. More information Nature centers. The length of the restrictions depends on the region. More regional information can be found at the Finnish institute for health and welfare website.

Punkaharju is located along public transport routes and it is easy to reach by water or car.

Punkaharju is located along Highway 14, 30 km from Savonlinna and 90 km from Imatra. Helsinki is 370 km away.

To the Hiking Trails

The starting points of the Punkaharju hiking trails are located around the nature reserve and the research park. The area is small and the starting points are within walking or biking distance from each other. Starting points for the hiking trails.

A child and an adult are kicksledding on a maintained ice route. A pine forest is in the background.

By Train to Punkaharju

The train ( stops several times a day at the Punkaharju parish village, Retretti and Lusto stops. The Lusto and Retretti stops are located near the nature reserve, at the western end of the esker and a few hundred metres from the nearest trails and services.

By Bus to Punkaharju

Buses ( run regularly from both Savonlinna and Imatra.

By Boat to Punkaharju

It is easy to reach Punkaharju by boat from both Pihlajavesi and Puruvesi. Services for boaters provide more detailed information on, for example, guest boat moorings.

By Cruise Boat

It is also possible to travel to Punkaharju on a traditional steamboat from the town of Savonlinna. For more information see the cooperation partners section.

By Car to Punkaharju

Highway 14 passes near Punkaharju. There are signs from the road to the old Harjutie road (road 4792), which runs the length of the entire nature reserve through magnificent landscapes. There are plenty of parking areas in the area, including:

Kuikonharju parking area, Harjutie 223, Savonlinna (road 4792). Space for approximately 12 cars. During winter maintenance, the parking area may be smaller.

Kokonharju parking area, Puistometsäntie 1 (turnoff from road 14). Space for approximately 20 cars. During winter maintenance, the parking area may be smaller.

Parking can also be found in Lusto, among others.

By Air to Savonlinna

Savonlinna can also be reached by plane (