Customer Service and Guidance

A hiker studying the exhibition.

  • More information on hiking possibilities and nature in the area is available in Saimaa Nature Centre Riihisaari in Savonlinna.
  • Boards in the terrain have text in Finnish and English. The central information boards have basic information additionally in Swedish, German and Russian.
  • Information boards are situated in Laukansaari in the research park's parking area, at the parking area located north end of the esker top road, at Lusto railroad station, at Harjutie kiosk, at Kruunupuisto Rehabilitation Centre and at Kaarnaniemi boat pier.

Services Offered by Enterprises and Organisations in the Nature Reserve

Meals, Where to Buy and Prepare

Cafés, Restaurants and Kiosk

Several enterprises and organisations Metsähallitus works in cooperation with offer cafe, kiosk and restaurant services near the nature reserve.


During summer the closest shop is located at Harjun Portti ( on the west shore of Tuunaansalmi Sound in the village of Tuunaansaari. There are several shops in the municipal centre of Punkaharju which is about 5 km from the esker area.

Campfire Site

In the nature reserve area lighting a campfire is prohibited. 

Karjalankallio campfire site and lean-to are situated on the north shore of Laukansaari, in the Punkaharju Research Park area. As the Karjalankallio campfire site is covered and has a flue, it can also be used, with extreme caution, when a wildfire warning is in effect. Please note that making a fire at campfire sites can be banned locally. Check for the current warnings (

The campfire site is covered and has a flue.

Drinking Water

  • Surface waters, the water in lakes, rivers and streams, should be boiled for several minutes before drinking, as the quality of water can vary depending on the place and temperature.
  • Look at the tips for outdoors drinking water in Hiking in Finland -pages.

Waste Management

  • There are no waste bins at the nature reserve's service structures and visitors must bring their own waste out of the area and take it to waste or recycling points. At Karjalankallio campfire site biodegradable waste can be placed in a dry toilet and small amounts of clean paper and cardboard can be used as kindling in a campfire. 
  • Read more about hiking without littering.


  • There is a public toilet at the kiosk at Harjutie road during the kiosk is open.
  • There is a dry toilet at the Karjalankallio campfire site also suitable for wheelchair visitors accompanied by an assistant.

Overnight stays


  • Camping in Punkaharju Esker Nature Reserve is forbidden.

Rental Huts

  • Lammasharju Rental Hut is in summer use. It is located in the gorgeous national landscape of Punkaharju, on the shore of Lake Pihlajavesi.
  • Palovartija House Rental Hut is also in summer use. It is located on a high esker ridge right next to the well-stocked Lake Pihlajavesi.

Lodging in the Surrounding Area

Accessible Services

The Punkaharju Nature Reserve offers a broad range of accessible services. Read more about the accessible trails and hiking structures of Punkaharju.

A visitor is hiking behind a person using mobility aids on the trail.

Services for Boaters

  • There are two boat piers at Punkaharju, both at Tuunaansalmi Sound. The Hotel Valtionhotelli pier is on the east side of the sound and the Tuunaansaari pier is on its west side.
  • There are guest boat spaces and a fuelling point in Harjun Portti at Tuunaansalmi Sound, see cooperation partners.
  • There is a boat pier at Cape Mustaniemi.

Other Services in the Surrounding Area

Check for Warnings

When wildfire 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.

Customer Service

Saimaa Nature Centre Riihisaari
Tel. int. +358 (0)206 39 5929