Services in Salamajärvi National Park

Customer Service and Guidance

  • Koirasalmi Nature Information Hut and cafe (koirasalmi.com)
  • Opening hours 2020:
    • 1.6. - 30.8. every day from 10 am to 4 pm
    • In September Fri from 4 pm to 8 pm and Sat - Sun from 10 am to 4 pm
    • 3. - 4.10. and 10. - 11.10. from 10 am to 4 pm
    • 12. - 18.10. every day from 10 am to 4 pm
    • Other times by booking in advance
  • See events (facebook.com, in Finnish).
  • The services at the Koirasalmi Nature Information Hut are offered by enterprise Luonnollisesti M&M.
  • Contact: koirasalmi(at)gmail.com, tel.int. +358 40 9398147
  • Services
    • Guidance for visitors at Salamajärvi National Park
    • Reservations for Sysilampi and Pieni Sääksjärvi rental huts
    • Rowing boat and canoe rental
    • Accommodation, caravan places, rental lapp hut and reservations for the sauna
    • Snow shoe, kicksled and forest ski rental
    • Meal services, guided tours and courses
    • Camp schools
  • Contact Information:
    • Address: Koirasalmentie 1220, Kivijärvi. (Attention! It is possible that the navigators do not recognize the address)
    • Metsähallitus , tel.int. +358 206 39 5270 answers the questions about Salamajärvi National Park round the year tue-fri 10:00-14:00.

Services Offered by Enterprises in Salamajärvi National Park and by Peuran Polku Hiking Trail

Following enterprises offer services in Salamajärvi National Park and by Peuran Polku Hiking Trail. They have a cooperation agreement with Metsähallitus and they follow the principles of sustainable tourism when operating in the National Park.

Meals, Where to Buy and Prepare

Shops, Kiosks and Restaurants

Campfire Places, Campfire Shelters and Lean-to Shelters

  • There is a campfire shelter and 2 campfire places at Koirasalmi
  • Lean-to shelter at Lake Heikinjärvi
  • Campfire shelter at Pyydyskoski and Pahkahongan-kangas.
  • Open wilderness hut, 3 rental huts and 2 campfire places at Sysilampi.
  • Campfire places are located at Hiiliniemi, Ruuhilampi, Tavilampi, Kaulus, Jyrkkäniemi, Pitkälahti and Talviaho.
  • Please note that when forest fire warning or the grass fire warning is in effect, fire may only be lit in the fireplaces of the huts. Check the current warnings (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi).

Drinking Water

  • There is a tap on the wall of Koirasalmi Nature Information Hut.
  • There is a well at the open wilderness hut at Lake Sysilampi.

Waste Management

  • There are no waste-bins in the area. Measures should be taken in advance to avoid taking unnecessary waste into the area. Biodegradable waste should 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 recycling point at Koirasalmi Nature Information Hut, where you can dispose of biodegradable waste, glass, paper, metal and mixed waste.

Toilets

  • There are dry toilets on the grounds of Koirasalmi Nature Information Hut.
  • There are dry toilets at huts, lean-to shelters and most campfire places, except at the campfire sites of Hiiliniemi, Ruuhilampi, Tavilampi and Talviaho.

Overnight Stays

Camping and Lean-to Shelters

  • Camping out temporarily is allowed in the camping sites, and in the vicinity of campfire sites and shelters.
  • Terrain is stony. The best camping areas are at Pyydyskoski, Sysilampi, Pitkälahti and Koirasalmi (Nb! Koirasalmi camping and services are paid (koirasalmi.com).
  • There is a lean-to shelter on the side of Lake Heikinjärvi.

Open Wilderness Huts

  • Sysilampi open wilderness Hut, for 4 people
  • Pitkälahti open wilderness Hut, for 2 people
  • Valvatti open wilderness hut, for 4 people (In the vicinity of the National Park, by the Hirvaan kierros -trail)

Rental Huts

  • Sysilampi rental huts 1, 2 and 3, for 2 people, 6 people and 6 people
  • Koirasalmi Nature Information Hut has rooms for 2 and 4 people.
  • Pieni Sääksjärvi rental hut for 6 people (In the vicinity of the National Park, by the Hirvaan kierros -trail)

Reservations at the Koirasalmi Nature Information Hut (koirasalmi.com).

Rental Cabins

There are two rental cabins near the National Park.

Caravan Area

Where to Wash

Rental Saunas

  • There is one rental sauna in the National Park: the sauna of Koirasalmi Nature Information Hut. Reservations at the Koirasalmi Nature Information Hut (koirasalmi.com).
  • The sauna at the Sysilampi is included in the rental of the Sysilampi rental huts 2 and 3.

Equipment Rental

Accessible services

  • There is a ramp for wheelchair users to get to the Koirasalmi Nature Information Hut.
  • There is a dry toilet, a campfire site and a rental lapp hut which are accessible, on the grounds of Koirasalmi Nature Information Hut.
  • The accessible Koirasalmi trail starts from the Nature Information Hut and is 780 meters each way.
  • It is possible to fish from the shore at Koirajärvi recreational fishing area (eraluvat.fi).

Other Services in the Surrounding Area

Hiking Destinations in the Surrounding Area

  • Iso-Valvatti bird wetland near the mire reserve of Linjasalmenneva.
    • Iso-Valvatti is a former lake, which was drained during 1927 - 1930 for harvesting hay.
    • An excellent destination for bird watchers in the spring.
    • Valvatti road is in bad conditions.
    • More information from Metsähallitus, Tel. int. +358 206 39 5270 (tue-fri 10:00-14:00), seitseminen(at)metsa.fi.