Services in Sallatunturi Area
Customer Service and Guidance
Nature exhibition in Salla Reindeer Park
The Salla Reindeer Park (sallareindeerpark.fi) in Sallatunturi has an exhibition called "The hall of Forests" maintained by Metsähallitus, to which there is free admission. The exhibition tells about the old forests of Salla and their inhabitants as well as presents the magnificent geological sites of the area. Metsähallitus doesn't have its own customer service point in the Sallatunturi area.
The exhibition will be renewed during 2020-2021, during which time there may be unfinished sections in the exhibition. During 2020, the lighting in the exhibition space was renewed, all the print materials and in some places the already worn-out moss border was replaced with printborders, which now contain much more information. During the year 2021, a completely new winter section will be built in the exhibition, as well as new dioramas, ie glass cabinets with small pieces of nature filled with animals. The exhibition sound world, that has been out of order for a while, will also be restored. Salla Reindeer Park also provides hiking information about the Sallatunturi area.
- Within the Sallatunturi Area there are information boards at Salmijoki Ravine, Kaunisharju parking area, Salla Reindeer Park, at Sallatunturi Ski Resort and at Aihkipetsi day-trip hut. The information boards have text in Finnish and English.
- For further information on the Sallatunturi Are contact Naava Pyhä-Luosto Visitor Centre.
Services Offered by Enterprises and Organisations in the Sallatunturi Area
- Enterprises and organisations offering services in the Sallatunturi Area
- They have a cooperation agreement with Metsähallitus and they follow the principles of sustainable nature tourism when operating in the national park.
Meals, Where to Buy and Prepare
Cafés, Restaurants, Shops and Kiosks
There are various places along the Sallatunturi area's trails to buy or meal or buy foodstuff for a packed lunch. There are cafés, restaurants, shops and kiosks in the area. At Ruuhitunturi Fell there is a ski café, which is open during early spring.
Campfire Sites and Wilderness Huts
The day-trip huts and open wilderness huts in the area are
The area's lean-to shelters are situated at
- Lake Hanhilampi
- Kaunisharju Ridge (There is also a new viewing point for natural phenomena next to the Salla-Kuusamo road)
- Lake Kolmiloukkonen, 2 lean-to shelters
- Lake Tunturilampi
- the River Kaippahanoja
- the River Hevosoja
- Salmijoki Ravine
- Lake Tammakkolampi (municipality of Salla)
- Lake Kontiolampi (municipality of Salla)
- Lake Hangasjärvi (municipality of Salla)
The area's campfire shelters are situated at
- Lake Pitkälampi
- Lehtoaapa Bog
- Lake Upinlampi (municipality of Salla)
- Lake Keselmäjärvi (municipality of Salla)
Additionally situated on the UKK Hiking Trail in South Salla
- Koutalampi lean-to shelter
- Suksenpaistama lean-to shelter
- Kylmähete campfire shelter
- Pahakuru campfire site
- Konttilampi campfire shelter
- Palotunturi campfire shelter
- Siskelilampi campfire shelter
- Topsakka-aapa campfire site
- Tervanpolttamalammit campfire shelter (municipality of Salla)
Situated by the snowmobile track
- a lean-to shelter by Lake Kolmiolampi
- Lehtikorkia open wilderness hut
- Heinälampi campfire site
When there is a forest fire warning in effect fires may only be lit in fireplaces inside wilderness huts and campfire shelters. For more information on lighting campfires at marked campfire sites see the Hiking in Finland pages.
- The surface water from the lakes, rivers and brooks must be boiled before use. Water in the springs and running water in the brooks is usually good for drinking. However, the quality of the water cannot be monitored, so the use of natural water is at your own risk.
- Look at the tips for outdoors drinking water in Hiking in Finland -pages.
- 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 or composter, and small amounts of clean paper and cardboard can be used as kindling in a campfire. Take all other waste out of the area.
- Read more about Hiking without Littering.
- There is a dry toilet at almost every wilderness hut and lean-to shelter situated along the area's hiking trails.
Camping and Lean-to Shelters
- There are no specially designated spots for camping in the area. Camping is however permitted and we recommend you do so in the vicinity of either a lean-to shelter or wilderness hut. Hikers may also stay overnight in the area's lean-to shelters.
Open Wilderness Hut
- Lehtikorkia open wilderness hut is situated by the snowmobile track which runs between the Salla Tourist Centre and Kemijärvi.
- The Metsähallitus maintained trails in the Sallatunturi area are not accessible. The Metsähallitus nature exhibition at the Salla Reindeer Park however is accessible.
Lodging, Equipment Rental and Other Services in the Surrounding Area
- Vilma rental cabin is situated on the southwest of Vilmatunturi Fell by a snowmobile track.
- For information on other services in the surrounding area see either the municipality of Salla (salla.fi, in Finnish) or the Salla tourism website (visitsalla.fi).
- Find out more about visiting Lapland (lapland.fi).
Check for Warnings
When forest and grass fire warnings (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi) 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.