Customer Service and Guidance

A wooden viewing tower at the edge of a birch grove. A person is standing on duckboards to the left of the tower and the edge of a mire can be seen in front of the tower.

Meals, Where to Buy and Prepare


You can buy food for your hike from Vuotso's village shop or from the shops and service stations located in the nearby area or from tourism entrepreneurs in Saariselkä (

Campfire Sites, Huts and Campfire Shelter

A wooden lean-to shelter in a deciduous forest. There is a fire pit where a campfire is burning in front of the shelter. A woodshed can be seen at the edge of the birch grove.

  • In the Sompio Strict Nature Reserve lighting a campfire is only allowed on designated campfire sites.
  • There are five designated campfire sites in the reserve. Campfire sites are:
    • The Nalijoki lean-to shelter, a woodshed and a dry toilet.
    • Lake Sompiojärvi: two campfire sites, a lean-to shelter, a Lapp 'kota' hut, a dry toilet, a woodshed and a household water well.
    • On the Pyhä-Nattanen Summit: a day trip hut and a dry toilet.
  • The locations of the structures can be found on the web-page.
  • Lighting campfires is forbidden everywhere when a wildfire warning is in effect, this includes the designated campfire sites and the fireplaces at the open lean-to shelters. During the driest period it is recommended that fires be not made in the fireplaces at homes or huts, either.
  • The use of a camping stove is always allowed. There is a saw and an axe in the woodshed at the campfire sites.
  • You can find instructions for lighting a campfire on the Hiking in Finland webpages.

A wooden building in the forest, one side is lower and one side is higher. A fire pit surrounded by benches can be seen in front of the building.

Drinking Water

  • The water in the ponds, brooks and rivers in the area is usually drinkable but the waterways have not been tested. It is therefore recommended that drinking water be boiled. There is a household water well by Lake Sompiojärvi. For tips on drinking water, please see the Hiking in Finland pages.

Waste Management

  • In the Sompio Strict Nature Reserve you must take care of waste disposal yourself. Biodegradable waste should be placed in a toilet or composter, and small amounts of clean paper and cardboard can be used as kindling in a campfire. Take all other waste from the hike with you.
  • There is a waste bin point by Lake Sompiojärvi.
  • Read more on Hiking Without Littering


  • There is a dry toilet by the River Nalijoki.
  • There is a dry toilet by Lake Sompiojärvi.
  • There is a dry toilet close to the day trip hut located on the Pyhä-Nattanen Summit.

Overnight stays

Camping, Lean-to Shelters and Campfire Shelter

Camping in the Sompio Strict Nature Reserve is only allowed on the shores of Lake Sompiojärvi, and you may stay there for a maximum of three days at one time. Making a campfire in the Sompio Strict Nature Reserve is only allowed at designated campfire sites. There is a lean-to shelter, a Lapp 'kota' hut and campfire sites on the shore of Lake Sompiojärvi, which can be used for overnight stays.

Accessible Services

  • There are no trails or services in the Sompio Strict Nature Reserve that are suitable for the disabled. 

Lodging, equipment rental and  other Services in the surrounding area

You can find more information on the services provided in the nearby area on the following websites:

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.