Koirasalmi Nature Information Hut. Photo: Maarit Kirvesmäki, Luonnollisesti M&M.

Customer Service and Guidance

  • Koirasalmi Nature Information Hut and cafe (koirasalmi.com)
    • Opening hours 2019:
      • In winter holidays 22.-24.2 and 2.-3.3. 10:00-16:00
      • At Easter time 19.-22.4. 10:00-16:00
      • In May on Saturdays and Sundays 10:00-16:00
      • In June, July and August every day 10:00-16:00
      • In September on Saturdays and Sundays 10:00-16:00
      • 1.-13.10. on Saturdays and Sundays 10:00-16:00, in autumn holidays 14.-20.10. every day 10:00-16:00
      • Other times by booking in advance.
      • See events (fi-fi.facebook.com/koirasalmi, in Finnish).
    • The services at the Koirasalmi Nature Information Hut are offered by enterprise Luonnollisesti M&M.
    • Contact: luonnollisestimm(at)suomi24.fi, tel.int. +358 40 9398147
  • Services
    • Guidance for visitors at Salamajärvi National Park
    • Reservations for Sysilampi rental hut
    • Rowing boat and canoe rental
    • Accommodation, caravan places 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

  • The nearest shops are at the centres of Kinnula (www.kinnula.fi, in Finnish), Kivijärvi (www.kivijarvi.fi, in Finnish) and Perho (www.perho.com, in Finnish), 20 - 25 km away.
  • It is possible to buy t-shirts and textile badges of the national park, souvenirs, coffee, snacks, ice cream, candies etc. at the Koirasalmi Nature Information Hut.  
  • Several enterprises offer catering and accommodation services in the area.

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 wilder-ness hut, rental hut 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 is in effect, fire may only be lit in the fireplaces of the huts.

Hiiliniemi campfire site is a wonderful place to stop for a snack. Photo: Metsähallitus

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.


  • 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 places 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.

Lean-to shelter at Pyydyskoski. Photo: Reijo Kuosmanen.


Rental Huts

  • Sysilampi rental hut, for 2 people

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

Open Wilderness Huts

  • Sysilampi open wilderness Hut, for 4 people
  • Pitkälahti open wilderness Hut, for 2 people

Rental Cabins

There are two rental cabins near the National Park.

  • Koirasalmi Nature Information Hut has rooms for 2 and 4 people. Reservations at the Koirasalmi Nature Information Hut (koirasalmi.com).
  • Ahvenlampi Cabin (www.lomarengas.fi), for 22 people, has a fireplace, stove, gas cooker and gas lights, a sauna and a boat.

  • Kaunislampi Cabin (www.lomarengas.fi), for 6 people, has heater, gas refrigerator, gas cooker and gas lights, a sauna and a boat. Kaunislampi cabin is located about 5 km from the National Park.

Caravan Area

  • At Koirasalmi Nature Information Hut there are places for caravans, some also with electricity. A fee is charged. Reservations at the Koirasalmi Nature Information Hut (koirasalmi.com).

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 rental hut is included in the rental of the hut.

Equipment Rental

  • Rental of row boats, canoes, snoe shoes, skis and kicksleds at the Koirasalmi Nature Information Hut (koirasalmi.com). Availability is recommended to check in advance.

Services for the Disabled

  • There is a ramp for wheelchair users to get to the Koirasalmi Nature Information Hut.
  • There is a dry toilet for the disabled on the grounds of Koirasalmi Nature Information Hut.

Other Services in the Surrounding Area

  • The municipality centers of Kinnula (www.kinnula.fi, in Finnish), Kivijärvi (www.kivijarvi.fi, in Finnish) and Perho (www.perho.com, in Finnish) have all the basic services. The distance to Salamajärvi National Park is about 20 - 25 km.
  • Nearest places to buy fuel are at the village of Möttönen in Perho, and at Kivijärvi, about 20 km away.
  • Saarijärvi region tourism services (www.visitsaarijarvi.fi).

Hiking Destinations in the Surrounding Area

  • Peura Trail network
  • 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.

Services Offered by Partners in Salamajärvi National Park

ilmatieteenlaitos.fiCheck for Warnings

When forest and grass fire 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. 

Check the current warnings (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi).

Destination Brochure

Pdf-file 2.8 Mb (julkaisut.metsa.fi)