Customer Service and Guidance

Services offered by enterprises and other organisations in Kemihaara Wilderness Area

Meals, Where to Buy and Prepare

Shops and Kiosks

  • The closest shops are in the villages of Savukoski ( and Lokka.
  • In Kemihaara there is a lodging enterprise and has restaurant services. It is housed at an old border crossing station.

Wilderness Huts

  • It is possible to prepare meals at Uittipiekka open and reservable wilderness hut.
  • You must always have the landowner's permission before lighting a campfire.
  • It is prohibited to light campfires even in the designated campfire sites if the forest fire warning or the grass fire warning is in effect. Check the current warnings (, it is allowed to use a camping cooker.
    • ​​This prohibition does not apply to stoves in Uittipiekka open and reservable wilderness hut.

Drinking Water

  • Natural waters in the area is normally suitable for drinking, but it is recommended to boil the water before drinking.

Waste Management

  • There is a waste container at Kemihaara parking 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. 
  • There are waste bins at the wilderness huts, but visitors are asked to bring their own waste out of the wilderness area.
  • Read more about Hiking Without Littering.


  • There are dry toilets at Uittipiekka open and reservable wilderness hut and at Kemihaara parking area.

Overnight Stays


  • There are no camping sites within the wilderness area, but you may camp there as it is an Everyman's Right (

Open and Reservable Wilderness Huts

Lodging in the Surrounding Area

  • In Kemihaara there is a lodging enterprise at a former border crossing station.
  • Information on other places offering accommodation can be found on the municipality of Savukoski website (

Equipment Rental

  • Local tourist enterprises rent hiking equipment. For information on local enterprises visit the municipality of Savukoski website (

Service for the Disabled

  • There are no special services for the disabled in the area.

Other Services in the Surrounding Area

  • Information on services in the surrounding area can be found on the municipality of Savukoski website (
  • Find out more about visiting Lapland (

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 (