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Opening ceremony of the new Laplander`s hut at Hietasalo island

Opening ceremony of the new Laplander`s hut will take place at Hietasalo island on Thursday, August 18. New Laplander`s hut is about 100 m2  and there is an unobstructed way from the ship pier to the hut and lean-to. In addition there is a 2 km long path and a new pier for bigger boats has made.

A lot of improvements were made this year for boaters and hikers in the National City Park area, in South Kallavesi archipelago, and most of them at Hietasalo island. There are fire places renewed on the islands, new toilets, lean-to and piers are built and few nature trails are made. Also guiding is improved at the area. Ministry of environment gave some financing for these improvements.

Ship tickets are for sale at Valtuustotalo building customer service

You can get to the opening ceremony by Osmo ship, which leaves from the passenger harbor. Back and forth ticket`s price is 10 euro/person. You can buy ship tickets from Valtuustotalo building customer service. There are 70 tickets for sale. Welcome!

You can check if there are still tickets left by phone number 0800 918 511. Customer service is open Mon 8 am–4 pm, Tue-Thu 8 am–3 pm and Fri 8 am–2 pm. You can not book the tickets.

Program of the ceremony


10 am Osmo ship leaves from the passenger harbor
10.40 am Arriving to Hietasalo island
10.50 am Welcoming speeches
11 am Blessing the Laplander`s hut by Kuopio bishop Wille Riekkinen
11.05 am Coffee near the fire and possibility to walk along the nature trail (2 km)
12.20 am Leaving Hieatasalo island
1 pm Arriving to passenger harbor

Also we can enjoy music performances by Veera Nurmela and Juunia Honkanen during the ceremony.

Take with you good walking shoes, suitable clothes, water bottle and some snack, if you wish.