Who knows us, knows that camping is in our soul and we love to connect with nature! And this summer, we camped for the first time here in Finland. We chose the WONDERFUL Repovesi National Park! It’s in between the towns of Kouvola and Mäntyharju, and has 15km² of pure nature!
Some information for those who also want to visit the park!
There are many things to do in the park, from hiking to kayak or boats tours. There is also a sauna, one can fish in specific places, climbing, berry picking, among other activities. There are also some options for those who want to go during winter.
Many people sent me messages when I posted on Instagram Stories if there were bears and if it was safe to camp in the woods. Well, yes, it’s pretty safe. There are no bears in this region of Finland and the animals there are foxes and elks. They could even be dangerous if we had to confront them. However, during all our stay at the park, we saw none. They don’t approach people and usually stay in quieter places. =)
How to go?
To get to Repovesi there are a few options. One of them is to rent a car and go straight there. The road is very good and well signalized. There are two ways to enter the park, one from Kouvola and the other from Mäntyharju. We went via Kovoula by bus with the Onnibus company leaving from Kamppi terminal in Helsinki and it costed € 7 per way. We spent the night at some friends’ house and headed to Repovesi the next day. They drove us to the park, but during summer there are buses that run from Kouvola to the parking lot at the park entrance.
The park has several camping areas, but it’s possible to set up the tent anywhere. We preferred to stay in the designated areas, since they had a bit of structure available. We had access to a chemical toilet, a log cabin filled with firewood and a campfire.
It is forbidden to make campfires in any place, so it is ideal to stay near the camping areas. As I notice, most of the designated areas are also close to the river. With this, it is possible to take a river bath or even use it as drinking water. We took the amount of water we needed for the weekend, but we saw lots of people boiling it too!
It is important to say that the park has no electricity. At night, as in summer it doesn’t really get totally dark, it we don’t have problem with the darkness. However, we took two extra batteries to charge our cell phones.
We stayed in an area called Katajajärvi and it is just over 2 km from the entrance. We decided to stay there, because the trail was full of hills and with all the gear in our back, we didn’t want to over walk. We wanted to enjoy!
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Lili is half Peruvian, half Brazilian, a dreamer Pisces kind of girl, curious, life lover and travel addicted! She`s been to 53 countries, loves to explore different cultures and to travel to the most unusual destinations. Currently lives in Finland, is a monthly columnist for the website Brasileiras pelo Mundo (a Brazilian platform of expat women) and founder of Hey, I am Lili. She believes that the most important things in life are to laugh out loud, a good wine and people she loves always around anywhere in this world!