Healthy and pristine nature is an important operating environment for Taivalkoski, and we want to keep looking after it. This is why Taivalkoski has joined Visit Finland’s Sustainable Travel Finland programme: to promote the sustainability and responsibility of this region and the local businesses. At the same time, we are committed to the following principles:


Accessibility is a part of social responsibility. You can find out more about accessible services directly from the businesses. For example, there is a range of accessible hiking trails in the Syöte and Hossa National Parks.


There are general recycling paper collection points behind S-Market, in the courtyard of K-Market Taivaltori, behind the town hall, at the end of the municipal depot (Urheilutie 15), at the parking lot of the B-building of the school centre, at the Jokijärvi School, at the Tyrävaara shop and at the Metsäkylä shop. Suomen Paperinkeräys Oy is in charge of the recycling paper collection.

There are collection points for glass, cardboard/cartons and small metal items behind S-Market and in the courtyard of K-Market Taivaltori.

There is a collection point for plastic packaging behind S-Market.

There is no separate collection available for bio-waste, but we still recommend composting.

Combustible construction waste, scrap metal and non-combustible waste must be taken to the Matovaara waste transfer station (for a fee), from where it will be taken to be reused or to the Kuusamo landfill. Large quantities of construction and demolition waste must be taken directly to the Kuusamo landfill. Hazardous waste, e-waste and compostable bio-waste (garden waste, grass, leaves, EXCLUDING rubbish, branches etc) can be taken free of charge to the Matovaara waste transfer station.

You can find Taivalkoski’s recycling instructions and the locations of the recycling locations here.


  1. Choose locally grown food and try local produce. Purchasing locally made souvenirs supports local small entrepreneurs and culture. Use the services of local and responsibly operating businesses. For example, the Sustainable Travel Finland label indicates that a business is operating responsibly.
  2. There are rarely any rubbish bins in nature, so please take all your rubbish with you. Try to minimise the amount of waste you generate, and always recycle waste whenever possible.
  3. Respect nature: do not fell or damage trees. Please keep moss and lichen growing, and don’t build stone piles. Try to stick to the marked routes, always choose the right route for the activity you’re doing.
  4. Only light fires in designated campfire sites. You must not light fires during a period of fire restrictions; please remember to check any current restrictions and fire warnings.
  5. Notify someone about your plans if you intend to go to less-populated areas. Take your phone with you and its battery full. Download the 112 Finland app to make getting help quicker in case of an emergency.
  6. Animals are an integral part of Nordic nature. Please do not disturb any nests or fledglings, and do not approach reindeer who are easily frightened. Always keep a sufficient distance to animals you are watching or photographing. Keep your dog on a leash, so that it would not bother other animals or your fellow hikers. Public access rights only allow fishing with a hook and line. Remember to get any relevant permits for fishing and hunting.
  7. Do not disturb the private life of the locals. Private gardens are intended only for the use of the residents. Up north, gardens can be extensive, natural and unfenced. Please do not set up camp near dwellings or make open fire on someone’s land. Ask the locals’ permission if you want to photograph people or private property.
  8. Visiting invaluable historical sites is a unique experience. To preserve our cultural history, please ensure that your visit is respectful and that you leave no trace behind. For example, please refrain from engraving your name on buildings or monuments.

Be the sort of a guest you’d love to invite over!

These guidelines are taken from the Guide for Responsible Tourism in Lapland.

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