Boater’s instructions and use of saunas
When moving on a boat, it is necessary to know at least the basic rules for your own safety and that of others – just like in road traffic, but the risks and also the rules are different on the water. Careful equipment, gaining experience and becoming familiar with the rules of the sea routes are part of a safe boating culture.
NOTE! Are you familiar with the diving flag?
The use of ports is based on the boaters’ own initiative and working together. It is important to consider other boaters.
- If possible, space must be made at the berth for new arrivals
- Berth spaces cannot be reserved in advance
- You can stay temporarily at the port for a maximum of 2 nights
- Berth calm from 22:00 to 07:00. Always avoid loud activities in the middle of nature.
- The firewood in the cruise port is intended for use on site.
- You may not take firewood with you, nor may you take wood from the forest. Use firewood sparingly.
Sauna and area fees
Some ports have a sauna. Reservation lists for sauna shifts can be found at the saunas.
- Dock fee / area fee 5 €/day/boat. Includes berth space and firewood for the barbecue shed.
- Sauna fee on booking shift €15/hour.
- Sauna fee for a joint shift €5/person.
Sauna and pier fees are collected from users to cover the costs of firewood maintenance at excursion ports. The payment can be made with the MobilePay application or by bank transfer to the recreation area foundation’s bank account FI78 5094 0020 1804 99.
MobilePay IDs for saunas
Satamosaari, both saunas 49493
Ruuhonsaari (Ruha) 85534
(Hietasaari 11172, currently no sauna)
Other payment to South Karelia recreation area foundation 52856
If you didn’t remember to pay when you visited the island or if you visit the foundation’s excursion ports several times during the season, you can make the payment afterwards.
Reservation times: You can reserve the sauna for one hour for your own use between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. The reservation lists are at the saunas. Booking shift is €15/hour.
From 18:00 to 22:00 the saunas have general shifts for women and men as follows:
Satamo’s old sauna (pier sauna) and Ruuhonsaari: women 18-20, men 20-22.
At Satamo’s new sauna (sandbank sauna): men 18-20, women 20-22.
This is how you operate in the sauna at the port
- The first person in the sauna heats the sauna.
- Before starting the heating, empty the ashes from the stove’s nest and the ash box into the ash container, which can be found near the sauna. Warm ashes must not be thrown on the ground because of the fire hazard!
- Chop firewood for your own use and also for the next sauna guest.
- The sauna heats up in 1-1.5 hours, depending on e.g. air temperature and firewood used.
- Make sure there is water in the hot water heater. Also fill other water containers.
- Enjoy the sauna and pay attention to others in sauna during the general shift.
- Clean up your tracks and add wood to the stove for the next sauna user or to dry the sauna if you are the last one.
- The use of the sauna is based on personal responsibility, everyone must be responsible for the cleanliness of the sauna.
Page updated 4.5.2023.