Instructions on Exploring Arctic Circle Hiking Area

Photo: Anna Pakkanen

In the hiking area, the following are

allowed

  • Hiking and camping, which are Everyman's Rights (www.environment.fi), but we recommend that you camp in the vicinity of campfire sites and other rest spots.
  • picking berries and mushrooms

restricted

  • We ask that you light campfires at designated campfire sites.
  • hunting
  • Hook and line fishing and ice fishing are allowed under everyman's rights, except where specific restrictions apply.
  • Angling with a single rod is permitted, except in the restricted waters. Persons aged 18-64 years must pay the fisheries management fee. Angling permits for restricted areas are available from Metsähallitus' online shop (www.eraluvat.fi)
  • Fishers need to check the restrictions on fishing sites at kalastusrajoitus.fi (In Finnish).

forbidden

  • lighting campfires if the forest fire warning is in effect
    • Making open fires is always prohibited at both marked campfire sites and when fires are permitted by the land owner if a forest fire warning has been issued for the area (ilmatieteenlaitos.fi). 
    • This prohibition does not apply to cooking shelters or other fireplaces with a flue.
  • pets running at large
  • driving motor vehicles, except on roads designated for motor vehicles
  • leaving waste in the area, or damaging constructions

Preparations

Mobile Phone Coverage

  • Although Finland has a broad network for mobile phones, there are some areas in the Arctic Circle Hiking Area without signal. There may also be some smaller spots where there is interference. If this happens try to climb to a higher place or go into an open area. It may be worth removing the SIM card from your phone and then trying again to make emergency call. Different phones also differ in their coverage.
  • We recommend that you keep your mobile phone warm at all times and take along food and drink. Certain phone models do not work when the temperature falls below zero. You should therefore let someone know your planned route. To keep your mobile phone charged, bring along a spare power source, a spare battery or an old phone with a working battery.

Safety

  • During spring floods in late April and early May part of the duckboards in the area may be under water.
  • During winter visitors should be especially cautious when climbing the steps to the nature observation tower.
  • If you face an emergency on your hike, e.g. get lost, get injured or observe wildfire, call 112 and report an emergency. More information on how to act in an emergency.
  • Make sure you pack a first-aid kit.
  • Hiking in Finland:

Be careful, there can be a lot of snow packed on the trails in winter time. Image: Anna Pakkanen

Peak Seasons

  • Napapiiri Hiking Area is most visited during summertime and when there is little snow. Some of the most popular destinations in the area are the Vaattunkiköngäs Islands and the Vikaköngäs area.

Emergency number 112

In case of an emergency along the way, for example if you get lost or injured or see a forest fire, dial 112. Detailed instructions.

Dogs must be kept on a leash! Photo: Seppo Leinonen.

Dogs must be kept on a leash!