Instructions on Exploring the Archipelago National Park

Park Regulations of the Acrhipelago National Park (pdf, 4.6 MB, julkaisut.metsa.fi)

In the National Park, the following are

allowed:

  • Walking, skiing and boating, except in the restricted areas
  • Mountain biking is allowed throughout the park under everyman's rights, with the exception of the restricted areas. Please stay on clearly visible trails and respect others who are using the trails.
  • Picking berries and mushrooms
  • Hook and line fishing, ice fishing and fishing with a simple herring rig are permitted under everyman's rights.

restricted:

  • Lighting campfires and camping are only allowed at sites marked for this purpose. • Please note that lighting campfires is forbidden if the forest fire warning is in effect! Check for forest fire warnings (www.fmi.fi).
  • From April to July landing is not permitted on some of the islands, to protect the nesting birds.

Photo: Teemu Köppä / Internet virtuaaliseksi retkikohteeksi


forbidden:

  • Boating and landing in the areas of Trunsö (Nagu) and Grimsörar (Korpo) round the year
  • Lighting campfire even in the campfire sites 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.
  • Keep your dog on a leash! Photo: Laura LehtonenPets running at large
  • Taking or damaging trees, bushes, other plants or their parts, or mushrooms other than edible ones
  • Damaging soil or rock, and extraction of earth material or minerals
  • Killing, catching or disturbing wild vertebrates, or damaging their nests
  • Catching or collecting invertebrates
  • Driving motor vehicles, except on roads designated for motor vehicles
  • Leaving waste in the area, or damaging constructions
Additionally it is not allowed to use a tent sauna in the nationalpark.

Preparations

Mobile Phone Coverage

  • Although Finland has a broad network for mobile phones, there are some areas in the park 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.

Equipment and Safety

  • At the sea it is always important to be prepared for quickly changing weather conditions. Especially important is to make sure that the boat is in good condition.
  • Nautical charts are also necessary, the archipelago area is covered in the series D.
  • When walking on the islands, it is good to remember that the rocks are slippery when wet, and so are moss and algae.
  • Ticks live in damp grass, and some of them carry viruses and bacteria which cause diseases. It is especially important to cover your legs, which is easily done by wearing your socks on top of your trouser legs. Tick pliers and tick check done every night are also essential.
  • Snakes are common in the archipelago, so it is advisable to watch out when walking.
  • Make sure you pack a first-aid kit.
  • If you face an emergency on your hike, e.g. get lost, get injured or observe wildfire, call 112 and report an emergency. Maritime Rescue Centre's calling number is 0294 1000. More information on how to act in an emergency.
  • Hiking in Finland:

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!