Photo: Jari KostetIn the hiking area, the following are

allowed:

  • Moving around and camping, according to the Everyman's right, although it is recommended that visitors camp in the designated places.
  • Mountain biking is allowed according to everyman's rights. Always stay on clearly visible tracks and pay attention to other hikers.
  • Picking berries and mushrooms
  • Rock Climbing at Hakovuori Hill.

restricted:

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
  • On some of the lakes, fishing is forbidden because of experimental fishing

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

  • The landscape varies greatly, which means that some trails are more difficult than others, and take longer to hike.
    • Choice of footwear depends on the terrain and the weather: the mire sections have duckboards, but on a rainy day waterproof footwear is needed.
  • Ilvesvaellus Trail map and a compass are necessary, unless you know the area well. There is a dense network of forest roads and footpaths inside the hiking area.
  • A bottle for drinking water is useful, because drinking water is only available in certain places.
  • It is advisable to ask at Evo Centre to make sure the canteen is open.
  • 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:
  • Before your trip see also page What is New.

Peak Seasons

  • The most popular times with hikers in Evo are the spring and autumn weekends, and the summer. During the summer, Lake Niemisjärvi is the busiest area. In addition, the lean-to shelters in the hiking area are popular. During the winter, there are skiers and snow shoe walkers in the 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!