Instructions on Exploring Helvetinjärvi

  • The camping sites in the park are suitable for two or three small tents only, except the camping site at Haukanhieta, which is large enough for eight small tents or two small ones and two bigger ones. Groups should let Seitseminen Nature Centre know about their intended route in the National Park.

In the National Park, the following are

allowed:

  • Walking, skiing, rowing and canoeing, except in the restricted areas
  • Mountain biking according to everyman's rights, except in the restricted areas. Always stay on clearly visible tracks and pay attention to other hikers.
  • Picking berries and mushrooms
  • Hook and line fishing and ice fishing
    • Fishers need to check the restrictions on fishing sites at kalastusrajoitus.fi (In Finnish).
  • Rock climbing is allowed in the National Park in a designated place in the northern part of the park, near Helvetinkolu Gorge, east of Sammakkolammi Pond. On the other rocks in the National Park, climbing is forbidden to protect the rock ecosystems.
  • Ice climbing is allowed until 15 March. The only frozen waterfall suitable for ice climbing is located at the north end of Lake Iso Helvetinjärvi, on its western shore.

restricted:

  • Lighting campfires, camping and rock climbing are only allowed at sites marked for this purpose.
    • The camping sites in the Park are modest, being meant for two to three small tents. An exception is Haukanhieta camping site where there is room for either eight small tents or two half-platoon tents and two small tents. We recommend for big groups to inform the Seitseminen Nature Centre about their stay and route plans.
  • To organise events in the National Park permission is always needed.

forbidden:

  • Boating and landing in Lake Haukkajärvi restricted area 15.4. - 31.7., to protect nesting birds
  • 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
  • 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

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.

Roads

  • Dead end roads are closed with bars.
  • Only the trunk roads are ploughed in the winter.

Equipments and Safety

  • Especially around the gorges the terrain is characterised by great differences in altitude, which means the trails are reasonably demanding and take longer time to walk.
  • Choice of shoes should depend on both weather and the terrain.
  • Water bottle and packed meals are needed, because there are no shops or cafes.
  • 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:

Photo: Sanna-Mari Kunttu

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!