Instructions on Exploring Käsivarsi Wilderness Area

  • Everyman's rights (www.ymparisto.fi) are valid in Käsivarsi Wilderness Area. Ask about fishing regulations in Fell Lapland Visitor Centre.
  • 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!
  • We recommend that you do not build campfires while in the area as there are few trees and therefore only asmall supply of firewood.
  • Instructions and rules of Malla Strict Nature Reserve

Use firewood sparingly. It is expensive to get it in the wilderness. Photo: Ritva Saarensalmi

Crossing Borders

  • In Käsivarsi Wilderness Area trails crosses over national borders at several points. Hikers should make sure that they are not carrying any items which you would need to declare in customs. Those wanting to take their dogs on their hike should contact Finnish Customs (www.tulli.fi) well in advance. Contact the Finnish Food Safety Authority (www.evira.fi) for information on mandatory vaccinations and certificates.

Preparations

Mobile Phone Coverage

  • Although Finland has a broad network for mobile phones, there are some areas in the Käsivarsi Wilderness 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.
On the border of Finland and Norway. Photo: Jari Ylläsjärvi

Equipment and Safety

  • When wilderness trekking in Käsivarsi Wilderness Area you should always have a map, a compass and proper clothing, footwear and overnight gear depending on the length of your trek. Please note that weather conditions change very quickly and it can snow even in summer.
  • 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 wilderness areas is more demanding than on marked trails. For this reason it is good to be an experienced hiker before attempting a wilderness trek.
  • Remember to leave your route plan and timetable for example at Kilpisjärvi Visitor Centre.
  • Hiking in Finland:

Peak Seasons

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.