Instructions and Rules in Kemihaara Wilderness Area

Instructions on Exploring Kemihaara Wilderness Area

  • Hiking, skiing and temporary camping are allowed everywhere in Kemihaara wilderness area according to the Everyman's rights (www.environment.fi).
  • Read about Hiking Without Leaving a Trace.
  • 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).
  • Metsähallitus has decided to grant general permission to light fires in the terrain in Lapland. Dry branches, twigs and small stumps can be used as kindling. In places where there is a maintained campfire site within 500 metres, all fires must be lit at the campfire site. In nature reserves for which a maintenance and utilisation plan or regulations have been issued, you must comply with the items outlined in these documents when lighting fires.
    • 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.

Kemihaara Wilderness Area. Photo: Timo Reinvuo

Preparations

Mobile Phone Coverage

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

Safety

  • Preferably, do not set off on a trek alone. In the event of an emergency a hiking companion can be invaluable.
  • You can leave your route plan and timetable at the place you are lodging at or at Korvatunturi Visitor Centre. If you decide to change your route while hiking try to inform the place where you left your route plan. Also inform them of your return.
  • 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.
  • In winter, trekking is very demanding. Harsh weather and poor light in the middle of winter cause difficulties. The temperature can drop to -40° and during the darkest part of winter there is only a couple of hours of daylight.
  • Orienteering skills are essential. Be prepared for emergencies such as having to camp out in the forest.
  • Early spring is a popular time for trekking, but even then proper gear is needed. Normal cross-country skis are not sturdy enough for the harsh conditions in wilderness areas which do not have maintained skiing trails.
  • When following snowmobile tracks be cautious. Losing your way is especially dangerous during winter.
  • 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.