Instructions on Exploring Kermajärvi

In the Area, the following are

allowed:

  • hiking, skiing, boating and canoeing
    • avoid landing on islands when birds are nesting, so as not to disturb them
  • camping for 1 - 3 days is an Everyman's Right (www.ymparisto.fi) in the entire area, but we recommend that you stay in the vicinity of excursion harbours
  • picking berries and mushrooms
  • hook and line fishing and ice fishing.

restricted:

  • lighting campfires which is restricted to the spots, which are designated for this purpose
  • fishing
    • Persons aged 18-64 years must pay the fisheries management fee for lure fishing. If you are fishing with more than one rod, you also need Metsähallitus' angling permit no 7413 for Southern Finland. Permits can be bought from Metsähallitus netstore (www.eräluvat.fi).
    • For trap fishing, in addition to paying the fisheries management fee, you will need Metsähallitus' trap fishing permit no 7010 for Kermajärvi. Permits can also be purchased by phone at +358 (0)20 69 2424.
    • Fishers need to check the restrictions on fishing sites at kalastusrajoitus.fi (In Finnish).
  • snowmobiling, which is only permitted on marked snowmobile tracks
  • hunting, which is only allowed if you have a Metsähallitus hunting permit.

forbidden:

  • lighting campfires or other open flames when there is a forest fire warning in effect
  • 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
  • littering and damaging structures.

Preparations

Mobile Phone Coverage

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

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!