Instructions on Exploring Kevo Trail

Kevo Trail and Kuivi Trail are both within Kevo Strict Nature Reserve. Hiking is only permitted on marked trails in the strict nature reserve. Building campfires and camping are only permitted at points designated for those purposes. Pets are not allowed to run free, they must be kept leashed.

Restrictions for Entrance

Hiking and skiing are permitted on Kevo Trail

  • Canyon area:
    • Hiking is permitted 15.6. - 15.10. only on marked trails
    • and skiing is permitted 16.10. - 31.3 in the entire canyon area.
    • Entering the canyon area is completely forbidden 1.4. - 14.6.
  • Fell area:
    • Hiking is permitted 1.5. - 15.10. only on marked trails
    • and skiing is permitted in the entire fell area 16.10. - 30.4.

Camping and Campfire Sites

  • Along the trail camping is permitted only at wilderness huts and camping sites and lighting fires is only permitted at huts and campfire sites. Building campfires is completely forbidden when there is a forest fire warning 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.

Reindeer

  • Kevo Strict Nature Reserve is a reindeer herding area. There are fences around the boundaries of the reindeer herding co-operatives. They are difficult to get across and hikers should use gates and bridges built for that purpose. Gates and bridges have been built along the trail. It is important that hikers remember to close gates after having passed through them. If a herder and his herd come your way it is best to stay out of the way and not disturb them. Either move out of sight or stay still where you are.

Preparations

Mobile Phone Coverage

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

  • Do not go hiking or skiing on your own. Do not leave your group while in the terrain.
  • Take a map, a compass, equipment for a starting a campfire and a first-aid kit as well as enough food with you. You should fill your water bottles at each water point. Take the weather into consideration. Weather conditions in the fells can change abruptly. During foggy weather it is easy to lose your way.
  • Currents in rivers can be strong at wading points. The flow of rivers is exceptionally strong during high water for example during spring floods. Use the wires with hand grips at wading points when crossing rivers. Also if your rucksack has a belt which goes around your waist, open the belt. This way you can remove your rucksack quickly and get out of the water faster if need be.
  • One of the trail's most difficult climbs is on the Tapiola Goahti - Beahcelávojávrrit section. The climb is up an almost vertical rock wall, where there are a few built steps to assist you. The trail then continues along a cliff edge. There is a rope handrail to assist hikers. Especially during rain the rocks on the cliffs are slippery, so hikers should be exceptionally cautious.
  • There are large climbs and inclines are several places along Kevo Trail. These may prove to be unpleasant for someone who has a fear of heights.
  • Dress correctly. Take warm and wind resistant clothing with you and remember to also bring a change of clothing. Waterproof hiking boots are the best footwear for the area.
  • Tell a friend, family member or the closest visitor centre what your route and expected timetable is. Then remember to inform them of your return.
  • Write your name and planned route in each guestbook along the trail.
  • 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: Safety

Equipment

  • When travelling along Kevo Trail hikers will need a map, a compass and enough food. The terrain is demanding as there are many climbs and descents. Proper footwear and warm clothing are essential.
  • In the open fells winds can be strong and cold even during summer. Therefore wind resistant clothing is a must.
  • Hikers should bring a tent with them as there are only a few open wilderness huts along the trail and all of them except Ruktajärvi open wilderness hut are on Guivi Trail. A camping cooker is also good to have along as campfires are completely forbidden if there is a forest fire warning in effect.
  • Hiking in Finland: Equipment

Seasons

  • The best time for hiking in the area begins in the last week of June and ends around the middle of September. For the most part snows in the area have melted by May already, but ravines can be snowy and slippery up until the end of June. Trails in the area are wet and susceptible to wear up to the end of June. Erosion of terrain is a continuously growing problem. Hiking trips done before the end of June cause the most damage to the terrain because it is damp and soft. Therefore we recommend that you visit the area after June.
  • Gnats arrive in the area usually in late June. In the open fells it is windy enough that the pests keep at bay, so when in the fell area hikers can usually enjoy their hikes without being disturbed by insects. The räkkä season, which is when pesky insects invade the area, is over by late August. Especially on warm nights in early autumn mosquitoes can appear in swarms to the annoyance of hikers sitting around campfires.
  • The vibrancy of colours during ruska season in autumn varies yearly. The best time to see ruska in all its brilliance is around September 10th.

Peak Seasons

  • The busiest time on the Kevo Trail is from the end of August to the middle of September.

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!