Instructions and Rules in Lemmenjoki National Park

Instructions on exploring Lemmenjoki

In the National Park, the following are

Allowed

  • Walking, skiing, rowing and canoeing according to Everyman's right (www.ymparisto.fi) except in the restricted area. In the restricted area of Ravadanköngäs hiking is only allowed on marked trails.
  • Picking berries and mushrooms

Restricted

  • In the recreation zone of the National Park, campfire and camping are only allowed at sites marked for this purpose.
  • Mountain biking is allowed only on an officially marked summer trails.
  • Persons aged 18-64 years must pay the fisheries management fee. If you fish in streamwaters, you also need Metsähallitus' angling permit no 1562 Lemmenjoki (www.eräluvat.fi). Angling on lakewaters is allowed by paying a fisheries management fee. Hook-and-line- fishing and ice fishing are allowed in the lakes only according to Everyman's right (www.ymparisto.fi). Fishers need to check the restrictions on fishing sites at kalastusrajoitus.fi (In Finnish).

Forbidden

  • 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
  • Driving a dog sled
  • Camping on a restricted zone (Ravadasköngäs)
  • 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
  • Hunting. For locals hunting is allowed in the area of their municipality of residence (Hunting Act, Section 8)

The gold diggers' claims are considered equal to grounds of dwellings, where hikers should not enter without permission. Some gold diggers organise gold digging for tourists, others prefer to work on their own.

Lakescenery. Photo: Helifoto Oy

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.

Equipment

  • When hiking in Lemmenjoki area, you need at least a map, a compass, and adequate clothing and other hiking gear, depending on the length of your hike.
  • Read more about How to hike without leaving a trace.

Safety

  • Trekking in the wilderness is a lot more demanding than in marked trails, so you will need to be an experienced hiker.
  • Remember to leave a note about your intended route and timetable with for example a friend.
  • 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:

Peak Seasons

  • The best "ruska" time, when you can see the autumn colours, is in September, which is the most popular season with visitors.
  • The recreation zone of the park, Lemmenjoki River Valley and the gold area, has most visitors.
  • There are no wintertrails in the Park, except the skiing trail which is marked on the ice of river Lemmenjoki every springtime.

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!