Instructions on Exploring Linnansaari National Park

In the National Park, the following are allowed:

  • Moving about under one's own power and with watercraft, except in restricted areas.
  • Mountain biking is allowed according to everyman`s rights. Always stay on clearly visible tracks and pay attention to other hikers.
  • picking berries and mushrooms, except in restricted areas.

restricted: 

  • moving
    • In order to ensure that the Saimaa Ringed Seal remains undisturbed during its nesting period, landing and moving about on some of the islands in the national park is prohibited from 1 January to 30 April. In the area surrounding the Surmaluoto island group the access restriction also includes to the ice area extending 50 metres from the island shorelines.
    • In order to ensure that the Saimaa Ringed Seal and shorebirds remain undisturbed during their nesting period, landing and moving about on some of the islands in the national park is prohibited from 1 January to 15 July.
    • Moving about by motorised vehicles while water areas are covered by ice is prohibited from 1 January to 30 April in national park water areas marked in the map appendix (julkaisut.metsa.fi).
  • fishing:
  • chasing elk during elk hunts, which are permitted subject to the permission of Metsähallitus 
  • lighting campfires and camping
    • Camping in the national park is prohibited from 1 January to 30 April. Temporary camping is permitted from 1 May to 31 December only on camping sites specifically designated by Metsähallitus for this purpose. Metsähallitus may grant permission to temporarily camp on the main island of Linnansaari from 1 January to 30 April.
    • Campfires may only be made on sites specifically designated for this purpose and only using firewood brought in specifically for making campfires. The use of camp stoves is also permitted in other areas. Making campfires is absolutely prohibited during forest fire warnings.
  • horseback riding and dog sledding is allowed subject to the permission of Metsähallitus
  • collecting cones and seeds is allowed subject to the permission of Metsähallitus
  • capturing game animals is allowed subject to the permission of Metsähallitus
  • tourist activities are subject to the permission of Metsähallitus
  • scientific activities such as collecting plants is allowed subject to the permission of Metsähallitus.

forbidden:

  • mobility within and landing on restricted areas between 1st January – 30th April or 1st January – 15th July
  • the use of motor-powered vehicles on frozen waters in winter in part of the water areas of the National Park
  • lighting campfires when a 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
  • fishing in Linnansaarenlampi
  • taking or damaging trees, shrubs, other plants or their parts, or mushrooms other than edible mushrooms
  • damaging soil or rock, and extraction of earth material  or minerals
  • catching, killing, or disturbing wild animals, or destroying their nests or burrows
  • littering and disturbing behaviour
  • damaging constructions, relics, or ruins
Photo: Timo Kilpeläinen


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 and Safety

Photo: Elina Enho

Peak Seasons

  • Linnansaari is popular with visitors, especially between the Midsummer (the Finnish public holiday on a Saturday around 24th of June) and the first week of August. Most visitors go to the main island, Linnansaari Island, or Mäntyluoto Island, but in the large National Park there are enough camping sites for everyone.

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!