Instructions on Exploring Martimoaapa

In Martimoaapa, the following are

Allowed

  • walking, skiing, rowing and canoeing
  • picking berries and mushrooms
  • angling and ice fishing. Fishers need to check the restrictions on fishing sites at kalastusrajoitus.fi (In Finnish).

Martimoaapa. Photo: Jorma Luhta

Restricted

  • lighting campfires is only permitted at built campfire sites and only using the firewood supply that is there
  • lure fishing is allowed if you have a permit. Fishers need to check the restrictions on fishing sites at kalastusrajoitus.fi (In Finnish).
  • hunting small game is allowed if you have a Metsähallitus small game permit
  • camping is allowed for short periods (1 - 2 days) in the terrain and at marked camping sites
  • use of Metsähallitus owned structures for commercial nature tourism requires a Metsähallitus permit.

Forbidden

  • lighting campfires when there is a forest fire warning in effect even at maintained campfire sites.
    • This prohibition does not apply to cooking shelters or other fireplaces with a flue.
  • pets running at large
  • damaging soil or rock, and extraction of earth material or minerals
  • killing, catching or disturbing wild vertebrates, or damaging their nests
  • driving motor vehicles, except on roads designated for motor vehicles
  • leaving waste in the area, or damaging constructions
  • motor boating in Lakes Martimojärvi and Pikkujärvi and along the River Martimo-oja.

Preparations

Safety

Mobile Phone Coverage

  • Ancient trees at Martimoaapa. Photo: Niina SankariAlthough Finland has a broad network for mobile phones, there are some areas in the Martimoaapa 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.

Conserve Nature While Hiking

  • Follow the rules given for hiking in the area.
  • Hike and camp without leaving a trace. We recommend you use only marked trails and camping sites.
  • Sign the guestbook at each campfire site. In the event of an emergency this will make it easier for search and rescue personnel to find you. You can also leave feedback and suggestions in the guestbook. Your input is always welcome.
  • See also the website of the How to make sure you leave no trace.

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!