Instructions on Exploring Nuortti Hiking Trail

Campfire Sites

  • Lighting campfires is only permitted in spots designated for this purpose using sparingly only the wood supply that has been reserved for this purpose. Campfires and other open flames may not be lit in or near forests when conditions are extremely dry or windy or there is another reason that there is an obvious possibility of a forest fire lighting. Lighting open flames 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.

Fishing

  • Licences are sold for the Nuorttijoki recreational fishing area 3550. In addition to the regional fishing permit, fishers must also have paid the fishing management fee (www.eraluvat.fi).
  • Hook and line fishing and ice fishing are permitted in the area free-of-charge as Everyman's Rights (www.ym.fi). Both of these are however forbidden in those bodies of water populated by salmon and whitefish at rapids or current points or in other bodies of water where fishing is forbidden by fishing legislation.
  • Recreational fishing permits can be bought from Metsähallitus netstore (www.eräluvat.fi), at Kiehinen Customer Service, at Tankavaara Visitor Centre and at Ivalo Customer Service, which all also offer additional information on fishing, fishing areas and permit practices.
  • Fishers need to check the restrictions on fishing sites at kalastusrajoitus.fi! (https://kalastusrajoitus.fi/#/kalastusrajoitus)

Floods

  • Crossing the River Nuorttijoki
    • During springtime floods it is difficult to cross the River Nuorttijoki as the current is very strong and the waters are high. Visitors should contact Savukoski Visitor Centre Korvatunturi, Tankavaara Visitor Centre or Saariselkä Customer Service Kiehinen in advance and ask about the River Nuorttijoki's water level.
    • There is a wading cable about 250 metres upstream from Kärekeoja open and reservable wilderness hut, to assist hikers while crossing.
    • During floods we recommend that visitors hike along the south bank of the river to the Russian border and return along the same route.

Preparations

Mobile Phone Coverage

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

  • During springtime floods we recommend that hikers follow the trail on the south bank of the river to the Russian border and follow the same route back.
  • The route for Nuortti Hiking Trail is marked in the terrain with orange paint markings and signs, but we recommend that visitors always have a map with them. From a map hikers can follow their progress and plan ahead as well as be able to pinpoint their location in case of emergency.
  • There are smoke detectors at each hut. We recommend that you check each to see if it is in working order. To ensure that they do work you can bring your own back-up batteries with.
  • There is a helicopter landing area near each open and reservable wilderness hut so that they are quickly accessible in emergency situations.
  • In the event that there is an emergency call the Finnish national emergency telephone number 112.
  • 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.
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Equipment

  • Although the trail is clearly marked you should always have a map and a compass with you when hiking.
  • Make sure you pack a first-aid kit.
  • If you are hiking along the river bank in June and July you will need insect repellent.
  • Hiking boots are excellent footwear for travelling the trail, but in damp weather it is good to have rubber boots or shoe covers which reach over your calves with you.
  • Read more tips on hiking equipment.
  • Always be an environmentally friendly hiker.

Seasons

  • The Nuortti Hiking Trail is best suited for summertime hiking excursions. The time summer arrives varies. The amount of snow and how quickly it melts changes yearly. This also has an effect on the water level in the River Nuorttijoki. Some years the river can be safely crossed at the beginning of June, but other years it is much later. We recommend that you contact the area in advance and ask about how the spring is progressing and the start of summer. In the middle of summer there are mosquitoes in the area.
  • At the end of August the weather begins to get colder as autumn approaches. It becomes more humid and days are shorter. Midges which are pesky but not otherwise harmless appear in August. In late August the landscape starts to take on ruska colours. The beginning of September is traditionally the most beautiful part of autumn when leaves change colour.
  • The first snow may fall on the banks of the River Nuorttijoki as early as September, but it usually melts away. A permanent snow covering usually falls in October and this is when winter truly begins. It is the longest season in the area and lasts over 7 months.
Nuorttijoki in the Autumn. Photo: Sulo Norberg

Peak Seasons

  • The peak season for Nuortti Hiking Trail is from July to September. At this time there are not only many hikers but also fishers in the area. The River Nuorttijoki is popular fly fishing destination.

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!