Instructions on Exploring Patvinsuo National Park

Surprising patterns on the trunk of a dead standing tree. Photo: Marko HaapalehtoIn the National Park, the following are

allowed:

  • Hiking, skiing, rowing and canoeing except in restricted areas
  • Picking of berries and mushrooms 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.

restricted:

  • Making campfires and camping is only permitted at sites marked for these purposes
  • Fishing:
  • Following the trail from Lahnalampi parking area to Pirskanlampi camping site which leads at points through the Finnish Frontier Guard's restricted military area. This area is marked in the terrain, with red circles around tree trunks. Entering this area is forbidden during shooting training times. Training times are marked on boards in the surrounding area and along trails leading to the area.

forbidden:

  • Entering restricted areas outside of trails from 1.3. to 10.7. and entering the environmental research area around Lake Hietajärvi from 1.1. to 10.7. and from 1.8. to 31.12.
  • Using snowmobiles
  • Using motor boats in any of the park's waters
  • Lighting a campfire 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.
  • Letting pets run at large in the park
  • 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
  • Hunting
  • All types of fishing in the environmental research area around Lake Hietajärvi
  • Driving motor vehicles, except on roads designated for motor vehicles
  • Leaving waste in the area, or damaging constructions.

Photo: Marko Haapalehto

Preparations

Mobile Phone Coverage

  • Although Finland has a broad network for mobile phones, there are some areas in the park where cliffs or forest block signals. 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

  • For their own comfort visitors should wear water-proof calf-high shoes during spring and early summer, as their pants are likely to get soaked otherwise. During dry weather sneakers are suitable foot wear for the Patvinsuo terrain. Mires and wetlands have duckboards.
  • During summer mosquitoes and sand flies thrive in the park's mires. The wind sometimes clears the air of them for a short time. ‘Elk flies' (Lipoptena cervi) buzz around visitors during autumn in the middle of forests.
  • Remember to pack food with you as the closest shop is 33 km away in Hatunkylä Village.
  • 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:
  • Before your trip see also page What is New.

Peak Seasons

  • Patvinsuo National Park has lots of visitors in July. It is also a popular hiking destination, during ‘ruska'-season in autumn when leaves are changing colour. Ruska begins after the Mid-August.

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!