Instructions on Exploring Poronpolku Trail

The trail can be travelled when the ground is not frozen.

  • On the Häme Lake Uplands outdoors map (1:50 000, The Map Centre 2000) the trail is marked as leading along the south and west sides of Lake Iso-Malva. The course of the trail has however been altered in the terrain and it now runs along the east side of Lake Iso-Malva towards the north. This change will be marked in all future maps.
  • On the Häme Lake Uplands outdoors map (1:50 000, The Map Centre 2000) as well as on the Poronpolku Event map the trail crosses Lake Pikku-Punelia at Marskin Maja. The ferry which crosses the lake at this point however runs only on the day on which the Poronpolku Event is held, the last Sunday in September.
  • Everyman's Rights apply along the trail.
  • Lighting of campfires is only permitted at marked campfire sites. Visitors need to be vigilant when using campfire sites. Lighting campfires is completely forbidden, also at campfire sites, when there is a forest fire warning in effect. Read more about Lighting campfires.
  • Instructions and Rules in Komio Nature Reserve
  • The ski trails, which crisscross the area during winter, are not lit. The trails are intended only for classical cross-country skiing.


Preparations

Mobile Phone Coverage

  • Although Finland has a broad network for mobile phones, there are some areas 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

  • Poronpolku Trail is marked with signposts, but it is still essential that hikers carry a map with them.
  • The area's cliffs, rocks and tree stumps can be slippery. Also loose rocks along the trail may be deceptive.
  • Sharp drops make part of the trail demanding, which means that hiking the route will take longer than a similar distance normally.
  • 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.
  • Read more about Safety.  

Equipment

  • During dry weather hikers can travel along Poronpolku Trail in light footwear, such as trainers.
  • Hikers should bring their own drinking water and toilet paper.
  • Read more about Hiking in Finland.
  • More information on Hiking Without Littering.

Peak Seasons

The annual Poronpolku Event (www.poronpolku.fi, in Finnish), which is arranged on the last Sunday in September, attracts around 2,000 hikers to the autumn landscape.

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!