Instructions on Exploring Riisitunturi National Park

In the National Park, the following are

allowed

  • Walking, skiing, row boating and canoeing, except in the possibly restricted areas
  • Picking berries and mushrooms
  • Hook and line fishing and ice fishing. Fishers need to check the restrictions on fishing sites at kalastusrajoitus.fi (In Finnish).

restricted

  • Campfire is only allowed at sites marked for this purpose.
  • Camping in the recreational zone is advised only on the maintained sites.
  • Cycle and ride except on trails designated for this

forbidden

  • Lighting campfires 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.
  • Pets running at large
  • 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
  • Driving motor vehicles, except on roads designated for motor vehicles
  • Leaving waste in the area, or damaging constructions.

Riisitunturi National Park Rules and Regulations in Finnish (pdf, 477 kB, julkaisut.metsa.fi). 

Photo: Markku Pirttimaa

Preparations

  • Riisitunturi National Park can also be visited during the winter. Hikers and skiers need to be able to look after themselves, as the area is remote and wilderness-like, and therefore in emergency situations help cannot be got quickly. Because of the humidity, there are mires as well on the slopes as on the top. The terrain is quite difficult and demanding at some places, and requires some experience in hiking or skiing in forest landscape.
    • During the winter, you should note that Noukavaara road is not ploughed.
  • The staff at Kuusamo Customer Service Karhuntassu in Kuusamo and Oulanka Visitor Centre are happy to help you with planning your trip.
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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.
  • At Riisitunturi, the signal is quite good at most places.
  • 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

Peak Seasons

  • In the middle of the summer, there are so many visitors staying in the open wilderness hut that it is advisable to take your own tent.

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!