Instructions on Exploring Suvasvesi

Lake Suvasvesi Shore Conservation Programme Area is

allowed

  • Moving around and camping, according to the Everyman's right (www.environment.fi), although it is recommended that visitors camp in the designated places
  • There is private land on the northern part of Paimensaari Island. Please respect the peace and privacy of the area.
  • There are grazing heifers and sheep on the island. They must not be disturbed. Dogs must be kept on a lead on Paimensaari.
  • 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

  • Lighting campfires and camping are only allowed at sites marked for this purpose
  • Persons aged 18-64 years must pay the fisheries management fee (www.eräluvat.fi). If you fish with more than one rod, you also need Suvasvesi' angling permit (www.muikkusuomi.fi, in Finnish). Read more about fishing permits you need. Fishers need to check the restrictions on fishing sites at kalastusrajoitus.fi (In Finnish).

forbidden

  • Lighting campfires if the forest fire warning is in effect
  • Pets running at large
  • Driving motor vehicles, except on roads designated for motor vehicles
  • Leaving waste in the area, or damaging constructions

You can write your greetings in the guest book at the Paimensaari excursion harbour. Photo: Maija Huusko

Preparations

Mobile Phone Coverage

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

Lake Suvasvesi with its large areas of open water. Photo: Katri Suhonen

Equipment and Safety
  • Boaters must always have a proper map with them. There may also be sudden weather changes on the large open-water areas of Lake Suvasvesi. Fog may descend unexpectedly. When boating on Suvasvesi, watch out for rocks.
  • You should bring your own drinking water as there are no drinking water points at Suvasvesi.
  • When visiting Paimensaari Island, remember that during the warm seasons the unique stone walls and fences are also suitable sunbathing places for vipers.
  • 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:

Peak Seasons

  • July is the most popular time for boating on Lake Suvasvesi.

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!