Instructions on Exploring Taitajan taival Trail

  • On the portion of the trail in Petkeljärvi National Park, visitors must adhere to the Petkeljärvi Rules and Regulations.
  • In the area's nature reserves and Natura 2000 sites visitors may hike, ski and walk with snow shoes as well as cycle.
  • Picking berries and edible mushrooms is allowed as an Everyman's Right. In nature reserves visitors may not collect vegetation or disturb animals. Visitors are not to damage the earth or rock beds.
  • Entering the area's nature reserves with motorised vehicles is forbidden except on roads marked for this purpose. Snowmobiling is only permitted on official snowmobile tracks.

A Limenitis populi resting along Taitajan taival Trail. Photo: Marko Haapalehto

Camping and Campfire Sites

  • Camping is allowed as an Everyman's Right (www.ym.fi) at any point along the trail except in Petkeljärvi National Park where camping is allowed only in Petkeljärvi Camping Ground.
  • Lighting campfires is only allowed at campfire sites. Lighting campfires is strictly forbidden everywhere when there is a forest fire warning in effect.
  • Read more about campfires.


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.

Equipment and Safety

  • Taitajan taival Trail is marked with orange paint dots but the dots are placed quite sparsely. There are also many roads and paths which cross the trail so a map and a compass are needed.
  • You should take drinking water and toilet paper with you on your hike.
  • Hikers should make sure to have sturdy footwear when travelling this trail as it is very rocky at points.
  • 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.
  • For more information on needed equipment see the Hiking in Finland pages.
  • Read more about Safety.

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!