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More comprehensive information about snowmobile tracks and routes to the Excursion Map in collaboration with local authorities and associations

10/2/17

The improved information about snowmobile routes and tracks on maps in the Excursionmap.fi map service provided by Metsähallitus offers snowmobilers the opportunity to plan their trips to nature across municipal and regional borders even more easily. Metsähallitus has previously provided information about snowmobile networks on the Excursion Map mainly for areas where there are large state-owned land areas. Local authorities and associations can now display their snowmobile tracks and routes in the Excursionmap.fi map service free of charge and easily through the Lipas web application.

Snowmobiling differs from many other forms of exercise in nature through the distances covered as the excursions often extend over large areas across the municipal and regional borders. It would be easier for snowmobilers to plan their trips if up-to-date national maps had links to additional information about different tracks and routes. These challenges have been responded to through collaboration by creating better conditions for publishing information on maps at Excursionmap.fi.

Local authorities, associations, federations and clubs have already been able to download their open-air exercise sites to the national Excursionmap.fi map service free of charge through the Lipas system. Now the collaboration was extended to also cover the snowmobile tracks and routes of local authorities and associations. Local authorities and associations can also attach additional information to the track or route displayed on the map. The information is updated to the Excursion Map from the Lipas application once in 24 hours. This way, matters such as temporary changes to the tracks can easily be communicated.

The Excursion Map provides excellent visibility on the map for the snowmobile tracks and routes of local authorities and associations. Snowmobilers are familiar with the use of the easy Excursionmap.fi service, which has already displayed thousands of kilometres of snowmobile networks before.

The Excursion Map service is provided by Metsähallitus. In 2016, the service was already used 3.6 million times. Lipas, the Liikuntapaikat.fi system, is free of charge and is used in all municipalities. The Lipas system is managed by the Faculty of Sports and Health Sciences of the University of Jyväskylä and funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture. Open-air exercise sites, including snowmobile tracks and routes, are downloaded to the Lipas application in the municipalities. Local authorities and associations do not need to pay anything for the information they display in the Excursion Map service.

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National Park Bringing New Feeling of Optimism to Hossa

by Fran Weaver, August 2017

Lenny Daly of the local firm Hossan Lumo feels that the new Hossa National Park provides ideal settings for the trendy outdoor activity of SUP-boarding. The Daly family's dog Vicky is also on board. Photo: Maija Daly, Hossan Lumo

The opening in June 2017 of Finland's 40th national park at Hossa, to mark the centenary of the Finland's independence, has been a great boost for local entrepreneurs offering services related to nature tourism and outdoor recreation. New jobs and income are very welcome in this part of Finland's north-eastern borderlands, between the towns of Kuusamo and Suomussalmi.

The clear waters and sandy shores of Hossa National Park are particularly popular among paddlers. Visitors can rent kayaks from local firms or join guided paddling tours to discover the park's highlights. Photo: Hannu Huttu / Metsähallitus

Local firms are already providing a wider range of services for increasing numbers of visitors with different interests. The small family firm Hossan Lumo, run by locally born Maija Daly and her Irish husband Lenny Daly, rents out equipment including fat tyre mountain bikes, kayaks and SUP-boards, while also offering cosy cabin accommodation and lovely lakeside locations for tents and caravans.

Lenny Daly feels that Hossa provides ideal settings for many popular outdoor pursuits. "Hossa's clear blue lakes are great for paddling, and Finland is now also catching on to the international boom in SUP-boarding," he says. "The trails along Hossa's sandy ridges are likewise ideal for mountain biking or hiking." 

Hossa Reindeer Park gives visitors to the nearby national park a chance to get up close to reindeer. Raili Karvonen brings tasty snacks out to some of the park's residents. Photo: Sini Salmirinne

Maija Daly believes that especially for foreign visitors, Hossa's new status as a national park makes it much more attractive than its previous designation as a hiking area. 

"There's a new feeling of optimism as interest in Hossa increases, and people are getting keen to branch out and start new businesses and activities."  

Joga instructor, wilderness guide Saija Taivalmäki is one of the new entrepeuneurs working in Hossa National Park. Photo: Raili Takolander

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