Guidelines on using Open Wilderness Huts

1. Open wilderness huts are intended for hikers, skiers and other individuals moving under their own steam to use as resting points or for overnight stays lasting 1 to 2 nights. Visitors using other mode of transport or out on organised group tours or hikes may only use open wilderness huts as resting points during the day. We ask that larger groups use their own tents or reservable wilderness huts as overnight accommodation.

2. Tourist enterprises may not use open wilderness huts for overnight stays on their organised excursions, but they may use open wilderness huts as resting points during the day if they have permission to do so from Metsähallitus. Tourist enterprises organising paid for tours or hikes must use reservable or rental wilderness huts or privately rented accommodation for their customers to stay overnight at.

3. Some huts have specific guidelines in the hut´s own folder. Read the contents of each wilderness hut's own folder. It contains information on rules for the hut and instructions on how to use the equipment at the hut. The folder also contains useful information on outdoor excursions.

4. Check the condition of the hut's fireplace or wood stove before lighting a fire. Use the hut's firewood supply sparingly. If there is a gas cooker at the hut, read the instructions given for it, before using the cooker.

5. If the quality of the water at the huts water point is tested regularly this will be told in the hut's folder and there will be a statement by health authorities at the hut. We recommend that water which is not regularly tested or is taken from natural bodies of water be boiled before you drink it.

6. Make room for visitors arriving after you, as the last to arrive at a hut have the primary right to stay overnight there. Do not disturb other people staying at the hut. Smoking is forbidden in wilderness huts! Find out in advance if it is allowed to bring pets in the hut.

7. Follow the directions for waste management and recycling. Burn only clean paper. Biodegradable waste should be left at composts or dry toilets. All other waste should be taken to the closest waste and recycling point.

8. Sign the hut's guestbook. Mark down any observations you have made as well as your next intended destination.

9. Before leaving make sure that there is a ready supply of chopped firewood for the hut's next visitors and carry them to the designated place inside the hut. Before leaving tidy-up the hut and its surroundings. Do not leave behind any extra items, for example food lures harmful animals into the hut. Empty the water container and take the ashes out of the wood stove to the place marked for them. Close all the hut's doors and windows properly!

Consider hygiene

Please, do not wash your hands or dishes in wilderness huts' drinking water buckets or water intakes. Also, please do not fill your drinking bottle right above a drinking water bucket.

Safety Tip

There are fire alarms at wilderness huts, but we recommend to bring a 9 V battery and/or your own travel fire alarm with you.

Finnish Huts - Guidelines and Safety Instructions Video

Guidelines and safety in Huts. Photo: Jari Hindström

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