Because of the coronavirus, safe distances should be kept even in nature, and thorough hand hygiene should be followed at huts, campfire sites and after using the toilet. Metsähallitus' policies and guidelines will be updated as the general corona guidelines become more specific. Check our website for the current situation:

Check for Warnings

When forest and grass fire warnings ( are in effect, fire is only allowed at covered campfire sites that have a flue. A fire can be also lit in fireplaces at wilderness and other huts. Always use extreme caution when handling fire. The one who lights a fire is always responsible for its safe use. Please note, that making fire at these campfire sites can be banned locally. 

Gathering at the campfire sites increases the risk of coronavirus infection. Guidelines concerning coronavirus COVID-19

Metsähallitus cancels its customer service in Nature Centers - web and phone services will be increased

Customer service provided by Metsähallitus will be cancelled in nature and other visitor centres including Science Centre Pilke starting on Monday 16 March. Web, social media and phone services provided by Metsähallitus will continue and increase. 

In some nature and visitor centres customer service is provided by private companies which are partners for Metsähallitus in sustainable tourism. Some of these activities will continue, but Metsähallitus is also discussing the continuation of these activities with its partners.

Group guidings and larger events are cancelled in all nature centres and in Science Centre Pilke.

Metsähallitus encourages people to enjoy the outdoors, but following the healthcare authoriries’ instructions. Picnic sites, cooking huts, daytrip huts and wilderness huts can be used for, but customers are encouraged to follow the advice from healthcare authorities. 

Metsähallitus advises everyone to avoid the most popular destinations, in order to avoid problems due to traffic jams and infection risk. 

Self-guided Tours of Finland's Natural Attractions

National parks, national hiking areas and other protected areas provide the visitors with unforgettable moments, best sceneries and hiking and skiing facilities. Read more about the self-guided tours.

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