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: www.nationalparks.fi/coronavirusguidelines.
Check for Warnings
When forest and grass fire warnings (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi) 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 will open its rental, reservation and wilderness huts on 1 June. Reservations for summers 2020 and 2021 can be made after 9 am 27 May 2020. The customers’ own behaviour is crucial to ensure that the corona virus does not spread under cramped conditions. Metsähallitus will increase and intensify its guidelines in this matter. It is also advisable to reconsider visiting the huts. Private accommodation (tent or hammock) is a safer option.
Various huts and their rules of use
Rented huts are entirely reserved for the customer’s own use, and they will be opened on 1 June.
The customer can book a single bed in a reservable hut. Metsähallitus will reduce the number of beds in reservable huts in order to enable safe distances between the customers. Bookings made for between 1 June and 31 August for fully booked reservable huts will, however, not be cancelled. Customers who have made a reservation and wish to ensure that safe distances can be maintained in the huts are asked to contact their nearest Metsähallitus customer service.
The booking fee must be paid before they keys / access codes are handed over. If the customer wishes to cancel their booking for the summer (1 June to 31 August 2020), they are entitled to do so free of charge
Wilderness huts and their saunas will also open on 1 June.
Instructions for hut accommodation
Metsähallitus will increase its guidelines online and in the huts on preventing the spread of corona virus in hut accommodation.
Customers staying in huts will reduce their own and other’s risk of infection by doing the following:
- Do not travel if you are ill, or if you have flu or stomach symptoms
- Do not stay at a hut if you have flu or stomach symptoms during your trip
- Always wash your hands carefully with soap before you enter the hut and after visiting the hut
- Do not wash up or wash yourself directly in a lake or a river or on top of a well. Pour your washing water into the ground at a sufficient distance from the water body.
- Use hand disinfectant
- If you feel the need to cough or sneeze, cough in your sleeve or in a disposable tissue.
- Avoid touching your eyes, mouth or nose
- Maintain a safe distance between yourself and other customers
- If possible, bring your own drinking water
- Bring your own toilet paper
- Never fill your own water bottle on top of the hut water container
Please note, that Metsähallitus is not able to carry out deep cleaning in the huts. Also, there is no cleaning between bookings. No hand disinfectant is available in the huts, so pack your own soap and hand disinfectant.
We recommend packing your own accommodation (tent, campfire tent, hammock) whenever you go on an overnight trip.
At the end of your stay:
- Wipe all surfaces at the end of your stay (handles, surfaces)
- If you have had flu symptoms during your stay, contact the nearest customer service point
- If you are diagnosed with corona virus after the end of your stay, contact the nearest Metsähallitus customer service point
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