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. 

Drawing of a fireplace. The drawing shows the roof, the flue and off the ground.


Protected areas play a major role in combating climate change and biodiversity loss 

A joint statement by networks of protected areas from around the world at COP26 Climate Change Conference

At the Glasgow Climate Change Conference on 5 November 2021, managers of protected areas from around the world published a joint statement on the role of protected areas in combating climate change and biodiversity loss. Metsähallitus, Parks & Wildlife Finland, which manages the Finnish network of protected areas, signed the joint statement for Finland. 

Scenery of the wetland.

A comprehensive network of protected areas helps in the combating of and adapting to climate change. Protected forests and natural mires are also significant carbon sinks and carbon storages.

Restoration activities and ecological management in protected areas are excellent examples of how biodiversity can be restored and maintained. In the long term, this work will also improve the ability of protected areas to function as carbon sinks and carbon storages. 

Organisations responsible for the management of protected areas, such as Parks & Wildlife Finland, are also able to communicate effectively to visitors visiting their sites about climate change and biodiversity loss and how to prevent them by their own actions. 

Climate change and biodiversity loss are mutually reinforcing crises. In the joint statement, the organisations responsible for the management of protected areas called on the world's decision makers to take binding action to resolve both crises. 


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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