Instructions and Rules in Aulanko Nature Reserve

The Aulanko Nature Reserve has been established to protect an English-style manor park, its forests, the Aulangonvuori Hill fortress and the well-known landscape attraction. It is important to study matters dealing with the nature reserve in advance and prepare yourself properly for your trip by reading the instructions, rules and regulations (pdf 189 kt, julkaisut.metsa.fi, in Finnish).

Respect Nature
Pets
Getting Around in Nature Reserve
Camping
Lighting Campfires
Litter-free Hiking
Fishing
Picking Berries, Mushrooms and Wild Herbs
Biking
Horse Riding
Other Rules and Instructions
Forbidden Activities
Safety

Respect Nature

The outdoor activities in the Aulanko Nature Reserve are guided with the rules and regulations. When getting around in nature, let’s show respect for it. Take a look at the Outdoor Etiquette.

Please don’t share any such contents on the Internet that break the rules of the nature reserve.

Letting pets running at large is forbidden. Dogs and other pets are welcome in the nature reserve but only on a leash.

Getting Around in Nature Reserve

You can move in the nature reserve freely on foot and on skis:

  • The ring road is open to motor vehicles every day in summer between 8am and 11pm.

Camping

Camping is prohibited.

Lighting Campfires

Campfires are prohibited.

Litter-free Hiking

The Aulanko Nature Reserve has a few mixed waste containers in the terrain during the summer. Did you bring it? Then take it home!

Fishing

Fishing is prohibited in the ponds in the Aulanko Nature Reserve.

Hook and line fishing and ice fishing are allowed on Lake Aulangonjärvi and Lake Vanajavesi by the Everyman's right (ymparisto.fi). For lure fishing, you need the fisheries management fee (eraluvat.fi).

Persons aged 18-64 years must pay the fisheries management fee (eräluvat.fi). If you fish with more than one rod, you also need Metsähallitus' angling permit no 7413 for Southern Finland (eräluvat.fi). These permits can be purchased in the web shop (eräluvat.fi).

Fishers need to check the restrictions on fishing sites at kalastusrajoitus.fi (In Finnish).

Picking Berries, Mushrooms and Wild Herbs

Picking of edible mushrooms and forest berries is allowed.

Taking or damaging trees, bushes, other plants or their parts, or mushrooms other than edible ones is forbidden. Picking wild herbs is therefore forbidden.

Biking

According to the rules of conduct, mountain biking is allowed only on routes best suited for the activity: the ring road and gravel tracks (pdf 189 Kt, julkaisut.metsa.fi, in Finnish: routes which are marked on the map with bold line (rengastie) and dashed line). In addition, a demanding mountain bike trail has been marked in the area (pdf 5,4 Mt, julkaisut.metsa.fi).

Horse Riding

Riding is allowed only on the roads marked for this purpose (pdf 934 Kt, julkaisut.metsa.fi, in Finnish).

Other Rules and Instructions

As a rule, a permit issued by Metsähallitus is required for activities other than those included in everyman's rights, which may include research, organised events and the shooting of films or advertisements in the terrain. Further information on required permits: research and access permits (metsa.fi) and permits and notifications related to events (metsa.fi).

The use of the trails and structures of the Aulanko Nature Reserve for business activities is always subject to a fee, and for frequent business use, a contract with Metsähallitus (metsa.fi) is required. The right of use fees for specific days are paid at the Eräluvat webshop (eraluvat.fi).

Other Forbidden Activities in the Aulanko Nature Reserve

  • Damaging signboards or other constructions and experimental plots.
  • Hunting and fishing.
  • Damaging soil or rock, and extraction of earth material or minerals.
  • Killing, catching or disturbing wild vertebrates, or damaging their nests.
  • Catching or collecting invertebrates.
  • Driving motor vehicles, except on roads designated for motor vehicles.
  • Leaving waste in the area.
  • Taking or damaging trees, shrubs or other plants, or their parts.
  • Covering, changing, damaging, removing, violating or excavating in archaeological sites.
  • Activities that disturb other people.

Rules and Regulations for Aulanko

The rules and regulations of Aulanko Nature Reserve (pdf 189 Kt, julkaisut.metsa.fi, in Finnish), ratified on 18 November 1996.

Safety

It is important that you get as much information as possible about your hiking destination in advance and prepare for your trip thoroughly. Knowing your route and sticking to it and knowing what the weather and warnings in effect (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi) has in store, will help make your trip a success. 

112 Emergency Number

If you have an emergency during your trip, such as getting lost, injured or finding a wildfire, call 112. Read more detailed emergency instructions.

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Download the 112 Finland application (112.fi) to your phone. When an emergency call is made through the 112 Finland application, the emergency center attendant is automatically informed of the caller's location.

It is recommended to keep the mobile phone warm and to bring extra food and water with you. There are many excursion locations with no mobile coverage and some mobile phones does not work in sub-zero temperatures, that is why it is always a good idea to let someone know about your itinerary and timetable.

Outdoor Etiquette

1. Respect nature.

2. Mainly use marked trails.

3. Camp only where it is allowed.

4. Light your campfire only where it is allowed.

5. Do not litter.

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Game and Fisheries Wardens supervising nature destinations

Two people standing on top of a high hill, wearing snowmobile clothes. A wide, open view in the background.

Wilderness supervision (eräluvat.fi) offers services and education for the benefit of Finnish nature. A Game and Fisheries Warden is responsible for supervising the legality and authorisation of operations and the use of nature in state-owned areas.

If you witness or suspect a violation, you can report your observations to the warden (eräluvat.fi). Although we would like for you to leave your contact details when filing a report, you may also file a report anonymously.