Instructions and Rules in Ekenäs Archipelago National Park
Instructions on Exploring Ekenäs Archipelago
In the National Park, the following are allowed:
- go boating in the water course and to go ashore to the islands. Also walking and skiing are allowed with some exceptions; maps of the restricted areas (julkaisut.metsa.fi).
Landing is prohibited between the 1st of January and 31st of December on the following islands: Lågskär-Mellanlandet, Hjortronskär-Äggolskär and the western part of Jussarö which belongs to the National Park. This prohibition to land protects the terrain and the species of the islands. However, it is allowed to hike along the marked trail at Jussarö.
Landing is prohibited between the 1st of April and 31st of July on the following islands: Gaddarna, Äggharukobbarna-Äggharun and on the islets of Mossklobben, Skyffelskär, Vitharun and Drängharun which are located on the western side of the islands of Gaddarna and Äggharukobbarna-Äggharun.
Access to both water and terrestrial areas is prohibited between the 1st of January and 31st of December on Älgön Verkviken and Älgön Verkfladan. Similarly, access to Älgön Storträsket is prohibited between the 1st of April and 31st of July. However, it is allowed to swim on the southern bay head of Älgön Storträsket.
The islands of Fladalandet, Modermagan, Älgö and Rödjan have designated places for temporary camping and campfires. Use firewood sparingly as it takes time and resources to transport firewood to the islands. At Skedöklovan it is allowed to light campfires. Camping stoves may be used with care anywhere.
- Picking berries and mushrooms
- Fishing, taking into account the above-mentioned restriction areas:
- Hook and line fishing, ice fishing and fishing with a simple herring rig are permitted under everyman's rights.
- Persons aged 18-64 years must pay the fisheries management fee (eräluvat.fi). If you use more than one rod, for example for trolling or spinning for whitefish, in Ekenäs Archipelago National Park you will also need Metsähallitus' angling permit no 7412 for the sea area (eräluvat.fi). Fishing permits are available from Metsähallitus' online shop (eraluvat.fi).
- For netting and other trap fishing you will need, in addition to paying the fisheries management fee, trap fishing permit no 6017 for Ekenäs Archipelago National Park (eräluvat.fi, in Finnish).
- Fishers need to check the restrictions on fishing sites at kalastusrajoitus.fi (In Finnish).
- Mountain biking is allowed according to everyman's rights. Always stay on clearly visible tracks and pay attention to other hikers.
Lighting campfires and camping are only allowed at sites marked for this purpose.
As a rule, a permit issued by Metsähallitus is required for activities other than those included in everyman's rights, which may include research and organised events. Further information on required permits: research and access permits (metsa.fi) and permits and notifications related to events (metsa.fi).
- Please note that lighting campfires is also forbidden at campfire sites if the forest fire warning or the grass fire warning is in effect. Check the current warnings (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi).
This prohibition does not apply to cooking shelters or other fireplaces with a shelter and a flue.
- Pets running at large
- Taking or damaging trees, bushes, other plants or their parts, or mushrooms other than edible ones
- 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, or damaging constructions
- In the National Park, fishing is not allowed in the lakes of Älgö Island, at Mejfladan, in the bay between Verkholmen and Båtskär, and in the areas where entering is restricted. Lure fishing is forbidden 1.4. - 31.8. in those parts of the Park which are located south of the outermost boating channel.
Mobile Phone Coverage
- Although Finland has a broad network for mobile phones, there are some areas in the park without signal. There may also be some smaller spots where there is interference. If this happens try to climb to a higher place or go into an open area. It may be worth removing the SIM card from your phone and then trying again to make emergency call. Different phones also differ in their coverage.
- We recommend that you keep your mobile phone warm at all times and take along food and drink. Certain phone models do not work when the temperature falls below zero. You should therefore let someone know your planned route. To keep your mobile phone charged, bring along a spare power source, a spare battery or an old phone with a working battery.
- On Rödjan signal is weak.
Equipment and Safety
- With clothing and other equipment, it is good to note, that the area is quite windy and that ticks(Ixodes ricinus) live there. It is wise to pack tick pliers and check daily for ticks.
- If you face an emergency on your hike, e.g. get lost, get injured or observe wildfire, call 112 and report an emergency. Maritime Rescue Centre's calling number is 0294 1000. More information on how to act in an emergency.
- Make sure you pack a first-aid kit.
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112 Suomi - mobile application
When an emergency call is being made through the 112 Suomi - mobile application (112.fi) the dispatcher will automatically receive the callers position.
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.