Instructions and Rules in Gulf of Finland National Park

25.1.2022
Check regional Covid-instructions before your hiking trip or a visit to a nature center.

Liminganlahti Nature Centre is closed 1.1.-4.2.2022. The Finnish Nature Centre Haltia is closed 10.1.–1.2.2022. Koli Nature Centre Ukko is closed 1.1.–20.2.2022. Kuusamo Customer Service Karhuntassu is closed 13.1.–31.1.2022.

In other nature centers in Finland, we require the use of a facial mask and keeping the 2 meter distance to other visitors. In addition, there may be requirements to show the Covid pass, and/or the number of visitors can be limited. More information Nature centers. The length of the restrictions depends on the region. More regional information can be found at the Finnish institute for health and welfare website.

Instructions on Exploring Gulf of Finland

In the National Park, the following are

allowed:

Photo: Hanna Stöckell

restricted:

  • Lighting campfires and camping are only allowed at sites marked for this purpose.
    • Making open fires is always prohibited at both marked campfire sites and when fires are permitted by the land owner if a forest fire warning has been issued for the area (ilmatieteenlaitos.fi).
    • This prohibition does not apply to cooking shelters or other fireplaces with a flue.

forbidden:

  • Lighting campfires if the forest fire warning is in effect
  • 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

More information on Landing and moving around is prohibited on the following islands and islets of the Gulf of Finland National Park

I Landing and moving around is prohibited around the year:

  • Vehkalahti: Jähi, Kivikartti, Pöysäri, Metsäharu, Rääntiö, Rääntiönhattu.

II Landing and moving around is prohibited 1.2. - 15.8.:

  • Vehkalahti: Majakartti Virolahti: Hamara (islet to the east of Huovari), Korkiahuovari, Ryslät.
  • Kotka: Vaihkari, Vähä Eteläkari, Suuri Eteläkari, Luppi, Kalouri, Suuri-Lakka.
  • Pyhtää: Ormskär.

III Landing and moving around is prohibited 1.4. - 15. 7.:

  • Virolahti: Kinnarinhelli, Pahaluoto, Väliluoto, Ulkoluoto, Puuluoto, Lamiluoto, Pisinlovinen.
  • Vehkalahti: Reiskeri, Väliharu, Lanskerinluoto, Muoskeri, Rivu, Vellinki, Ulkotammionluoto, Muurainluoto, Riukuluoto, Lassi, Matala, Somerluoto. Vinni, Pitkä Kiviluoto.
  • Kotka: Sunskerit, the most eastern Itäkari, the most central Itäkari, the most southwestern ltäkari, Kajaakarit, Sääveri, Läätti, Kaide, Askeri, Kolseli, Kolselin Matalamaa, Kolselin Pekko, Tervapöllö, Vähä-Lakka, Torni, Pekko, Sunskeri, Reiskeri, Loukeenpöllö.
  • Pyhtää: Variskeri
     

Preparations

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.

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 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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