Instructions and Rules in Päijänne National Park

Instructions on Exploring Päijänne National Park

In the National Park, the following are


  • Walking, skiing, rowing and canoeing, except in the restricted area
  • Picking berries and mushrooms



  • Lighting campfires if the forest fire warning or the grass fire warning is in effect. Check the current warnings (
    • Please note that lighting campfires is forbidden at campfires sites in Päijänne national park when the forest fire warning or the grass 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

A green tunnel tent pitched in a pine forest. A camping stove and other accessories can be seen next to the tent.


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.

Boating and Canoeing

  • The wind is sometimes strong on the lake but in many of the natural harbours, especially on Kelvenne Island, it is possible to find a sheltered side.
  • Because the area of the lake is large, the weather conditions can change suddenly. Sometimes a strong northern wind blows from Tehinselkä, the largest open water area of the lake, and makes big waves on Virmailanselkä open water area east of Kelvenne. From Harmoistenlahti Bay, south of Virmaila, a strong wind sometimes blows through Kellosalmi strait to the northern parts of Padasjoenselkä open water area.
  • On the lake area, the boats of the Lake Rescue Association of Lahti, P/V Nokkala and P/V Teemu Hiltunen, can help in case of need. To get help, call the emergency number 112.

Several boats by the lake shore. There are canoes on the sand.

Equipment and Safety

  • By its landscape, the park can be divided into two different parts; some of the islands consist of rocks, but on most islands a visitor can walk in a dry forest. When choosing footwear, it is good to remember that there are also sandy shores.
  • There are no cafés, shops or tap water available in the National Park. It makes sense to pack food and drinking water.
  • On the islands of the National Park, the free map which you find in the National Park brochure is mostly sufficient. The islands are small, and the largest island Kelvenne is long and narrow, so that it is quite easy to find your way around there. On the water areas, a nautical chart is necessary.
  • If you face an emergency on your hike, e.g. get lost, get injured or observe wildfire, call 112 and report an emergency. More information on how to act in an emergency.
  • Make sure you pack a first-aid kit.
  • Hiking in Finland

Peak Seasons

  • The peak times with visitors are the summer weekends, when there are dozens of boats on the lake, especially if the weather is nice. Kelvenne Island is the main destination for many visitors, because of its good anchoring places and the beautiful landscape. During the Midsummer weekend, it might be difficult to find space in the natural harbours.

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.

Download the 112 Finland application ( 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 (erä 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 (erä Although we would like for you to leave your contact details when filing a report, you may also file a report anonymously.