Instructions and Rules in Pyhä-Häkki National Park
Pyhä-Häkki National Park was established to protect especially valuable old-growth forest and its dependent biota. It is important to study matters dealing with the national park in advance and prepare yourself properly for your trip by reading the instructions, rules and regulations of the park (pdf 140 Kb, julkaisut.metsa.fi, in Finnish).
Getting around in National Park
Picking Berries, Mushrooms and Wild Herbs
Other Rules and Instructions
The outdoor activities in the Pyhä-Häkki National Park 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.
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Letting pets running at large is forbidden. Dogs and other pets are welcome in the national park but only on a leash.
Visitors may move about the park in accordance with Everyman's rights. However, horseback riding is only permitted on the roads of the national park.
Temporary camping is allowed. It is recommended to camp close to the campsites.
Campfire is only allowed at Kotajärvi cooking shelter and campfire place. When the forest fire warning or the grass fire warning is in effect, fire lighting is allowed only in the built fireplace of the cooking shelter. Always check the current warnings (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi). The person who lights the campfire is always responsible for the fire.
During forest and grass fire warnings, the use of hiking stoves is allowed, but not hobo stoves (spark hazard).
There are no waste-bins in the area. Measures should be taken in advance to avoid taking unnecessary waste into the area.
Biodegradable waste can be placed in a dry toilet (Kotajärvi and Tulijärvi). Please note that the toilet at information point is emptied with suction. It is not allowed to put leftovers there, because it would cause problems with waste treatment.
Small amounts of clean paper and cardboard can be used as kindling in a campfire. Other waste, such as packages that contain aluminium foil or plastic, may not be burned in a fireplace, as they may form non-biodegradable waste and toxic gases.
Fishing is not permitted in the park.
Picking berries and edible mushrooms 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.
Mountain biking is allowed according to everyman's rights. Always stay on clearly visible tracks and pay attention to other hikers.
Horse riding is allowed only on the roads.
Flying a drone is allowed as long as its operation does not disturb people or wild animals. Special care should be taken during the bird nesting season.
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 Pyhä-Häkki National Park 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).
- Extraction of earth material or minerals.
- Killing, catching or disturbing animals, or damaging their nests.
- Driving motor vehicles, except on roads designated for motor vehicles.
- Leaving waste in the area, or damaging structures.
- Covering, changing, damaging, removing, violating or excavating in archaeological sites.
- Other activities that may adversely affect the natural conditions, landscape or conservation of species in the area.
- Activities that disturb other people.
Rules and Regulations for Pyhä-Häkki
The rules and regulations of Pyhä-Häkki National Park (pdf 140 Kb, julkaisut.metsa.fi, in Finnish), ratified on 18 June 2012.
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.
- Make sure you pack a first-aid kit. 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.
- Mobile phone coverage is quite good in Pyhä-Häkki National Park, with the exception of a few blind spots. Download the 112 Finland application (112.fi) to your phone.
- Dress for hiking in colorful clothes and according to the weather.
- There are no shop or restaurant services in the National Park. It makes sense to pack picnic food and a water bottle for a day trip.
- Note! The dry toilets are not stocked with toilet paper.
- Outdoor Guide
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 (112.fi) to your phone. When an emergency call is made through the 112 Finland application, the emergency centre 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.
Game and Fisheries Wardens supervising nature destinations
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.