Instructions and Rules in Riisitunturi National Park
Riisitunturi National Park is a nature reserve that was established to serve as a public nature destination and tasked with preserving the wild forest and mire landscape native to the Peräpohjola region. The slope bogs of the national park are among the finest in Finland. It is important to prepare yourself for your trip by studying the park’s rules and regulations carefully.
The rules concerning getting around, camping and lighting campfires at Riisitunturi vary between the different zones of the national park: the hiking and nature tourism zone and the other sections of the park. The zones are marked on the appended map of the Riisitunturi National Park rules and regulations (in Finnish; page 6; pdf, julkaisut.metsa.fi).
Getting around in Nature
Berry and Mushroom Picking
Hiking in the Riisitunturi National Park is governed by the park’s 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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In the Riisitunturi National Park, you may freely walk, snowshoe and ski.
In the hiking and nature tourism zones of the national park, temporary camping is allowed only at the maintained rest spots. In other parts of the park, you are free to choose your own camping site. The wilderness huts have been listed on the Services page. All huts, lean-to shelters and campfire sites in Riisitunturi are available on the Excursionmap.fi website.
Lighting open fires in the core area of the national park, the hiking and nature tourism zones, is allowed at the maintained campfire sites that have been marked on the map and in the terrain. You are only allowed to use the firewood that has been reserved for the purpose. The person who lights the campfire is always responsible for the fire.
The use of a portable camping stove is allowed in areas where hiking is allowed.
In other areas of the park making a campfire is allowed – in addition to at the maintained campfire sites – using branches or twigs that lie on the ground, or other low-value wood.
During the Forest and Grass Fire Warning:
- Lighting an open fire is forbidden everywhere, including at the marked campfire sites, when a forest fire warning (ilmatieteenlaitos.fi) is in effect.
- The ban does not concern the cooking shelters or other fireplaces with a chimney, which is the Riisitunturi cooking shelter near the Riisitunturi Wilderness Hut.
- During the forest and grass fire warning, the use of twig stoves is not allowed, as sparks may be created.
There are no mixed waste bins in the terrain of Riisitunturi National Park. Take away everything that you brought along.
Small amounts of clean paper and cardboard may be used as kindling at a campfire site or a fireplace at a wilderness hut. 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.
Ice fishing and angling are allowed on the lakes and ponds of the national park. Fishermen must check the fishing restrictions on kalastusrajoitus.fi (available in Finnish and Swedish).
Picking berries and edible mushrooms is allowed.
When there is no snow on the ground, cycling is allowed only on the Tolva–Niirokumpu and Jaksamo–Ruokamo forest roads. Cycling elsewhere in the national park is forbidden.
During the snowy season, cycling is allowed on the Riisitunturi Multipurpose Track.
Horseback riding is allowed only on the Tolva–Niirokumpu and Jaksamo–Ruokamo forest roads.
- Research activities, organised events and the shooting of films or advertisements in the terrain always require a permit from Metsähallitus. Additional information: permits for research and getting around in nature (metsa.fi), a well as the permits and notifications regarding events (metsa.fi).
- The use of the trails and structures of the Riisitunturi 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).
- Hunting permits are not sold to the Riisitunturi National Park, but locals have the right to hunt in certain parts of the national park.
- Instructions on drone flying are available on the Fintraffic ANS website (fintraffic.fi). Drone flying that disturbs other people or animals is forbidden in the national park. You must be especially careful during the nesting period of birds.
- Drainage of land areas and extracting earth materials.
- Constructing buildings, roads and fixtures.
- Killing, catching and disturbing animals, as well as removing or damaging the nests of animals or plants and living or dead parts of plants.
- Any activities that may change the natural state of the area or have an unfavourable effect on the preservation of its plant and animal species.
- Damaging archaeological sites and other cultural heritage sites.
- Activities that disturb other people.
- Driving a motor vehicle beyond designated roads. This requires a permit.
Rules and Regulations for Riisitunturi
The rules and regulations of Riisitunturi National Park (in Finnish, Pdf 652 Kb, julkaisut.metsa.fi), ratified on 7 September 2020.
Riisitunturi has almost 90,000 visitors per year. The busiest months are July and August. In the winter, Riisitunturi is a popular destination for photographing snow-crowned trees and the northern lights. In mid-summer, the Riisitunturi wilderness hut is often full, so it is wise to bring your own tent for overnight stays.
- Familiarise yourself with the destination in advance. We advise you to acquire the Kuusamo Outdoor Map 1:100 000 for your trip. Staying on a marked trail and following weather forecasts will help you to have a successful trip. You should also look into any forest fire warnings that may be in effect.
- Dress for hiking in colorful clothes and according to the weather. Find out about the weather and conditions in advance.
- Trekking in the winter requires more careful planning and good equipment. Read more about winter trekking at Riisitunturi.
- 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.
- At Riisitunturi, the mobile phone signal is quite good in most places.
- Before your trip see also page What is New.
Check for Warnings
When forest and grass fire warnings (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi) are in effect, fire is only allowed at covered campfire sites that have a flue. A fire can be also lit in fireplaces at wilderness and other huts. Always use extreme caution when handling fire. The one who lights a fire is always responsible for its safe use. Please note, that making fire at these campfire sites can be banned locally.
Gathering at the campfire sites increases the risk of coronavirus infection. Guidelines concerning coronavirus COVID-19.
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 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.