Instructions and Rules in Elimyssalo Nature Reserve

Instructions on Exploring Elimyssalo Nature Reserve

In Elimyssalo Nature Reserve, the following activities are


  • Walking, skiing, rowing and canoeing
  • Picking berries and edible mushrooms
  • Hook and line fishing and ice-fishing. Fishers need to check the restrictions on fishing sites at (In Finnish).


  • Open flame and camping, which are only allowed in designated places
  • Entering the frontier zone requires a permission from the Border Guard. The zone is clearly marked on the maps of the area.


  • Lighting campfires is forbidden also at the constructed campfire sites if the forest fire warning is in effect
  • Letting pets run free
  • Picking or harming mushrooms (other than edible ones), trees, shrubs or other plants and any parts of the same
  • Damaging the soil or bedrock or taking earth or minerals with you
  • Catching, killing or chasing wild vertebrate animals, or destroying their nests
  • Catching or collecting invertebrate animals
  • Driving a motor vehicle beyond the designated roads
  • Leaving litter or damaging any constructions.
  • Please note: In northern Finland, hunting is allowed for local people in their home municipality (Hunting Act, Section 8). However, hunting is not allowed in the central core of Elimyssalo.


Mobile Phone Coverage

  • Although Finland has a broad network for mobile phones, there are some areas in the Nature Reserve Area 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.


Other Tips

  • It is advisable to bring your own drinks and food, since there are no cafés or shops in Elimyssalo.
  • In summertime, hikers should prepare for mosquitoes, black flies, horseflies and biting midges.
  • Duckboards crossing mires and wetlands may be slippery in wet weather.
  • Hiking in Finland

Emergency number 112

In case of an emergency along the way, for example if you get lost or injured or see a forest fire, dial 112. Detailed instructions.

Dogs must be kept on a leash! Photo: Seppo Leinonen.

Dogs must be kept on a leash!