Instructions and Rules in Iso-Palonen - Maariansärkät Nature Reserve

Instructions on Exploring Iso-Palonen - Maariansärkät Nature Reserve

In the Nature Reserve, following 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).


  • Lighting campfires and camping are only allowed at sites marked for this purpose.
  • Part of the area is located in the frontier zone, which you cannot enter without a permission from the Border Guard.
  • Please note: In northern Finland, hunting is allowed for local people in their home municipality (Hunting Act, Section 8).


  • 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


Mobile Phone Coverage

  • Although Finland has a broad network for mobile phones, there are some areas in the Nature Reserve 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 the Iso-Palonen - Maariansärkät area.
  • In summertime, hikers should prepare for mosquitoes, black flies, horseflies and biting midges. 
  • Duckboards crossing mires and wetlands may be slippery in wet weather. 
  • See also 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!

(chapter 8 -  Keeping a dog)