Canoeing Instructions at the river

  • There are a some private houses and cabins along the river and it is not appropriate to land close to them.
  • When moving around nature, you must follow everyman's rights (


Apart from canoeing, you can also go fishing.


Equipments and Safety

  • It is advisable to take extra food (for one day) with you in case you will have to stay an extra night in the wilderness. Tips for suitable food.
  • Please note that you will not be able to buy any gear along the route.
  • Keep your mobile and matches in a waterproof box in your pocket. If you end up in the water, you may lose all other things except for those in your pocket.
  • Do not set off on a trip without a map and a compass.
  • When canoeing, always wear a floating vest and a helmet, and fix a sheath knife to your belt.
  • The water in the river is cold in early summer and in autumn, so take care not to end up in the water. Even good swimming skills do not guard against hypothermia.
  • Make sure that there is an axe, some rope, fixing tools, and a spare paddle in your canoe/kayak.
  • Take enough warm and windproof clothing with you, including warm headgear and gloves. Rubber mittens keep the inner gloves dry. Pack your clothes in a waterproof package.
  • Take mosquito repellent and a first-aid kit with you.
  • Inform your friends of your route plan.
  • Information on canoe safety and gear: Guidelines for canoe safety and gear (, in Finnish) and Melontaopas (a canoe guide in Finnish on  Also take a look on the Hiking in Finland webpages.
  • In case of emergency (if you, for example, get lost, get hurt, or detect a fire in the terrain), phone 112 and give an emergency notification. Background for acting in an emergency.   
  • The newest knowledge about the area you will find from Hammastunturi Wilderness pages, in finnish.

Mobile Phone Coverage

  • There is mobile phone coverage only at the end of the route close to Kuttura. Elsewhere, there might be coverage if you climb higher up from the riverbank. Check the mobile phone coverage from your operator.
  • 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.

Peak Seasons

  • The ice of the river melts in early May. The melting of the ice is followed by a flood period. The water level is highest and the flow is strong at the turn of May and June. Thereafter, during June, the water level will decrease to a level where it will remain for the rest of the summer.
  • The best canoeing season is from 15 June to 20 August. In early June, there is enough water in the river but the weather may be chilly.
  • In autumn, you can go canoeing until October, but in practice, the deadline is mid-September. Thereafter, the water becomes cold quickly.  
  • Mosquitoes are at their most prevalent from 25 June to 15 July. If you camp on the terrain, avoid still spots, mires and shrubs.
  • July‒August. Even in the peak season, there are only a few canoeists on the route. In addition, there may be local fishermen on the river.

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.