Instructions and Rules in Kevo Strict Nature Reserve

When visiting the area, please bear in mind that

Strict nature reserves have been established especially for protecting the nature, and for scientific purposes. Kevo Strict Nature Reserve is also located in the reindeer herding area, which belongs to the local herding co-operative of Paistunturi.

In Kevo Strict Nature Reserve, the following are


  • In the summer, moving is allowed only on marked trails, in the canyon area during 15.6. - 15.10 and in the fell area during 1.5. - 15.10. In the winter, skiing is allowed everywhere in the fell area during 16.10. - 30.4., and in the canyon area during 16.10. - 30.3.
    • Please notice, because of the late coming summer it might be, that the canyon trail will be opened later than 15th of June this year. This is because of the safety matter. (dated 6.6.2017)
  • Campfire and camping are only allowed at sites marked for this purpose.

Young Rough-legged Buzzards. Photo: Matti Mela


  • Moving in the canyon area 1.4. - 14.6.,
  • Picking berries and mushrooms,
  • Angling and ice fishing,
  • Lighting campfires if the forest fire warning is in effect,
  • Pets running at large,
  • Taking or damaging trees, bushes, other plants or their parts,
  • 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 or bicycles,
  • Leaving waste in the area, or damaging constructions.

There are special regulations regarding reindeer herding, fishing and hunting, which apply only to local residents in the strict nature reserve.

For more information about the rules and regulations in the strict nature reserve, please contact the Ivalo Customer Service of Metsähallitus.


Mobile Phone Coverage

  • Although Finland has a broad network for mobile phones, there are some areas in the Kevo Strict 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.

Photo: Tuija Kangasniemi

A Considerate Hiker

Equipment and Safety

  • The Kevo Canyon is a demanding hiking destination, so you need adequate equipment. Because of the fell area we strongly recommend that you have sturdy footwear and warm, windproof clothing with you. A tent is necessary, because there are only two open wilderness huts inside the strict nature reserve.
  • Along the trail, you will have to wade across the River Kevojoki three times and across the River Fiellujoki once. Light rubber sole shoes are good wading shoes, because that way you can get a firm hold on the bottom of the river.
  • 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.
  • Make sure you pack a first-aid kit.
  • Hiking in Finland:

There are wire ropes to cross rivers safely. Photo: Kirsi Luonuankoski

Peak Seasons

  • Hiking the Kevo Trail takes about 3 - 4 days. "Ruska" means the beautiful autumn colours, which can be seen for two or three weeks. This is the most popular time to visit the strict nature reserve, and well as the late summer. "In Kevo Strict Nature Reserve, the ‘ruska' begins on the 10th of September at 2 pm ± 5 days." This was the definition by Paavo Kallio, the late professor of botany in the University of Turku, and the founder of the subarctic research station in Kevo.


  • Dogs are to be kept on lead inside the strict nature reserve, and they are not allowed into open wilderness huts.

Kevo Trail Camping

From North to South:
(overnight stays)

Silkeája (2,5 km)
Guoikgáhritája (3,5 km)
Beahcelávojávrrit (2 km)
Gaskkamuš Njaggaljávri (3 km)
Njaggaljávri (8 km)
Gamajotnsuohpášája (1,5 km)
Gamajotnjálmmeluoppal (3 km)
Roajášjávri (9,5 km)
Fiellogahjohka (5 km)
Gaskkamuš Suohpášája (1,5 km)
Suohpášája (8,5 km)
Geavvogeašláttu (3 km)
Ruktajávri at (10 km)
Luopmošjohka (2 km)

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)