Instructions and Rules in Kolvananuuro Nature Reserve

Instructions on Exploring Kolvananuuro Nature Reserve

In the Nature Reserve, the following are


  • hiking and skiing
  • picking berries and mushrooms
  • angling and ice fishing.



  • lighting campfire when there is a forest fire warning in effect
  • camping in tents
  • letting pets run 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
  • hunting
    • driving moose is allowed with a Metsähallitus permit
  • driving motor vehicles, except on roads designated for them
  • leaving waste in the area, or damaging constructions.


Mobile Phone Coverage

  • Although Finland has a broad network for mobile phones, there are several areas in the nature reserve where the signal does not reach or is poor. Phones work best in open and high places. 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.

Equipment and Safety

  • When hiking in Kolvananuuro you should have sturdy shoes as the bottom of the gorge is covered by jagged rocks. The rocks can be extremely slippery and during spring there can be small floods. As the terrain is demanding it will take a longer time per kilometre than in other places.
  • Visitors should have their own drinking water with them.
  • A flashlight or a head lamp is essential when walking along hillside trails during twilight.
  • 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

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)