Instructions and Rules in Lemmenjoki National Park
Instructions on exploring Lemmenjoki
In the National Park, the following are
Walking, skiing, rowing and canoeing according to Everyman's right (www.ymparisto.fi) except in the restricted area. In the restricted area of Ravadanköngäs hiking is only allowed on marked trails.
Picking berries and eatable mushrooms
In the recreation zone of the National Park, campfire and camping are only allowed at sites marked for this purpose.
Mountain biking and horseriding is allowed only on an officially marked summer trails.
Persons aged 18-64 years must pay the fisheries management fee. If you fish in streamwaters, you also need Metsähallitus' angling permit no 1562 Lemmenjoki (www.eraluvat.fi). Angling on lakewaters is allowed by paying a fisheries management fee. Hook and line fishing and ice fishing are allowed in the lakes only according to Everyman's right (www.ymparisto.fi). Fishers need to check the restrictions on fishing sites at kalastusrajoitus.fi (In Finnish).
Lighting campfires if the forest fire warning is in effect
Making open fires is always prohibited at both marked campfire sites and when fires are permitted by the land owner if a forest fire warning has been issued for the area (ilmatieteenlaitos.fi).
This prohibition does not apply to cooking shelters or other fireplaces with a flue.
Pets running at large
Driving a dog sled
Camping on a restricted zone (Ravadasköngäs)
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
Hunting. For locals hunting is allowed in the area of their municipality of residence (Hunting Act, Section 8)
The gold diggers' claims are considered equal to grounds of dwellings, where hikers should not enter without permission. Some gold diggers organise gold digging for tourists, others prefer to work on their own.
Mobile Phone Coverage
Although Finland has a broad network for mobile phones, there are some areas in the park 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. 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.