Instructions and Rules in Liminka Bay

In this destination, the following are

allowed

  • Walking, skiing, rowing and canoeing, except for any restricted areas.
  • Picking berries and edible mushrooms.
  • Hook andf line fishing and ice fishing. Fishers need to check the restrictions on fishing sites at kalastusrajoitus.fi (In Finnish).

restricted

  • Lighting campfires and camping are only allowed at designated sites.
  • Cycling, which is, usually, only allowed along the routes marked for the purpose.
  • Car parking, which is only allowed in the designated parking areas.
  • Driving a motor vehicle beyond the designated roads.
  • Hunting, which is only permitted in the designated areas.
  • Small-game hunting, which requires a permit.

forbidden

  • Lighting campfires when a forest fire warning is in effect.  
  • Letting pets run free.
  • Taking or damaging trees, shrubs, other plants or their parts, or mushrooms, other than edible mushrooms.
  • Damaging soil or rock, and extracting earth material or minerals.
  • Killing, catching or disturbing wild vertebrates, or destroying their nests.
  • Catching or collecting invertebrates.
  • Leaving litter or damaging any structures.
  • Areas of restricted access: usually established on mires and in archipelagos, in order to guarantee nesting peace for birds. Access and landing are usually forbidden from 1st April to 15th August.

Preparations and Safe Hiking

Plan your trip carefully and acquire information on the local conditions - that way, you will get the most out of your nature excursion.

Safety

  • In the Liminka Bay area, the duckboards may be very slippery when they get wet and when they freeze in winter.
  • Hiking in Finland:
  • 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.

Equipment

  • When boating on Liminka Bay, you must check the weather when choosing your gear and clothing.
  • The brisk westerly wind raises the water level in the area. In these conditions, rubber boots are a good choice for your excursion.
  • Usually, normal outdoor clothing and gear will be adequate.

Peak Seasons

  • In the Liminka Bay area, the high seasons take place at the time of the spring and autumn migrations of birds. During the spring, the peak season starts in late March (depending on the winter) and lasts until mid-June. During the autumn, the peak season starts in the latter part of August and lasts until mid-October.
  • The most crowded place is the Virkkula area, where the Liminka Bay Visitor Centre and the Virkkula birdwatching tower are located.

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!