Instructions on Exploring Melkuttimet

In the Melkuttimet area, the following are


  • Hiking and camping, according to the Everyman's right (, although it is recommended that visitors camp in the vicinity of lean-to shelters
  • Picking berries and mushrooms
  • Hook and line fishing and ice fishing. Fishers need to check the restrictions on fishing sites at (In Finnish).


  • Lighting campfires is only allowed at sites marked for this purpose
  • Fishing:
  • Hunting
    • Local hunting associations have leased the right to hunt in the area


  • Lighting campfires if the forest fire warning is in effect
  • Pets running loose
  • Driving motor vehicles, except on roads designated for motor vehicles
  • Leaving waste in the area, or damaging constructions


Mobile Phone Coverage

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

Equipment and Safety

  • There is no well at Melkuttimet therefore visitors should bring drinking water with them.
  • The terrain is easy to travel forest landscape. When on marked trails trainers or other light footwear are suitable. Visitors should take the weather into consideration when dressing for their trip. Proper clothing will help make your trip a success.
  • Read more about hiking equipment on the Hiking in Finland pages.
  • 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)