Instructions and Rules in Muotkatunturi Wilderness Area
Instructions on Exploring Muotkatunturi Wilderness Area
Hiking, skiing and temporary camping are allowed everywhere in the wilderness area according to the Everyman's rights (www.environment.fi).
Lighting a campfire is not part of the Everyman's Rights. Metsähallitus has decided to grant general permission to light fires in the terrain in Lapland. Dry branches, twigs and small stumps can be used as kindling. In places where there is a maintained campfire site within 500 metres, all fires must be lit at the campfire site. In nature reserves for which a maintenance and utilisation plan or regulations have been issued, you must comply with the items outlined in these documents when lighting fires. To take and use fallen trees of little value from the ground, you need a permit which can be obtained from Ivalo Customer Service and Siida - Northern Lapland Nature Centre. It is recommended to use old campfire places whenever possible.
Please note that lighting campires is forbidden also at the constructed campfire places if the forest fire warning is in effect. However, it is allowed to use a camping cooker.
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.
Hook and line fishing and ice fishing are allowed under everyman's rights, except where specific restrictions apply.
Angling with a single rod is permitted, except in the restricted waters. Persons aged 18-64 years must pay the fisheries management fee. Angling permits for restricted areas are available from Metsähallitus' online shop (www.eraluvat.fi)
Although Finland has a broad network for mobile phones, there are some areas in the Muotkatunturi Wilderness Area 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.
Muotkatunturi Wilderness Area is suitable for experienced and independent hikers, who are able to orientate themselves with a map. If going hiking in the wilderness area, you need adequate shoes, maps, a compass, a tent, a camping cooker, windproof clothing, a sleeping bag and sufficient food supplies.
Do not forget to tell your friends or family about your planned route and timetable. You can also inform Siida - Northern Lapland Nature Centre tel.int. +358 206 39 7740, but in that case do not forget to report that you have returned, so that the rescue service will not look for you unnecessarily. Because of the long distances, it is not easy to get help in the wilderness. The rescue service can be contacted through the emergency phone number 112.