Instructions on Exploring Olvassuo Nature Reserve

In the Nature Reserve, you are allowed to hike under the everyman's rights except for in the Olvassuo Strict Nature Reserve.

In the Olvassuo Strict Nature Reserve, the following activities are


Elsewhere in the Olvassuo area, the following are


  • walking and skiing 
  • picking edible mushrooms and forest berries
  • camping for a short period of time


  • lighting open fires is permitted only at designated campfire sites


  • lighting campfires if a forest fire warning is in effect
  • damaging the soil, vegetation, or nature in general, and disturbing wild animals and visitors
  • driving a motor vehicle beyond designated roads
  • leaving litter or damaging any structures


Mobile Phone Coverage

  • Although Finland has a broad network for mobile phones, there are some areas in the Olvassuo 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

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)