Instructions on Exploring Pääjärvi

Everyman's Rights ( apply in Pääjärvi Recreation Area. Additionally during nesting season visitors should be especially careful to not disturb any animals.

In the Pääjärvi Recreation Area, the following are


  • Walking, cycling and skiing
  • Camping, according to the Everyman's right (, although it is recommended that visitors camp in the vicinity of campfire sites
  • 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 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 in the 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.

Equipment and Safety

  • When the ground is not frozen hikers following the Pääjärvi Recreation Area Trail can manage with light footwear such as trainers. Marked trails for the most part lead across varying forest landscape and along duckboards. After heavy rains the trails may be wet in the more mire-like portions of the area.
  • 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)