Instructions on Exploring Petkeljärvi National Park

In the National Park, the following are


  • Hiking, skiing, rowing and canoeing, except in restricted areas.
  • Picking berries and mushrooms, except in restricted areas.
  • Mountain biking is allowed according to everyman's rights. Always stay on clearly visible tracks and pay attention to other hikers.


  • Making campfires and camping in the open. This is only permitted at sites marked for these purposes.
  • Using motor boats. This is only permitted in Lakes Petkeljärvi and Valkiajärvi.
  • Fishing:

Photo: Jenni Miettunen


  • Lighting campfires if the forest fire warning is in effect
    • 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 ( 
    • This prohibition does not apply to cooking shelters or other fireplaces with a flue.
  • Pets running at large
  • Taking or damaging trees, bushes, other plants or their parts, or mushrooms other than edible ones
  • Damaging soil or rock, and extraction of earth material or minerals
  • Killing, catching or disturbing wild vertebrates, or damaging their nests
  • Catching or collecting invertebrates
  • Hunting
  • All types of fishing in Lake Kuikkalammet, Lake Savulampi and Lake Mustalampi
  • Driving motor vehicles, except on roads designated for motor vehicles
  • Landing aircrafts on the parks waters without specific permission by Metsähallitu
  • Leaving waste in the area, or damaging structures.


Mobile Phone Coverage

  • Although Finland has a broad network for mobile phones, there are some areas in the park where cliffs or forest block signals. 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

Peak Seasons

  • Petkeljärvi National Park is a popular destination for short hiking trips. It is most visited between Mid-Summer and the first week of August. During May school camps frequent the park.

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!