Instructions on Exploring Peura Trail

Environmentally Friendly Hiking

Restrictions for Entrance

Campfire Sites

  • Lighting campfires is only permitted at spots designated for this purpose.
  • When there is a forest fire warning in effect fires can only be lit in fireplace with flues in wilderness huts. Lighting campfires is not permitted even at campfire sites when there is a forest fire warning in effect.

Fishing

  • Hook and line fishing and ice fishing are Everyman's Rights in all the area's lakes and rivers except in Lake Koirajärvi and Lake Valkeinen. Lure fishing is allowed in Lake Koirajärvi for those with permits. Fishing permits and rental boats for Lake Koirajärvi can be acquired from Koirasalmi Nature Information Hut. Recreational fishing permits for Lake Valkeinen can be purchased from Valkeinen camping ground. The camping ground is open during the summer.

Floods

  • The River Matopuro, which is 2.5 km north of Lake Sysilampi, floods during spring often to the point that the water covers duckboards. When crossing the river it is advisable to have a pole to lean on.
  • Due to flooding hikers should also be prepared for springtime floods at the River Koirajoki next to the Hirvaa circle trail as well as in Salamajärvi National Parks large open bogs.

 

Preparations  

Mobile Phone Coverage   

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

  • Along Peura Trail there are open and reservable wilderness huts at intervals of one day hikes. As most of these wilderness huts are small it is a good idea to have a tent with you to sleep in if there is no room in the closest wilderness hut.
  • The area is rocky and so sturdy footwear is recommended. You should also make sure to pack matches, candles for lighting wilderness huts, enough food, several water bottles (there are only a few wells in the area), a camping cooker, fuel for the cooker, a plate, a spoon, a cup, a sleeping bag and mat, Peura Trail outdoor map, a compass, a change of clothing, a knife, a roll of toilet paper, a flashlight, a first-aid kit, a mobile phone and important telephone numbers. (Finlands national emergency telephone number is 112. Salamajärvi customer service numbers)
  • Before setting off on your trip consider the following. When packing food, remove as much packaging at home so you will not have to carry as much litter with you.
  • More information on Hiking Without Littering.

Safety

  • Peura Trail is marked with paint makings and with signposts, but it is advisable to always have a map at hand. From it you will be able to determine how much of your journey you have already covered, you will be able to see where you are heading and in emergengy situations you will know almost your exact location.
  • 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.
  • Read more about Safety.

Weather

  • During rainy weather duckboards and rocks along the trail are slippery.
  • The area usually gets its first snow around October-November. Streams, rivers and open bogs usually flood in spring during mid-May. Ruska season (when leaves change colour) usually begins in early September.
  • During the spring floods some of the area's duckboards may be submerged in water.
  • During winter the area's flat and practically treeless open bogs are excellent places for skiing. As there are no barriers to shield skiers from the wind, windproof clothing is essential.
  • During the summer months there is an abundance of mosquitoes in the forests and mires along the trail and they may bother visitors from time to time. During autumn there is another pest around; the Elk Fly (Lipoptena cervi).

Peak Seasons

  • Summer is the peak season for this trail. From late June to the beginning of the school year in mid-August the area is popular with hikers and fishers.

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!