Instructions and Rules in Pöyrisjärvi Wilderness Area
Instructions on Exploring Pöyrisjärvi Wilderness Area
Hiking, skiing and temporary camping are allowed everywhere in Pöyrisjärvi wilderness area according to the Everyman's rights (www.environment.fi).
Pets are allowed in the area's open or reservable wilderness huts only if the others in the hut allow.
You can leave your route plan and timetable at for example Fell-Lapland Visitor Centre. Remember to also report on your return, so that a search party is not sent after you needlessly. Search and Rescue services charge for needless search operations.
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. You may light campfires without any permit, but you may only use fallen branches and twigs as firewood. Lighting campfires is not recommended in areas with few trees. Felling trees is strictly forbidden and the use of trunks of fallen trees requires a permit. Use an old campfire site if you can find one.
Lighting campfires is forbidden when there is a forest fire warning 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 (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 (verkkokauppa.eraluvat.fi)
Although Finland has a broad network for mobile phones, there are some areas in the Pöyrisjärvi 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.
When wilderness trekking in Pöyrisjärvi Wilderness Area you should always have a map, a compass and proper clothing, footwear and overnight gear depending on the length of your trek. Please note that weather conditions change very quickly and it can snow even in summer.