Instructions and Rules in Pyhä-Häkki National Park

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When forest and grass fire warnings are in effect, fire is only allowed at covered campfire sites that have a flue. A fire can be also lit in fireplaces at wilderness and other huts. Always use extreme caution when handling fire. The one who lights a fire is always responsible for its safe use. Please note, that making fire at these campfire sites can be banned locally. 

Check the current warnings (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi).

Instructions on Exploring Pyhä-Häkki

In the National Park, the following are

allowed:

  • Walking and skiing
  • Mountain biking according to everyman's rights. Always stay on clearly visible tracks and pay attention to other hikers.
  • Picking berries and edible mushrooms
  • Camping out under Everyman's Right of access to the land, though campers are asked to stay by the shelter at Tulijärvi.

restricted:

  • Campfire is only allowed at Kotajärvi cooking shelter and campfire place. When the forest fire warning or the grass fire warning is in effect, fire lighting is allowed only in the built fireplace of the cooking shelter.
  • Riding is allowed only on the roads.

forbidden:

  • Lighting campfires if the forest fire warning or the grass fire warning is in effect. Check the current warnings (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi).
    • This prohibition does not apply to cooking shelter of Kotajärvi.
  • Pets running at large
  • Fishing
  • 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 animals, or damaging their nests
  • Driving motor vehicles, except on roads designated for motor vehicles
  • Leaving waste in the area, or damaging constructions

Preparations

Mobile Phone Coverage

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

  • There are no shop or restaurant services in the National Park. It makes sense to pack picnic food and a water bottle for a day trip.
  • Please note that there is no paper in the toilets.
  • 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!