Instructions on Exploring Ruostejärvi - Saari Trail


Raise your head and look up -you might spot a knobbly pine like this. Photo: Outi Mäenpää

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.


  • Hikers should have a map and be skilled in reading it in order to travel the trail. The trail is difficult to follow if you only follow the markings in the terrain. The area's 1:50,000 outdoor map is a good map for this purpose.
  • 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.


  • Hikers can travel the trail with basic hiking equipment taking into consideration the season during which you visit.
  • Read more about Hiking in Finland.

Peak Seasons

  • At midsummer there are traditional midsummer festivities in the Folk Park of Saari and at that time a fee of charged for entrance to the area.

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!