Instructions on Exploring the Folk Park of Saari

In the Folk Park of Saari, the following are
allowed:

  • Entering the area is an Everyman's Right. Visitors may walk, ski or cycle in the area if it does not damage the area.
  • Picking berries, mushrooms and those flowers which are not protected by law.
  • Swimming and hook and line fishing during summer. Hiking or skiing across the ice and ice fishing during winter.

restricted:

  • Lighting campfires, this is only permitted at designated lean-to shelters and campfire sites.
  • Staying overnight, this is only permitted for one or two nights at the lean-to shelter situated on the shore of Lake Kuivajärvi.
  • Fishing:

forbidden:

  • Lighting of campfires when there is a forest fire warning in effect, even at designated campfire sites.
  • Letting pets run free.
  • Disturbing nests or animals' young.
  • Cutting down or damaging trees. Taking fallen trees, twigs or moss from the area.
  • Driving motorised vehicles.
  • Littering and damaging structures.

Additional regulations for protected area:

  • Visitors must note that nature should not be disturbed and the peace of local inhabitants be respected in the area's nature reserves and protected areas.
    • Visitors must stay on existing trails.
    • Camping and lighting campfires is forbidden.
    • Picking grass and hay is forbidden.
    • Orienteering and other competitions are forbidden.
    • Arranging outdoor conferences and festivities is forbidden.

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

Peak Seasons

  • At mid-summer traditional festivities are arranged at the Folk Park of Saari. At this time a fee is charged for entering 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!