Instructions on Exploring Sevettijärvi - Pulmanki Trail

  • Everyman's Rights (www.ymparisto.fi) are in effect in Kaldoaivi Wilderness Area.
  • Lighting campfires is strictly 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.

Preparations

Mobile Phone Coverage

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

Safety

  • Inform a friend or Northern Lapland Nature Centre Siida tel. int. +358 206 39 7740 of your hiking route and timetable. Remember to also tell them of your return. Sign your name and write your planned route into the guestbook at each open wilderness hut you visit; this information will help rescue teams find you if you get lost.
  • The trail leads through a vast wilderness area. If you need assistance it will take a while for help to reach you. For medical or other emergency assistance call the national emergency service at 112. This trail is demanding and it is essential that hikers have good hiking and survival skills or travel with a person who has these skills.
  • 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.
  • Weather conditions vary and can be unpredictable especially during winter, but also during early summer and late autumn.
  • Weather conditions can also effect mobile telephone reception.
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Equipment

  • Because this is a fell area we strongly recommend that you have sturdy footwear and warm, windproof clothing with you.
  • A map and a compass are essential hiking equipment as are a tent, a camping cooker, a first-aid kit and a sufficient amount of food.

Seasons

  • The so called 'räkkä' -season, when the peskiest insects such as gnats, mosquitoes and wasps, take over the area begins after mid-June. Without fail they arrive every year before the Mid-Summer celebration. Räkkä -season is at its worst through July. After winters when there has been little snow and during dry summers there are less of these pests.
  • Ruska -season, when leaves change colour begins in early September and lasts two to three weeks. The vibrancy of the season's colours varies annually.
  • Usually a layer of permanent snow covers the area around October - November. There is usually only a thin snow-covering up to the end of the year. The snow is at its deepest in March - April. By the middle of May the ground is no longer completely covered by snow. At this time when the snow and ice in the area are melting and the area's rivers and streams are overflowing hikers must consider very carefully where to cross them. The water level and the time floods last vary annually.

Peak Seasons

  • July and August are the busiest time of year for this hiking destination. Along with hikers there are also fishermen in this area heading for the River Näätämöjoki.
  • April is also a busy time in the area, though it does not get crowded. The wilderness area is so vast there is always space for all hikers in 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!