Instructions on Exploring Syöte National Park

Instructions and rules for the Syöte National Park have been drafted in connection with the law establishing the National Park, which restricts some of the everyman's rights in the area.

In Syöte National Park it is

Allowed

  • Walking, skiing, row boating and canoeing.
  • Hook and line fishing and ice fishing. Fishers need to check the restrictions on fishing sites at kalastusrajoitus.fi (In Finnish).
  • Camping is allowed for short periods (1-2 days) within the park.
  • The local people have a right to hunt according to the Section 8. of the Hunting Act, except in the game preserves.

The campfire sites in Syöte National Park have recently been renovated. Photo: Jorma Luhta

Restricted

  • Campfires may only be lit at specially constructed campfire sites, using the firewood (provided free of charge).
  • During periods when forest fire warnings are in effect, campfires may not be lit anywhere. Look at the today's weather and warnings (www.fmi.fi).
  • Pitching up a tent is only permitted in areas constructed for camping, e.g. near open day or wilderness huts. In the wilderness part of the national park camping is permitted everywhere.
  • Cycling is only permitted on roads and designated bike trails. At the moment there are no bike trails in the National Park.
  • Motor vehicles may only be used on public roads, and routes designated for this purpose.
  • The park's facilities may only be used for commercial nature-based tourism activities with permission from Metsähallitus.
  • Permits obtainable from Metsähallitus or the provincial fishing authorities are required for lure fishing. Fishers need to check the restrictions on fishing sites at kalastusrajoitus.fi (In Finnish).
  • Semi-precious stones (gemstones) may only be collected in areas marked by Metsähallitus.

Forbidden

  • Leaving litter
  • Pets running at large
  • Snowmobiles
  • Disturbing wildlife; or damaging plants, the soil, or other natural features
  • catching or collecting invertebrates
  • Lighting campfires is forbidden if the prohibition on open fires is 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.
  • driving motor vehicles, except on roads designated for motor vehicles
  • Hunting is absolutely forbidden south of Lomaoja, in Päätuore and Selkävaara areas.

The area's nature is at its most fragile during spring and early summer when the young are born. Photo: Jorma Luhta

Preparations

Help to Preserve Nature

  • Plan and prepare your trip carefully. There are no waste disposal facilities within the park.
  • Observe all park regulations, and use responsibly your free right of access to the park.
  • Find out about the guidelines and restrictions.
  • Leave no trace as you hike or camp.
  • Stay on marked routes and trails and use the campfire sites provided, to prevent unnecessary erosion elsewhere.
  • Look after any waste responsibly. You can use campfire sites to burn those articles which can safely be burnt, and leave recyclable waste at the special recycling points at the end of hiking trails.
  • Do not disturb wildlife or natural vegetation, and respect the facilities provided.
  • Help reindeer-herders by not disturbing their animals.
  • Read more about How to Hike without Leaving a Trace.

Safety

  • Register your arrival at parking places, campfire sites and other facilities around the park in the notebooks or guest books provided, as this can help in cases of emergency. Comments and suggestions for improvements are also welcome.
  • 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:

Mobile Phone Coverage

  • Although Finland has a broad network for mobile phones, there are some areas in the park where cliffs or forest block signals. 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.

Many a visitor have seen their own face at the Päätuore Spring. Photo: Jorma Luhta

Other Tips

  • The mire sections of the trails mostly have duckboards, but typically moist forest is always damp.
  • The water in the springs and running water in the brooks of the National Park is usually good for drinking. However, the quality of the water cannot be monitored, so the use of natural water is at your own risk.
  • When hiking outside the marked trails, it is necessary to bear in mind that the spruce forests typical for the area are quite dense, so you cannot see very far.
  • See also Hiking in Finland.

Different Seasons

  • Winter: First snow that stays on the ground usually comes in the end of October. The skiing season begins in mid November or beginning of December, and ends around Mayday (1st of May). The last snow usually melts before mid May.
  • "Ruska" -season: The best time to see the autumn colours is from mid September to the beginning of October..
  • Peak seasons: The peak time for tourism in Syöte region and in the National Park is during the skiing season, from February to April. Most popular trails with cross-country skiers in the National Park are Ahmatupa and Toraslampi skiing trails. In summer there are most visitors during the summer holidays (June - August), and in the autumn during "ruska" time. The most popular hiking destinations in summer are Syöte Visitor Centre - Ahmatupa - Jaaskamonvaara areas, and the nature trails of the surroundings.

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!