Instructions and Rules in Tsarmitunturi Wilderness Area
Instructions on Exploring Tsarmitunturi Wilderness Area
Hiking, skiing and temporary camping are allowed everywhere in the wilderness area according to the Everyman's rights (www.environment.fi).
Metsähallitus has decided to grant general permission to light fires in the terrain in Lapland. Dry branches, twigs and small stumps can be used as kindling. In places where there is a maintained campfire site within 500 metres, all fires must be lit at the campfire site. In nature reserves for which a maintenance and utilisation plan or regulations have been issued, you must comply with the items outlined in these documents when lighting fires. To take and use fallen trees of little value from the ground, you need a permit which can be obtained from Ivalo Customer Service.
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.
Please, do not forget to tell your friends, family, or the Metsähallitus Customer Service in Ivalo about your planned route and timetable. The emergency phone number is 112! The rescue service in the area is statutory, and it can be connected through the emergency number. Do not forget to report that you have returned, so that the rescue service will not look for you unnecessarily. The rescue service charges for unnecessary search.
Hook and line fishing and ice fishing are allowed under everyman's rights, except where specific restrictions apply.
Angling with a single rod is permitted, except in the restricted waters. Persons aged 18-64 years must pay the fisheries management fee. Angling permits for restricted areas are available from Metsähallitus' online shop (www.eraluvat.fi)
Although Finland has a broad network for mobile phones, there are some areas in the Tsarmitunturi 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.
Because of its small size, Tsarmitunturi Wilderness Area is also suitable for inexperienced hikers who are able to orientate themselves. However, because there are no services such as maintained huts or marked trails, and because of the northern location of the wilderness area, you need adequate gear, maps, compass, tent, clothing, sleeping bag and sufficient food supplies.
The conditions in Tsarmitunturi Wilderness Area are arctic, which means that all the equipment need to be appropriate for arctic climate. Even in the midsummer, the weather may change from hot and sunny to freezing and snowing. In the winter, it is not unusual for the temperature to stay below -20 degrees for days. Without adequate preparations and equipment, a hiker may be in trouble.