ilmatieteenlaitos.fiCheck for Warnings

When forest and grass fire warnings are in effect, fire is only allowed at covered campfire sites that have a flue. A fire can be also lit in fireplaces at wilderness and other huts. Always use extreme caution when handling fire. The one who lights a fire is always responsible for its safe use. Please note, that making fire at these campfire sites can be banned locally. 

Check the current warnings (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi).

Instructions for Exploring Öjen 

In Öjen, the following are 

Allowed

  • Walking or skiing according to the everyman's rights (www.ymparisto.fi)
  • Picking berries and mushrooms
     

Restricted

  • Lighting campfires and camping are only allowed at sites marked for this purpose.
  • For activities that are not included in the everyman's rights, it is usually required to have a permission from Metsähallitus (www.metsa.fi). Such permits include research permits and permits for major events.
 

Forbidden

  • Please note that lighting campfires is also forbidden at campfire sites if the forest fire warning or the grass fire warning is in effect. Check the current warnings (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi). This prohibition does not apply to cooking shelters or other fireplaces with a shelter and a flue.
  • Keeping pets off the leash
  • Driving motor vehicles outside the roads
  • Littering or damaging structures etc.
     

How to Prepare Yourself

Mobile Phone Reception

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.

It is advisable to keep the mobile phone warm, as some models do not function properly in the cold. It is a good idea to have a portable charger or an old mobile phone with you if the battery runs out. Let someone know your route plan and schedule.
 

Equipment and Safety

Öjen's nature trail passes through an easy terrain, so you can get by with regular off-road shoes. Protect yourself from mosquitoes by using appropriate clothing and mosquito repellent.

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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!