Instructions and Rules in Gulf of Finland National Park
Check for Warnings
When forest and grass fire warnings (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi) 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.
Instructions on Exploring Gulf of Finland
In the National Park, the following are
- Walking, skiing, canoeing and boating, except in the restricted areas.
- mountain biking is allowed according to everyman's rights. Always stay on clearly visible tracks and pay attention to other hikers.
- Picking berries and mushrooms
- Hook and line fishing, ice fishing and fishing with a simple herring rig are permitted under everyman's rights.
- The above-mentioned access restrictions should be observed when fishing.
- Persons aged 18-64 years must pay the fisheries management fee (www.eräluvat.fi). If you use more than one rod, for example for trolling or spinning for whitefish, you will also need Metsähallitus' angling permit no 7412 for the Baltic Sea area (www.eräluvat.fi). Fishing permits are available from Metsähallitus' online shop (www.eräluvat.fi).
- For netting and other trap fishing you will need, in addition to paying the fisheries management fee, trap licence no 6020 for the Gulf of Finland National Park (www.eräluvat.fi,in Finnish).
- Fishers need to check the restrictions on fishing sites at kalastusrajoitus.fi (www.kalastusrajoitus.fi, in Finnish).
- Lighting campfires and camping are only allowed at sites marked for this purpose.
- 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.
- As a rule, a permit issued by Metsähallitus is required for activities other than those included in everyman's rights, which may include research and organised events. Further information on required permits: research and access permits (metsa.fi) and permits and notifications related to events (metsa.fi).
- Lighting campfires if the forest fire warning is in effect
- Pets running at large
- Taking or damaging trees, bushes, other plants or their parts, or mushrooms other than edible ones
- Damaging soil or rock, and extraction of earth material or minerals
- Killing, catching or disturbing wild vertebrates, or damaging their nests
- Catching or collecting invertebrates
- Driving motor vehicles, except on roads designated for motor vehicles
- Leaving waste in the area, or damaging constructions
More information on Landing and moving around is prohibited on the following islands and islets of the Gulf of Finland National Park
I Landing and moving around is prohibited around the year:
- Vehkalahti: Jähi, Kivikartti, Pöysäri, Metsäharu, Rääntiö, Rääntiönhattu.
II Landing and moving around is prohibited 1.2. - 15.8.:
- Vehkalahti: Majakartti Virolahti: Hamara (islet to the east of Huovari), Korkiahuovari, Ryslät.
- Kotka: Vaihkari, Vähä Eteläkari, Suuri Eteläkari, Luppi, Kalouri, Suuri-Lakka.
- Pyhtää: Ormskär.
III Landing and moving around is prohibited 1.4. - 15. 7.:
- Virolahti: Kinnarinhelli, Pahaluoto, Väliluoto, Ulkoluoto, Puuluoto, Lamiluoto, Pisinlovinen.
- Vehkalahti: Reiskeri, Väliharu, Lanskerinluoto, Muoskeri, Rivu, Vellinki, Ulkotammionluoto, Muurainluoto, Riukuluoto, Lassi, Matala, Somerluoto. Vinni, Pitkä Kiviluoto.
- Kotka: Sunskerit, the most eastern Itäkari, the most central Itäkari, the most southwestern ltäkari, Kajaakarit, Sääveri, Läätti, Kaide, Askeri, Kolseli, Kolselin Matalamaa, Kolselin Pekko, Tervapöllö, Vähä-Lakka, Torni, Pekko, Sunskeri, Reiskeri, Loukeenpöllö.
- Pyhtää: Variskeri
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
- With clothing and other equipment, it is good to note, that the area is quite windy and that ticks (Ixodes ricinus) live there. It is wise to pack tick pliers and check daily for ticks.
- If you face an emergency on your hike, e.g. get lost, get injured or observe wildfire, call 112 and report an emergency. Maritime Rescue Centre's calling number is 0294 1000. More information on how to act in an emergency.
- Make sure you pack a first-aid kit.
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112 Emergency Number
If you have an emergency during your trip, such as getting lost, injured or finding a wildfire, call 112. Read more detailed emergency instructions.
Download the 112 Finland application (112.fi) to your phone. When an emergency call is made through the 112 Finland application, the emergency center attendant is automatically informed of the caller's location.
It is recommended to keep the mobile phone warm and to bring extra food and water with you. There are many excursion locations with no mobile coverage and some mobile phones does not work in sub-zero temperatures, that is why it is always a good idea to let someone know about your itinerary and timetable.