Instructions and Rules in Helvetinjärvi National Park
Instructions on Exploring Helvetinjärvi
The camping sites in the park are suitable for two or three small tents only, except the camping site at Haukanhieta, which is large enough for eight small tents or two small ones and two bigger ones. Groups should let Seitseminen Nature Centre know about their intended route in the National Park.
In the National Park, the following are
Walking, skiing, rowing and canoeing, except in the restricted areas
Mountain biking according to everyman's rights, except in the restricted areas. Always stay on clearly visible tracks and pay attention to other hikers.
Rock climbing is allowed in the National Park in a designated place in the northern part of the park, near Helvetinkolu Gorge, east of Sammakkolammi Pond. On the other rocks in the National Park, climbing is forbidden to protect the rock ecosystems.
Ice climbing is allowed until 15 March. The only frozen waterfall suitable for ice climbing is located at the north end of Lake Iso Helvetinjärvi, on its western shore.
Lighting campfires, camping and rock climbing are only allowed at sites marked for this purpose.
The camping sites in the Park are modest, being meant for two to three small tents. An exception is Haukanhieta camping site where there is room for either eight small tents or two half-platoon tents and two small tents. We recommend for big groups to inform the Seitseminen Nature Centre about their stay and route plans.
To organise events in the National Park permission is always needed.
Boating and landing in Lake Haukkajärvi restricted area 15.4. - 31.7., to protect nesting birds
Lighting campfires if the forest fire warning 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.
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
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.