Instructions and Rules in Helvetinjärvi 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.
Gathering at the campfire sites increases the risk of coronavirus infection. Guidelines concerning coronavirus COVID-19.
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.
- Picking berries and mushrooms
- Hook and line fishing and ice fishing
- 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. The restriction gives the birds peace of nesting.
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.
- 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).
- Boating and landing in Lake Haukkajärvi restricted area 15.4. - 31.7., to protect nesting birds.
- Lighting campfires 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 flue.
- Pets running at large
- Taking or damaging trees, bushes, other plants or their parts, or mushrooms other than edible ones
- Spin fishing. Hook and line fishing and ice fishing are allowed. There are also private water areas which are controlled by shareholders. Private water areas are located in, for example, the northern parts of Haukkajärvi and Iso Helvetinjärvi, Luomajärvi and Koverojärvi. You can check the boundaries of the national park's water areas on the Excursion Map.
- 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.
- Dead end roads are closed with bars.
- Only the trunk roads are ploughed in the winter.
Equipments and Safety
- Especially around the gorges the terrain is characterised by great differences in altitude, which means the trails are reasonably demanding and take longer time to walk.
- Choice of shoes should depend on both weather and the terrain.
- Water bottle and packed meals are needed, because there are no shops or cafes.
- 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:
112 Suomi - mobile application
When an emergency call is being made through the 112 Suomi - mobile application (112.fi) the dispatcher will automatically receive the callers position.
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.