Instructions and Rules in Hiidenportti National Park
In Hiidenportti National Park the following is
- Hiking, skiing, row boating and canoeing
- Picking berries and mushrooms
- Hook and line fishing and ice fishing.
- Making campfires and camping in the open. This is only permitted at sites marked for these purposes.
- Hook and line fishing and ice fishing. Persons aged 18-64 years must pay the fisheries management fee (eräluvat.fi).
- Fishers need to check the restrictions on fishing sites at kalastusrajoitus.fi (In Finnish).
- 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 or the grass 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 where cliffs or forest block signals. 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.
- Background information on how to act in case of an emergency.
Equipment and Safety
- Because the park does not have a café or shop, food and drink are always good to take with you.
- The cliffs at the top of Hiidenportti Gorge can be slippery. Be sure to watch your step.
- The areas trails lead at points through demanding terrain.
- Be sure to follow the suggestions made in Hiking Without Littering.
- 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:
- Before your trip see also page What is New.
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.
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 centre 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.
1. Respect nature.
2. Mainly use marked trails.
3. Camp only where it is allowed.
4. Light your campfire only where it is allowed.
5. Do not litter.