Instructions and rules in Hossa 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.
In the Hossa National Park, the Following Are
- Walking, skiing, rowing, canoeing and cycling. Please stay on the paths that can be seen clearly and take into account the others travelling along the paths.
- Pitching a tent at the Jatkonjärvi camping site and next to the campfire sites, except for the Iikoski, Huosilampi and Keihäslampi campfire sites.
- Picking berries and edible mushrooms.
- Hook and line fishing and ice-fishing in natural waters, excluding the rapids and streams. Fishers need to check the restrictions on fishing sites at (In Finnish).
Drone flying. Eastern parts of Hossa National Park are a part of the ADIZ border zone, which is why also hobby flyers must make a flight plan for flying drones or other model aircrafts to AIS Finland. The flight planning guide can be found on AIS Finland's website (ais.fi/en).
- Making an open fire is only permitted at designated sites.
- In summer, cycling is permitted only on mountain biking routes and on roads. In winter, you can cycle on multi-use trails and also outside trails during the permanent snow season.
- A permit is mandatory for fishing at the recreational fishing waters. Fishers need to check the restrictions on fishing sites at kalastusrajoitus.fi (In Finnish and Swedish).
- Hunting is allowed for those whose domicile is in the municipality (Hunting Act, Section 8).
- Driving a motor vehicle in the national park's territory is only allowed on roads designated for them.
- You may use your own boat or canoe anywhere except for the Huosilampi, Keihäslampi and Umpi-Valkeinen ponds.
- The use of a kickboat is permitted anywhere except on Huosilampi and Keihäslampi.
- You may use an electric outboard motor anywhere except on Huosilampi, Keihäslampi and Umpi-Valkeinen.
- The use of an internal-combustion engine is only permitted on Lakes Iso-Kukkuri and Pikku-Kukkuri.
- You may store boats only with the permission of Metsähallitus.
- 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 (ilmatieteenlaitos.fi) has been issued for the area.
- This prohibition does not apply to cooking shelters or other fireplaces with a flue.
- Letting pets run free.
- Taking or damaging trees, shrubs or other plants, or their parts, or mushrooms other than edible ones.
- Damaging soil or rock, and extracting earth material or minerals.
- Killing, catching or disturbing wild vertebrates, or destroying their nests.
- Staying overnight in a campervan or caravan in the national park's territory.
Equipment and Safety
- Always take clothing and gear to suit the weather. In Hossa, the mobile phone coverage is fairly good, but there may also be dead zones.
- Lighting a campfire is allowed at campfire sites if a forest fire warning is not in effect. You may use a portable camping stove on the terrain, as well.
- The waters in Hossa are very clean, but not all of them have been studied. You can get drinking water from the visitor centre. A safe way to clean the drinking water is to boil it for a few minutes, during which any microbes will die.
- The mosquito season is at its worst from mid-June to August. The amount of mosquitoes varies a great deal each year.
- The period of autumn colours begins in early September and lasts, varying each year, to the end of September or to October.
- The snowy season starts in November‒December and usually continues to early May.
Mobile Phone Coverage
- Even though Finland has a good mobile phone coverage, there may be dead zones in the national park. Always contact your own operator to check network coverage. In addition, there are always spots where mobile phones do not work or there is interference. If this happens, try climbing to a higher place or going to an open area. You can also try to remove the phone's SIM card for the duration of an emergency call. You should also remember that the coverage is different in different mobile phones.
- In Hossa, the mobile phone coverage is fairly good, but there may also be dead zones due to landforms.
- Keep your mobile warm. Take food and drinks with you. Some phone models do not function in sub-zero temperatures, so it is worthwhile reporting your route plan and schedule to someone. In order to avoid your mobile battery running dead, take a spare power supply, a spare battery or an old mobile with a working battery with you.
- Background for acting in an emergency.
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.