Instructions and Rules in Iivaara Nature Reserve

Instructions on Exploring Iivaara Nature Reserve 

In the Nature Reserve, the following are

  • Walking, skiing, row boating and canoeing, except in the restricted areas
  • Picking berries and mushrooms
  • Hook and line fishing and ice fishing. Fishers need to check the restrictions on fishing sites at (In Finnish).


  • Making campfires and camping in the open. This is only permitted at sites marked for these purposes.
  • Hunting is allowed for local people in the area of their municipality of residence (Hunting Act, Section 8). 
  • Fishing is allowed with Metsähallitus permit. Fishing with nets is prohibited in the area. Fishers need to check the restrictions on fishing sites at (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 ( and permits and notifications related to events (


  • Lighting campfires if the wildfire 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


Equipment and Safety

  • We recommend that you fill up drinking water bottles at service points. 
  • Be prepared for mosquitoes from midsummer to the end of August. The amount of mosquitoes varies significantly from year to year. 
  • In winter, hiking in deep snow and sub-zero temperatures is tough going. Study the map of the area carefully beforehand and be sure to carry a mobile phone with you in the wilderness at all times. 
  • If something happens during your hike – for example if you get lost, hurt yourself, or spot a wildfire – call 112 and explain the problem. Instructions on how to act in an emergency situation.
    • It is goof to have a First aid kit with you when you go hiking.

Mobile Phone Coverage

  • Although Finland has a broad network for mobile phones, there can be some areas in the nature reserve 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.

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 ( 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.

Check for Warnings

When wildfire warnings ( 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. 

Drawing of a fireplace. The drawing shows the roof, the flue and off the ground.

Outdoor Etiquette

A cartoon picture of a family walking on a summer path.

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.

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