Instructions and Rules in Kauhaneva-Pohjankangas 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 Kauhaneva-Pohjankangas
In the National Park, the following are
- Walking, skiing, rowing and canoeing, except in the restricted area
- 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
- Lighting campfires and camping are only allowed at sites marked for this purpose.
- 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).
- At Kauhaneva restricted area 1.4. - 15.9. walking is only allowed on the marked trail, to protect nesting bird
- 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 and a roof.
- 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 mineral
- Killing, catching or disturbing wild vertebrates, or damaging their nest
- Catching or collecting invertebrate
- Driving motor vehicles, except on roads designated for motor vehicles
- Leaving waste in the area, or damaging constructions
- Fishing is prohibited, except in Kauhalampi Lake, where hook and line fishing and ice fishing are permitted. Fishers need to check the restrictions on fishing sites at kalastusrajoitus.fi (In Finnish).
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.
Equipment and Safety
- The National Park is suitable for short day trips, as there is only 4,5 km of marked trail in the park.
- It makes sense to pack something to eat and drink. Bird watchers will need bird guidebook and binoculars or telescope.
- The terrain is not difficult. It is mostly dry forest and the mire sections of the trail have duckboards.
- 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.
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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.