Instructions and Rules in Kurjenrahka 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 Kurjenrahka National Park
In the National Park, the following are
- Walking, biking, skiing, rowing and canoeing, except in the restricted areas
- Restricted area of Lammenrahka in Yläne (movement forbidden 15.1. - 15.7. except on Savojärven kierros trail.)
- Restricted area of the western part of Kurjenrahkan Mire (movement forbidden 15.4. - 15.7.)
- Restricted area of Vajosuo mire (movement forbidden 15.4. - 15.7.)
- Restricted area of Laidasuo-Lakjärvi (movement forbidden 15.4. - 15.7.)
- Mountain biking is allowed 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 are permitted under everyman's rights, except in the restricted areas.
- Lure fishing with a single rod is permitted, except in the restricted areas. Persons aged 18-64 years must pay the fisheries management fee (eräluvat.fi). Fishing permits are available from Metsähallitus' online shop (eraluvat.fi).
- Fishers need to check the restrictions on fishing sites at kalastusrajoitus.fi (In Finnish).
- Campfire 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).
- Please note that lighting campfires is also forbidden at campfire sites 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 shelter and 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
Instructions on Exploring Vaskijärvi Strict Nature Reserve
In the Strict Nature Reserve, the following are forbidden
- Walking or skiing outside the marked trails
- Getting around in any other means but walking and skiing
- Damaging soil, rock or vegetation
- Damaging or disturbing the animals
Hunting and fishing
- Taking plants or animals or their parts, and picking berries or mushrooms
- Dogs, cats or other domestic animals running at large
- Camping and lighting campfires
- Any action disturbing or changing the natural features, the landscape or the environment
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
- On the trails of the National Park, light shoes such as trainers are good enough footwear, except in winter. The marked trails mostly go into forests, and the wettest places have duckboards.
- On the trails of Vaskijärvi Strict Nature Reserve, rubber boots are necessary when the water is high.
- n the end of the summer, the Elk fly (Lipoptena cervi) is common in the area, so you may need protective clothing.
- 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.