Instructions and Rules in Lauhanvuori 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.
Instructions on Exploring Lauhanvuori
In the National Park, the following are
- Walking, skiing, rowing and canoeing, except in the restricted area
- Entering Likolammit restricted areas 15.4. - 31.7., to protect nesting birds
- 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
- Campfire and camping are only allowed at sites marked for this purpose (It is allowed to use camping cookers also elsewhere.).
- The camping sites in the National Park are rather basic. The camping site at Lake Spitaalijärvi is located at the east side of the lake, camping is not allowed on the other side.
- Parking overnight is restricted down to three sequential days at the Spitaalijärvi lake parking area's spots for camper vans.
- For organising events and driving moose in the National Park permission is always needed.
- 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. Check the current warnings (en.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
- Parking overnight is restricted down to three sequential days at the Spitaalijärvi lake parking area's spots for camper vans
- Leaving waste in the area, activities that disturb other people, or damaging ancient and present-day constructions
- Other activities that might have negative effects on the area's nature, landscape or preservation of animal and plant species
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
- At Lauhanvuori the terrain is not very difficult, and the mire sections have duckboards. When there is no snow, it is possible to walk on the footpaths with trainers on. If it rains, footwear should of course be appropriate for the weather.
- Café services can only be found outside the park, at Lauhansarvi Nature Tourism Centre. So it is advisable to take a packed meal and a water bottle.
- 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
- In July and August there are a lot of visitors in the park.
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 center 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.