Instructions and Rules in Lemmenjoki 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 Lemmenjoki
In the National Park, the following are
- Walking, skiing, rowing and canoeing, except in the restricted area. In the restricted area of Ravadanköngäs hiking is only allowed on marked trails.
- Picking berries and eatable mushrooms
- In the recreation zone of the National Park, campfire and camping are only allowed at sites marked for this purpose.
- Mountain biking and horseriding is allowed only on an officially marked summer trails.
- Persons aged 18-64 years must pay the fisheries management fee. If you fish in streamwaters, you also need Metsähallitus' angling permit no 1562 Lemmenjoki (eraluvat.fi). Angling on lakewaters is allowed by paying a fisheries management fee (eraluvat.fi). Hook and line fishing and ice fishing are allowed in the lakes only according to Everyman's right (ympäristo.fi). Fishers need to check the restrictions on fishing sites at kalastusrajoitus.fi (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 (metsa.fi) and permits and notifications related to events (metsa.fi).
- Lighting campfires if the forest 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.
- Pets running at large
- Driving a dog sled
- Camping on a restricted zone (Ravadasköngäs)
- 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
- Hunting. For locals hunting is allowed in the area of their municipality of residence (Hunting Act, Section 8)
- The remote zone of the National Park has slightly different rules. More information from Ivalo Customer Service, tel. int. +358 206 39 7701 and Siida - Northern Lapland Nature Centre, tel. int. +358 206 39 7740.
The gold diggers' claims are considered equal to grounds of dwellings, where hikers should not enter without permission. Some gold diggers organise gold digging for tourists, others prefer to work on their own.
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. 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.
- When hiking in Lemmenjoki area, you need at least a map, a compass, food and drink, and adequate clothing and other hiking gear, depending on the length of your hike.
- Read more about How to hike without leaving a trace.
- Trekking in the wilderness is a lot more demanding than in marked trails, so you will need to be an experienced hiker.
- Remember to leave a note about your intended route and timetable with for example a friend.
- 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:
- The best "ruska" time, when you can see the autumn colours, is in September, which is the most popular season with visitors.
- The recreation zone of the park, Lemmenjoki River Valley and the gold area, has most visitors.
- There are no wintertrails in the Park, except the skiing trail which is marked on the ice of river Lemmenjoki every springtime.
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.
Information for Companies and Big Groups
Do you plan to organize guided excursions to the Finnish National Parks or other protected areas? It is possible due to partnership agreement with Metsähallitus, Parks & Wildlife Finland.
- Sustainable Tourism in Protected areas in Finland (pdf 3,96 Mt, julkaisut.metsa.fi)
- Please, contact kirjaamo(at)metsa.fi