Instructions on Exploring Linnansaari National Park

In the National Park, the following are allowed:

  • Moving about under one's own power and with watercraft, except in restricted areas.
  • Mountain biking is allowed according to everyman`s rights. Always stay on clearly visible tracks and pay attention to other hikers.
  • picking berries and mushrooms, except in restricted areas.

restricted: 

  • moving
    • In order to ensure that the Saimaa Ringed Seal remains undisturbed during its nesting period, landing and moving about on some of the islands in the national park is prohibited from 1 January to 30 April. In the area surrounding the Surmaluoto island group the access restriction also includes to the ice area extending 50 metres from the island shorelines.
    • In order to ensure that the Saimaa Ringed Seal and shorebirds remain undisturbed during their nesting period, landing and moving about on some of the islands in the national park is prohibited from 1 January to 15 July.
    • Moving about by motorised vehicles while water areas are covered by ice is prohibited from 1 January to 30 April in national park water areas marked in the map appendix (julkaisut.metsa.fi).
  • fishing:
    • Hook and line fishing and ice fishing are allowed under everyman's rights, except where specific restrictions apply.

A young boy angling fish from a slightly sloping rock at the shoreline. The water is calm and the weather is nice with a few scattered clouds in the sky.

  • Persons aged 18-64 years must pay the fisheries management fee (eräluvat.fi). If you fish with more than one rod, you also need Metsähallitus' angling permit no 7413 for Southern Finland (eräluvat.fi). See also the restrictions. Fishing permits are available from Metsähallitus' online shop (eräluvat.fi).
  • For trap fishing, in addition to paying the fisheries management fee, you will need Metsähallitus' trap fishing permit no 7008 for Haukivesi (eräluvat.fi, in Finnish). See also the restrictions. Permits can also be purchased by phone at +358 (0)20 69 2424.
  • Fishing on Lake Haukivesi is subject to various restrictions due to the endangered Saimaa ringed seal:
    • Net fishing is not permitted in state waters.
    • Many landowners' collectives also prohibit net fishing in their waters between 15 April and 30 June.
    • The use of certain kinds of traps and fishing techniques in areas favoured by the seals is also prohibited under a Decree of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (mmm.fi).
  • All types of fishing are prohibited in Linnansaarenlampi.
  • Fishers need to check the restrictions on fishing sites at kalastusrajoitus.fi (In Finnish).
  • chasing elk during elk hunts, which are permitted subject to the permission of Metsähallitus 
  • lighting campfires and camping
    • Camping in the national park is prohibited from 1 January to 30 April. Temporary camping is permitted from 1 May to 31 December only on camping sites specifically designated by Metsähallitus for this purpose.
    • Campfires may only be made on sites specifically designated for this purpose and only using firewood brought in specifically for making campfires. The use of camp stoves is also permitted in other areas. Making campfires is absolutely prohibited during forest or grass fire warnings.
  • horseback riding and dog sledding is allowed subject to the permission of Metsähallitus
  • collecting cones and seeds is allowed subject to the permission of Metsähallitus
  • capturing game animals is allowed subject to the permission of Metsähallitus
  • tourist activities are subject to the permission of Metsähallitus
  • scientific activities such as collecting plants is allowed subject to the permission of Metsähallitus.
  • 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).

forbidden:

  • mobility within and landing on restricted areas between 1st January – 30th April or 1st January – 15th July
  • the use of motor-powered vehicles on frozen waters in winter in part of the water areas of the National Park
  • lighting campfires when a forest or grass fire warnings are in effect. Check the current warnings (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi).  
    • This prohibition does not apply to cooking shelters or other fireplaces with a flue in Sammakkoniemi camping area.
  • pets running at large
  • fishing in Linnansaarenlampi
  • taking or damaging trees, shrubs, other plants or their parts, or mushrooms other than edible mushrooms
  • damaging soil or rock, and extraction of earth material  or minerals
  • catching, killing, or disturbing wild animals, or destroying their nests or burrows
  • littering and disturbing behaviour
  • damaging constructions, relics, or ruins

Preparations

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

Two kayakers paddling along the shoreline. A steep cliff and big boulders at the shoreline.

  • When boating or canoeing, an appropriate map is always needed.
  • For a trip on a river boat, you will need warm and windproof clothing, including a spare jumper, long thermal underwear or a (light) down jacket.
  • On an easy trail, you will be fine in runners, sandals or sneakers. For demanding terrain, you should wear sturdy waterproof shoes, such as all-terrain runners or walking boots. When selecting clothing, visitors should take into account the fact that adders (Vipera berus) have been seen on the sunny slopes of Linnansaari Island.
  • Long sleeves and trousers are also recommended. During the autumn, we recommend a head net for protection from deer flies - Linnansaari Island has a large elk population.
  • Make sure you pack a first-aid kit.
  • 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.
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  • Before your trip see also page What is New.

Peak Seasons

  • Linnansaari is popular with visitors, especially between the Midsummer (the Finnish public holiday on a Saturday around 24th of June) and the first week of August. Most visitors go to the main island, Linnansaari Island, or Mäntyluoto Island, but in the large National Park there are enough camping sites for everyone.

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.

Outdoor Etiquette

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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