Instructions and Rules in Martimoaapa
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 Martimoaapa
In Martimoaapa, the following are
- walking, skiing, rowing and canoeing
- picking berries and mushrooms
- angling and ice fishing. Fishers need to check the restrictions on fishing sites at kalastusrajoitus.fi (In Finnish).
- lighting campfires is only permitted at built campfire sites and only using the firewood supply that is there
- lure fishing is allowed if you have a permit. Fishers need to check the restrictions on fishing sites at kalastusrajoitus.fi (In Finnish).
- hunting small game is allowed if you have a Metsähallitus small game permit
- camping is allowed for short periods (1 - 2 days) in the terrain and at marked camping sites
- use of Metsähallitus owned structures for commercial nature tourism requires a Metsähallitus permit.
- 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 is always prohibited at both marked campfire sites and when fires are permitted by the land owner if a forest fire warning or a grass fire warning has been issued for the area. Check the current warnings (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi).
- This prohibition does not apply to the fireplace in Jääkärinkämppä or the stoves in Koivuselkä, Saunasaari, Kaltiolampi, Kivalo and Martimo-ojan Niittytupa open wilderness huts.
- pets running at large
- damaging soil or rock, and extraction of earth material or minerals
- killing, catching or disturbing wild vertebrates, or damaging their nests
- driving motor vehicles, except on roads designated for motor vehicles
- leaving waste in the area, or damaging constructions
- motor boating in Lakes Martimojärvi and Pikkujärvi and along the River Martimo-oja.
- 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:
Mobile Phone Coverage
- Although Finland has a broad network for mobile phones, there are some areas in the Martimoaapa 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.
Conserve Nature While Hiking
- Follow the rules given for hiking in the area.
- Hike and camp without leaving a trace. We recommend you use only marked trails and camping sites.
- Sign the guestbook at each campfire site. In the event of an emergency this will make it easier for search and rescue personnel to find you. You can also leave feedback and suggestions in the guestbook. Your input is always welcome.
- See also the website of the How to make sure you leave no trace.
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.