Instructions and Rules in Neitvuori-Luonteri Area
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Instructions on Exploring Neitvuori-Luonteri Area
In the Neitvuori-Luonteri area, the following are
- Moving about and camping in accordance with Everyman's Rights (ymparisto.fi) - however, we recommend camping in areas designated for camping, such as archipelago excursion harbours and campfire sites along the Neitvuori route.
- Avoid landing on skerries and islets during bird nesting season.
- There is a large amount of privately-owned land in the area - hikers should respect this land.
- Picking berries and mushrooms
- Angling and ice fishing. Before you go fishing, you need to check for any fishing restrictions at kalastusrajoitus.fi (in Finnish)!
- Making campfires, which is only permitted at designated sites.
- Persons aged 18-64 must pay a fisheries management fee for fishing with a lure (eräluvat.fi).
- Read more about the fishing permits required in the region
- Before you go fishing, you need to check for any fishing restrictions at kalastusrajoitus.fi (in Finnish)!
- Hunting is permitted for the local hunting club with Metsähallitus' permission.
- 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).
- Making campfires during forest fire warnings and grass fire hazards. Check for any warnings that are currently in force (ilmatieteenlaitos.fi).
- This prohibition does not apply to cooking shelters or other fireplaces with a flue.
- Operating motor vehicles, except for on roads designated for them
- Leaving waste in the area or damaging structures
Mobile Phone Coverage
- Although Finland has a broad network for mobile phones, there are some areas in the area 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
- When moving about on the water, you must always have a suitable map with you. A map will also be needed when hiking outside marked trails in Neitvuori, as it is easy to get lost when off trail. At the top of Neitvuori, the bedrock and hollows vary in direction, which makes it difficult to navigate by terrain formations.
- Information on paddling safety and equipment: Guidelines for canoe safety and gear (melontajasoutuliitto.fi, in Finnish) and Melontaopas (a canoe guide in Finnish on melonta.wasalab.com).
- Remember to bring along drinking water and toilet paper.
- When selecting clothing, visitors should take into account the fact that vipers bask on the sunny slopes of Linnansaari Island.
- If you get lost, suffer injuries or see a forest fire, call the emergency number 112 and report an emergency. What to do in case of emergency.
- Remember to always carry a first-aid kit.
- Outdoor Guide
- In May, schoolchildren hike in Neitvuori and in July, there are always plenty of visitors climbing the hill. Fewer people visit the area to admire the magnificent autumn colours.
- Visitors enjoy Luonteri’s waters from midsummer to late July/August.
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.