Instructions and Rules in Nuuksio 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 Nuuksio National Park
In the National Park, the following are
- Walking, skiing, rowing and canoeing, except in the possibly restricted areas.
- Picking berries and mushrooms and hook and line fishing and ice fishing on lakewaters.
- There are two places for rock climbing and abseiling in the park: Kolmoislammi and Romvuori. You can also try ice climbing anywhere in the park.
- Campfire and camping are only allowed at sites marked for this purpose.
- Fishing: Excluding protected water areas, ice fishing, hook and line fishing and lure fishing with a single rod are permitted in the national park. Persons aged 18-64 years must pay the fisheries management fee (eraluvat.fi). Fishing permits are available from Metsähallitus' online shop (eraluvat.fi). Please note that fishing in Myllypuro brook and other fluvial waters is prohibited. Fishers need to check the restrictions on fishing sites at kalastusrajoitus.fi (kalastusrajoitus.fi, in Finnish).
- Groups over 15 people are requested to tell in advance about their arrival to the customer service. Groups should use the rentable tent sites at Kolmoislampi or Saarilampi if they are camping in the park.
- Organising events for large groups (over 50 people) 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).
- Please note that lighting campfires is also forbidden at campfire sites 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 shelter and a flue.
- Pets running free
- 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.
- Fishing in Myllypuro brook and other fluvial waters is prohibited.
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
- The Nuuksio Lake Uplands terrain is characterised by great differences in altitude, which means the trails are reasonably demanding and take longer time to walk.
- Choice of shoes should depend on both weather and the terrain.
- Water bottle and packed meals are needed, because there are no shops or cafes.
- If you face an emergency on your hike, e.g. get lost, get injured or observe wildfire, call 112 and report an emergency.
- Make sure you pack a first-aid kit.
- Hiking in Finland
- Before your trip see also page What is New.
- The most popular times in Nuuksio are spring and autumn weekends, and the summer. Most visitors go to Haukkalampi and its surroundings.
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.