Instructions and Rules in Oulujärvi Hiking Area
Instructions on Exploring Oulujärvi Hiking Area
In the hiking area the following is
- Moving around and camping, according to the Everyman's right, although it is recommended that visitors camp in the designated places. On Manamansalo Island, camping is only allowed on the campfire sites.
- Picking berries and mushrooms.
Fishing with licences. You need to pay a fisheries management fee (eraluvat.fi). For fishing, you will need a licence. You can purchase fishing licences from Metsähallitus netstore (eraluvat.fi). More information and licences are also available at the Manamansalo Camping (manamansalo.fi), tel. +358 (0)8 874 138. Fishers need to check the restrictions on fishing sites at kalastusrajoitus.fi (in Finnish and Swedish).
- Campfire is only allowed at sites marked for this purpose.
- Fishing with licences. You need to pay a fisheries management fee (eraluvat.fi). For fishing, you will need a licence. You can purchase fishing licences from Metsähallitus netstore (eraluvat.fi). More information and licences are also available at the Manamansalo Camping (manamansalo.fi), tel. +358 (0)8 874 138. Fishers need to check the restrictions on fishing sites at kalastusrajoitus.fi (in Finnish and Swedish).
- 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 or the grass 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 has been issued for the area (ilmatieteenlaitos.fi).
- This prohibition does not apply to cooking shelters or other fireplaces with a flue.
- Pets running at large
- Driving motor vehicles, except on roads designated for motor vehicles
- Leaving waste in the area, or damaging constructions
Mobile Phone Coverage
Although Finland has a broad network for mobile phones, there are some areas in the hiking area where cliffs or forest block signals. 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.
The most popular time for hiking trips is the Midsummer weekend in the end of June.
Lake Oulujärvi is the fourth largest lake in Finland, and in the autumn storms can be strong. Therefore a seaworthy boat is required.
Lake Oulujärvi usually freezes over in November and, because of the large size of the lake, the ice melts as late as in the end of May.
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:
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.
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.