Instructions and Rules in Patvinsuo National Park

Instructions on Exploring Patvinsuo National Park

In the National Park, the following are


  • Hiking, skiing, rowing and canoeing except in restricted areas
  • Picking of berries and mushrooms 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.



  • Entering restricted areas outside of trails from 1.4. to 10.7. and entering the environmental research area around Lake Hietajärvi from 1.1. to 10.7. and from 1.8. to 31.12.
  • Using snowmobiles
  • Using motor boats in any of the park's waters
  • Lighting campfires if the forest fire warning or the grass fire warning is in effect. Check the current warnings (  
    • This prohibition does not apply to cooking shelters or other fireplaces with a flue and a roof. 
  • Letting pets run at large in the park
  • 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
  • Hunting
  • All types of fishing in the environmental research area around Lake Hietajärvi
  • 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 park 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.

Equipment and Safety

  • For their own comfort visitors should wear water-proof calf-high shoes during spring and early summer, as their pants are likely to get soaked otherwise. During dry weather sneakers are suitable foot wear for the Patvinsuo terrain. Mires and wetlands have duckboards.
  • During summer mosquitoes and sand flies thrive in the park's mires. The wind sometimes clears the air of them for a short time. ‘Elk flies' (Lipoptena cervi) buzz around visitors during autumn in the middle of forests.
  • Remember to pack food with you as the closest shop is 33 km away in Hatunkylä Village.
  • 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.
  • Toilet paper is good to have along.

  • Hiking in Finland:
  • Before your trip see also page What is New.

Peak Seasons

  • Patvinsuo National Park has lots of visitors in July. It is also a popular hiking destination, during ‘ruska'-season in autumn when leaves are changing colour. Ruska begins after the Mid-August.

Check for Warnings

When forest and grass fire warnings ( 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. 

Drawing of a fireplace. The drawing shows the roof, the flue and off the ground.

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 ( 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.

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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Game and Fisheries Wardens supervising nature destinations

Two people standing on top of a high hill, wearing snowmobile clothes. A wide, open view in the background.

Wilderness supervision (erä offers services and education for the benefit of Finnish nature. A Game and Fisheries Warden is responsible for supervising the legality and authorisation of operations and the use of nature in state-owned areas.

If you witness or suspect a violation, you can report your observations to the warden (erä Although we would like for you to leave your contact details when filing a report, you may also file a report anonymously.