Instructions and Rules in Patvinsuo 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 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.
- Making campfires and camping is only permitted at sites marked for these purposes
- Hook and line fishing and ice fishing are allowed under everyman's rights, except where specific restrictions apply.
- Persons aged 18-64 years must pay the fisheries management fee (eräluvat.fi). If you fish with more than one rod, you also need Metsähallitus' angling permit no 7413 for Southern Finland (eräluvat.fi). Fishing permits are available from Metsähallitus online shop for permits (eraluvat.fi).
- For trap fishing, in addition to paying the fisheries management fee, you will need Metsähallitus' trap fishing permit no 7003 for Lieksa (eräluvat.fi, in Finnish). Permits can also be purchased by phone at +358 (0)20 69 2424.
- All types of fishing are prohibited in the research area of Iso Hietajärvi Lake.
- Fishers need to check the restrictions on fishing sites at kalastusrajoitus.fi (In Finnish).
- Following the trail from Lahnalampi parking area to Pirskanlampi camping site which leads at points through the Finnish Frontier Guard's restricted military area. This area is marked in the terrain with red circles around tree trunks. Entering this area is forbidden during shooting training times. Training times are marked on boards in the surrounding area and along trails leading to the area.
- 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).
- 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 (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi).
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
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.