Instructions on Exploring Punkaharju Esker Nature Reserve

Photo: Kati Vähäsarja

In the Nature Reserve, the following are


  • Hiking, skiing and boating or canoeing (joy riding on water scooters etc is forbidden).
  • Picking berries and edible mushrooms.
  • Hook and line fishing and ice fishing. Fishers need to check the restrictions on fishing sites at (In Finnish).



  • Camping and lighting fire in the open.
  • Taking or damaging trees, bushes, other plants or their parts, or mushrooms other than edible ones.
  • Killing, catching or disturbing wild vertebrates, or damaging their nests.
  • Damaging soil or rock, and extraction of earth material or minerals.
  • Mountain biking, horseback riding and landing aircrafts.
  • Driving motor vehicles, except on roads designated for motor vehicles.
  • Leaving waste in the area, or damaging constructions.
  • Damaging research area, prehistoric artefacts, buildings, information boards and other structures.
  • Any activity which could disturb other visitors in the area, as well as letting dogs, cats or other pets run free.


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

Peak Seasons

The peak season in Punkaharju is during the middle of summer spanning from Mid-summer to the beginning of August.

Emergency number 112

In case of an emergency along the way, for example if you get lost or injured or see a forest fire, dial 112. Detailed instructions.

Dogs must be kept on a leash! Photo: Seppo Leinonen.

Dogs must be kept on a leash!