Instructions and Rules in Riisitunturi 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.
Gathering at the campfire sites increases the risk of coronavirus infection. Guidelines concerning coronavirus COVID-19.
Instructions on Exploring Riisitunturi National Park
Riisitunturi National Park Rules and Regulations (pdf 608 kB, julkaisut.metsa.fi) in Finnish.
In the National Park, the following are
Walking, skiing, row boating and canoeing, except in the possibly restricted areas
Picking berries and mushrooms
Campfire is only allowed at sites marked for this purpose.
Camping in the recreational zone is advised only on the maintained sites.
Cycling and riding a horse allowed only on roads.
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 (ilmatieteenlaitos.fi) has been issued for the area.
This prohibition does not apply to cooking shelters or other fireplaces with a flue.
Pets running at large
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.
Cycling - no trails for cycling.
- Riisitunturi National Park can also be visited during the winter. Hikers and skiers need to be able to look after themselves, as the area is remote and wilderness-like, and therefore in emergency situations help cannot be got quickly. Because of the humidity, there are mires as well on the slopes as on the top. The terrain is quite difficult and demanding at some places, and requires some experience in hiking or skiing in forest landscape.
- During the winter, you should note that Noukavaara road is not ploughed.
- The staff at Kuusamo Customer Service Karhuntassu in Kuusamo and Oulanka Visitor Centre are happy to help you with planning your trip.
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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.
- At Riisitunturi, the signal is quite good at most places.
- 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.
- 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:
- Before your trip see also page What is New.
- In the middle of the summer, there are so many visitors staying in the open wilderness hut that it is advisable to take your own tent.
112 Suomi - mobile application
When an emergency call is being made through the 112 Suomi - mobile application (112.fi) the dispatcher will automatically receive the callers position.
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.