Instructions and Rules in Riisitunturi National Park

3.8.2021
Early notice: Riisitunturintie is closed during week 33, ie 16.-22.8. Riisitunturintie will be renovated to a condition that can withstand the weather. The road frame will be improved and a few drums will be replaced. The road is also driven into a layer carrying coarser crushed stone and finer soil is driven into the surface.

A wooden trail sign next to a sandy path.

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. 

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

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

allowed

  • Walking, skiing, row boating and canoeing, except in the possibly restricted areas
  • Picking berries and mushrooms
  • Hook and line fishing and ice fishing. Fishers need to check the restrictions on fishing sites at kalastusrajoitus.fi (In Finnish). Persons aged 18-64 years must pay the fisheries management fee (eräluvat.fi) . 

restricted

  • 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).

forbidden

  • 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.
     

Two children looking at the photographer through the log gates of Riisitunturi national park.

Preparations

  • 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.

Safety

Peak Seasons

  • 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.

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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