ilmatieteenlaitos.fiCheck 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. 

Check the current warnings (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi).

Instructions on Exploring Sallatunturi Area

Allowed

  • Hiking and camping, which are Everyman's Rights (www.ymparisto.fi). We recommend however that when at all possible you stay on trails when hiking and stay overnight in lean-to shelters and wilderness huts.
  • lighting campfires, which we recommend that you do at points designated for this purpose
  • Picking berries and mushrooms
  • Angling and ice fishing. Fishers need to check the restrictions on fishing sites at kalastusrajoitus.fi (In Finnish).

Restricted

  • hunting
  • fishing. Fishers need to check the restrictions on fishing sites at kalastusrajoitus.fi (In Finnish).
  • Snowmobiling, which is allowed on tracks, but otherwise requires permission from the landowner.

Forbidden

  • Lighting campfires if the forest fire warning is in effect
  • Pets running at large
  • Driving motor vehicles, except on roads designated for motor vehicles
  • Leaving waste in the area, or damaging constructions

Preparations

Mobile Phone Coverage

  • Although Finland has a broad network for mobile phones, there are some areas in the Sallatunturi Areas 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.

Safety

  • There is a vast network of trails in the area. Although the trails are marked in the terrain, hikers should have a good map with them so as not to confuse different route options.
  • Hikers setting of on longer route should have a knowledge of basic orienteering and survival skills. You should also take into notice that there are significant changes in altitude along many of the trails which adds to their level of demand.
  • 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.
  • You should also read about safety on Hiking in Finland pages.

Equipment

You can find tips on choosing the best hiking equipment on the Hiking in Finland pages.

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!