Instructions and Rules in Seitseminen 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 Seitseminen National Park
In the National Park, the following are
- Walking, skiing, row boating and canoeing, except in the restricted area
- Picking berries and mushrooms
- Hook and line fishing and ice fishing.
- Lighting campfires and camping are only allowed at sites marked for this purpose
- The camping sites in the National Park are rather basic, and can only accommodate one large group at a time. Therefore groups should let Seitseminen Nature Centre know (by phone, tel.int. +358 40 8293 064) about their intended route in the National Park, so that the Nature Centre can inform other groups.
- At Liesijärvi the camping site is suitable for three larger tents. At Koverolampi there is space for two larger tents and for a couple of small tents.
- Cycling is allowed only on routes marked for this purpose
- 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 Iso-Seitsemisjärvi and Soljanen restricted areas 1.4. - 15.7., to protect nesting birds
- In Multiharju and Pakkulankangas restricted areas walking outside the hiking trails.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
In the National Park area there are restaurant and café services only at the Nature Centre.
Equipment, Safety and Roads
- The terrain in Seitseminen is not very difficult, there are no great differences in altitude, except at Seitsemisharju Ridge. At the mire areas there are duckboards. When there is no snow, it is possible to walk with just light jogging shoes.
- On the cart track from Pitkäjärvi road to Soljanen in the eastern part of the park, driving is not allowed (there is a bridge in bad condition).
- Pitkäjärvi road and from Jauli road to Soljanen are not ploughed in the winter.
- 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.
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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.