Instructions on Exploring Siikalahti

In the Area, the following are


  • walking
    • We also advise that you stay on marked trails.
  • skiing.



  • lighting campfires when there is a forest fire warning in effect
  • letting pets run 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
  • hunting
    • Hunting is forbidden in Siikalahti, as it is the most important protected inland water for birds. Studies have shown that a protected areas even as small as Siikalahti help better bird populations in other areas. The main focuses of Siikalahti are to develop outdoor recreation and nature tourism. Nature's biodiversity is furthered with different sorts of care measures.
  • driving motor vehicles except on roads
  • littering and damaging structures.


Mobile Phone Coverage

  • Mobile phones should work well in the area as the signal is strong there.
  • 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

  • Bird watching season begins in April and continues into October. Bird watching spots are visited by the most people naturally during migration time in spring and autumn.
  • Arktika: The goose population is at its largest around 20.5.
  • Nocturnal songsters: May to June from about 11 pm onward the song of birds fills the night.
  • The best time to see dragonflies begins at the end of May.
  • Plants: Herb rich forest vegetation in May and wetland vegetation in July.

112 Suomi - mobile application

When an emergency call is being made through the 112 Suomi - mobile application ( 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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