Instructions and Rules in Sipoonkorpi 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 Sipoonkorpi National Park
In the National Park, the following are
- Walking, skiing, canoeing and boating
- Mountain biking is allowed according to everyman's rights. Always stay on clearly visible tracks and pay attention to other hikers.
- Picking berries and edible mushrooms
- Hook and line fishing and ice fishing are allowed, except in rivers Byabäcken, Ritobäcken and Hälsängsbäcken as well as Storträsk Lake.
- Lure fishing with a single rod is permitted, except in rivers Byabäcken, Ritobäcken and Hälsängsbäcken as well as Storträsk Lake. Persons aged 18-64 years must pay the fisheries management fee (eraluvat.fi). Fishing permits are available from Metsähallitus' online shop (eraluvat.fi).
- Storträsk pond is regularly stocked with rainbow trout, and to fish there, you need to buy a fishing permit from the local fishing association. Permits are sold at Cafe Kuusijärvi (cafekuusijarvi.fi) (Kuusijärventie 3, Vantaa).
- Fishers need to check the restrictions on fishing sites at kalastusrajoitus.fi (in Finnish).
- Lighting campfire and camping are only allowed at sites 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).
- Walking over and flattening farm crops
- Feeding or disturbing grazing animals
- Please note that lighting campfires is also forbidden at campfire sites 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 shelter and a flue (Bisajärvi and Storträsk cooking shelters and Ängesböle lean-to-shelter).
Letting pets run free
- Picking or harming trees, shrubs or other plants and any parts of the same
- Damaging the soil or bedrock or taking earth or minerals with you
- Catching, killing or chasing wild vertebrate animals, or destroying their nests and eggs
- Catching or collecting invertebrate animals
- Driving a motor vehicle beyond the designated roads
- 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.
Safety and Equipment
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.