Instructions and Rules in Tarvantovaara Wilderness Area
Instructions on Exploring Tarvantovaara Wilderness Area
- Hiking, skiing and temporary camping are allowed everywhere in the wilderness area according to the Everyman's rights (environment.fi).
- You may light campfires without any permit, but you may only use fallen branches and twigs as firewood. Lighting campfires is not recommended in areas with few trees. Felling trees is strictly forbidden and the use of decaying trunks of fallen trees requires a permit. Use an old campfire site if you can find one. Lighting campfires is forbidden when there is a forest fire warning 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 are allowed in the area's open wilderness huts only if the others in the hut allow.
- 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).
Fishing in Tarvantovaara Wilderness Area
Hook and line fishing and ice fishing are allowed under everyman's rights, except where specific restrictions apply. Hook-and-line fishing and ice fishing are forbidden in flowing waters.
Angling with a single rod is permitted, except in the restricted waters. Persons between the ages of 18 and 64 must pay the fisheries management fee (eraluvat.fi).
To fish in the wilderness area's multiple rivers you must have paid both the fisheries management fee as well as the Metsähallitus angling permit 1551 (eraluvat.fi) for the Enontekiö area. To fish in the River Palojoki or Hietajoki you must have paid the above mentioned fisheries management fee and the Metsähallitus angling permit 1554 for the Palojoki-Hietajoki area (eraluvat.fi). Angling permits for restricted areas are available from Metsahallitus customer service points and Metsähallitus' online shop (verkkokauppa.eraluvat.fi).
Fishers need to check the restrictions on fishing sites at kalastusrajoitus.fi (in Finnish).
The use of Metsähallitus' services is subject to a fee for companies
If a travel company regularly takes its customers to destinations maintained by Metsähallitus, it is subject to a fee (metsa.fi). The fee is (1.5 € + VAT / customer / day). Fees are paid in advance via the Eräluvat.fi online store. Invoicing can be agreed with contract companies on a seasonal basis.
Snowmobiling in Enontekiö
Please keep in mind that snowmobiling is not an everyman's right. Leisure snowmobiling is only allowed on marked snowmobile routes and tracks, as well as on ice-covered waterways. In addition, there are more specific rules applying to protected areas.
You can head out along marked snowmobile tracks on your own or with a local safari service. Some of the tracks require you to purchase a permit, and some are free of charge. Please remember that it is not allowed to turn off the track without the landowner's permission!
The snowmobile tracks starting from the Hetta village are maintained by the municipality of Enontekiö. You do not need a permit to ride on them. The Victoria route, which runs along the border of Finland and Sweden from Muonio to Kilpisjärvi, is also free of charge.
For the snowmobile track leading from Palojärvi to Kilpisjärvi in the Käsivarsi Wilderness Area in Enontekiö, as well as for the Syväjärvi–Karesuvanto and Raittijärvi–Saarikoski tracks branching off the main track, you need to purchase a national off-road traffic permit from Metsähallitus (eraluvat.fi). In the Kilpisjärvi village area, snowmobile tracks are maintained by the Kilpisjärven ladut ry association, and a track maintenance fee (kilpisjarvenladut.fi) must be paid online.
The tracks in the Enontekiö area can be found at Excursionmap.fi (www.excursionmap.fi).
The Kilpisjärvi–Palojärvi track subject to a national Metsähallitus permit fee as well as the Syväjärvi–Karesuvanto and Raittijärvi–Saarikoski branches:
- Map 1 (eraluvat.fi, pdf 1.09 Mb)
- Map 2 (eraluvat.fi, pdf 1.22 Mb)
- Tracks maintained by Kilpisjärven ladut ry (julkaisut.metsa.fi)
Mobile Phone Coverage
- Although Finland has a broad network for mobile phones, there are some areas in the Tarvantovaara Wilderness Area 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.
Equipment and Safety
- When wilderness trekking in Tarvantovaara Wilderness Area you should always have a map, a compass and proper clothing, footwear and overnight gear depending on the length of your trek. Please note that weather conditions change very quickly and it can snow even in summer.
- 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.
- Hiking in wilderness areas is more demanding than on marked trails. For this reason it is good to be an experienced hiker before attempting a wilderness trek off-trails.
- Hiking in Finland:
The most popular times to hike in the wilderness area are spring and summer. June through September is the most popular time, but the area is not so busy that it would seem crowded at any time.
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.
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.