Instructions and Rules in Torronsuo 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 Torronsuo National Park
In the national park, the following are
- Walking and skiing
- Picking berries and edible mushrooms
- Lighting campfires is only allowed at sites marked for these purposes.
- From 1.4. to 15.7. hiking is recommended only on marked trails, to protect nesting birds.
- Cycling and riding are only allowed at roads.
- 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).
- Lighting campfires if the forest fire warning or the grass fire warning is in effect. Check the current warnings (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi).
- 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
- Rock climbing
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.
Equipment and Safety
- Because Torronsuo Mire is wet, especially during the spring and autumn floods, rubber boots are needed even when walking on the duckboards. In the forests on the islands, and on the southern edge of the mire, snow stays longer than in the open centre.
- There is no tap water available in the National Park, or cafés or shops either, so it is wise to pack picnic food and a water bottle. During the birds' migration, binoculars and a guide book on birds are useful to have.
- 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 Finland
In the sunny weekends of late winter, the National Park is popular with cross-country skiers. More peaceful skiing trails you can find near Lake Talpianjärvi.
- In the summer, hikers get to know the mire's abundance of bugs. Stopping on the duckboards visitors find that there are countless mosquitoes, flies and horse-flies living on the mire. Choosing a windy day for visiting open Torronsuo Mire saves you from the bugs' attack.
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.