Instructions and Rules in Valkmusa National Park

Instructions on Exploring Valkmusa National Park

In the National Park, the following are

allowed:

  • Hiking and skiing
  • Picking berries and mushrooms.

restricted:

  • Lighting campfire and camping are only allowed at sites marked for this purpose.
    • 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 has been issued for the area (ilmatieteenlaitos.fi). 
    • This prohibition does not apply to cooking shelters or other fireplaces with a flue.
  • Visitors should avoid going into the open mires during nesting season.
  • According to the rules of conduct, mountain biking is allowed only on route best suited for the activity: Kananiemenharju forest road. Valkmusa National Park rules of conduct and map (pdf, 2,3 Mb, in Finnish, julkaisut.metsa.fi)

forbidden:

  • 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
  • Driving motor vehicles, except on roads designated for this purpose
  • Leaving waste in the area, or damaging constructions.

Preparations

Mobile Phone Coverage

  • Although Finland has a broad network for mobile phones, there are some areas in the park where cliffs or forest block signals. 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

Emergency number 112

In case of an emergency along the way, for example if you get lost or injured or see a forest fire, dial 112. Detailed instructions.

Dogs must be kept on a leash! Photo: Seppo Leinonen.

Dogs must be kept on a leash!

(chapter 8 -  Keeping a dog)