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Instructions and Rules in Hossa Hiking Area 

Instructions on Exploring Hossa Hiking Area

  • The rugged terrain erodes easily. Please use marked trails.
  • Lighting campfires is only permitted at campfire sites. When there is a forest fire warning in effect campfires are strictly forbidden everywhere.
  • Motor boating is only permitted on Lake Hossanjärvi.
  • When snowmobiling you must always have the landowners permission before entering his area.


Equipment and Safety

  • Let it rain! Wear the clothes as weather demands. Photo: S. SeppänenSome lakes in Hossa have flowing water and their shores can have waters, which are rapid-like. When on the ice you should be very cautious especially in early winter and in spring.
  • The markings along the marked trails are very clear, but it is good to have a map on hand. Portions of the trails, which cross wetlands, have duckboards. When hiking off-trails we recommend you have a map and compass as the area is vast and there are only few roads.
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  • 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.


  • Mosquito season is at its peak from mid-June through August. Their abundance changes yearly.
  • The Ruska season, when leaves change colour, begins in early September and ends late September or early October.
  • Ski season begins in late November or early December and ends around the beginning of May.

Peak Seasons

  • Hossa Hiking Area is quite a quiet hiking destination throughout the year.

Mobile Phone Coverage

  • Although Finland has a broad network for mobile phones, there are some areas in the hiking area 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.
  • Reception for mobile phones is quite good in the east part of Hossa Hiking Area, there are areas in the west part where reception is poor.
Last updated 9/25/2013
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