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Instructions and Rules in Leivonmäki National Park 

Instructions on Exploring Leivonmäki

In the National Park, the following are

allowed:

  • Walking, skiing, cycling, row boating and canoeing, except in the restricted area
  • Picking berries and edible mushrooms
  • Angling and ice fishing

restricted:

  • Campfire and camping are only allowed at sites marked for this purpose.
  • Riding is allowed only on the roads.

forbidden:

  • Moving about in Haapasuo Mire restricted area 15.4. - 15.7., to protect nesting birds
  • Lighting campfires if the forest fire warning is in effect
  • 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 animals, or damaging their nests
  • Driving motor vehicles, except on roads designated for motor vehicles
  • 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 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.

Equipment and Safety

  • Drinking water and food need to be carried, as there are no cafés or shops with regular opening hours in the area. There are no places to get drinking water in the forest either. The nearest shops are in the village of Rutalahti (about 9 km) and in the centre of the municipality of Leivonmäki (about 12 km).
  • Please note that there is no paper in the toilets.
  • The terrain is not difficult in the National Park, so the trails are suitable for family day trips. The trails mostly go into dry pine forests, and the mire sections have duckboards.
  • 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
Last updated 11/1/2013
Metsähallitus, P.O. Box 94 (Vernissakatu 4), FI-01301 Vantaa, Tel. +358 205 64 100