Is wild camping allowed in Finland?

Yes, wild camping and free standing is officially allowed in Finland. However, there are some points to consider here as well.

Last researched: Winter 2020/2021

Camping in the wild and standing freely is made possible in Finland by the right of public access (Jokamiehen Oikeudet). This allows every person to move and stay freely in nature and includes staying overnight in nature. However, as always there are some restrictions.

  • Follow the general rules of conduct for wild camping
  • Wild camping and free standing is only allowed on uncultivated land
  • Wild camping is not permitted in nature reserves, national parks or on beaches

Apart from these exceptions, you are free to explore nature in Finland and even fish and pick mushrooms and berries without any problems with authorities.

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Tips and tricks for wild camping in Finland

Finland's nature is characterized by majestic forests, thousands of inland lakes and countless islands along the coast. This arctic nature invites you to hike and explore and thanks to the Finnish right of public access, this is possible for everyone. Here we have put together a few points you should consider when traveling through this beautiful country.

Fishing
Fishing is generally permitted in Finland, but there are a few restrictions. Fishing and ice-fishing on lakes is permitted without a permit. However, if you want to fish in the sea or in rivers and streams, you need a fishing permit. You can easily buy one here online or in most local kiosks.

Fire
Making fire is only permitted in Finland in designated fireplaces, or only with an explicit permit. In the summer months and during droughts, it is also forbidden to light fires in these places. On Tulikartta.fi/ you can see a map of all the fireplaces on the website. The site also gives you an overview of cabins, small restaurants and places where you can watch birds.

Animals
In Finland you should not only watch out for the well-known predators such as lynxes, wolves or bears, especially in road traffic reindeer or moose can become a real danger when they appear on the road. Therefore always pay attention to the wildlife crossing warning signs.

Winter tyres
From December to February, winter tyres (at least all-weather tyres) are compulsory in Finland, and this also applies to any trailers. Due to the sometimes extreme weather conditions, even winter tyres with studs are permitted in the period from November to March and are especially helpful in the north.

10 interesting, bizarre and funny facts about Finland

For many people, Finland is still one of the more mysterious countries in northern Europe. Most people associate Finland with reindeer, Lapland, Nokia and Eurovision Song Contest fans of course the band Lordi. But did you know that some reindeer glow at night or that the Finns have some very strange sports? Here we have put together some interesting facts for you.

Fact #1 - Music
The icy and gloomy ambiance has produced some metal bands. So many in fact that Finland is the country with the most metal bands per capita.

Fact #2 - Traffic offenders
Traffic tickets are always an unpleasant thing, but in Finland, it can be particularly expensive. The fines are based on annual income.

Fact #3 - Saunas
Finns love the sauna. There are more than three million saunas in the whole country, which means that one sauna for every two Finns. That is the most saunas per capita.

Fact #4 - Honesty
According to a study by Readers Digest, 11 out of 12 lost wallets are returned to their rightful owner. This makes them some of the most honest people in the world.

Fact #5 - Coffee and milk
The Finns love coffee and milk, so much so that they are number one in per capita consumption. The coffee consumption is 12 kg per year and almost 1 liter of milk per day.

Fact #6 - Palindrome
The longest palindrome in the world comes from the Finnish language saippuakivikauppias. Translated, it means "a merchant of soda."

Fact #7 - Day of the Failures
October 13th of each year is the official day of the failures. The day was initiated by Finnish students in 2010 and is now celebrated nationwide.

Fact #8 - Prisons: Advantages
Prisons in Finland are very inmate friendly. Prisoners are allowed to work, spend their day and move around very freely in the surrounding villages.

Fact #9 -Prisons: Downside
But this open prison system also has disadvantages. Slightly more than 10% of prisoners escape during their time off. That is the highest escape rate in Europe.

Fact #10 - Shining Reindeer
Near Rovaniemi, the reindeer, or at least their antlers, glow. These are painted with luminous paint to prevent accidents.

Travelogue Finland

Picture by nordlandblog.de
Picture by nordlandblog.de

Nordlandblog.de shows you the unique landscape of Finland and also explains how a visit to the Finnish sauna. Spoiler: Wellness is not the main focus here. You can find the travelogue here.

 

First published 02. February 2021

Everything you need to know for your trip

Equipment

  • Warning triangle Yes
  • Safety vest Yes, one per occupant
  • First aid kit No
  • Replacement lamp set No
  • Spare tyre / repair set No
  • Fire extinguisher No
  • Tow rope No
  • Tear rope for all trailers No

Driving

  • Do I need a vignette, or are there tolls? No
  • Right hand trafficTo avoid dazzling other road users, you need to readjust or mask your headlights if they have asymmetrical light and are right-hand drive
  • Is it compulsory to drive with lights on during the day? Yes

Information

  • Is the tap water potable? Yes
  • Socket type: C+F
  • Energency numbers: 112
  • Currency: Euro (EUR)
  • Official Languages: Finnish, Swedish
  • Country licence plate code: FIN

Average prices, in €

  • Price coffee rounded: 3.25
  • Price beer rounded: 6.00

Entry conditions for animals

  • You need a valid EU pet passport in which your animal is clearly identified (microchip or tattoo), as well as a rabies vaccination valid on entry. The rabies vaccination must be at least 21 days old, but not older than 6 months. Yes
  • If your entry is from a non-EU country with a reduced rabies status, you must have a rabies antibody test carried out approximately four weeks before you enter the country and have it entered on your EU pet passport. No
  • Your dog must be treated for tapeworms 24 to 120 hours before entry. Yes
  • In addition to a valid EU pet passport with all the required entries, you also need an official veterinary health certificate (max. 10 days old). No
  • The import of fighting dogs or breeds classified as dangerous is not permitted. No

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