The dos and don’ts of free-roaming in Finland
Finland’s beautiful nature is open to everyone to explore and enjoy! The Finns call this freedom “Jokamiehen oikeudet,” or “Everyman’s Rights.” But as always, rights come with responsibility. Here are the dos and don’ts of free-roaming in Finland.
In Finland, nature is both wild and free. The law allows anyone living in or visiting Finland the freedom to roam the countryside, forage, fish with a line and rod, and enjoy the recreational use of natural areas – respectfully, of course. This is known as “The Everyman’s Rights,” or Jokamiehen oikeudet.
Remember, though, that with this right comes responsibility. Finland’s arctic nature, particularly that of Lapland, is fragile. Please tread carefully, leave no trace, avoid private property and stay out of areas designed to protect vulnerable environments or wildlife. A few hard rules also apply, regardless of where you are within Finland. Hunting and fishing, aside from angling, are strictly prohibited without a permit. Otherwise, enjoy! Finland’s beautiful nature is accessible to all.