We all have the right to move about on Finnish waterways and are entitled to everyman’s right on land. It is advised to always remember to behave and act responsibly. Here are a few points which you should pay attention to when canoeing.
Everyman’s right in a nutshell – Everyone can walk, ski or cycle in areas outside private gardens and land that is in a specific use (for example cultivated fields and plantations), stay for a short period in any area where access is otherwise allowed (for example put up a tent, but not too close to people’s homes), pick wild berries, mushrooms and flowers, fish with a rod and line, boat when the water is melt. More on Everyman’s right.
Settlement and cabins – Cabins and settlements can be found on both the shores of Koitajoki and Koitere. It is polite to avoid these areas so that the residents would not be disturbed by those on the waterways.
Littering – Leaving behind of rubbish in nature and waterways is not allowed. Remove your own rubbish or leave them at designated rubbish bins if there are any at the rest areas.
Open flame – Fire can only be started at designated areas. You can find campfire spots and firewood for your use from many resting points on your route. Search for the instructions from the rest areas if there are any available. Take a note of potential forest fire warnings before starting the fire.
Noise level – we are at the countryside and the predominant sounds here are those of nature with barely any man-made noises. Keep the noise level low and take note that sounds carry across the water surface for long distances.