"Everyman's rights - and free campfire sites" Finland Off The Beaten Path Tip by Vesanto

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If you have read about Finland you may know about a thing called "everyman's right". It means that you are allowed to walk freely in the forest, pick wild berries and mushrooms (but not potatoes as in a joke about some Germans..), land with a canoe or boat, go swimming etc. as long as you are not very close to somebody's house or business area. However, you are not allowed to cause damage to nature, disturbe people in their homes or holiday homes, make fire, let your dog run free etc. See more e.g. http://www.ymparisto.fi/default.asp?contentid=49256&lan=EN

In addition, more or less every municipality in Finland has marked paths with nice campfire sites - and usually with firewood, too! All you need is matches (and maybe a bit of dry wood or paper as kindling). Many of these places are great for camping for a night or two. Lappland is known for its free huts, but they are available in some other routes, too.

There are also free maps in the Internet, e.g. where I live: www.pohjois-savo.fi/trailmaps (Patovesi Trail in Vesanto is my home path).

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  • Updated Sep 24, 2007
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