Strict Nature Reserves are for Studying Nature
Strict nature reserves are established by law or by statute for the purpose of research.
They are located on state-owned lands and are primarily reserved for the purposes of nature conservation and research. They are also used for teaching purposes, if these do not compromise nature conservation in the area.
Strict nature reserves are conserved in their natural state so that researchers would be able to compare these with other areas and determine how many of nature's changes are natural instead of having been caused directly by man.
For the most part, strict nature reserves are closed to the public. The conservation regulations in strict nature reserves are stricter than in national parks.
There are nineteen strict nature reserves in Finland with a total area of 1,542 km². They are all managed by Metsähallitus, Parks & Wildlife Finland.
Entering strict nature reserves is usually forbidden unless you have a written permit. Permits are only granted for research.
It is possible to walk along marked trails in a few strict nature reserves.