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.
All nineteen strict nature reserves of Finland are managed by Parks & Wildlife Finland, a unit of Metsähallitus.
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.
- Information on research or photographing permits
- Information on the strict nature reserves, in which you can hike along marked trails, is available on the Nationalparks.fi website:
- Protected areas managed by Metsähallitus (number and area)