The forest can be a pleasure in many ways: it is a great place to calm the mind, go out for an adventure, go rambling and get some exercise. Forests are abundant with mushrooms and berries, while
fans of hunting may bring home even more. Ruovesi has about 1,200 hectares of forest, including state forests,
which include the area’s conservation sites such as Helvetinjärvi and Siikaneva.
In Finland as in all Nordic countries, people can roam freely in forests and on the land: this is a long-standing traditional right known as
everyman’s right (pdf), which is not subject to legislation.
Ruovesi contains more than 200 lakes, so there are plenty of shores for fishermen to rock up on and drop their nets and lines.
Hook-and-line fishing and ice fishing are general fishing rights that are free of charge. Permits are required for other types of fishing.
The permits required depend on the type of fishing and the equipment that is used, as well as the fisherman’s age and the body of water.
Ruovesi tourist information 5 June–20 August, open daily 11am–6pm. Tel: +358 44 787 1388.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (service in Finnish and English).