Information about the Corona-measures in Pyhä.

Safety and guidelines in COVID-19 pandemic
Hiking and walking

When planning a holiday in Pyhä:

Do not travel if any symptoms like this occur:

  • fever
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • shortness of breath
  • muscle pain
  • fatigue
    runny nose
  • nausea
  • diarhhoea.
  • Loss of the sense of smell and/or taste have also been reported as symptoms of a COVID-19 infection.

When on holiday still remember to protect yourself and others:

  • Wear a mask in public transport, where close contacts cannot always be avoided. Put the mask on your face well before stepping on board a public transportation vehicle.
  • Avoid crowds and maintain at least a one to two-metre distance from other people. This applies especially indoors.
  • Wash your hands with water and soap often and carefully, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if washing your hands is not an option. Hand sanitizer is available in area's service points.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth unless you have just washed your hands.
  • Cough and sneeze into a disposable tissue and put the tissue in the bin immediately after use. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve, not into your hands.


Koronavilkku is a contact tracing app produced by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) to help you find out whether you may have been exposed to coronavirus. If you have a coronavirus test and are diagnosed as infected, you can use the app to share this anonymously with those you have been in close contact with. Your privacy is strongly protected.

More information and dircetions how to download here:


Do the Coronavirus symptom checker. Fill in this form if you suspect that you have caught coronavirus. Answer the questions carefully and truthfully.

This form will help you check whether you might have a coronavirus infection. It gives you advice whether you need to see a doctor or a nurse. It also gives advice on how to stop the virus from spreading.

Take the COVID-19-test in the Pelkosenniemi health center or in Sodankylä welfare center Sopukka. Always make an appointment to take the test. Do not spread a potential virus by visiting your health center, but wait and follow the instructions given on the phone.

Contact information and opening hours for the COVID-19-test:

Pelkosenniemi health center tel. +358 40 563 8131. Open from Mon-Fri 8-13:30.
Sodankylä welfare center Sopukka tel. +358 40 128 5295. Open from Mon-Sun 8-16.

Result of the COVID19-test takes about 5 days, and while waiting the test result the patient should stay indoors, in quarantine like conditions.

In case you are facing a normal flu symptom, you may stay at home treatment. Please do not spread exposure to others by restricting your visits to public areas. Avoid contact with other people and crowded places.

More information about the Current corona virus situation in Finland:

Information updated 16.9.2020

Coronavirus guidelines concerning hiking and walking

Latest guidelines from Metsähallitus, Parks & Wildlife Finland concerning the Coronavirus COVID-19 will be updated here. Keep posted on updates:

Nature sites can be visited following the basic rules and guidance from the health authorities. Being in nature is good for you, and getting outdoors is recommended when you:

  • Keep distance from others - at least 2 metres. Maintain good hand hygiene. Always follow the instructions from the public health authorities.
  • Think about which locations tend to get crowded, and choose less-busy alternatives.
  • Take a day trip! Stay in your local area.
  • Bring lunch and snacks that do not require preparing or cooking on a fire. Designated campfire and picnic sites can get very crowded.
  • Keep in mind that all fires are forbidden when grass or forest fire warnings are in effect.
  • If you are planning to stay overnight, it is a good idea to bring your own shelter. The huts will reopen on 1 June, but sufficient safety distances cannot always be guaranteed in huts and lean-to shelters.