Fishing permits for the upcoming summer for Inari and Enontekiö become available on May 3, and for Utsjoki on May 9. Some minor changes have been made to some of the fishing destinations.
Off-road permits for state-owned lands can now be applied for easily at the Eräluvat.fi web store, except in the case of Lapland's three northernmost municipalities. The new permit application procedure applies to traffic both on off-road tracks and off tracks.
Two new self-guided touring routes have been published by Visit Finland and Metsähallitus. "A Fishing Tour of Blue Finland" and "Land of a Thousand Lakes for Fishers" are perfect for those hoping to combine fishing and sight-seeing.
Large carnivore populations are increasing in numbers and spreading to new areas in Europe, thanks to the conservation measures that have been taken. This has aroused considerable interest in large carnivores but also given rise to some concern and public debate.
The Metsähallitus map service Excursionmap.fi will soon be usable on mobile touchscreen devices, including the most common smartphones and tablets. In the form of the Excursionmap.fi service, the mobile version will be available in Finnish (m.retkikartta.fi), Swedish (m.utflyktskarta.fi) and English (m.excursionmap.fi.).