Where the road ends, the wilderness experience begins! For lands owned by the Finnish state, permits for off-road traffic are granted by Metsähallitus.

As a term, off-road traffic denotes the use of motor-driven vehicles in the terrain. Terrain is defined here as areas of land that do not have official snowmobile routes or roads intended for motor vehicles. Off-road traffic always requires the premission of the landowner. The off-road traffic permit for state-owned lands in one's municipality of residence is free of charge (Act on Metsähallitus 234/2016, Section 24, Clause 2).

Metsähallitus maintains snowmobile tracks for snowmobile drivers on state-owned lands. These tracks are unofficial routes and their use is subject to charge. To drive on these tracks, you will need either a personal or a family snow mobile track permit issued by Metsähallitus. This permit allows you to drive your snowmobile on all the tracks you can find on the Metsähallitus track charts.

Driving a snowmobile outside of the tracks or driving other motor vehicles on state-owned wilderness areas is generally prohibited. There are exceptions for which you can apply for a separate off-road traffic permit from Metsähallitus. These permit applications are always handled on an individual basis.

Off-road traffic news

Eräluvat.fi has a new look!

25.03.2019

Changes to the website are mainly visual, although some functional improvements have been made, as well.

Eräluvat.fi gets a visual update - Some disturbances might occur

14.03.2019

Visual layout of the website is updated on Thursday, March 14. During the process some disturbances might occur.

Maintenance break in Eräluvat web shop on November 12

12.11.2018

Eräluvat web shop is under maintenance on Monday, November 12, from 4:00 pm on. The web shop is closed during the break.

Off-road permits for state-owned lands can now be applied for electronically

12.03.2018

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.

Off-road terrain or road?

It is allowed to drive on roads built by Metsähallitus, but driving in the terrain always requires a separate permit. All drivers must be able to tell the difference between a dirt road and terrain.

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