Driving a snowmobile outside of the tracks or driving other motor vehicles on state-owned areas is generally prohibited. If you have a justified need, 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.

In the summer, off-road traffic is restricted to protect nature as vehicle tracks will remain visible in the terrain for years if not decades to come. Primarily, off-road traffic in the summer is permitted only on special grounds, such as for the purposes of certain reindeer husbandry activities in Upper Lapland, for example. 

However, a permit is not required for the work of authorities, such as maintenance work at a nature preserve, wilderness supervision, police work or border guard activities, or for local reindeer husbandry work.

Metsähallitus decides the permit quotas for state-owned areas regarding both snowmobile tracks and areas outside of the tracks. You can see the decision here (in Finnish) >

Special off-road traffic permit

If you wish to apply for an off-road traffic permit on special grounds, contact your nearest Metsähallitus service point. The permit applications are always handled on an individual basis.

The off-road traffic permits are administrative decisions subject to charge, also if rejected. Payment for the permit is collected after the application is handled by Metsähallitus. The application is handled within 10–15 working days.

Prices for the administrative decisions

  • Personal and family-specific off-road traffic permit 50 €
  • Off-road traffic permit for several people 50 €/driver
  • When companies (excl. safari businesses co-operating with Metsähallitus), clubs/societies/organizations or educational and research institutes apply for an off-road traffic permit for their personnel or for the participants of an event organized by them, the price of the permit decision depends on the number of vehicles in use, 50 €/vehicle, if the drivers' municipality of residence is not know.
  • For local residents, the permit decision is free of charge

You can apply for off-road traffic permit online.
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Safari companies co-operating with Metsähallitus are provided more detailed information on off-road traffic permits and prices by their nearest Metsähallitus service point.

Some decisions concerning off-road traffic permits require more thorough investigation or juridicial consideration by Metsähallitus. Such are, for instance, decisions requiring new principled guidelines. In these cases, the price of the decision is doubled.

Off-road terrain or road?

Roads constructed by Metsähallitus can be used by vehicles, but driving cross-country is prohibited without a special off-road traffic licence. It is for the driver to recognise the difference between a built road and a cross-country track.

Read more about differences between off-road terrain and road.