Everyman’s rights refer to the public right to use nature regardless of who owns or controls the land. Using nature within the limits of everyman’s rights is therefore not subject to the landowner’s permission, and exercising these rights is free of charge. However, everyman’s rights do not fully apply to nature reserves. Furthermore, exercising everyman’s rights must not cause more than minor damage or disturbance to the landowner, land use or nature.
Everyman’s rights entitle you to:
walk, ski and ride a bicycle in nature, such as forests, natural meadows and waterways
ride a horse
temporarily stay and camp out overnight in the same areas you are allowed to move around
pick wild berries, mushrooms and non-protected plants
fish and ice-fish
operate a boat, swim and bathe in bodies of water and walk on ice.
Everyman’s rights do not entitle you to:
cause disturbance to the landowner’s use of land
pass through yards, gardens or cultivated fields
cut or damage growing trees
gather wood from fallen or dried-up trees
gather moss or lichen
light an open fire on someone else’s land
disturb the domestic privacy of another person; for example, by camping too close to a dwelling place or making noise
drive a motor vehicle off road
disturb or damage birds’ nests and nestlings
fish and hunt without appropriate licences
allow a dog on public beaches, children’s playgrounds, maintained ski trails or sports fields
keep a dog unleashed in populated areas or on exercise trails or other people’s property
keep a dog unleashed anywhere, even your own land, between 1 March and 19 August.
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