The right to roam
Everyone has the right to walk, ski, cycle or ride in natural areas and other green areas, as long as this does not result in any damage. These rights are restricted in cultivated fields and plantations, and in the immediate vicinity of people's homes.
During the summer, fields may only be crossed by roads and paths, or along the banks of ditches; but in winter skiers may ski over fields. Gates should always be left closed.
There is no right of way through private gardens and yards, and repeated transgressions of this rule are punishable by law. Fields and plantations may only be crossed where this causes no damage. It is forbidden to build or dig on someone else's land to the extent that the appearance of the property is changed. In nature reserves, public right of access is often limited by local regulations. It is particularly important to avoid disturbance to birds'' nesting and resting sites during the breeding season.
Rights of way may only be restricted by the authorities
Public access may only be prohibited through official decisions. Signs barring the right of way should mention the authority responsible for the decision – typically Regional State Administrative Agency, the Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment or the defence forces.
Signs prohibiting access to land or waters or other aspects of everyman’s right may only be erected where such legal restrictions exist. Events that may result in damage and disturbance such as skiing or orienteering competitions should not be organised purely on the basis of everyman''s right, and landowners should always be consulted in such cases.