Pyhä-Luosto Travel Guide

Pyhä-Luosto, Finnish Lapland / Copyright www.lifeinlapland.com

(Midnight view from top of Noitatunturi Fell looking toward Luosto)

Pyhä-Luosto is on of the several national parks in Lapland and also a popular winter sports area, with downhill skiing slope and cross-country skiing tracks at both Pyhätunturi and Luosto. There are villages at both ski centres that support the winter visitors as well as the many visitors who come in summer time to enjoy hiking on the 120 km of trails in the park. One of the most popular is the Pyhä-Luosto Hiking Trail which is a 35 km trail that connects most of the fells in the park

In the map below, you will find practical places to know about for planning a trip and things to do in Pyhä-Luosto. Below the map you will find some helpful travel information by clicking on a topic button and scrolling down to read.
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Pyhä-Luosto is accessible by car, bus, or taxi from both the E75 and the E63 highways in Lapland. The E75 goes from Rovaniemi to Utsjoki and you access the Luosto side of the park south of Sodankyla. From Kemijarvi, the Pyhä side of the park is on a turnoff about 30km up the E63.

Overnight train from the south arrive to both Rovaniemi or Kemijarvi, and then you can travel by bus from either of these two stations (Kemijarvi is closer). You can see bus timetables and buy tickets and on the Matkahuolto website.

The closest airport to Pyhä-Luosto is Rovaniemi (RVN)
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The villages and resorts of Pyhä and Luosto are about 20km away from each other. Travel within each village though is fairly easy and one can get around by foot, taxi, or skis (in winter).
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For up to date weather, check out the Pyhä-Luosto forecast on the FInnish Meteorological Institute. Or have a look at the current conditions below
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Winter
  • Snowmobile Safaris
  • Reindeer Sleigh Rides
  • Downhill skiing & snowboarding
  • Cross country skiing
  • Snowshoeing
Summer
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Camping
  • Frisbee Golf

Companies Who Welcome Independent Travelers

  • Lucky Ranch - Offering a wide variety of outdoor activities and guiding services through the National Park area.

Free Things To Do in Pyhä-Luosto

  • Pyhä-Luosto Hiking Trail - a 35 km trail that connects most of the fells in the park. Hikers can stay freely at any of the open wilderness huts listed on the map above.
  • Ukko-Luosto Summit Trail - a 6.5 km circle trail to the summit of Ukko-Luosto offering some opens views of Siurunaapa Mire and Pyhätunturi Fell. The trail can be challenging on the feet as it requires scrambling over loose rock, yet it is short enough for beginners.
  • Midnight sun - In summer time its quite a surreal experience to stay up late into the evening to watch the different colors produced as the sun floats on the horizon. In general, the night sky is luminous from May until mid August
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  • Practical Lapland Travel Information
  • Several buses travel each day from Rovaniemi to Pyhätuntori in the summer time and so the park is an easily accessible hiking destination. Theres even a return bus to Rovaniemi at 6am if wanting to do midnight sun hiking and return the following morning.
  • Some of the trails in the park require scrambling over many loose rocks so its good to have sturdy hiking footwear if going on a day or overnight hike. If a trail is described as "difficult" you can expect quite a bit of uphill scrambling over loose rocks and these trails are not necessarily "family friendly".
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