Instructions on Exploring Pyhä-Luosto Trail

Watchful eyes keep an eye on the hikers. Photo: Juha Paso

In Pyhä-Luosto National Park, the following are

Allowed:

  • Walking, skiing, rowing and canoeing, except in the restricted areas.
    • At Isokuru Gorge (in the restricted zone), you are only allowed to move along the marked trail both in summer and winter.  
  • Picking berries and edible mushrooms.

Restricted:

  • Lighting campfires and camping are only allowed at sites marked for these purposes.
  • Fishing.
  • Hunting (only allowed for local residents).

Forbidden:

  • Lighting a campfire if the forest fire warning is in effect.
    • Making open fires is always prohibited at both marked campfire sites and when fires are permitted by the land owner if a forest fire warning has been issued for the area (ilmatieteenlaitos.fi).
    • This prohibition does not apply to cooking shelters or other fireplaces with a flue.
  • Letting pets run free.
  • Taking or damaging trees, shrubs or other plants, or their parts, or mushrooms other than edible ones.
  • Damaging the soil or bedrock and taking earth or minerals with you.
  • Catching, killing or chasing wild vertebrate animals, or destroying their nests.
  • Catching or collecting invertebrates.
  • Driving a motor vehicle beyond the designated roads.
  • Leaving litter or damaging any structures.

Preparations

Mobile Phone Coverage

  • Although Finland has a broad network for mobile phones, there might be some areas in the Pyhä-Luosto Trail without signal. Please check the network coverage with your own mobile phone operator. There may also be some smaller spots where there is interference. If this happens try to climb to a higher place or go into an open area. It may be worth removing the SIM card from your phone and then trying again to make emergency call. Different phones also differ in their coverage.
  • We recommend that you keep your mobile phone warm at all times and take along food and drink. Certain phone models do not work when the temperature falls below zero. You should therefore let someone know your planned route. To keep your mobile phone charged, bring along a spare power source, a spare battery or an old phone with a working battery.

Seasons

  • At Pyhä-Luosto, most of the snow melts in April - May. Permanent snow covers the Pyhä-Luosto fells in October - November. The best time for hiking is from spring (when the snow has melted) until mid-October.
  • The intensity of the autumn colours varies from year to year. The autumn colours are at their best around September 10.

Safety

  • Take a map, a compass, a kit for lighting campfires, a first-aid kit and packed meals with you. Replenish your water bottle whenever you can.
  • Observe the weather conditions. Remember that the weather in the fell area may change rapidly. In foggy weather, you may easily lose your sense of direction.
  • Wear appropriate clothing. Take warm and windproof clothes with you. Remember to take a spare set of clothes with you. Waterproof hiking boots are the best footwear.
  • Inform your family or the visitor centre in the area of your route plan. Let them know when you have returned from your trip.
  • Write your name and route plan in the guestbook at the huts.
  • Please wander and camp without leaving any debris and use the marked trails and rest spots.  
  • There is a rescue service in the national park. The general emergency number for all emergencies is 112.
  • If you face an emergency on your hike, e.g. get lost, get injured or observe wildfire, call 112 and report an emergency. More information on how to act in an emergency.
  • Make sure you pack a first-aid kit.
  • Exploring the wilderness in winter is demanding. In midwinter the weather and light conditions are difficult, as it may be –40°C and there are only a few hours of daylight during the polar night.
  • In the fell range area, the differences in altitude are significant in places.
  • The duckboards may be slippery in rainy weather.
  • In September–October, the male reindeer defend their herd as it is the mating season. Give way to male reindeer with large antlers.
  • Hiking in Finland:

Emergency number 112

In case of an emergency along the way, for example if you get lost or injured or see a forest fire, dial 112. Detailed instructions.

Dogs must be kept on a leash! Photo: Seppo Leinonen.

Dogs must be kept on a leash!

(chapter 8 -  Keeping a dog)