It is prohibited to light campfires even in the designated campfire sites if the forest fire warning or the grass fire warning is in effect.Check the current warnings (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi).
This prohibition does not apply to the cooking shelters at Ahvenlampi and Huttujärvi, to the lapp huts at Isokuru and Ukko-Laavu and to the covererd shelters with a flue at Isokuru and Karhunjuomalampi. Please note, however, that making a fire at the uncovered shelter at Karhunjuomalampi is prohibited.
The prohibition neither applies to the stoves of Yli-Luosto and Huttuloma open wilderness huts and those of Huttujärvi, Kuukkeli and Yrjölä rental huts.
Water bottles can be filled at the national park's visitor centre.
At Rykimäkero and Huttujärvi there are wells and the water in the wells is regularly tested to ensure that it is safe to drink.
Surface water, such as the water in lakes, rivers and streams, should be boiled for several minutes before you drink it as the quality of the area's waters varies from place to place and depending on the temperature.
The National Park is a Hiking without Littering area. The National Park's wilderness huts and lean-to shelters are managed by Metsähallitus field personnel. It is, however, the resposibility of each hiker to keep these places neat.
Biodegradable waste should be placed in a dry toilet or composter, and small amounts of clean paper and cardboard can be used as kindling in a campfire.
Take all other waste out of the area to the recycling points at any of the trails' starting points. At these points visitors can sort metal, glass and mixed waste. You can get more information on recycling and waste management at Pyhä-Luosto Visitor Centre Naava or the Hiking Without Littering page.
There are dry toilets at all the huts and campfire sites.
There is a rental hut at Huttujärvi lake, Yrjölä, and River Pyhäjoki Kuukkeli rental hut, which can be rented for several days in one go.
Lodging in the Surrounding Area
The following huts are located just outside Pyhä-Luosto National Park and are not managed by Metsähallitus: Haarainselkä day-trip hut, Salmiaapa open wilderness hut and Kiimaselkä day-trip hut.
The Pyhä-Luosto area has an abundance of tourist resorts, where visitors can lodge. These resorts also offer other tourist services. More information on lodging can be found on the Luosto (www.luosto.fi) and Pyhätunturi (www.pyha.fi) web pages and on the Lapland tourism website (www.laplandfinland.com).
All the services at Pyhä-Luosto Visitor Centre Naava are on one floor and the building has toilets for the disabled. The building is accessible by wheelchair and thresholds do not inhibit movement.
A level surfaced 300-metre-long sand-covered trail leads from the Rykimäkero parking area (along the road to Luosto) to Rykimäkero site. This trail is accessible by wheelchair.
From the parking area of Hotel Pyhätunturi to the old ski lift it is possible to access the Isokuru Ravine Lapp-pole tent with a wheelchair if assisted. The trail leading to the Lapp-pole tent is 1 km long and sand-covered. This trail is demanding.
There are toilets for the disabled at both Rykimäkero and Isokuru Ravine.
Other Services in the Surrounding Area
There are plenty of different lodging and tourist services in both the Pyhä area and the Luosto area. More information can be found at the area's tourist services you find from www.pyha.fi and www.luosto.fi. Surrounding municipalities Pelkosenniemi (www.pelkosenniemi.fi, in Finnish), Sodankylä (www.visitsodankyla.fi) and Kemijärvi (www.visitkemijarvi.fi) have information of the public services on their websites.
These maps will help you plan your excursion, but they will not help you navigate in the wilderness!
Trail Brochure, Mountain Biking
Pdf-file 3.4 Mb (julkaisut.metsa.fi)
Check for Warnings
When forest and grass fire warnings are in effect, fire is only allowed at covered campfire sites that have a flue. A fire can be also lit in fireplaces at wilderness and other huts. Always use extreme caution when handling fire. The one who lights a fire is always responsible for its safe use. Please note, that making fire at these campfire sites can be banned locally.