Services in Pyhä-Luosto National Park
Customer Service and Guidance
- Pyhä-Luosto Visitor Centre Naava
- The Visitor Centre's exhibition tells the story of how Pyhätunturi and Luosto Fell and the National Park came to be and displays the areas natural features.
- A multimedia presentation about the fell chain and literature on nature.
- Information on Pyhä-Luosto National Park and on skiing and hiking trails in the Pyhä-Luosto area.
- A café and a restaurant
- An auditorium, which seats 160 persons, 12-seat and 20-seat meeting rooms.
- Services for groups.
- The NaavaShop, with many small and useful articles to add to your hiking backpack.
Services Offered by Enterprises and Other Organisations in Pyhä-Luosto National Park
- Following enterprises and other organisations offer services in the national park.
- They have a cooperation agreement with Metsähallitus and they follow the principles of sustainable nature tourism when operating in the national park.
Meals, Where to Buy and Prepare
- There are shops, service stations and tourist resorts in the area, which are all possible places to buy foodstuff.
Campfire Sites, Cooking Shelters, Campfire Huts and Huts
Ahvenlampi: cooking shelter
- Huttujärvi: rental hut and cooking shelter
- Huttuloma: open wilderness hut, campfire hut and campfire site
- Isokuru: campfire hut and campfire site
- Kapusta: day trip hut and campfire site
- Karhunjuomalampi: day trip hut and two campfire sites
- Kuukkeli: rental hut and campfire site
- Lampivaara: campfire site
- Oravalampi: campfire site
- Porolaavu: campfire site
- Pyhälampi: day trip hut and campfire site
- Pyhänlatva: campfire site
- Rykimäkero: campfire hut and campfire site. Rykimäkero campfire shelter is a great place for larger groups to rest at.
- Rykimäkuru: campfire site
- Tiaislaavu: campfire site
- Tikkalaavu: campfire site
- Ukko-Laavu: campfire hut and campfire site
- Ukko-Luosto scenic hut, no campfire site
- Yli-Luosto: open wilderness hut and campfire site
- Yrjölä: rental hut and campfire site
- 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.
- Read more about campfires and campfire sites on the Hiking in Finland pages.
- 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.
- Read tips given on drinking water.
- 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. Don't put any kind of waist to vacuum toilet.
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.
- Toilets at Isokuru and Rykimäkero campfire huts, Karhunjuomalampi daytrip hut, Huttuloma open wilderness hut, Huttujärvi rental hut, Lampivaara lean-to shelter and Ukko-Luosto scenic hut are emptied with suction (vacuum toilet). Do not put any food waste or other garbage in them.
- Other rest areas have dry toilets, in which a small amounts of biodegradable waste can be placed.
- There are accessible toilets at Pyhä-Luosto Visitor Centre Naava, at Isokuru Ravine campfire site and at Rykimäkero.
Camping, Lean-to Shelters and Campfire Shelters
- Camping is permitted by wilderness huts, lean-to shelters and campfire sites. Visitors may also stay overnight inside the lean-to shelters and campfire shelters.
Open Wilderness Huts
- The Yli-Luosto and Huttuloma open wilderness huts are located in Pyhä-Luosto National Park.
- 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 (luosto.fi) and Pyhätunturi (pyha.fi) web pages and on the Lapland tourism website (laplandfinland.com).
- Private tourist services (pyha.fi) in the area rent out hiking equipment.
- All the services at Pyhä-Luosto Visitor Centre Naava are on one floor and the building has accessible toilets. 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.
- The Isokuru Gorge campfire hut can be accessed with a wheelchair if assisted. This trail is demanding.
- There are accessible toilets at both Rykimäkero and Isokuru Gorge.
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 pyha.fi and luosto.fi. Surrounding municipalities Pelkosenniemi (pelkosenniemi.fi, in Finnish), Sodankylä (visitsodankyla.fi) and Kemijärvi (visitkemijarvi.fi) have information of the public services on their websites.
- Find out more about visiting Lapland (lapland.fi).
Trail Brochure, summer
Pdf-file 1.7 Mb (julkaisut.metsa.fi)
Summer Trails Near Pyhä and Luosto Villages
Pdf-file 1 Mb (julkaisut.metsa.fi)
Trail Brochure, winter
Pdf-file 2.8 Mb (julkaisut.metsa.fi)
These maps will help you plan your excursion, but they will not help you navigate in the wilderness!
Check for Warnings
When forest and grass fire warnings (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi) 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.