Pyhä-Luosto Winter Trails

Cross-country ski tracks and a skate corduroy at sunset in a winter landscape.

Starting Points

Visitor Centre Naava in Pyhätunturi, in the southern part of the National Park

Luoston Portti in Luosto, in the northern part of the National Park

Rykimäkero Parking place next to Pyhä-Luosto road, in the middle part of the National Park

Luostonloma Parking place, next to Luosto-Torvinen road, in the northern part of the National Park

Cross-country Skiing Trails

The skiing trails of Pyhä-Luosto National Park reward the skier with great views. Reserve some time, pack some lunch and head to the trails! There are about 150 km of maintained cross-country skiing trails in the Pyhä-Luosto area. Experienced skiers can enjoy a day trip from one fell to another and take the SkiBus for the return journey. All the maintained trails in the area are suited both for classical and free style cross-country skiing. 40 kilometres of the trails are lit, so they can also be enjoyed after a day on the slopes. There are cozy cafés by the trails serving drinks and snacks. You can get cross-country skiing trail maps from the Visitor Center Naava and the customer service points in the area. The trail conditions can be checked at Pyhä`'s cross country skiing info.

Two skiers on ski tracks at a snowy forest with two huts next to the tracks. The sun is shining from behind the treetops.

Popular ski routes are:

Skiing trail around Ukko-Luosto, 18 km

• Orresokka skiing trails

Rykimäkuru skiing trail, 14 km

• Kopara skiing trails

• Skiing trail around Pyhäjärvi, 13 km

• Skiing trail around Pyhä, 31 km

• Luppo skiing trail

Skiing trail between Pyhä and Luosto 38 km/one way

 

Around Ukko-Luosto Cross-Country Ski Trail, 18 km, circle trail

Skiing route symbol. Campfire site symbol. Lean-to shelter symbol. Lapp (pole) hut symbol. Dry toilet for disabled symbol. Parking symbol.

Winter trail, for cross-country skiing only, available when the ski tracks are maintained, duration 2-4 h
Intermediate trail

This nicely rolling trail circles around the fell, through the old-growth forests of Luosto and climbs Lampivaara, thus making for a high-speed descent back to the starting point.

Several pairs of skis and ski poles are leaning against a large pine with snowy forest in the background.

Starting point

Address: Luoston portti (excursionmap.fi), Luostontie, 99555 Luosto
Coordinates: WGS84 lat: 67° 09.2725' lon: 26° 54.6508' 
ETRS-TM35FIN P: 7448610m I: 496137m.

You can also set off from Luostonloma parking area (excursionmap.fi). Coordinates WGS84 lat: 67° 10.3173' lon: 26° 50.8411' ETRS-TM35FIN P: 7450557m I: 493391m. 

Hiking Structures
Tikkalaavu lean-to shelter, Ukko-Laavu lean-to shelter and Ukko-Kota Lapp ‘kota' hutLampivaara lean-to shelter (excursionmap.fi), as well as the Torvinen and Lampivaara ski trail cafés; at the rest spots, a dry toilet and a woodshed. There is a toilet for the disabled at Lampivaara. Take toilet paper with you.

Sights
Lampivaara Amethyst Mine, the old-growth forests of Ukko-Luosto

Trail description
Trail markings: The trail is a clear cross-country ski track, there are also wooden poles with blue-and-white walker/skier symbols as well as signposts in crossroads

Recommended direction: In most cases, the track is skied counterclockwise, but if you ski it clockwise, the section heading north from Lampivaara to the Ukko-Laavu lean-to has been given a black difficulty rating, as the descent is steep and winding.
The track can be skied in both directions, but most visitors ski counterclockwise, i.e. from Luostonportti approaching from the slopes toward Ski Café Torvisen Maja. The tracks circles around Ukko-Luosto, past the Ukko-laavu lean-to and Lampivaara on the way back to Luostonportti.

A logwood hut next to ski tracks surrounded by a forest with heavy snow.

Please note
The track is medium difficulty due to changes in elevation. There are somewhat steep downhill sections, fast curves and long uphill climbs. The track is not recommended for beginners. The skiing trail is opened as soon as there’s enough snow and it is kept open, depending on the amount of snow, until the mid-late April. Cross-country skiing trails are only for skiing, walking or biking is not allowed.

 

Rykimäkuru Cross-country Ski Trail, 14 km, circle trail

Skiing route symbol. Campfire site symbol. Lean-to shelter symbol. Lapp (pole) hut symbol. Day trip hut symbol. Dry toilet for disabled symbol. Parking symbol.

Winter trail, for cross-country skiing only, available from week 8, when the ski trail has been opened, duration 2-4 h
Intermediate trail
Along the trail, you'll be able to enjoy the magnificent Rykimäkuru Gorge, the charming Pyhälampi day trip hut, the beautiful scenery at Lampivaara and the ease of downhill sections.

A skier on cross-country ski tracks in winter landscape.

Starting point
Rykimäkero parking place (excursionmap.fi) along the Pyhä-Luosto road (roughly 19 km from Pyhä towards Luosto, from Luosto roughly 5,5 km towards Pyhä).  
Coordinates: WGS84 lat: 67° 07.1405' lon: 26° 58.8467' 
ETRS-TM35FIN P: 7444644m I: 499169m

Hiking Structures
Rykimäkero Lapp ‘kota' hut (excursionmap.fi) and campfire site, Rykimäkuru lean-to shelter (excursionmap.fi)Pyhälampi daytrip hut and a lean-to shelter, as well as the Lampivaara lean-to shelter (excursionmap.fi); all rest spots have a dry toilet and a woodshed. There is a toilet for the disabled at Lampivaara and Rykimäkero. Take toilet paper with you. There is a ski trail café at Lampivaara. You can take drinking water from the Rykimäkero household water well all year round.

Sights
A storage hold on a pole and a wooden storehouseLampivaara Amethyst MineRykimäkuru Gorge

Trail description
Trail markings: When the trail follows the summer trail it is marked with orange-red squares in trees. In some parts (near Rykimäkero and Pyhälampi) the trail goes slightly differently. There are signposts in crossroads.
Recommended direction: Counterclockwise, i.e. starting from the Rykimäkero parking area, head toward Lampivaara. If you ski the track in a clockwise direction, the downhill sections are steeper and one section at the end of the track has a sharp, hairpin bend.

The track starts from the Rykimäkero parking area. It passes through Lampivaara and Pyhälampi to the Rykimäkuru lean-to. From there, the track continues to the Rykimäkero Lapp kota hut and then back to the starting point.

A kota-hut in a forest with a lot of snow.

Please note
The skiing trail is maintained from week 8 and it is kept open, depending on the amount of snow, until the mid-late April. Cross-country skiing trails are only for skiing, walking or biking is not allowed.

 

Luosto-Pyhä Cross-Country Ski Trail, 38 km / one way

Skiing trail symbol. Campfire site symbol. Lean-to shelter symbol. Lapp (pole) hut symbol. Day trip hut symbol. Wilderness hut symbol. Rental cabin symbol. Dry toilet symbol. Parking symbol.

Winter trail, for cross-country skiing only, available from week 8, when the ski trail has been opened, duration 4-7 h
Intermediate – demanding 
A wonderful, longer distance cross-country ski excursion from Luosto to Pyhä that follows the line of the fell range.

Ski tracks in a winter forest with a logwood hut next to the tracks.

Starting point

Address: Luoston portti (excursionmap.fi), Luostontie, 99555 Luosto
 Coordinates: WGS84 lat: 67° 09.2725' lon: 26° 54.6508' 
ETRS-TM35FIN P: 7448610m I: 496137m

You can also start the trail from Pyhä-Luosto Visitor Centre Naava, Luontotie 1 98530 Pyhätunturi.
Koordinaatit: WGS84 lat: 67° 01.1655' lon: 27° 15.1473' 
ETRS-TM35FIN P: 7433567m I: 510998m

Hiking Structures

Huttuloma open wilderness hutHuttujärvi rental hut (Kuukkeli rental hut, slightly off the trail), in rental huts also sauna can be used, Kapusta and Pyhälampi day trip huts, Porontahtoma and Lampivaara (excursionmap.fi) lean-to-shelters, Lampivaara café, Kiimaselkä day trip hut and a lean-to shelter; in all rest areas there is a dry toilet and a woodshed. Take your own toilet paper.

Sights

The old-growth forests of Ukko-Luosto, Lampivaara Amethyst Mine 

Two skiers on ski tracks with forest in the background. 

Trail Description
Trail markings: The trail is a clear skiing trail, following for the most part summer trails, where you’ll find varied trail markings. There are signposts in crossroads.
Recommended direction: Most visitors run the Luosto-Pyhä track from the north to the south, i.e. from Luosto to Pyhä, due to the better scenery and more downhill sections, but the track can be skied in either direction.

The trail is usually taken from Luosto to Pyhä due to the longer downhill stretches and better scenery. The trail starts at Luostonportti for those approaching from the ski slopes and runs to Pyhä via Lampivaara, Pyhälampi, Kapusta and Huttuloma. You can take SkiBussi at the start or end of your trip.

Please Note
The skiing trail is maintained from week 8 and it is kept open, depending on the amount of snow, until the mid-late April. Cross-country skiing trails are only for skiing, walking or biking is not allowed.

 

Snowshoeing Trails, 19,1 km

You can easily enjoy the peace and quietness of the National Park by snowshoeing. You can head to the woods on Tunturiaapa Nature Trail or to the snow covered forest on top of Pikku-Luosto fell. There are 19 km of marked snowshoe trails in Pyhä-Luosto National Park and its surroundings. There are 7,8 km of marked snowshoe trails in Pyhä and they go along the Tunturiaapa Nature Trail and in the  Isokurunkangas region, past Isokuru and Tiaislaavu lean-to-shelters. There are 11,3 km of snowshoe trails in Luosto and they go to Lampivaara and back as a 10 km round trip route and as a 4,5 km trail from Luosto to Torvisen Maja café. You can also use the winter biking trails for snowshoeing.

The trails start in Pyhä from Visitor Centre Naava and in Luosto by the slopes and at Luoston portti gate close to the slopes. Please note that weather conditions may affect the condition of the trails and that they are not maintained. More information about the winter trails in Pyhä-Luosto area from the winter trail map (julkaisut.metsa.fi, pdf).

A snowshoer at a fell slope with a lot of snow.

The snowshoeing trails are marked with blue signposts, with a reflector. Pets are welcome when kept on a leash. You can rent snowshoes from service providers in the area.

 

Luosto-Torvisen Maja Snowshoeing Trail, 4,5 km/each way

Snowshoeing route symbol. Campfire site symbol. Lean-to shelter symbol. Dry toilet symbol. Parking symbol.

Winter trail, duration 2-3 h
Intermediate trail

The view of distant landscapes from the high fell ridges, the dwarfed old-growth pines and a welcome coffee break are the highlights of this trail.

Starting Point

Address: Luoston portti (excursionmap.fi), Luostontie, 99555 Luosto
Coordinates: WGS84 lat: 67° 09.2725' lon: 26° 54.6508'
ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7448610m E: 496137m.

You can also set off from the Luostonloma parking area (excursionmap.fi) (the Torvinen hut). Coordinates WGS84 lat: 67° 10.3173' lon: 26° 50.8411' ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7450557m E: 493391m.

Hiking Structures
Tikkalaavu lean-to shelter (excursionmap.fi); a dry toilet and a woodshed. Take toilet paper with you.

Sights
Fell scenery through the woods and the old-growth forests of Luosto

A snowy forest.

Trail Description
Trail markings: blue signposts, brown metal signposts in cross-roads
Recommended direction: This is a one-way trail that can be walked both ways

The trail starts at Luostonportti for those approaching from the ski slopes and runs past the Tikkalaavu lean-to to the Ukko-Luosto ridge and then descends to Ski Café Torvisen Maja. The return follows the same route in reverse. The trail is marked by blue plowing markers and there are brown metal guide signs at crossroads.

Please Note
There are several steep places along the trail and, depending on the weather, they can be slippery. In certain winter weather, the hardened crown snow on the trees may fall - please keep this in mind when snowshoeing.


Lampivaara Snowshoeing Trail, 10 km, circle trail

Snowshoeing trail symbol. Campfire site symbol. Lean-to shelter symbol. Dry toilet for disabled symbol. Parking symbol.

Winter trail, duration 2-3 h
Intermediate trail
The trail leads to the foot of the majestic Ukko-Luosto Fell and the old-growth forests around it, winding its way over the top of Pikku-Luosto Fell. At Lampivaara Amethyst mine you can, for example, dig your own amethyst.

A snowshoer in sunshine in a snowy landscape.

Starting Point

Address: Luoston portti (excursionmap.fi), Luostontie, 99555 Luosto
Coordinates: WGS84 lat: 67° 09.2725' lon: 26° 54.6508'
ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7448610m E: 496137m.

You can also set off from the Ukko-Luosto parking area (excursionmap.fi) Coordinates WGS84: lat: 67° 08.2207' lon: 26° 55.3433' ETRS-TM35FIN P: 7446656 m I: 496635 m

Hiking Structures
Lampivaara lean-to shelter (excursionmap.fi); a dry toilet and a woodshed. The toilet at Lampivaara is also suitable for the disabled. Take toilet paper with you.

Sights
Lampivaara Amethyst Mine, old-growth forest and the summit of Pikku-Luosto fell

Two persons sitting at a lean-to shelter with a campfire in front of them. Their snowshoes have been set standing on the snow.

Trail Description
Trail markings: blue signposts, brown metal signposts in cross-roads
Recommended direction: anticlockwise

The trail starts at Luostonportti for those approaching from the ski slopes, running above the Ukko-Luosto parking area and over Pikku-Luosto toward Lampivaara. The return route follows the Lampivaara service road. The trail is marked by blue plowing markers and there are brown metal guide signs at crossroads.

Please Note

You can winter bike on sections at the start and end of the trail. Bikers are obligated to yield visitors on foot, but it is always good to take other trail users into consideration.


Tunturiaapa Nature Trail with Snowshoes, 7 km, circle trail

Snowshoeing trail symbol. Obresvation tower symbol. Campfire site symbol. Lean-to shelter symbol. Lapp (pole) hut symbol. Dry toilet for disabled symbol. Parking symbol.

Winter trail, duration 2 h
Easy trail (intemediate-demanding in stair sections)
Explore the diverse trail, see old-growth forests, aapa mires and the park's magnificent fell landscape.

A bird watching tower in a winter landscape with a person standing next to it with a dog on a leash.

Starting Point

Address: Naava Visitor Centre, Luontotie 1, 98530 Pyhätunturi
Coordinates: WGS84 lat: 67° 01.1655' lon: 27° 15.1473'
ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7433567m E: 510998m.

Hiking Structures
A dry toilet and a woodshed by the Tiaislaavu lean-to shelter (excursionmap.fi), A woodshed, a lean-to shelter and a toilet for the disabled (equipped with a vacuum tank, not a composting toilet) by the Isokuru Lapp ‘kota' hut (excursionmap.fi), Take toilet paper with you.

Sights
From the bird-watching tower (excursionmap.fi), you can enjoy the best panorama views over the southernmost summits of the fell range.

Trail Description
Trail markings: Blue signposts and blue squares in trees, brown metal signs in cross-roads.
Recommended direction: Can be done both ways

A child and two adults are sitting by the campfire enjoying snacks, there's sausages frying.

The trail starts at Visitor Centre Naava, first following a light traffic access road for 600 metres on the way toward Kemijärvi. From the Kerontie crossroad, the rail runs alongisde the ski track until it branches off at the next crossroad. The trail then continues to the Isokuru Lapp kota hut via the Tiaislaavu lean-to and Tunturiaapa birdwatching tower and then returns to the starting point. There are difficult stair sections along the trail that are not maintained in the winter. The trail is marked by blue plowing signs and blue squares on trees. At the outermost section of the trail on the south side of Ukonhattu, the trail is marked by blue squares on trees and brown metal signs at crossroads.

Please Note
There are long staircase sections along the trail that are not maintained in the winter. These stairs may be covered by snow, thus making them difficult to use.

 

Winter Biking Trails, 20,5 km

Enjoy the magnificent views of the Pyhä fell chain on a fatbike from Tunturiaapa mire or speed down the trail from Lampivaara fell. There are over 20 km of maintained winter biking trails in the Pyhä-Luosto National Park and its surroundings. In Pyhä there are 10,1 km of trails and they go around the Tunturiaapa mire area past Isokuru, Tiaislaavu and Porolaavu lean-to-shelters. There are 10,4 km of winter biking trails in Luosto and they head towards Lampivaara fell and Ahvenlampi pond as round trip trails and as a trail towards Tikkalaavu lean-to-shelter. The trails start in Pyhä from Visitor Centre Naava and in Luosto by the slopes and at Luoston Portti gate close to the slopes. Please note that weather conditions may affect the condition of the trails even though they are maintained once a week. More information about the winter trails in Pyhä-Luosto area from the winter trail map (julkaisut.metsa.fi, pdf)

Four cyclists in a winter forest with trees in the background with heavy snow.

The winter biking trails are marked with blue signposts, with a reflector. The trails are groomed once a week with a snowmobile. The winter biking trails are suitable for winter biking, snowshoeing and walking. Pets are welcome when kept on a leash. Note that the winter biker is always obliged to yield to walkers. You can rent fatbikes from service providers in the area.

Lampivaara Winter Biking Trail, 10 km, circle trail

Cyckling route symbol. Campfire site symbol. Lean-to shelter symbol. Dry toilet for disabled symbol. Parking symbol.

Winter trail, duration 2,5 h
Intermediate trail

This trail leads to the foot of the majestic Ukko-Luosto Fell and up beautiful Lampivaara Hill, where you can, for example, even dig for your very own amethyst.

Cyclists in a forest with a lot of snow.

Starting Point

Address: Luoston portti (excursionmap.fi), Luostontie, 99555 Luosto
Coordinates: WGS84 lat: 67° 09.2725' lon: 26° 54.6508'
ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7448610m E: 496137m.

You can also set off from the Ukko-Luosto parking area (excursionmap.fi) Coordinates WGS84: lat: 67° 08.2207' lon: 26° 55.3433' ETRS-TM35FIN P: 7446656 m I: 496635 m

Hiking Structures
Lampivaara lean-to shelter (excursionmap.fi); a dry toilet and a woodshed. The toilet at Lampivaara is also suitable for the disabled. Take toilet paper with you.

Sights
Lampivaara Amethyst Mine

A cyclist with a mountain bike in a snowy forest

Trail Description
Trail markings: blue signposts, brown metal signposts and blue winter biking signs in cross-roads
Recommended direction: anticlockwise

The trail starts at Luostonportti for those approaching from the ski slopes, running above the Ukko-Luosto parking area and over Pikku-Luosto toward Lampivaara. The return route follows the Lampivaara service road. The trail is marked by blue plowing markers and there are brown metal guide signs at crossroads.

Please Note
Winter bike trails are also open to hikers. and this is a popular trail, so you are likely to encounter other trail users. Because they are moving faster on the trail, bikers must yield to trail users on foot. Depending on the weather conditions, the more open sections of the trail may be blown over by snow and the trail can be difficult to navigate after snowfall.


Tunturiaapa Winter Biking Trail, 8,5 km, circle trail

Cyckling route symbol. Obresvation tower symbol. Campfire site symbol. Lean-to shelter symbol. Lapp (pole) hut symbol. Dry toilet for disabled symbol. Parking symbol.

Winter trail, duration 2 h
Easy trail 
The lenght of the trail varries between 6,5-10,5 km with different options

Explore the diverse trail, see old-growth forests, aapa mires and the park's magnificent fell landscape.

Two persons smiling with their mountain bikes in a snowy landscape.

Starting Point
Address: Naava Visitor Centre, Luontotie 1, 98530 Pyhätunturi
Coordinates: WGS84 lat: 67° 01.1655' lon: 27° 15.1473'
ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7433567m E: 510998m.

Hiking Structures
Tiaislaavu (excursionmap.fi) and Porolaavu (excursionmap.fi) lean-to-shelters. Both rest areas have a woodshed and a dry toilet. Take toilet paper with you.

Sights
Tunturiaapa bird-watching tower (excursionmap.fi), from where you can enjoy the best panorama views over the southernmost summits of the fell range. Reindeer round-up site.

Trail Description
Trail markings: blue signposts, brown metal signposts and blue winter biking signs in cross-roads
Recommended direction: you can bike the trail both ways.

The trail starts at Visitor Centre Naava, first following a light traffic access road for 600 metres on the way toward Kemijärvi. From the Kerontie crossroad, the rail runs alongisde the ski track until it branches off at the next crossroad. The trail then continues to the Porolaavu lean-to via the Tiaislaavu lean-to and Tunturiaapa birdwatching tower and then returns to the starting point. The trail is marked by blue plowing markers and there are brown metal guide signs at crossroads.

Please Note
Winter bike trails are also open to hikers, so you are likely to encounter other trail users. Because they are moving faster on the trail, bikers must yield to trail users on foot. In the winter, water may rise in mire sections, which means that sections of the trail may be covered by water, particularly in the early winter. Depending on the weather conditions, the mire sections may also be blown over by snowdrifts.

 

Snowmobile Trails and Tracks

A snowmobile track called the Arctic Trail travels by Pyhä-Luosto National Park on its west side and across Keski-Luosto. There is also a snowmobile track which cuts through the national park at Lake Huttujärvi.

Snowmobile trail and track maps are available on the Metsähallitus website (eraluvat.fi). On the websites you can also find information on the permits needed to drive a snowmobile.

 

Skiing trail map and maintenance in Pyhä-Luosto

The cross-country ski track map and trail maintenace situation in Pyhä-Luosto can be found here at InfoGis- skiing trail maintenance system (in Finnish).

Winter trail Brochure, snowshoeing and winter biking

Pdf-file 2.1 Mb (julkaisut.metsa.fi)

A hand holding a mobile phone showing Excursionmap.fi. Open the map of Pyhä-Luosto in Excursionmap.fi.

Customer service

Pyhä-Luosto Visitor Centre Naava
Tel. +358 206 39 7302
pyhaluosto(at)metsa.fi