In collaboration with Halti. 

Hiking in Pyhä Luosto national park was one of my life’s best holidays. Our Lapland tour included two one-day trips and one longer three-day hike with two nights in a tent. Day hikes are easily done grab-and-go style, but a longer hike needs a bit of delightful planning.

I want to share our itinerary in Pyhä Luosto national park and our packing list, hoping that it helps the preparations of other fellow hikers in Lapland. This packing list is great for multi-day hikes anywhere in summer and autumn Finland (with cold temperatures you need a bit more stuff).

My personal opinion is that a multiday hike in Pyhä Luosto national park is suitable for you if you:

  • know how to read a map
  • are generally in good shape
  • have hiking gear (especially quality hiking boots and waterproof outwear)
  • know how to make a fire
  • have basic first-aid skills

So no fear if you are a beginner!

We designed our itinerary by taking into consideration of two things; 1) To see the varied landscape of the fell area 2) To spend the nights on campsites with drinking water to make life a bit easier.

Lastly, for all of you women hikers out there, I was five months pregnant when doing this hike. I am not a fitness miracle but generally in good shape, and my pregnancy had no problems. We just divided things so that my backpack was considerably lighter than my hubby’s carrying. So if you are wondering that sort of thing, maybe this helps you a bit.

If you have anything to ask, please just comment this post and I will answer!

 

Trail and equipment suggestions for a three-day hike

We left our car to Pyhä center and took the morning bus (6 AM) which dropped us to the parking lot of ”Torvisen Maja,” a cabin on the other side of Luosto fells.

First day in Pyhä Luosto national park

On the first day, we hiked the big fell of ”Ukko-Luosto.”  Continuing our way, we had a break at ”Lampivaara” enjoying the cafe’s excellent donuts (check opening times) and made our way to ”Rykimäkero” campsite. There we set up for the night because, as told above, this particular campsite has drinking water straight out of a well.

First-day hiking total was 12 kilometers which sounds kinda lame but was a great exercise on the very rocky slopes of Luosto. We were pleased that we had quality hiking boots, designed to stand this kind of terrain. Also the 20€ bargain set of no-brand trekking poles which we shared proved to be helpful both going up and coming down, taking the pressure away from knees.

Second day in Pyhä Luosto national park

On the second day, we walked the chain of smaller fells to ”Huttujärvi” campsite (15 km). This campsite had a well too, and its rentable hut was empty, so we spend the night in our tent there. Take the boardwalks that start from the cabin to the lake. The view from the beach is so beautiful and peaceful.

Sleeping conditions were super cozy thanks to our 3-piece tactic: first foam sleeping mats as the base, followed by Halti 500 Lite Pump mattresses which are inflatable sleeping pads with fast built-in pumps, topped off with all-conditions-appropriate Halti Cyclon 25 joinable sleeping bags. The inside out turned protective pouch of the sleeping bag made a comfortable pillow when stuffed with clothes. These technically perfected gear and hug of a man radiator made sure that I slept like a baby.

Third day in Pyhä Luosto national park

The last day we summited ”Noitatunturi,” the biggest fell of Pyhä Luosto national park, admired the biggest gorge of Finland ”Isokuru” and walked to Pyhä center where our car was waiting for us.

The campsites have dry toilets, ax, and wood. There are pre-rentable and non-rentable huts in campsites you can use, so you don’t need a tent. We love our cozy little space, so that’s why we hike with a tent.

Food and drink advice

All our food stayed in great shape in the mild temperatures of Lapland summer. For the first day, we made a more luxurious dinner because we didn’t have to worry about food spoiling. As it was just a three-day hike and our gear was so lightweight, we decided to enjoy a bit heavier food and not to have everything dried. We knew that we my other half could carry them easily.  We filled our water bottles with natural water of the river ”Pyhäjoki,” the newly found spring at ”Porontahtoma”  campsite (red strings mark the spring) and the pond at ”Karhunjuomalampi” campsite.

You can find drinking water from a well on two campsites: Rykimäkero and Huttujärvi. The official rule in Finland is that you should boil all natural water before using it. That being said, we filled up our water bottles from the river Pyhäjoki and the spring at campsite Porontahtoma without boiling. We are locals, have no tummy issues in general, and I have drunk from Finnish natural springs all my life (there were several springs in the forests of my childhood home). I don’t advise against the official rule, but I want to point out these places as sometimes you need to surprise decisions on hikes. We also took water from the pond “Karhunjuomalampi” but that we boiled.

Clothing tips

Advanced and warm outwear is a must in Lapland. I have been very happy with the functionality and unbelievably light weight of my Halti outwear. The smoke, grease and dirt stains have all disappeared just by throwing the jacket and pants to the washing machine. The best discovery for us in this hike was to use sandals for break shoes. Our legs were in great condition after the hike, and I think it was a combination of changing shoes and using a trekking pole.

Packing list for multi-day summer hike in Lapland

Food items

  • Electrolyte replacement powder to mix with drinking water to avoid dehydration, muscle cramps, dizziness, and tiredness. 2 packs/day
  • Home-made snack bags: chocolate, dried fruits, nuts & seeds. 0,5 l/day for two persons
  • 12 sandwiches (butter, mettwurst & processed cheese): 2 sandwiches/person/day
  • Breakfast power porridge: dried blueberries and raspberries, raisins, seeds, nuts, salt with oatmeal. 0,5 l/morning for two persons
  • Breakfast bacon: 1 pack/morning
  • 2 dinners: steaks and pan-fried potato wedges, creamy tuna spinach pasta
  • 3 lunches: sausages, salmon pasta, sausages
  • Others: Instant coffee, little packs of hot chocolate, tea bags, small packets of honey, one little flask of good whiskey, little packages of salt & sugar
  • Emergency food: chocolate, dried dark bread, a pack of mettwurst

Clothing

  • Hiking boots
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof pants
  • Beanie
  • Gloves
  • Break warmness: light down jacket or merino wool jumper of fleece
  • Break shoes: sandals & woolen socks
  • Wicking t-shirt
  • Hiking long-sleeved shirt
  • Quick-dry light breathable pants (if convertible into shorts, even better)
  • Merino wool leggings
  • Underwear
  • Socks

Gear

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Foam sleeping mat
  • Foldable foam seat pad (so lovely during breaks)
  • Pack rain cover
  • Packing bags for food & clothes
  • Dry bag for electronics etc.
  • Map/trail guides
  • Compass
  • Backpacking stove & fuel
  • 2 x Matches in a waterproof bag
  • Cookware set (we ate straight from the kettles and pans)
  • Utensils
  • Biodegradable soap & little brush
  • Water bottles (we had 2 x 0,75 l and 1 x 0,5 l)
  • Drinking cups
  • Watch
  • Trekking poles (we used one pole/person)
  • Multi-tool
  • Toothbrush & toiletry
  • Sunscreen
  • Toilet paper
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Insect repellant
  • Cash
  • Car keys
  • Cell phone
  • First aid kit
  • Plastic garbage bag
  • Headlamp
  • Little bit of wire
  • Duck tape
  • Mosquito hat
  • Sunglasses

Things to consider

I have to say that our packing list was pretty close to perfection.

The only not used items were:

  • emergency food (food amount was adequate)
  • sunglasses (there were occasional sunny spells, but no need for sunglasses)
  • headlamp (it was so bright even at night)
  • mosquito hats (no mosquitos!)
  • duck tape and wire (no need to be MacGyver)

Lapland hike with Halti tent and great food

Lapland swamps and a hiker wearing Halti outwear

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Dear reader, I sometimes work with partners. You can be assured that I always give my honest opinion. I recommend only products I trust and use myself. 

This post is in collaboration with Halti – Nordic Outdoor Company from Finland, providing us the sleeping pads, sleeping bags, and my jacket & pants. 

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