Lapland walking day trip is a must if you are visiting North Finland! For an easy day trip, I recommend Pyhä and Luosto region. There is Pyhä-Luosto national park, which has fells and hills of the ripe age of 2000 million. It is very close to Rovaniemi, but yet it offers breathtaking views of Lapland.
The route I recommend the most is Isokuru route starting and ending at Pyhä Ski resort. It is unbelievably beautiful and easily done by walking. Easy, cheap and spectacular. Can’t beat that combo!
Nature is photogenic, but no picture can capture its full glory. When I was there and felt how those deep gorges sliced the scenery of old-growth forests and how those windy, treeless fell-tops caressed the sky, nothing else existed for a moment. It was the most relaxing sensation.
Best time to visit Lapland
The charm of Lapland works all year long. We were there in August, as the most comfortable hiking circumstances are naturally during summer and autumn months. And indeed, the summer weather spoilt us, 10°C (50°F) in the morning and 18°C (65°F) during the day, no rain. The perfect walking conditions. In September, the fall foliage is spectacular, and I hope to catch it next year!
Winter season is the high peak with all sorts of possibilities to enjoy the nature. Northern Lights, skiing, snowshoes, husky and reindeer rides. You just need to choose and book early!
Lapland can be covered with mosquitos in the summertime, especially during July. There are no guarantees, but the safest bet is to plan your trip for the first three weeks of June or then from August onwards. We saw only a few during our trip, and they were of no harm. Mosquitos are like the tide, sometimes there is a lot and sometimes none. It is just luck with mosquitos.
Laplander state of mind
Pyhä-Luosto is loved and visited by locals. Laplanders (and nature-lovers) are a friendly bunch, and you can quickly start a conversation by the campfire. Even in Finland, where not disturbing others by talking to them is highly appreciated!
Laplander food is delicious. I think I made a record of how many fresh home-baked donuts (pretty much all cafés serve them) a person can eat during a week. One café is even in the middle of a hiking trail in Luosto. The place is called Lampivaara, and it’s next to an amethyst mine which is a cool place to visit!
In Pyhä, Café Loimu at Pyhä Luosto Visitor Centre Naava serves excellent home-style cooking and a delicious lunch buffet. The Visitor Centre is also the best place to get maps and to do tips, so you don’t need to plan much beforehand if you don’t feel like it.
Is a Lapland walking day trip worth the sweat?
Yes, yes and yes! If you are in Lapland, you should definitely go, and my recommendation is that you head to the fells. There is magic in the landscapes beyond the Arctic Circle.
The upkeep of Finnish national parks is of a high standard, also in Pyhä-Luosto. There are dry toilets, campfire places with wood, lean-to shelters, and open wilderness huts. There are many options for day trips on easy or more demanding trails. Thus, you can walk a day trail with just regular trainers and sportswear.