The Luosto Nature Hiking Trail is a microcosm of Lapland. Experience 400-year-old forests, wonder at the aapa mires arrayed over the fell landscape and look out over the expanse from high atop a fell summit.
Distance 15.4 km
Highest point482 m
Lowest point248 m
The wide-ranging Luosto Nature Hiking Trail showcases the best natural features of the Pyhä-Luosto National Park. The trail will take you up and over the fell ridge to Luosto's 400-year-old forests, where the pines are particularly short at this high treeline, but also thicker. At the Pyhänlatva aapa mire, the trail runs along duckboards, from which you can admire the beautiful cranberry flowers or see if the English Sundew, a carnivorous plant, has captured its prey. And you can take a lunch break at the Pyhänlatva lean-to when it's time to rest. The open marshland of the Pyhänlatva aapa mire offers a splendid view of the Ukko-Luosto fell landscape. You can also see how hay was made in the old days on a peatland meadow. Visitors climbing to the top of Ukko-Luosto will be treated to a magnificent view, particularly the five summits of the Pyhätunturi fell range. From the lookout platform at the top of the fell, you'll be able to appreciate the enormous scale of the Pyhänlatva aapa mire and Siurunaapa aapa mire. Stairs will take you down the blockfields on the slopes of Ukko-Luosto, also affording a gorgeous view of the the rocky slopes of Orresokka. The trail starts at Luostonportti for those approaching from the ski slopes, first passing by the Tikkalaavu lean-to. Part of the trail follows along ski tracks, while other sections are conventional, rocky paths. It is easy to follow the trail - it is marked by green triangles on trees and brown metal guide signs at crossroads.
Because the trail passes through mire areas, it is recommended that you stay on it - you can sink into the mire above your head in some places. There are also duckboard sections that are in poor condition, so use caution when walking them. At the fell summit, the trail occasionally crosses rocky areas - you should carefully watch where you step when hiking these areas. There is a natural water well at the crossroad between the Pyhänlatva lean-to and Yrjölä rental hut. You must boil or otherwise treat this water before consuming it.
The trail starts at Luostonportti for those approaching from the ski slopes, first passing by the Tikkalaavu lean-to. Part of the trail follows along ski tracks, while other sections are conventional, rocky paths. It is easy to follow the trail - it is marked by green triangles on trees and brown metal guide signs at crossroads.
The starting point Luostonportti can be reached by driving 500 meters uphill towards the ski slopes from Lapland Hotel Luostotunturi in Luosto village. Before the slopes the street goes under a bridge, and after you will see the Luostonportti starting point on the left. There is a parking lot at the starting point. An alternative starting point is the Ukko-Luosto parking area which can be found when turning on Ukko-Luostontie slightly less than 2 km from Luosto when driving towards Pyhä. See Pyhä-Luosto National Park directions and maps.