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Luosto - Yli-Luosto trail

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The Luosto-Yli-Luosto Trail takes you to breathtaking nature landscape to Ukko-Luosto Fell and the surrounding mires.

Pyhä-Luosto national parks oldest wilderness hut (built in 1949) is located close to the river Luostonoja, on the lower slope of Yli-Luosto Fell. The hut is a perfect spot for a little rest.

moderate
Distance 13.1 km
4:00 h
198 m
271 m
400 m
199 m

The Luosto-Yli-Luosto Trail takes you to breathtaking nature landscape. Some of the fell slopes are very steep and rocky so the path is classified as intermediate. Hiking this demanding trail rewards you with excellent views to Ukko-Luosto Fell and the surrounding mires.

The oldest wilderness hut (built in 1949) is located close to the river Luostonoja, on the lower slope of Yli-Luosto Fell. The hut is a perfect spot for a little rest.

Author’s recommendation

Near the Luostonloma parking area is a cosy little cafe called Torvisen maja. Torvinen serves as a cross-country café in snowy times and as a summer café in the summer months.
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Linda Turunen
Update: October 05, 2021
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moderate
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Highest point
400 m
Lowest point
199 m
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Safety information

The trail is rocky and steep in places, which is why sturdy hiking boots are recommended. The rocks are slippery in rainy weather and autumn frosts. In winter there is no maintenance on the route.

Tips and hints

Please check instructions and rules in Pyhä-Luosto National park before your visit.

Start

Luoston Portti: WGS84 lat: 67° 09.2725' lon: 26° 54.6508' ETRS-TM35FIN P: 7448610m I: 496137m (272 m)
Coordinates:
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67.154678, 26.910571
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67°09'16.8"N 26°54'38.1"E
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35W 496125 7448626
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Destination

Yli-Luosto wilderness hut: Euref-Fin (~ WGS84) lat: 67° 13.4783' lon: 26° 45.0510' ETRS-TM35FIN: N: 7456444 E: 489236

Turn-by-turn directions

Trail markings: wooden poles with blue-and-white walker symbols. In addition, red squares on trees and signposts at the crossroads.

Recommended direction: this is a one-way trail that can be walked both ways.

The Luosto‒Yli-Luosto Trail takes you to breathtaking landscape. Some of the fell slopes are very steep and rocky. When setting off from Luoston portti, first walk along the base of a skiing trail, to the Luostonloma parking area. Cross the road and then walk along the fell ridge to Keski-Luosto Fell and continue to Yli-Luosto fell. Yli-Luosto wilderness hut, built in 1949, is located close to the river Luostonoja, on the lower slope of Yli-Luosto Fell. It is a good rest spot. The River Luostonoja, which is located close to the hut, is the only place for taking water along the trail. Boil the water before drinking it. When returning along the same trail, the length of your hike will double, or you can agree upon return transport by the former Perhe-Luosto downhill skiing centre (about 4 km back from the Yli-Luosto hut). Perhe-Luosto is accessible by car. The trail has been classified as intermediate, as most of the trail is rocky.

If you like, you can walk all the way to the main road (Rovaniemi - Sodankylä). Trail  (about 6 km) from the Yli-Luosto hut goes North-East and is marked all the way to the bigger road. You can also combine this route to the longer Pyhä-Luosto hiking trail (30 km).

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Public transport

Bus tickets from the nearest railway station and airport: https://www.matkahuolto.fi/en.

Getting there

Pyhä-Luosto National Park is located in Eastern Lapland, the distance from Rovaniemi to Luosto is about 115 km and from Kemijärvi to Luosto (road no. 962) about 70 km. The nearest airport is in Rovaniemi and the train station in Kemijärvi.

Parking

The parking area at Luostonportti is located within the Luosto ski center. There is space for about 200 cars and the car park is also available in winter. Route signs depart from Luostonportti from the southeast corner of the parking area right next to the ski bridge.

The Luostonloma car park is located along Pyhä-Luosto Road (no. 962), about 4 km from Luosto Tourist Center in the direction of Torvinen. There is space for about 20 cars.

Coordinates

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67.154678, 26.910571
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67°09'16.8"N 26°54'38.1"E
UTM
35W 496125 7448626
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Equipment

Dress according to the weather, due to the rockiness of the trail, good hiking shoes are recommended for this route.

In summer, a mosquito hat and an insect repellent protect against mosquitoes.

Bring your own snacks and water, a charged phone, matches, toilet paper, a map, first aid kit and a trash bag.

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Distance
13.1 km
Duration
4:00 h
Ascent
198 m
Descent
271 m
Highest point
400 m
Lowest point
199 m
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