Pyhä-Luosto National Park
Located in the areas of Kemijärvi, Pelkosenniemi and Sodankylä, in Lapland region.
- Was originally established in 1938 in the Pyhätunturi area. In 2005, the area was expanded to include the Luosto area. This makes area one of the oldest and newest national parks in Finland. The park covers an area of 142 square kilometres.
- The area is a mosaic of open fell and aapa mires, silent old-growth forests and rugged gorges.
- The main body of the area is the Pyhätunturi mountain range, the southernmost 12 peaks in Finland. The fells are remnants of two billion years old mountains like the Alps. 200-year-old coniferous forests grow on the slopes of the fells. The mountain range is surrounded by extensive swamps.
- The highest fells are the Witch Mountain (540 m) and Ukko-Luosto (514 m). The fells and the gorges separating them are shaped by the melting waters of the Ice Age.
- The most spectacular gorge is the steep-walled and rocky Isokuru of Pyhätunturi, 220 meters deep. Isokuru has the Pyhäkasteenlampi (pond) and falls. The waterfall is 17 meters high.
- The most stunning sceneries can be reached on a day trip, although longer treks facilitate a better look at the nature.
- The Emblem of Pyhä-Luosto National Park is Siberian Jay and a dead standing tree.
- The park offers easy marked trails (4-12 km) that are suitable for families with children. Snowshoeing is also great way to enjoy the snowy terrains.
- Mountain biking is permitted on nearly a 100 km of marked trails within the park.
- There are maintained ski trails in the area (150 km), most of which are in the national park. The ski trails connect the two fell centres, and entering the trails is easy.
- Pyhä-Luosto National Park is suitable for families with children, and for daytrippers.
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