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 kilometers and is located in the municipalities of Sodankylä and Pelkosenniemi and in the city of Kemijärvi.
The main body of the park 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 offered by the park can be reached on a day trip, although longer treks facilitate a better look at the nature.
The park offers easy-to-hike marked trails (4-12 km) that are suitable for families with children.
How to Get There?
From road 4 between Rovaniemi and Sodankylä, turn onto road 962, which leads to area, at the village of Torvinen.
From road 4 you can also turn onto road 19746 at the village of Aska. This road also leads to Pyhä-Luosto.
From road 5 running between Kemijärvi and Pelkosenniemi, turn onto road 962, which leads to Pyhä-Luosto, at the village of Vuostimo.
The roads leading to Pyhä-Luosto are clearly marked.
Cars can be parked at the Luosto holiday resort or at Hotel Pyhätunturi.
Visitors can leave their cars at the parking area for the Luosto ski slopes, at the Pyhä-Luosto Visitor Center Naava parking area or at either the Rykimäkero or Luostonloma parking area which are both by road 962.
Rovaniemi and Kemijärvi can take a bus (www.matkahuolto.fi) to Pyhä-Luosto. The names of busstops are Pyhätunturi and Luosto in timetable search. There is a daily SkiBussi -bus travelling between the area’s ski resorts. During winter this bus runs several times a day.
The starting point for excursions is the parking area at the Luosto holiday resort, just below the resort’s ski slopes. Information boards at Luoston Portti are by this parking area. At the Pyhätunturi end of trails, the starting point is located at Pyhä-Luosto Visitor Centre Naava. Visitors can also get to the Pyhä-Luosto hiking trails from the forest road leading to Lake Huttujärvi or from either the Rykimäkero or Luostonloma parking area.