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Easy Access Wilderness Touring Route, 5 days

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Distance
429.9 km
Duration
52:00h
Ascent
1083 m
Descent
1056 m
Family friendly Loop Scenic Geological highlights

Experience the windswept fells, untouched wilderness and cultural history of Lapland within easy reach of Rovaniemi on this 5‑day round trip

Your trip starts and ends in Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland, and an urban oasis amidst the Arctic wilderness, where culture and nature come together. The Arctic Circle Hiking Area serves as a great example of the soothing natural beauty of the Arctic in Rovaniemi. Visit Science Centre Pilke and learn about the many connections we have with forests. In Forestry museum of Lapland you see how people worked and lived in forests in Lapland during 1870’s until 1950’s. Arktikum is also a science center and museum, and there you will experience northern nature, culture, and history up close.

On your trip you can see mighty rivers, ancient forests, rugged fells and discover some cultural history. Untouched wilderness of Lapland will give you great experience and your experience is attached with culture history of Lapland. In Ranua Wildlife Park you can can make safe close encouters with polar bears. If you enjoy reasonable driving distances and wellkept trails, then this 5-day route is suited for you.

Author’s recommendation

Everything is within easy reach and suitable also for children.  You will experience ancient forests, rugged fells, wild animals, Lapland´s cultural history and meet Santa Claus within a week. 

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Highest point
326 m
Lowest point
84 m
Best time of year
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Allow time for route

5 days

 

Starting point

Rovaniemi 

 

Finishing point 

Rovaniemi

 

Level of difficulty

easy

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Accommodation

Luosto

Pyhätunturi

Hotel Ilveslinna

Ranuanjärvi Camping, RanuaZoo Camping

Visit Rovaniemi

 

Activities, relaxation & attractions

North Camp Vaattunkilampi

Arktikum Mueseum

Science Centre Pilke

Forestry Museum Lapland

Amethyst Spa (Luosto)

Santa Claus Village

Midnight Sun Special

Start

Rovaniemi (84 m)
Coordinates:
DD
66.503498, 25.729000
DMS
66°30'12.6"N 25°43'44.4"E
UTM
35W 443456 7376608
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Destination

Rovaniemi

Turn-by-turn directions

Day 1

Your first day starts from Rovaniemi, where you can visit the Arktikum Museum, the Science Centre Pilke or the Forestry Museum of Lapland. You can also try some whitewater rafting on the Könkäänsaari nature trail. 

Day 2

From Rovaniemi and Luosto you can head to Pyhä-Luosto National Park and enjoy ancient forests and natural gems. In the evening you can head to fell resort Pyhä, where you can have a relaxing sauna and a refreshing swim in the lake.

Day 3

On your third day you can discover and learn Sámi people history at Visitor Center Naava.

Day 4

You can enjoy your breakfast in Auttiköngäs, where you can take a pleasant 3,5 km natural trail and explore Northern Finland nature. After that you can drive to Ranua, where you can visit in Ranua Zoo.

Day 5

After enjoying the wildlife in Ranua Zoo, you can drive back to Rovaniemi.

 

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Coordinates

DD
66.503498, 25.729000
DMS
66°30'12.6"N 25°43'44.4"E
UTM
35W 443456 7376608
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Pirjo Räsänen 
Updated: March 29, 2019


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