Hiking Packing Tips for Lapland

Our Lapland tour included two day trips and one longer three-day trek with two nights in a tent. Day hikes are easily done grab-and-go style, but a longer hike needs a bit of delightful planning.

I want to share our itinerary in Pyhä Luosto national park and our packing list, hoping that it helps the preparations of other fellow hikers in Lapland.

Trail details and trekking epiphanies

We left our car to Pyhä centre and took the morning bus which dropped us to the parking lot of ”Torvisen Maja”, on the other side of Luosto fells.

On the first day we hiked the big fell of ”Ukko-Luosto”, had a break at ”Lampivaara” enjoying the cafe’s excellent donuts and made our way to ”Rykimäkero” camp site, where we set up for the night because it had drinking water straight out of a well. First day hiking total was 12 kilometers which sounds pretty lame but was a great exercise on the very rocky slopes of Luosto. We were really happy that we had quality hiking boots, designed to stand this kind of terrain. Also the 20€ bargain set of no-brand trekking poles which we shared proved to be helpful both going up and coming down, taking the pressure away from knees.

On the second day we walked the chain of smaller fells to ”Huttujärvi” camp site (15 km). This camp site had a well and its rentable hut was empty so we spend the night in our tent there. Sleeping conditions were super cozy thanks to our 3-piece tactic: first foam sleeping mats as the base, followed by Halti 500 Lite Pump mattresses which are inflatable sleeping pads with fast built-in pumps, topped off with all-conditions-appropriate Halti Cyclon 25 joinable sleeping bags. The inside out turned protective pouch of the sleeping bag made a comfortable pillow when stuffed with clothes. These technically perfected gear and hug of a man radiator made sure that I slept like a baby. The last day we summited ”Noitatunturi”, the biggest fell of Pyhä Luosto national park, admired the biggest gorge of Finland ”Isokuru” and walked to Pyhä centre where our car was waiting for us.

All our food stayed in great shape in the mild temperatures of Lapland summer. For the first day, we made a more luxurious dinner because we didn’t have to worry about food spoiling. As it was just a three day hike and our gear was so lightweight, we made the decision to enjoy a bit heavier food and not to have everything dried. We knew that we my other half could carry them easily.  We filled our water bottles with natural water of the river ”Pyhäjoki”, the newly found spring at ”Porontahtoma”  camp site (the spring was marked with red strings) and the pond at ”Karhunjuomalampi” camp site.

Advanced and warm outwear is a must in Lapland. I have been very happy with the functionality and unbelievably light weight of my Halti outwear. The smoke, grease and dirt stains have all disappeared just by throwing the jacket and pants to the washing machine. The best new discovery for us in this hike was to use sandals for break shoes. Our legs were in great condition after the hike and I think it was a combination of changing shoes and using a trekking pole.

Packing list for a three-day hike in Lapland

Food

  • Electrolyte replacement powder to mix with drinking water to avoid dehydration, muscle cramps, dizziness and tiredness. 2 packs/day
  • Home-made snack bags: chocolate, dried fruits, nuts & seeds. 0,5 l/day for two persons
  • 12 sandwiches (butter, mettwurst & processed cheese): 2 sandwiches/person/day
  • Breakfast power porridge: dried blueberries and raspberries, raisins, seeds, nuts, salt with oatmeal. 0,5 l/morning for two persons
  • Breakfast bacon: 1 pack/morning
  • 2 dinners: steaks and panfried potato wedges, creamy tuna spinach pasta
  • 3 lunchs: sausages, salmon pasta, sausages
  • Others: Instant coffee, little packs of hot chocolate, tea bags, little packs of honey, one little flask of good whiskey, little packs of salt & sugar
  • Emergency food: chocolate, dried dark bread, a pack of mettwurst

Clothes

  • Hiking boots
  • Water proof jacket
  • Water proof pants
  • Beanie
  • Gloves
  • Break warmness: light down jacket or merino wool jumper of fleece
  • Break shoes: sandals & woolen socks
  • Wicking t-shirt
  • Hiking long-sleeved shirt
  • Quick-dry light breathable pants (if convertible into shorts, even better)
  • Merino wool leggings
  • Underwear
  • Socks

Gear

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Foam sleeping mat
  • Foldable foam seat pad (so nice during breaks)
  • Pack rain cover
  • Packing bags for food & clothes
  • Dry bag for electronics etc.
  • Map/trail guides
  • Compass
  • Backpacking stove & fuel
  • 2 x Matches in a waterproof bag
  • Cookware set (we ate straight from the kettles and pans)
  • Utensils
  • Biodegradable soap & little brush
  • Water bottles (we had 2 x 0,75 l and 1 x 0,5 l)
  • Drinking cups
  • Watch
  • Trekking poles (we used one pole/person)
  • Multi-tool
  • Tooth brush & toiletry
  • Sunscreen
  • Toilet paper
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Insect repellant
  • Cash
  • Car keys
  • Cell phone
  • First aid kit
  • Plastic garbage bag
  • Headlamp
  • Little bit of wire
  • Duck tape
  • Mosquito hat
  • Sunglasses

I have to say that our packing list was pretty close to perfection. The only not used items were emergency food (food amount was adequate), sunglasses (there were occasional sunny spells, but no need for sunglasses), headlamp (it was so bright even at night), mosquito hats (no mosquitos!), duck tape and wire (no need to be MacGyver).

Lapland hike with Halti tent and great food

Lapland swamps and a hiker wearing Halti outwear

This post is in collaboration with Halti – Nordic Outdoor Company from Finland, providing us the sleeping pads, sleeping bags and my jacket & pants. 

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