Prepare thoroughly for your hike

During a hike, it is recommended that the weight of the carried load does not exceed one-third of the hiker’s body weight. However, it is important to note that there is no universally applicable method for preparing for a hike. Therefore, it is advisable to trust your intuition. If you are a first-time, seeking help from more experienced hikers can be beneficial.

The Aalistunturi region is renowned for its pristine natural landscapes, spanning across the municipalities of Kolari and Pello. It is a captivating part of the scenic Fell Lapland region. Exploring this area requires readiness for substantial variations in elevation. The terrain can be particularly demanding, especially for inexperienced hikers. To enhance and facilitate your hiking experience, we offer comprehensive guidelines on our website. Now, it’s time to embark on this thrilling journey and plan your first expedition to Aalistunturi.

Poronhoito Aalistunturin alueella

Reindeer herding

Aalistunturi region falls within the reindeer herding area, making it a workplace for reindeer herders. It is important to respect this while exploring the area. Please allow the reindeer to remain undisturbed. If you encounter a reindeer, rest assured that it will naturally avoid you.


When exploring the area, please make sure to check for any warnings in place. Forest fires are not to be taken lightly, so we kindly ask you to respect the forest fire alerts issued by the authorities. The individual who starts a fire is always accountable for its safety, so please remember to exercise caution while moving around the Aalistunturi region.

Pieni vesiputous Aalistunturilla

Drinking Water

It is recommended to research the locations of water access points in advance, as carrying drinking water can be burdensome and backpack space is limited for water bottles. The map on our website indicates the locations of springs and water sources. Please print a copy of the map to ensure a smooth journey through the terrain without any unexpected surprises.

Weather Conditions

In the weather conditions of Lapland, rapid and drastic changes can occur within a span of one day. During summers, temperatures can vary up to 20 degrees Celsius between day and night, making it essential to carry warm clothing even during hot weather. It is also advisable to pack protective bags to safeguard your gear. Remember, hiking is more pleasant with dry socks.

Hiker's checklist

  • Backpack
  • Daypack / Onion sack
  • Rain cover for the backpack
  • Tent or Hammock
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • If needed, a camping pillow or a bag to stuff clothes, for example
  • Underlayer set – underwear, long underwear, and long-sleeved base layer
  • The most comfortable underwear for women is definitely sports bras.
  • Long-sleeved and short-sleeved T-shirts
  • Thermal base layer, for example, fleece or wool
  • Waterproof and windproof outer shell layer
  • Hiking socks (remember to wear double-layered socks!)
  • Quick-drying pants, shorts can be suitable for summer as well.
  • Depending on the weather conditions, a cap, beanie, or similar.
  •  Neck gaiter or scarf (a tube is usually the most versatile).
  • Mittens
  • Down jacket or a similar compressible insulated jacket for cold weather.
  • Rain jacket and rain pants.
  • Hiking boots.
  • Lightweight shoes for camping or crossing water bodies.
  • Refillable, durable water bottle
  • Cup, for example, a traditional wooden kuksa
  • Camping stove and fuel for it
  • Spork (combination of spoon and fork) or separate utensils
  •  Plate or other heat-resistant eating container
  • Dish brush, biodegradable dish soap
  • First aid kit, Compeed blister plasters, Sports tape
  • Medications for the entire hike
  • Painkillers and allergy medication
  • Snakebite kit
  • Cortisone cream
  • Map and compass
  • Mobile phone with GPS and GPS locator
  • Waterproof bag for the mobile phone
  • Spare batteries and travel charger
  • Headlamp and/or flashlight with batteries
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with sun protection factor
  • Knife and camping axe
  • Matches, matches, and/or a reliable lighter
  • Needle and thread
  • Tent and sleeping pad repair kit
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Toilet paper
  • Garbage bag
  • Quick-drying travel towel
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Glasses, contact lenses if necessary
  • Moist towelettes and hand sanitizer
  • Seat cushion
  • Cash
  • Optional camera, binoculars, and fishing equipment

Be sure to go through this checklist

Proper preparation and equipment are critical for the success of a hike or trek. It’s important not to overload yourself with unnecessary gear, yet carrying too few essentials can also jeopardize safety.

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