Experience Sompio in SummerIn Sompio you can experience the perfect silence of nature and the unbelievably bright midnight sun.
Pyhä-Nattanen is perfect for day trippers
The impressive Pyhä Nattanen is one of Sompio’s better known fells and is relatively easy to reach. You can purchase a guided tour to Pyhä-Nattanen from Tankavaara’s Gold Village as well as a canoe trip down the river Tankajoki. On this trip you can enjoy Sompio’s naturally captivating beauty completely stress-free, with the help of a competent guide. On both trips you might even spot some reindeer.
Pyhä-Nattanen is in the Sompio Strict Nature Reserve and its summit is a great spot for admiring the midnight sun. There are six pointed Nattanen fells altogether, but according to the rules and regulations of the strict nature reserve, you can only visit Pyhä-Nattanen and Terävä-Nattanen. The Nattanen range is made up of hard, red granite, which was too hard for the ice age to grind down into the rounded shape that characterises the other fells in Finland.
It is easy for a hiker to ascend Pyhä-Nattanen, but the 7km trail does require a good basic level of fitness and includes some more demanding sections, due to loose rocky patches. You can walk the trail clockwise or anti-clockwise. If you go clockwise, you will get to the hiker’s shelter after a couple of km, well before the summit.
On Pyhä-Nattanen’s summit there are are granite tors. Tors are unusual looking stacked rock formations and are a number of metres high. From the top of the tors you have an unobstructed view in all directions. This is the perfect spot to sit peacefully, admire the landscape and enjoy a hot drink from your thermos. Pyhä-Nattanen is an ancient sacred site for the Sami people and the tors are the homes of the gods. Please remember to respect the holiness of this place.
At the summit there is also an open hut with a woodburning stove, the only place up there where you are allowed to make a fire. Feel free to sign your name in the guest book!
Please note: The road that leads from Vuotso village to the beginning of Pyhä-Nattanen’s trail cannot be driven in winter or late spring when the snow and ice starts to thaw, so Pyhä-Nattanen is only suitable for summer and autumn hiking. However, during the winter you can see the Nattanen Fells from the summit of Iso Tankavaara: a maintained circular trail departs from Tankavaara Visitor Centre.