Muddus / Muttos National Park
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Clothing and equipment

The first thing to remember about your clothing and equipment is that you should keep yourself warm, dry and well fed.

Don’t carry too much weight. Pack smart and don’t bring along more than you need, while simultaneously making sure you are prepared for the chance that your trip can take longer than you expected.

Footwear and clothing

For hiking, proper hiking shoes or boots are required. In summer as well as winter, it is good to have shoes and boots that are broken in and comfortable. Bring clothing that tolerates water and wind, and be prepared for weather than can be cold, even if you are hiking in the middle of summer.

What you should pack

If you are going to pitch a tent, make sure that you have a good tent that can handle weather and wind. Matches are a must, of course.

Be prepared for mosquitoes. They really flourish in the forests and marshes in Muddus/Muttos. If you don’t like them, you should choose to hike in June or later in August. A mosquito hat is recommended.

A mobile phone, binoculars, map and compass

Always have a map and compass with you. A mobile phone works well in certain places and on mountain peaks. The local population that hikes here does not go anywhere without binoculars. Being able to get a closer look at newly born calves, other animals, birds and the surroundings enhances your visit.

The water is potable everywhere. Pack a vessel that can be filled with liquid when you pass a brook. Otherwise here are some tips from locals. Take along a bit of birch-bark for ease in starting a fire. Dried reindeer meat weighs next to nothing and provides a lot of energy. Don’t forget to bring a good knife. Keep a drinking vessel and binoculars nearby as well as a sturdy hiking stick for wading across streams.

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