Pyhä-Luosto National Park
Step into some of Lapland’s most dramatic wilderness in Pyhä-Luosto National Park. Amethyst mines, pockets of centuries-old woodland and sporting resorts are dotted around a landscape of untamed beauty. With limited light pollution, this is also an ideal place to watch the aurora borealis (northern lights) flickering in the night sky.
Begin your journey in the Pyhä-Luosto Visitor Centre Naava, at the foot of Kultakero Fell. The museum traces both the natural and cultural history of the region. Pick up a map of all the hiking routes in the region.
Trek to the summit of Noitatunturi, the highest peak in the park at 1,772 feet (540 meters). Follow the Noitatunturin Valloitus walking trail, a 5-hour waymarked route that winds around a lake and up the fell. Other more accessible trails offer easier walking routes.
In winter and spring, speed down the slopes of Pyhätunturi and Luosto on skis or a snowboard. Beginners are welcome on these slopes and will find long and enjoyable routes from top to bottom. Black runs will offer a challenge for more experienced skiers.
Join knowledgeable local guides on the hunt for the aurora borealis. The clear night skies here often provide excellent views of this natural phenomenon. Visit between August and April for the best chance of seeing the lights.
Dig for crystals in the Lampivaara Amethyst Mine, which also offers an educational talk on the facts and fiction about amethyst. The hills around Lampivaara are lined with trees that are around 400 years old.
Meet some of the wildlife that lives in Lapland. Reindeer farms and husky sleigh rides are available near the two ski resorts. Go on a safari drive to spot herds of moose roaming through the landscape.
Fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi Airport then catch a shuttle bus to the resorts of Luosto or Pyhätunturi. Temperatures in winter can sink to several degrees below freezing. A good time to visit is during spring when snow still covers the ground but the days are warmer.