Travel Guide Pyhä-Luosto

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Pyhä-Luosto is an extremely diverse region in the heart of Lapland, about 90 minutes by car from the city of Rovaniemi and the Arctic Circle. The two mountain areas Pyhätunturi and Luosto together form the national park of the same name and offer exciting adventures in the midst of beautiful nature, silence and vastness all year round. 
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Natural landscape in Pyhä-Luosto

Pyhä-Luosto is one of the oldest national parks in Finland. It is crossed by a 35 km long mountain range, the highest peaks of which reach up to 540 m. The relatively flat countryside is characterised by Aapa moorland and up to 400-year-old forests.

The twelve peaks of the mountain landscape present themselves treeless and wind-tanned. The Noitatunturi, the highest peak of the national park, is a good vantage point. If you want to get to the ridge of the mountain range, you can comfortably use the chair lift in Pyhä and reach the summit of Kultakero.

Lampivaara is home to the only amethyst mine still in operation in Europe. There you can search for gems yourself. With a little luck you'll discover one of the precious stones that lie there for millions of years already.

Searching for gemstones in Lampivaara
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Between the peaks lie deep gorges, through which beautiful hiking trails run. The Isokuru Gorge is particularly popular as the deepest gorge in the area, but the Rykimäkuru Gorge is also worth seeing.

Water is never far away in the Pyhä-Luosto National Park: At the back of Isokuru Ravine in the centre of steep cliff walls is the 12 m deep Lake Pyhänkasteenlampi. A stream flowing down through Karhukuru Ravine flows into the lake and forms a 17 m high shower-like waterfall the Pyhäkaste Waterfall. The names for the area’s magnificent sights comes from the Christianity and the old beliefs of the Forest Sámi.

The vegetation in the park is typical for Finnish Lapland and numerous animals enjoy the peace and solitude there. A frequent visitor is the jay, which also adorns the National Park logo. But also otters, brown bears, moose, reindeer and numerous other bird species are at home in Pyhä-Luosto.

Siberian Jay
Photo: Aino Eronen, Visit Finland

Outdoor activities in the National Park

Many places inside the National Park were once considered sacred in Sami culture. If you want to visit them, you can hike sections of the 150 km long trail network during the summer months.

Hikers in Pyhä-Luosto
Hikers in Pyhä-Luosto
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Many of the hiking trails are also suitable for cyclists. The trails in Ukko-Luosto-Fjell (18 km), the route from Luosto to Lampivaara (5 km) or to Pyhä (35 km) are particularly beautiful for mountain bikers.

In winter you can visit one of the two ski resorts. There are also over 150 km of cross-country skiing trails. The ice-cold and crystal-clear nights offer the perfect conditions for observing the northern lights.

If you want to take it a little easier, you can simply enjoy the landscape on a short walk, observe the birds, go fishing or berry picking or set off for excursion destinations such as the Amethyst Mine.

Pyhä-Luosto also offers culinary delights. During a break in one of the typical regional restaurants you can try the famous waffles – either sweet with jam, berries and whipped cream or hearty with reindeer ham.

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Public transportation by bus is available during the summer twice a day from Rovaniemi railway station and airport and once a day from Kemijärvi railway station.
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