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Luosto

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Luosto fells in late May

Luosto is a ski resort in Sodankylä, Finnish Lapland, by Pyhä-Luosto National park. It specialises in husky, reindeer, snowmobile and Santa excursions. It also has an amethyst mine open to tourists.

Get in[edit]

Reindeer at regional road 962

By plane[edit]

Equidistant from Rovaniemi and Kittilä airports, the flight takes little over an hour and the bus trip from either airport about an hour and a half. From here ski buses, taxis or private transfers are available.

Alternatively, if travelling from the UK, some direct charters operate to assist in the "Search for Santa" during the peak Christmas season. For more information on these flights you can contact Canterbury Travel

By train[edit]

Travelling to Rovaniemi from southern Finland (10–12 hours) is easy, also with a car-carrier train. There are bus connections from the railway station to Luosto (SkiBus), which leave immediately following the arrival of the train.

By bus[edit]

Luosto has its own SkiBus, which transports holidaymakers to the area year round. During high season the bus drives four times a day and during lower season once a day. Pyhä-Luosto SkiBus is a connection to certain Finnair flights and the timetable may chance accordingly.

See[edit]

  • Lampivaara Amethyst Mine. 1.12–17.4 M–Sa; Jun–Sep daily; Oct Tu–Sa open Mon-Sat. Luosto is also home to the only operating amethyst mine in Europe, which is also open to tourists. Winter (with transport): €27–63/14–28; summer (from Lampivaara café): €18/10.

Do[edit]

Luosto offers activities from ice climbing and snow sculpting to reindeeer, husky and snowmobile safaris. The main attractions are reindeer, husky, Santa and snowmobile activities.

The national park is a stone's throw away

  • 1 Pyhä-Luosto National Park (by bus, look for stops Pyhätunturi and Luosto; by car drive southwards and turn to road 962 in Torvinen), +358 20-639-7302, e-mail: . Rugged hills, gorges, old-growth forests and treeless fell tops. Historic sites of the Forest Sámi. Day hikes and an overnight hike between Luosto and Pyhä. Free.

Events[edit]

Luosto Classic outdoor music event is held annually, with concerts in natural landscapes, such as the Aittakuru ravine or the Ahvenlampi lake.

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Sleep[edit]

There is a wide choice of cabin accommodation in Luosto. Alternatively you can stay in one of two hotels the Luostotunturi Hotel or the Aurora Chalet.

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