Northern Lights Holidays to Luosto
A small ski resort, the inviting location of Luosto can be found at the very heart of Finnish Lapland, bordered by the magnificent backdrop of the Pyhä-Luosto National Park.
The real highlight of Luosto is that it successfully combines genuine Lappishness with a modern, small scale tourist destination.
There are seven ski slopes in total, covering around 150km of trails for visitors to enjoy as well as easy access to a range of much loved Artic activities. Here you can spend a day on the cross-country trails, enjoy a thrilling snowmobile trip across the fells and experience the sheer thrill of being pulled across the snow-topped landscape via a team of running huskies.
The bordering National Park is an important wild forest and reindeer herding ground that also has an important logging history (this is why the winter roads were first constructed here). The park and its surroundings became a sought after tourist spot from the 1960s with visitors attracted to its cool clean air and minimal light pollutions which ensured the park was an ideal point to seek out the Northern Lights. The 35km long fell chain here is a remnant of one of the oldest mountain ranges on earth, formed over 200 million years ago.Read more
As well as being a prime location for both Northern Lights and Arctic activities, the location of Luosto also has some unique characteristics. One of these is a wonderful Amethyst Mine – the only working one in Europe. Amethyst is a rare violet form of quartz and it is mined here on the Lampivaara Fell. Visitors cannot go inside the actual mine itself but they can go to the visitor’s section and try their hand at digging in a small surface mine. Another highlight of visiting the top of the Lampivaara Fell is the stunning views on a cloudless day across the National Park.
The village of Luosto is best described as a log cabin village – home to a handful of shops and cafés as well as a small number of hotels. This makes it the ideal spot for an Aurora Zone experience as visitors have access to local amenities and there is ample opportunity to explore the village, yet the small scale location and minimal light pollution ensures that your prospects for Aurora hunting remain high!
We love Luosto as by day you can relax in the sauna, explore the snow-topped forest trails, book a snowmobile trip or enjoy some thrilling downhill skiing. Then once night approaches you can head to a nearby viewing spot to keep watch for a hopeful viewing of the elusive Northern Lights.
Image credit: Tanya Wheeler & Snowgames