Luosto in Lapland - Unique winter wonderland under the Northern Lights
What is Luosto all about?
Luosto is a small idyllic resort located in the heart of Lapland, just opposite of Pyhä-Luosto national park. Luosto has good connections from Rovaniemi airport, city and railway station.
- Northern Lights & seasons of Lapland
- Aurora Alert Realtime Luosto
- What to do in Luosto
- Accommodation in Luosto
- Pyhä-Luosto national park
- Visit Santa holidays
- How to get to Luosto
The most beautiful and memorable holiday memories in Luosto
Whether you would like to meet Santa Claus, see the Northern lights and get the Aurora Alert realtime for free of charge or visit Pyhä-Luosto national park during your holiday in Lapland, Luosto may offer a holiday that fulfills your wishes. During your holiday you can combine the silence of the nature and the excitement of a husky safari under the arctic sky. There is also a very good chance to meet reindeer during your vacation!
Luosto is a family resort located in the middle of Finnish Lapland, in the municipality of Sodankylä. Luosto is only a 90 minute car or bus journey away from Rovaniemi and the Arctic Circle, which is capital of Lapland.
SEASONS AND PHENOMENA IN FINNISH LAPLAND
Finnish Lapland is a unique destination with many seasons, nature phenomenons and beautiful landscapes. Come and have a memorable holiday in Lapland!
The Northern Lights
The best time to spot the Northern lights in Lapland is from early September (sometimes already in the late August) to the end of March.
Northen lights is a natural light display in the sky, seen in the Arctic and Antarctic regions. Auroras or Northern Lights are caused by collisions between electrically charged particles released from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere and collide with gases such as oxygen and nitrogen.
Auroras can appear in many vivid colors, although green is the most common. Colors such as red, yellow, green, blue and violet are also seen occasionally. The auroras can appear in many forms, from small patches of light that appear out of nowhere to streamers, arcs, rippling curtains or shooting rays that light up the sky with an incredible glow.
To spot the Northern Lights you should be away from the light pollution and the sky should be clear because they are not visible through most types of clouds. Polar night gives a good chance to see the Northern Lights and usually the best time of the night to spot auroras is between 10pm to 2am.
(Source for the Northern lights: http://www.aurora-service.eu)
Best spot to see the Northern Lights in Luosto:
Polar night, "Kaamos"
The polar night occurs when the night lasts for more than 24 hours. This occurs only inside the polar circles. The two-month long polar night (kaamos) begins in November when the sun no longer rises above the horizon. The darkness takes different shades of blue, violet and purple and the snow reflects the shades so the scenery looks truly like a winter wonderland.
In the end of March a whole new era starts in Lapland. The days are longer, sun is shining and the temperature doesn't go drop over -20 celcius anymore. The nature starts to wake up and you can hear the birds chirping. When there is some cold nights the snow gets a hard cover (hanki) and it takes the weight of a person it unveils whole new opportunities to explore the nature.
May also is the time, when reindeer calves see the light of day for the first time, born as the same size of a cat, these cuties get up into their feet just a few hours after being born. After couple days they run faster than people.
Midnight sun is a phenomenon that is total opposite of the polar night, this occurs during the summer months and the sun is up for 24 hours if the weather conditions are favorable. This phenomenon is also connected to the polar circles. It is a quite unique experience to go on a hike in the middle of the night when there is still the same amount of daylight. You may feel a bit confused but energetic at the same time. Few tips for your summer holiday in Lapland
Lappish ruska means that the the winter season is getting closer, the weather is getting colder and the trees are turning their leafs from green to the colors orange, red and yellow. Ruska has been a popular season in Finland and lot's of Finnish travel to Lapland to admire to colors of ruska. Autumn time is a great opportunity to enjoy the autumn colors during the day time and the Northern lights at night time
The Luosto region rolled out a real-time Northern Lights alert system. The system, known as Aurora Alert Realtime, will be offered free-of-charge to all visitors, as a first for Lapland’s tourist destination internationally.
The Aurora Alert Realtime Northern Lights alert system can be activated on the www.luosto.fi/auroraalertluosto
The customer’s mobile device will receive a notification when the Northern Lights are visible locally, which can last from a few minutes to up to an hour in ideal weather conditions. The system also indicates the intensity of the lights on a scale of 1 to 5, where 1 stands for the lowest visibility.
So you can just relax and enjoy your dinner, hot sauna or sleep without worrying about missing the opportunity of a lifetime!
Lapland is known for the midnight sun, the Northern lights and Santa Claus. There is plenty to see, enjoy and experience throughout the year in Luosto. The winter season in Luosto begins late October / early November and usually lasts until the end of April.
The summer season in Luosto starts in May and lasts until the end of August. During the summer you can experience the midnight sun. In the summer the temperatures can range from zero to plus 30 degrees Celsius.
The autumn season begins in September during which the leaves turn and nature shows its most beautiful fall colors. Anytime during the year in Luosto, you can immerse yourself in Lappish culture, enjoy the different services and the beautiful scenery of the surrounding nature.
Examples of winter activities to enjoy:
- Visit a husky farm and book a husky safari
- Visit a reindeer farm and book a reindeer safari
- Horseback riding
- Snowmobile safaris
- Northern lights tours
- Snowshoe tours
- Ice climbing tours
- Winter biking tours
- Ice fishing
- Ice carting
- Sauna & ice swimming
- Amethyst mine tour
Husky safaris and reindeer rides
About 10 kilometers from Luosto is located the Arctic Husky Farm that is a home to 200 sledge dogs. Winter time the dogs are busy doing different lengths of safaris, even over night safaris! Summer time the dogs are resting and having a holiday but when the autumn comes they start to train for the coming season. But during a summer it's possible to visit dog kennel on a guided tour.
One of the must popular husky safaris is the 10 kilometer safari where you can experience how it feels to be a musher riding your own husky sledge. You can do the transfer to the Husky Farm by snowmobiles or by car transport.
Did you there are more reindeer than people living in Lapland? There are two local reindeer farms in Pyhä-Luosto: Reindeer Farm Jaakkola and Reindeer Park Kopara. Enjoy the visit or ride in a reindeer caravan.
The Amethyst mine
The sustainable Lampivaara Amethyst mine, located about 5 kilometers from Luosto, is possibly the only gemstone mine in the world that welcomes visitors. The mine at the top of the hill introduces you to the fascinating world of gemstones. You will hear stories told for millennia, and get to dig for your own lucky amethyst, that has waited 2000 million years to be found.
To visit the mine you can take the Amethyst pendolino transfer, or trough safari company by snowmobile. It also possible go there by skies or snow shoes.
Snowshoe hike to see the Northern lights & fatbike tours
The best way to experience the Auroras is to put on snow shoes and walk above to tree line away from the light pollution. Take with you something warm to drink and enough warm clothing that you can comfortably gaze the sky to spot the Auroras. In Luosto there are many places that are suitable to see the Auroras and you don't have to walk far to be away from the lights of the resort. If you don't feel comfortable to go by yourself, you can book an experienced guide from Call of the Wilderness or Arctic Horizon or join to the weekly program of Lapland Safaris.
Fatbike is a fun way to experience the snowy forests and Pyhä-Luosto national park! You can either rent a fat bike or participate to a guided tour with a professional guide. Try also the e-fatbike thay runs on electricity, you can see twice as much and you don't have to put in so much effort.
Ice-fishing is a very popular past time in Lapland. In Luosto the easiest way to try the sport is to join the fishing trips offered by the programmed activity companies.
Have a look about the options of what to do in Luosto.
Where to stay in Luosto
There are numerous accommodation options when visiting Luosto. It`s possible to stay in a typical Lappish cottage or book a hotel with choice of breakfast or with half board. Furthermore, you have a variety of choice of rental apartments. If you are looking for something really special, stay a night or more in a glass igloo hotel.
If you prefer holiday package – you are on the right place. It`s possible to book a Santa Claus holiday package. When you are looking for self-catering accommodation with private sauna, fireplace and kitchen/kitchenette, a cottage or an apartment may be the right choice for you.
Whether you are travelling alone or with a group people, you have many options for accommodation. You can choose from the cottages and apartments located in Luosto centre, short walking distance from the downtown or you may choose to stay a few kilometers away from downtown – to enjoy the peacefulness of nature.
If you prefer a stay in hotel there are two options for you. Lapland Hotel Luostotunturi in a log village and Santa`s Hotel Aurora which are both located in the heart of Luosto. There are different kind s of rooms and log cabins available – some of which are equipped with a private sauna. In addition, if you are looking luxury under the Lappish sky, you can stay in the glass igloos of Luosto.
Campers can enjoy our caravan parking in the center of Luosto next to ski pistes, during the winter an d spring time. The camping site is surrounded by forest. There are two separate service buildings including all necessary facilities. You are most welcome to visit our campsite during your stay. Wherever you choose to stay – nature, fells and services are close to you.
Stay in Luosto, Lapland: Hotels, glass igloos, holiday cabins
Lapland Hotel Luostotunturi is the biggest hotel in Luosto. Lapland Hotel Luostotunturi offers first class accommodation (from double rooms to apartments and suites), only few hundred meters from the Pyhä-Luosto national park. Hotel services includes Amethyst spa, functional conference services and wireless Internet throughout the whole hotel and several restaurants with Lappish delicacies.
Santa's Hotel Aurora is small and idyllic hotel located almost opposite of Pyhä-Luosto national park. All the 30 rooms come with their own sauna, and some of the two-person rooms have their own fireplace. Hotel restaurant Aurora is a place with an excellent atmosphere. On the lava stone grill in the open kitchen, local ingredients are transformed into international-class delicacies. The hotel lobby and the bar just off it provide a pleasant area for socializing, a place where you can enjoy the whole evening just sitting by the fire.
Glass Igloos in Luosto Lapland
In addition to the hotel rooms Santa’s Hotel has also 10 modern and well-equipped panoramic view rooms with glass ceiling and walls. Glass igloos are connected to Hotel Aurora's other services, such as reception, breakfast and other catering services.
Holiday cabins in Luosto Lapland
Spending your holiday in a cottage is a true Lappish experinece. Luosto is famous for it's traditional logwood cabins located near the center of Luosto. Almost all the cabins are one of a kind but they come very well equipped with fully equipped kitchen, fireplace, sauna and washing facilities, TV and other multimedia appliances. Some have washing machines with a drying cabinet. There are heating plugs for car outside. You can also combine other services to you cabin holiday such as
linen, day and final cleaning, breakfast or other meals catered to the cottage.
Cabin booking agencies in Luosto:
- Pyhä-Luosto Travel Ltd Involved in the tourism sector since 1996 and manages 130 cottages in Luosto area. The cottages are built according to the traditional style. Pyhä-Luosto Travel Ltd:s accommodation management is in fact certified by a quality system guaranteed on national level.
- Adventures in Luosto provides a range of choices from smaller private log cabins to bigger lodge-type log cabins for larger groups, and even luxury ski-in/ski-out Villas.
PYHÄ-LUOSTO NATIONAL PARK
There are many beautiful national parks in the Nordic countries and in Finnish Lapland. Luosto is located in Pyhä-Luosto National park surrounded by the wonderful nature. You can explore well maintained and marked hiking trails the clean nature of northern Finland individually or with a guide. You can choose a hiking route fit to your liking from short walks and day trips to multiple day trips throughout the year. You are welcome to hike, ski, walk with snowshoes and relax in the Pyhä-Luosto National park.
Further information of the trails, maps, services and directions of Pyhä-Luosto National park here.
The Pyhä-Luosto National Park is located just a side of Pyhä and Luosto tourist centres, connecting these two centres along the hiking and skiing trails. Pyhä-Luosto National Park is a superb destination for day trips and short hikes throughout the year.
The basic zone of the National Park is formed of Finland’s most southern fell chain. The fell chain is a collage of treeless peaks and deep ravines.The National Park consists of Pyhätunturi National Park (established in 1938) and of the Luosto area northwest of Pyhätunturi Fell. These were combined at the beginning of 2005 to form a new National Park. The Luosto area is known for its majestic old-growth pine forests and Pyhätunturi for its geology and Sámi history.
Many cross-country ski trails and both of the snow shoes trails are in the Pyhä-Luosto national park. The starting point to the national park is located very near the Luosto center, almost opposite Santa's Hotel Aurora and only a few hundred meters from Lapland Hotel Luostotunturi.
VISIT SANTA IN LAPLAND FROM UK
For an authentic experience, visit the real Father Christmas in Lapland. Enjoy a variety of traditional Arctic activities including husky and reindeer sleigh rides as you search for Santa. Meet the real Father Christmas and his trusty reindeer in Lapland. Departures from London Gatwick and Manchester Airports.
Closest airport to Luosto is Rovaniemi airport which is located only 90 minutes away. From UK there are direct flights to Rovaniemi by EasyJet and Norwegian, flight time is only couple of hours. There is also daily flights from Helsinki-Vantaa airport to Rovaniemi. From Rovaniemi airport there are daily transfers to Luosto.
You can get to Luosto easily by taking a train in Helsinki that takes you to Rovaniemi about in 8 hours. From Rovaniemi you can take a bus to Luosto. There are daily connections from the train station to Luosto. Check VR pages for train connections to Rovaniemi >>
Rovaniemi-Luosto has daily bus connections all year round. During winter time there is four daily bus connections from Rovaniemi to Luosto. During summer and autumn there is bus connection two times a day. You can buy the bus tickets before hand from online. Tickets must be purchased at least two days earlies and there is no online sale during weekend. Buy tickets online>>