Luosto - winter wonderland in Lapland
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 is has good connections from Rovaniemi airport. and during winter time also from Kittilä airport.
SEASONS AND PHENOMENONS 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!
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.
The Northern 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 colours, although green is the most common. Colours 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.
Best places to see the Northern lights geographically are in North America, in the north western parts of Canada and in Europe, Scandinavia, particularly the Lapland areas of Norway, Sweden and Finland. To spot the Aurora you should be away from the light pollution and the sky should be clear because Auroras are not visible through most types 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
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 weigth of a person it unveils whole new opportunities to explore the nature.
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 cinfused but energetic at the same time.
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 colours orange, red and yellow. Ruska has been a popular season in Finland and lot's of Finnish travel to Lapland to admire to colours of ruska.
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.
One of the must popular huskysafaris is the 10 kilometer safari where you can experience how tit 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.
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
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 or join to the weekly program of Lapland Safaris.
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.
Hotels in Luosto Lapland
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 iqloos 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
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.