Pyhä - Luosto National Park

Pyhä Luoston kansallispuisto

Pyhä-Luosto National Park is located near Kemijärvi, Pelkosenniemi and Sodankylä(Lapland). The highest area is called Ukko-Luosto, with a 514 meters peak. What is interesting is that Sami people lived in this area in the 1600 century, and trees are over 400 years old.

Things to see and do: Visit Europe's only small-scale operating amethyst mine, where you can dig up some amethyst with your own shovel. It is an easy walk to the mine in the warm season, and possible to visit in the wintertime aswell.

See: http://www.amethystmine.fi/indEN.htm

Here are driving directions to the Amethyst mine in Sodankylä/Luosto. Follow Ukko-Luostontie until the end and you can park at the end of the road and hike to the Lampivaara Amethyst mine. From there, hike for 2.5 kilometers to the mine.

Address: Ukko-Luostontie 200(road name 200 meters from the intersection, Sodankylä/Luosto(city) 99555(zip)

Other things to do: If you like bird-watching, nearby to Pyhä-Luosto is the Sakkala-Aava bird watching tower. Video During the winter this is what it's like to go cross-country skiing at Luosto.