Northern Lights and activities in Luosto

Hello guys!

Today I have a little bit different story for you. In addition to Northern Lights there will also be some info about activities in Lapland. I hope you are going to like it!

I truly feel that I am privileged to live in Lapland. It is an absolutely beautiful region! I travel a lot around here and this time I am heading to Luosto.

Luosto is still one of the “hidden gems” of Lapland. This place is really tiny, but it has a lot to offer. It’s main attractions are its wild and untouched nature, as well as the Amethyst mine.

It is dark already when I start my 1,5 hour drive from my home in Rovaniemi to Luosto. The skies should be clear, so I have my cameras and tripods, anticipating the coming of Auroras. Just an hour into the drive the sky ignites with traces of green and purple lights. When you are an Aurora addict like me, driving starts to be impossible. I have to other choice than to stop and to start shooting! The timing is just right, as the grand Aurora arch is spreading from one side of horizon to another.

The beginning of the Aurora Storm in Lapland.

When Auroras come – you stop and shoot! Image by Alexander Kuznetsov / All About Lapland.

Full moon is giving a lot of light, but the Auroras are overpowering it. Some traffic on the road caught in the image as well :)

Aurora Borealis and Full Moon

Auroras and other colors of life. Image by Alexander Kuznetsov / All About Lapland.

A house under the Northern Lights :)

House under the Northern Lighs

Some lucky family living in a house under the Northern Lights. Image by Alexander Kuznetsov / All About Lapland.

These unscheduled photography activities are starting to delay my schedule. I call my hotel in Luosto to tell that I am still coming. Reception is already closing, but they say they will be waiting for me :) How nice! I stop the shooting and rush to Luosto.

Stopping by to see Auroras

Auroras can strike at any moment in Lapland. Image by Alexander Kuznetsov / All About Lapland.

When I reach Luosto there are lots of things happening. Some people are returning from a snowshoeing trip, others are unfolding their tripods and heading into the forest to take some Northern Lights pictures. Dinner is in progress at the hotel and people enjoy themselves at the bar. I check myself in, however, I skip the temptation of hospitality and head out into the forest again.

That is a right decision, as the Aurora Show is now in full swing!

Amazing Aurora Borealis in Luosto

Northern Lights storm around Luosto, Lapland. Image by Alexander Kuznetsov / All About Lapland.

The scenery around Luosto is just perfect. I absolitely love it when there is so much snow!

Nothern Lights in winter Luosto, Lapland

Seeing Northern Lights in a forest around Luosto. Image by Alexander Kuznetsov / All About Lapland.

Here is a realtime video that I made from that place:

A few short hours of sleep and I am back on my feet. After a quick brekkie I leave my shelter.

Lapland Hotel Luosto

Lapland Hotel Luosto. Photo by Alexander Kuznetsov / All About Lapland.

I am packed and ready to go to Lampivaara Amethyst mine – one of the region’s main attractions.

The mine is situated only 5 km from Luosto center, in the middle of Pyhä-Luosto national park. That means that there is no car road leading there, but a simple forest path.

One way to get there is the Pendolino snow machine, which i gladly take, because I have some 20 kilos of equipment with me. It is more expensive, but it’s a right choice if you are with small kids or elderly.

Pendolino snow machine

Pendolino snow machine that takes you to Lampivaara Amethyst Mine. Photo by Alexander Kuznetsov / All About Lapland.

The other way is to ski there, which will be much cheaper and it is a good way to enjoy the snowy forest. It will take you around 30–60 min depending on your fitness level, so make sure you arrive well in time before the start of the excursion. In the middle of winter there are two of them, starting at 11 Am and 14 Pm. The snow machine departs 45 min before the excursion from Luosto center.

Skiing in Luosto

You can get to Amethyst mine by skiing. Photo by Alexander Kuznetsov / All About Lapland.

Interesting thing about the mine is that it is open only for tourists and you can dig amethyst only by hand – there is no machinery involved. The other thing is that it is also open in winter! There is so much snow, that these small buildings and huts are all hidden underneath it.

On top of Lampivaara fell

On top of Lampivaara fell in Luosto, Lapland. Photo by Alexander Kuznetsov / All About Lapland.

The mine itself is located on top of Lampivaara fell and there are some seriously beautiful sceneries around here.

Views from Amethyst mine

Views from Amethyst mine in Luosto, Lapland. Photo by Alexander Kuznetsov / All About Lapland.

After a warm drink and a small introduction into the geology of the region we prepare to start digging. Look at the size of this Amethyst! :)

Amethyst lecture

Lecture about the amethyst and local geology. Photo by Alexander Kuznetsov / All About Lapland.

We descend into a rather big space below the ground. Here you are given a hack to help you do your findings. They say that there is a whole lot of amethyst down there, so there is not need to “cheat” or spread the stones to be “found” :) Easy to believe.

Digging Amethyst in Lapland

Digging Amethyst. Photo by Alexander Kuznetsov / All About Lapland.

You can take one small Amethyst with you for the price of the ticket. If you are interested, you can buy more stones or even some ready-made jewellery. The prices are affordable.

Amethyst from Lapland

Real amethyst stones. Photo by Alexander Kuznetsov / All About Lapland.

Snow machine takes me back to Luosto center in the afternoon. Luosto has lost of other activities to offer besides the mine.

Snowshoeing in Luosto

Snowshoeing in Luosto – the nature is close! Photo by Alexander Kuznetsov / All About Lapland.

There is a small, but cosy skiing center right in Luosto (to the left from this image) and dozens of kilometers cross-country skiing tracks! :)

Luosto Ski Centre

Luosto Ski Centre (left) and ski tracks. Photo by Alexander Kuznetsov / All About Lapland.

Basically, there is a ton of activities that you can do on your own, but there is also a safari house here that offers guided tours into the wilderness or to husky and reindeer farms.

Lapland Safaris house in Luosto

Lapland Safaris office in Luosto. Photo by Alexander Kuznetsov / All About Lapland.

One group of tourists is just out of the forest and another one is ready to depart.

Activities in Luosto

Snowshoeing and snomobiling in Luosto. Photo by Alexander Kuznetsov / All About Lapland.

These guys will enjoy a night safari, as it already getting darker. At this second night there are no Northern Lights in the offing, as the clouds settle in, but I will sure catch the Auroras some time later! Stay tuned for more Aurora Hunter posts!

Snowmobiling in Luosto

Departure for snowmobile excursion in Luosto. Photo by Alexander Kuznetsov / All About Lapland.

So, Luosto is definitely a place worth visiting! I have high praises for this resort. If you like quietness and nature, this is the place for you.

Btw, we have another great article about Luosto on our blog!

 

Author: Alexander Kuznetsov

I am an Editor-in-Chief of "All About Lapland" travel magazine, passionate Aurora Chaser, and an adventurous photographer. Based in Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland but travel all around the region.

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