This nicely rolling trail circles around the fell, through the old-growth forests of Luosto and climbs Lampivaara, thus making for a high-speed descent back to the starting point.
Distance 17.2 km
Highest point362 m
Lowest point268 m
The Ukko-Luosto Circle Trail takes mountain bikers through a 400-year-old forest, around the foot of a majestic fell and even offers the possibility of enjoying a lovely coffee break. The trail passes over varied terrain, rolling nicely through an old-growth pine forest. Even though the climb up Lampivaara might get the blood pumping, the reward is a breezy, long coast downhill to Luosto. At roughly the halfway point of the trail is a marvellous, wilderness rest stop, Ukko-Laavu, where you'll also find a Lapp kota hut. This rest stop offers a beautiful view from the forest to the sheer, treeless slope of Ukko-Luosto . Just hop off your bike, lean it against a tree and take a beautiful snapshot of the view. At Lampivaara, you'll be able to stop for a doughnut and coffee or even dig for amethysts in the neighbouring Amethyst Mine. The trail reaches its highest point at Lampivaara, where you'll have fabulous views of the landscape from the treeless sections of the fell trail.
The trail is primarily easy, but exposed rocks in some sections may be slippery in rainy weather. Gravel-covered sections of the trail can be fast and surprisingly slippery, so ride with care. This is a popular trail, particularly the stretch between Lampivaara and Luosto, where the trail is also used by hikers on foot. Bikers are required to slow down when encountering other trail users.
The trail starts at Luostonportti for those approaching from the ski slopes, heading toward the Ski Café Torvisen Maja, past the Ukko-laavu lean-to and on to Lampivaara. The trail is primarily easy, with a clearly visible surface. It is also marked by wooden posts with a blue and white hiker symbol. There are brown metal signs at crossroads.
The starting point Luostonportti can be reached by driving 500 meters uphill towards the ski slopes from Lapland Hotel Luostotunturi in Luosto village. Before the slopes the street goes under a bridge, and after you will see the Luostonportti starting point on the left. There is a parking lot at the starting point. An alternative starting point is the Ukko-Luosto parking area which can be found when turning on Ukko-Luostontie slightly less than 2 km from Luosto when driving towards Pyhä. See Pyhä-Luosto National Park directions and maps.
There is a large parking lot a the starting point Luostonportti.