This trail leads to the foot of the majestic Ukko-Luosto Fell and the old-growth forests around it, winding its way over the top of Pikku-Luosto Fell. At Lampivaara Hill, you can, for example, dig for your own amethyst in the mine there.
Distance 9.7 km
Highest point367 m
Lowest point273 m
Get up close and personal with the magnificent Ukko-Luosto Fell, savour the pristine atmosphere of old-growth forests and admire the breathtaking views from the top of Pikku-Luosto. You might work up a sweat when climbing Pikku-Luosto and Lampivaara Hill, but you'll be rewarded with spectacular scenery and a delicious treat in the café. When the snow and rime start working their magic on trees, Pikku-Luosto and Lampivaara are transformed into truly enchanting landscapes. At Lampivaara, you can also try your hand at digging for amethysts on a guided tour at the Lampivaaran Amethyst Mine. The trail starts at Luostonportti for those approaching from the ski slopes, running above the Ukko-Luosto parking area and over Pikku-Luosto toward Lampivaara. The return route follows the Lampivaara service road. The trail is marked by blue plowing markers and there are brown metal guide signs at crossroads.
You can winter bike on sections at the start and end of the trail. Bikers are obligated to yield to visitors on foot, but it is always good to take other trail users into consideration. For more information, visit the Hiking in Finland section: https://www.nationalparks.fi/hikinginfinland
The route starts at Luostonportti, from where it runs in the forest on the right side of the skiing track. About 300 meters from the starting point, the route diverges to the right of the skiing track and starts to ascend towards the side of Ukko-Luosto. The route runs up to the tree line, passes by a small cottage area and turns right just before the Ukko-Luosto parking area. The route meanders through the forest on the side of Ukko-Luosto, crosses the almost treeless top of Pikku-Luosto before and arriving to Lampivaara lean-to. The return route runs in the forest on the left side of the Lampivaara service road, and joins the arrival route after the Ukko-Luosto parking area. Route can be walked in either direction. However we recommend walking counterclockwise, because it is easier to walk uphill with snowhshoes on the steeper slopes. Alternative starting place is Ukko-Luosto parking area.
Route marking and signage: blue poles, brown metal signs at intersections.
The route is moderately demanding, due to its altitude differences. Weather conditions (snowfall and wind) can make the route more demanding. There is no maintenance on the route, but the beginning and end of the route runs on the winter cycling route, which is maintained once a week.
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.
Regular snowshoeing equipment: Sturdy and warm shoes, snowshoes, poles, warm and windproof clothing, a map, a charged phone, and drinks and snacks. You can pack a warm jacket for the break. You must have matches for making a fire and your own toilet paper for the toilet.