Things to do & see in Pyhä
Not as well-known as the other Lapland resorts, Pyhä’s small size often means it’s overlooked but for a small place it packs one hell of a punch... If you want variety, there’s bucketloads to do, all coming with a sprinkling of Sami culture and Finnish charm.
The scenery trumps every Christmas card you’ve seen with the Pyhä-Luosto national park being decorated with snowy forests and frozen lakes. Husky and reindeer safaris are a terrific way to explore before heading back to the village, which is child-friendly with a cosy feel.
The Amethyst mine near Luosto is the only gemstone mine in the world that it is open to the general public. You can either a transfer to the mine or be slightly more adventurous on ski or snowshoe. The tours are fascinating and there’s a lovely café on site as well as a shop selling gems and treasures.
Ice climbing is a great activity for adventure-seekers and gives you a chance to experience the ice of Lapland in a whole new perspective! The Tajukangas fall is near the resort and
Bliss Adventure usually do lessons for newbies.
Ice Karting is great fun, perfect for those with a competitive edge. The track is frozen in winter but is also fenced which keeps everything as safe as possible (you also have to be taller than 150cm).
Sauna and Ice swimming
Smoke saunas are a huge part of Finnish culture and if you’re feeling the cold, a bit of R&R in a sauna might be just the ticket. Following up a warming sauna session with ice swimming may seem a bit daft but is actually a rejuvenating and unique experience (so they say!).
Horse farm visits
The horse farm is about half an hour from the resort and here you can meet the traditional Finnhorses and learn all about their history and their role within Finnish culture. Sledge rides are not only fun and informative but are a great way to get close to Pyhä’s beautiful surroundings and venture off the beaten track to great spots offering surreal views of the national park.
Have a go at this age old tradition in the Pyhäjärvi Lake or the Pyhäjoki and Kitinen rivers – local businesses like ‘The Call of the Wilderness’ usually offer excursions.
Pyhä Northern Lights
Pyhä is nestled right in the heart of Lapland and situated next to the untouched Pyhä-Luosto National Park. Venture into the National Park on a clear night and, thanks to the total lack of light pollution, you’ll stand a good chance of glimpsing the Aurora itself.