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The Amethyst Mine in Luosto

The Amethyst Mine: tel. +358 (0)400 523 924, arctic.amethyst@amethystmine.fi
The Little Mine Shop: tel. +358 (0)16 624 334, fax +358 (0)16 624 338
Arctic Amethyst  is the only operative amethyst mine in Europe. The 1985 found deposit is considered geologically precious. One of the biggest amethyst clusters in the world, weighting 650 kilograms, was found in the mine.

Programs start full hours: 1.6.-15.8. at 11-17, 16.8.-30.9. at 11-16, in October Tuesdays-Saturdays at 11-15, 20.11.-22.12. Tuesdays,Thursdays,Saturdays at 12 and 14. Other times for request.

Entrance fee: adults 15 €, children 9 €.

You can reach the mine either by hiking through the natural habitat or by taking the mine transport vehicle. Guiding service, hot beverage and a lucky stone are included in the price. Tours guided in English, German, French and Swedish on request.

Local Heritage Museum

tel. +358 (0)40 765 3799

The Museum will give you an idea of agricultural way of living in Sodankylä in the past times. The area is situated by a beautiful bank of river Kitinen, only 2 km from the centre of Sodankylä.

Open 7.6.-28.8. Mon-Fri 10-17, Sat-Sun 12-18, other times on request +358 (0)400 535 652. Closed in the winter time.

Entrance fee: adults 2 €, children 1 €.

Luosto Life Tour

Luosto Life Tour is an 140 km long culture tour, which takes about 2 hours. The tour is mainly for tourists with their own car.

Luosto Life Tour gives a glimpse of Lappish culture from previous centuries to contemporary times and shows that Lapland is much more than beautiful nature. Along this round tour there are living cultural elements: artisans and artists as well as cultural history like traditional wooden architecture - not forgetting beautiful landscape.

Some places by the tour are open around the year but some may be closed in the winter time.

Order a brochure from the Tourist Information of Sodankylä, tel. +358 (0)40 746 9776 or e-mail: info@sodankyla.fi

Pappilanniemi's Environmental Art Path

Near the centre of Sodankylä there is a lovely 1,9 km long nature path called Pappilanniemi's Environmental Art Path. Pappilanniemi is a flourishing and beautiful area with its various animals and plants and it winds it way at the intersection of two rivers, Kitinen and Jeesiö.

There has been made a plan of environmental art to the area of Pappilanniemi at Sodankylä. Its first work of art, ‘Keripäät' was made at the autumn 2007. The theme of the environmental art path is seasons of the year, which will be presented through old local lines of business.

‘Keripäät' consists of thirty ‘booty pillars'. Traditionally these roundheaded pillars were erected to places where hunters had had a good capture. At this work of art the heads of the pillars has been carved into shapes of traditional booty animals. The work of art was made by local art society ‘Kaamos', local upper secondary school students and the faculty of art of University of Lapland.

There has also been placed four stones with texts by the path. The texts are from old local poems. They deal with seasons and give hints about the works of art, which will be carried out in future to the Pappilanniemi area.

The Statue "A Reindeer and a Lapp"

Professor Ensio Seppänen designed this statue in 1970. The bronze statue presents reindeer husbandry, still one of the important trades in Sodankylä. The statue is locater just in the centre of Sodankylä near the Museum-Gallery Alariesto and the Old Church.

The House of Northern Lights - Pohjan Kruunu

tel. +358 (0)40 514 2858, fax. +358 (0)16-636 375, raili.turunen@arcticacademy.inet.fi

The Northern Lights have fascinated us human beings throughout the history of mankind: sometimes terrifying, sometimes charming. And still today, despite of the overwhelming flow of artificial impulses in our environment, the light show of the nature does captivate us.

The weather conditions however can prevent us seeing the real Northern Lights. In That case we can admire their beauty in the Aurora House "Pohjan Kruunu", in which you can hear the attractive story of aurora borealis. The show will guide you through ancient beliefs to the last scientific facts.

15.6.-31.8. Tue-Sun 12-16.30, presentations (30 min.) every full hour.
Entrance fee: adults 11 €, children 6 €, family 28 €.
Other times on request.


The Church of Sodankylä

The main church of Sodankylä was built in 1859 mostly of locally produced rock. The building serves as the principal church of the Sodankylä congregation.

Open 7.6.-15.8. every day 10-18.
Entrance fee is voluntary.

Art exhibitions in the town centre

Museum-Gallery Alariesto
Jäämerentie 3
puh. +358 (0)400 393 770

Taigakoru Jewellery
Sompiontie 4
puh. +358 (0)16 610 507 tai +358 (0)400 694 568

Sodankylä's library's exhibition room
Jäämerentie 1
puh. +358 (0)400 276 114

Environmental Art Path
Pappilanniemi (in Summer)
puh. +358 (0)40 746 9776

Tankavaara Gold Village, Gold Prospector Museum & Golden World

Gold Village: tel. +358 (0)16 626 158, fax. +358 (0)16 626 261, info@tankavaara.fi www.tankavaara.fi
Museum: tel. +358 (0)16 626 171, fax. +358 (0)16 626 271, info@kultamuseo.fi, www.kultamuseo.fi

Feel the atmosphere of the great gold rushes! An original gold panning place, where everyone can pan for gold. Golden World tells you about the history of gold prospecting worldwide. Restaurant "Wanha Waskoolimies" and accommodation service. Railway around the village, length 1,5 kilometers.

Tankavaara's Gold Prospector Museum is the only international museum in the world displaying the past and present of gold panning and prospecting. The modern exhibition area of over 2000 square meters covers the history of gold prospecting from the ancient Egypt 4000 years ago all the way to our days. 

Gold Village
1.6.-30.8. daily 8-22
1.9.-30.9. daily 9-21
Gold panning 1.6.-30.9. daily 9-21 ( 5 €/hour, 30 €/day, 150 €/week /pers.)

Gold Prospector Museum & Golden World
1.6.-15.8. daily 9-18
16.8.-30.9. daily 9-17
Entrance fee (museum): adults 8 €, children 4 €, family 18 €, groups (min. 10 pers.) á 7 €, guidance 40 €, (Sun. 50 €)

The Urho Kekkonen National Park - Koilliskaira Visitor's Centre

tel. +358 (0)205 64 7251, fax. +358 (0)205 64 7250, ukpuisto@metsa.fi

The Urho Kekkonen National Park, also known as Koilliskaira, is one of Western Europe's last extensive wilderness areas. The park was established in 1983 with the purpose of protecting the original forest, mire and fell nature of north-eastern Finland. With its size of 255 000 ha, it is the second largest nature protection are in Finland.

The visitor's centre has permanent exhibitions of the park: it's nature, history and recreational possibilities. Guides in the centre are prepared and pleased to give you every possible information about the national park.

31.5.-1.10. Mon-Fri 9-17
Other times and group visiting for request

Pyhä-Luosto National Park - Pyhätunturi Visitor Centre

tel. +358 (0)205 64 7302, fax. +358 (0)205 64 7304, pyhatunturi@metsa.fi

Welcome to Pyhä-Luosto National Park. The area's versatile nature features and amazing views have long been considered of value and in need of conservation. The first time the Pyhä-Luosto fells were suggested as a conservation site was already in 1910. After numerous conservation programmes and phases Pyhä-Luosto National Park in it's present form was established in 2005.

Pyhätunturi Visitor Centre provides information on services and natural features in the Pyhä-Luosto nationalparks region.

14.6.-19.9. Mon-Sun 10-17
20.9.-17.10. Mon-Sat 10-16
18.10.-31.12. Mon-Fri 10-16
Closed 6.12. and 24.-26.12.

The Old Church

tel. +358 (0)400 190 406, fax. +358 (0)16 611 057

Built in 1689 for the people of central Lapland, the old timber church in Sodankylä is one of the wooden churches to survive in Lapland. Following the completion of the new stone church, the old church was decommissioned in 1859. In terms of style, the church is a sample of Finnish medieval ecclesiastic architecture and Ostrobothnian wooden church designs. The church was restored in 1926 and the shingled roof and external cladding repaired during 1992-95 by the National Board on Antiquities. The church is unique in having preserved its original design and atmosphere throughout centuries.

Prayer meetings are held in the church in summer, and it is a specially popular venue for weddings.

7.6.-15.8. daily 9-18
Other times for request 20€/group.

Museum-Gallery Alariesto

tel. +358 (0)400 393 770, alariesto.galleria@pp.inet.fi

The Alariesto Gallery is housed i nthe Sodankylä Centre located in the heart of Sodankylä in the vicinity of the Old Church and the reindeer statue. Opened to the public in July 1986, the gallery features a permanent exhibition of the life and works of the artist Andreas Alariesto (1900-1989).

The gallery is operated by the Lapinkuvat Foundation of Riikka and Andreas Alariesto and the Sodankylä Municipality. The Foundation is in charge of Alariesto's art collection and seeks to preserve the indigenous culture of the old Sompio area.

1.6.-30.6. Mon-Fri 10-16, Sat-Sun on request
1.7.-30.9. Mon-Fri 10-16, Sat 10-15, Sun on request

Entrance fee: adults 3 €, children 1,5 €, group >10 persons 3 €/person

Askare Culture Association in Aska

tel. +358 (0)40 564 9638, junttila.tarkiainen@pp.inet.fi

Aska is a small but vital village, where many of its inhabitants are skilled traditional crafts and art producers.

The contribution of art of the Askare exhibition is versatile. Helena Junttila is one of the most remarkable Lappish modern artists and also internationally acknowledged painter who has become well known for her ink drawings and paintings that dexterously characterize human mind. There is also an exhibition of skilful nature paintings of Reino Yliaska, many-sided pictorial nattarion of Tarja Ruotsalainen and "Taikaruukku" ceramics of Katriina Ruha.

Open 29.6.-28.8. Tue-Sun 11-17
September ART ASKA contemporary Art exhibition
Open 1.9.-26.9. wed-sun 11-17



Viiankiaapa is one of the most outstanding aapa mires in the Sodankylä region covering 6 595 hectares. The area includes large pools divided by strings long up to kilometres. Viiankiaapa consists mostly of open fens surrounded by wooded bogs. The avifauna of the area is very diverse: many predators, gallinaceous birds and waterfowl have found a peaceful nesting place on the mire.

There are two nature trails in Viiankiaapa. The round trail starts near the village of Kersilö, and directions to the starting point are given from the main road (road No 4). The longer trail is 7,1 kilometres long but there is an option to take a shorter trail of 4,3 kilometres. There are fireplaces and latrines along the trail at the Lake Viiankijärvi and in Särkikoskenmaa. A bird watching tower is situated at the far end of the longer trail.

The other trail starts in Siurunmaa and can be reached from the road to Tanhua. This trail is 1,7 kilometres long and a fireplace, a bird watching tower and a latrine can be found at the end of the trail.

The best time to visit the area is in spring and early summer, when bird life is lively and many species can be observed. The cool autumn days are very different but also worth experiencing. A skiing trip on the open mire in the winter time is something that one won't forget!

Monuments in Sodankylä

There are 46 different kinds of monuments in Sodankylä's area. Every monument has something to do with the Sodankylä area's or the villages' history. Among them there are also numerous war historical monuments.