Huttu-Ukko Art Route has been created in co-operation with a local artist Tapio Uusitalo and Pyhä Ski Resort. The majority of the art works are based on the local history, lifestyle, myths and beliefs.

The change of seasons has been taken into consideration in the design of the art pieces. As the winter comes, snow covers the works in its white glow, until the spring sun melts the snow, revealing the works for the viewers.

On this page you can get to know some of the works on the Huttu-Ukko Art Route. You can see and experience the route along other attractions on the top of Pyhä. Easiest way up is by Pyhä Scenic Lift.

Huttu-Ukko

Already hundereds of years ago, Huttu-Ukko was considered as a protector and a guardian of the sacred places within the area, the sieidis. According to local beliefs, Huttu-Ukko has been seen in different connections, and stories have been connected to him, the next more incredible than the last. According to one story, the radio tower built on top of Pyhä wasn’t staying upright until Yle’s general manager came up with the idea of sinking a television in the middle of Lake Huttujärvi. That is how Huttu-Ukko was signaled, what the mast on top of Pyhä was for. Since then, the mast has remained upright without any problems.

Huttu-Ukko has become a mythical legend that is being admired and wondered. He protects the nature of the area, its wildlife and naturally the tourists arriving at the fell. He and the nature relationship he represents should be respected. Huttu-Ukko is gentle and just but if a tourist makes him angry, they may feel how unpredictable he is.

Sundial

People have come to Pyhä through the ages to admire the night less night of midsummer and the amazing winter light phenomena from bright starry skies to northern lights. There’s no official polar night in Pyhä, as the sun just barely rises above the horizon even during the shortest day of the year. The official polar light can be experienced at the latitude of Sodankylä, some 50 kilometers north from Pyhä.

The sundial symbolizes the everlasting balancing of summer and winter, the light and darkness. When the sun is in the sky, the piece glimmers like the sun. As the winter arrives, the heavy snow suppresses the sundials rays, until the warmth of spring slowly melts it and awakens the piece into its new glow.

Spirits

According to old beliefs, the life of humans continues after their death in the underworld, the world of the departed spirits. Shamans can connect with the deceased in the underworld. Sometimes, the spirits might also visit the living. They rise up from the bosom of the earth only to return back. The spirits of Pyhä remain in the earth for the winter season and return to the world of the living as spring comes. Respect them because a life you cannot see flows through them.

The spirits have their own symbols they use to communicate and leave messages to each other. The symbols used most often are painted on the Pyhä stones.

Huttu-Unna’s swing

Huttu-Ukko’s son is called Unna. Unna loves hiking in the fell and swinging. He always travels with a bird that cannot be seen anywhere else than in Huttu-Ukko’s realm. Unna calls his friend the bird by the name Rakkarastas.

Please enjoy the swing Huttu-Ukko built for his son but remember not to fool around. Accidents can happen and Unna doesn’t want that.

Snag tree ring

The humble windchimes of the ring of dead trees tell how people used to live. Reindeer husbandry has sustained life for centuries. The reindeer antlers and earmarks remind us of that.

Sit by the stone table for a moment and travel in your mind back to the moment when all that was needed for living had to be found from the nature.

Also, enjoy the view!

Long-eared Snowy Owl

A rare species of bird combining the characteristics of a snowy owl and a long-eared owl has been seen in Huttu-Ukko’s realm. This special species is named The long-eared snowy owl and it hasn’t been encountered anywhere else in the world except for Pyhä.

Not everyone can see it but if you strongly want and believe that the bird exists, it might fly over your head. The latest observations were made around the Karhunjuomalampi pond.