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Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park
One of the most popular hiking destinations in Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park is the 55-km-long Hetta-Pallas Hiking Trail. The route for this trail was outlined in 1934. The trail leads over fells, sometimes descending to the ravines below to once again as if to prepare hikers for the breathtaking view from the top of the next fell. The trail is marked with arrow signs.
By the beginning of June snows have for the most part melted from the area, but because of the water from melted snow and ice the trail is wet and susceptible to erosion. The best time for hiking begins at Mid-summer in late June. Just before winter sets in mid-October there are only a few random wanderers on the trail.
There is also a cross country skiing trail between Hetta and Pallas. The distance is between 53 and 60 km depending on what route you choose. The winter trail leads lower on the slopes than the summer one through forest landscape and across mires, though between the Sioskuru and Hannunkuru Ravines the trail travels above the tree-line. There are two trails from Hannunkuru Ravine to Pallas; one on the east and the other on the west side of the fells. It is possible to turn off both trails to go to either Montelli wilderness hut or the Namalakuru one. Ski trails are managed by local businesses. The condition of the trail leading from Sioskuru wilderness hut to Hannunkuru wilderness hut and on from there on the west side of the fells to Namalakuru depends on the maintenance traffic of Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park employees. The distances between the wilderness huts are longer along the winter trail than on the summer trail. The ski trails are marked with cross signs and in forested areas with blue rope or a triangle symbol.
Ski season begins in mid-February at the time when ski holidays start for children in southern Finland, and continues to the end of April. If it is a very cold and snowy spring the winter trail can be skied up till mid-May. For the most part winter trails are too wet during summer to be hiked.
This is the web page www.nationalparks.fi/hettapallastrail