Hiking Trails

There are approximately 350 km of marked summer-time trails in the Pallas-Yllästunturi area.

A view from the Aakenustunturi Fells. Photo: Seija Olkkonen

Starting Points for Trails

Nature Trails

  • There are 17 nature trails in the National Park, of which 12 are in the Ylläs area, 3 in the Pallas area, and 2 are in the Ounastunturi Fells area. Further information on nature trails is given in the end of this page.

Circle Trails

Other Trails

  • There are 4 long trekking trails: Hetta - Pallas Trail (55 km), Ylläs - Olos Trail (69 km), Ylläs - Pallas Trail (69 km) and Ylläs - Levi Trail (47 km).
  • Fell Lapland Trail is a trail network, which leads the hiker trough the National Park from village to village and their services.
  • Hietajärvi Trail (6 km) in the Ounastunturi Fell area. There is an open Lapp hut with services. The start of the trail is 0.5 km south of the bridge in Ketomella. 
    • Services: an open Lapp hut

Mountain Biking Trails

In Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park biking is permitted to designated routes with a few exceptions. Biking is prohibited due to nature conservation or safety reasons at the Palkaskeron kierros Circle Trail (pdf 386 kt), the Varkaankuru Ravine (pdf 320 kt), the Tuomikuru Ravine (pdf 325 kt), the Pirunkuru Ravine (pdf 329 kt), and the Kellostapulinkuru Ravine (pdf 411 kt). The most suitable biking trails are the ones particularly made for biking, such as the Ylläs - Levi Mountain Biking Trail (50–60 km).

At the Yllästunturi Fell there are also snowshoeing trails that can also be used for winter mountain biking. Please note that winter mountain biking is prohibited on the skiing trails!
 
More information about biking in the Ylläs Fell area can be found here (www.yllas.fi).
 

Photo: Heli Koivulahti
 
Mountain bikers rules
 
  • Considerate cyclists take account all other hikers.
  • Cyclist is faster and dodges others.
  • Controlled speed  brings security to all.
  • We avoid lock braking and deviations from the trails.
  • We stay on mountain biking designated routes.
  • We follow the national park rules and the principles of litter-free hiking.
  • We enjoy nature and keep in mind also our responsibility.

Skiing Trails

There are over 500 km of cross-country skiing trails in the area. The majority of these are maintained with machines. Skiing trails are marked with crosses on fells and mires and with blue ribbons or blue paint triangles on trees in forests. Skiing trails close to the villages of Äkäslompolo, Ylläsjärvi and Jerisjärvi, Pallastunturi Fell, Kyrö and Hetta village are suitable for both classical cross-country skiing and free style skiing. Some of the most remote trails which are so-called wilderness skiing trails are maintained only by snowmobiles. Local enterprises maintain the trails and have published maps of skiing trails in Aakenus, Muonio and Hetta. These maps are sold by local tourist services, visitor centres and nature centres.

Skiing Trail Maps 

Snow Shoe Walking Trails

Around Yllästunturi Fells there are marked snow shoe trails from Kellokas Visitor Centre to Lake Kesänkijärvi and Kuertunturi Fell and to Kukastunturi Fell. In Pallastunturi Fell area there is a 3 km long ‘Wintertrail' suitable for snow shoe walking. There are also some unofficial snow shoe walking tracks to the fells. In Hetta the snow shoe trail leads to the top of Jyppyrä Hill. Snow shoe walking is not allowed on skiing trails!

Snow shoe walking trail close to Yllästunturi Visitor Centre Kellokas. Photo: Anneli Ovaskainen

Pallas-Yllästunturi Nature Trails

Ylläs

  • Moloslaki Circle Trail, 11 km

    This nature trail has its starting point at Totovaara parking area. The nature trail is marked with cone signs. Boards along the trail inform visitors about the area's fauna, geology and history.

    • Services: Niritsankuusikko campfire site.

  • Kiirunankieppi Circle Trail, 12 km

    This nature trail has its starting points on the grounds of both Yllästunturi Visitor Centre Kellokas and the ski-resort at Ylläsjärvi. It is marked by signs with the tracks of the ptarmigan (kiiruna = ptarmigan, Lagopus lagopus). The theme of this circle trail is the geology of the fells.

    The trail leads through rugged fell terrain around Keskisenlaki in Ylläs. The trail has duckboards when passing through the beautiful, but rocky Kellostapuli Ravine.

    • Services: There are resting spots at Kahvikeidas and Varkaankuru Ravine.
  • Joutsenpolku Trail, 6 km, by Lake Lalvajärvi

    The starting point for this trail is located at Totovaara parking area and is marked with swan signs. The boards along the trail have information on birds, mammals, fish and other interesting aspects of the area. Sightings of over 80 bird species have been made from the Lalvajärvi bird watching tower, which is located at the trails halfway point.

    • Services: A bird watching tower on the shore of Lake Lalvajärvi.
  • Tulivuoripuisto Trail, 1,5 km

    The starting point for this trail is on the Äkäslompolo - Kittilä road. It is marked with paint markings.

    The Linkupalo bedrock bears evidence of volcanic eruptions (tulivuori = volcano), which occurred 2 milliard years ago. Geologists explain that the eruptions happened under water in the sea and that ash and gravel gathered in shallow waters to form this area. The precise spots where eruptions took place can be pointed out from the terrain. Tales told about Laplands ancient volcanoes and mountains as high as the Alps were therefore true.

    • Services: A Lapp Hut at the trail starting point.
  • Varkaakuru Nature Trail, 4 km, in Varkaankuru Ravine

    The starting point for this nature trail, which is partially duckboarded, is at Yllästunturi Visitor Centre Kellokas. Boards along the trail are interactive and interesting and help you study the Taiga Forest.

    Natural features of North and South meet in Varkaankuru Ravine. Angelicas (Angelica archangelica) and Lady Ferns (Athyrium filix-femina) grow in the shade of Spruce (Picea abies), Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia), Bird Cherry (Prunus padus), Alder (Alnus) and Goat Willow (Salix caprea).

    • Services: A campfire site.
  • Niesakero Hunter's Nature Trail, 2,7 km

    The starting point for this trail is a 4 km drive along the backroad from the village of Luosu which leads towards Hevosmaa. The nature trail is marked with wooden signs. The trail was designed and built by the Kolari game management association and Metsähallitus. Exhibits along the trail show visitors about history of hunting traditions and game management in the wilderness. The trail is maintained by the Kolari game management association.

    • Services: A campfire site and drinking water point. Duckboards across wetlands.
  • Ylläslompolo Nature Trail, 3 km

    This trail is on the south-side of Lake Ylläsjärvi and its starting point is located at Ylläslompolo parking area. This approximately 3-km-long trail has duckboards at some parts and leads through old-growth spruce forest to a beautiful little wilderness pond. The nature trail was designed and realised by the Lapland Regional Environment Centre. The trail is marked with poles. Boards along the trail tell about meadow culture, old-growth forests and mires. A biking trail by the nature trail circles Lake Latvajärvi and crosses the biking trail at the bird watching tower. Duckboards cross a mire by the trail and lead to the shore of Lake Ylläsjärvi.

    • Services: A bird watching tower at the trail's starting point. The tower is accessible by wheelchair. A Lapp Hut.

Pallas

  • Vatikuru Nature Trail, 3 km

    The starting point for this trail is at Pallastunturi Visitor Centre. The trail is a loop on the slopes of the Pallasturi Fells and has boards, which tell about the culture and livelihoods of the fell area.

  • Pyhäjoki Nature Trail, 3,5 km

    The starting point for this trail can be found on Pallaksentie road near the shore of Lake Pallasjärvi on the lower course of the River Pyhäjoki. The lush spruce forests along the river banks and the species living in them are displayed along this trail. The steep rugged rock-face of the shores and old-growth forest create a majestic atmosphere.

  • Pallas Winter Trail, 3 km

    The starting point for this snow shoe walking trail is at Hotel Pallas. The trail has displays on winter in the fells and how various species survive it. 

Hetta and Ounas

  • Peurapolku Trail, 2 km

    Peurapolku Trail is not within the boundaries of Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park, but is connected to the area and its history. The trail's starting point is at Fell Lapland Visitor Centre and has exhibits on wild reindeer hunting (‘peura' = wild reindeer). There are several hole traps and game running fences along it. The trail is marked with poles that have hoof prints attached to them. The trail is part of the Hetta trail network and a lit jogging track is accessible from it.

  • Jyppyrä Trail, 1,6 km

    The trails, which lead around Jyppyrävaara Hill, are not within the boundaries of the National Park, but they are related to the area's history. The nature trail starts out as Juhannuspolku Trail and after reaching the scenic summit of Jyppyrävaara Hill becomes Postipolku Trail for the return trip to the starting point. The starting point for Juhannuspolku is at Fell Lapland Visitor Centre. Boards along the trail have information on the area's history, mid-summer traditions (juhannus= midsummer), the postal service (posti = post) and seita stones which were worshipped by Sámi. This trail is part of the Hetta trail network and a lit jogging track is accessible from it. In winter the Jyppyrä Trail is suitable for snow shoe walking.

    • Services: A lookout point with a Lapp Hut at the summit of Jyppyrävaara Hill.

 

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Suggested Trips

Suggestions for Winter:

Half a Day: Visit one of the three Visitor Centres and go snow shoe walking the nearby winter trail.

1 Day: Make a snowshoe trip to fell tops.

2 Days: Take a ski trip from village to village in Ounastunturi, Pallastunturi, and Yläästunturi Fells.

3 Days: Take a winter photography holiday and capture northern lights, moonlit landscapes, and the fells with red winter clouds or snow-covered trees.

Suggestions for Spring:

Half a Day: Enjoy the spring sun on maintained ski trails.

1 Day: Take a ski trip to a fell hut, stopping for coffee and grilled sausages along the way.

2 Days: Go ice fishing and skiing on a frozen lake to enjoy the Arctic sun and fell sceneries. Visit the nature evenings organized at visitor centres.

3 Days: Rest and enjoy the services of cooperating partners in between trips to the fells. Try dog or reindeer sledge rides and horseback riding in the wilderness. A ski trek from a wilderness hut to another is a good option too.

Suggestions for Summer:

Half a Day: Hike a nature trail.

1 Day: Climb onto the fells and hike for a day carrying coffee and a packed meal with you. Enjoy the fresh air.

2 Days: Climb on a bike and cycle from village to village through the fells. Let local operators organize accommodation, delicious food, and luggage transportation for you.

3 Days: If hiking from a wilderness hut to another is not your cup of tea, make day trips to different destinations. Hike to Varkaankuru and Kiirunankieppi on the day one, in Teuravuoma on the next, and from Lake Pyhäjärvi to Aakenustunturi Fell on the third.

Suggestions for Autumn:

Half a Day: Visit the Fell Lapland Visitor Centre and Jyppyrä vantage point.

1 Day: Cross Lake Ounasjärvi on a boat and hike to Pyhäkero.

2 Days: Hike from Hetta to Ketomella and spend the night in between in Sioskuru or Pahakuru. Those who are fit enough will have time to hike onwards to Lake Vuontisjärvi in Ylikyrö via Hannukuru.

3 Days: Autumn is the best time for travelling from village to village. In addition to pleasant accommodation and excellent food, you will meet the locals and can enjoy the freedom of not having to carry any luggage with you.

Hetta–Jyppyrä
Trail Map

Hetta–Jyppyrä Trail Map

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Pallastunturi Fell
Trail Map

Pallastunturi Fell Trails Map

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Self-guided Tour: "From the Bothnian Bay to the High Fells of Arctic Lapland"

Self-guided Tour: "From the Bothnian Bay to the High Fells of Arctic Lapland"

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Dogs must be kept on a leash! Photo: Seppo Leinonen

Dogs must be kept on a leash!