Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park Trails

Two women hiking in an open fell in a sunny day in autumn.

 

There are a total of 500 kilometres of marked summer trails in the Pallas-Yllästunturi area for short day trips and longer hikes. Winter go by skis, on foot, on snowshoes or on a moutain bike with wide tires. There are more than 500 kilometres of maintained ski tracks and 100 kilometres of winter hiking trails in the national park and in the surrounding areas. The network of Fell Lapland trails takes you from villages to fell tops and back to villages.

Recommended Trails

In Ylläs

In Pallas

In Hetta

 

How to read trail signs?

Mountain Biking Trails

In Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park biking is allowed on all official marked summer trails. The most suitable biking trails are located in Ylläs. Longest trail is Ylläs-Levi Mountain Biking Trail (50 km).

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 Keimiötunturi Fell. 

 
A mountain biker on a gravel path on top of a fell. Fells can be seen in the background and the sun is low in the sky. Vegetation in autumn colours can be seen in the foreground.
 

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 (yllas.fi).

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.

Winter Walking and Biking Trails

Around Yllästunturi Fells there are 100 km marked winter trails. They are marked with blue-white signs. They are maintained for fatbikers, snow shoe walkers, hikers and dog walkers. Sled dog riding is not allowed on winter trails. Two dogs pulling a sled, a bike etc. is considered to be a dog sled.

In Hetta the snow shoe trail leads to the top of Jyppyrä Hill.

A smiling woman with a dog during the polar nigh are looking towards the camera. The woman is wearing snowshoes. A fell lit in red colours and snow-covered trees can be seen in the background.

Remember Snow shoe walking, walking or fatbiking is not allowed on skiing trails!

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 

Customer Service 

Yllästunturi Visitor Centre Kellokas
Tel. +358 206 39 7039
kellokas(at)metsa.fi

Pallastunturi Visitor Centre
Tel. +358 206 39 7930
pallastunturi(at)metsa.fi 

Fell Lapland Visitor Centre
Tel. +358 206 39 7950
tunturi-lappi(at)metsa.fi

Check for Warnings

When forest and grass fire warnings (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi) are in effect, fire is only allowed at covered campfire sites that have a flue. A fire can be also lit in fireplaces at wilderness and other huts. Always use extreme caution when handling fire. The one who lights a fire is always responsible for its safe use. Please note, that making fire at these campfire sites can be banned locally. 

Gathering at the campfire sites increases the risk of coronavirus infection. Guidelines concerning coronavirus COVID-19

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

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