The thrilling fell landscape views from Haavepalo will take your breath away! Several rest stops along the route break the journey into suitable sections and invite you to enjoy a warm drink.
The Aakenushiihto Ski Trail gives winter visitors a taste of the wilderness. Ski up to the Haavepalo lookout point and admire the magnificent fell landscapes towards Ylläs. When the weather is clear, you can see the Ylläs, Kesänki, Lainio, Pyhä and Aakenus Fells. The lookout point also has a pleasant Lapp hut for picnics.
From Haavepalo, the trail descends rapidly to the Villenkämppä day trip hut. The magic of this trail lies in its silence, spring sunshine and fell landscapes. Several rest stops along the ski trail break the journey into suitable sections.
The Latvamaja wilderness café located after the forested section of the trail is a great place to take a break. Skiing is a pleasure when you’ve got plenty of energy and remember to catch your breath every once in a while. The Kahvikeidas wilderness café is the last rest stop on the trail. After a snack at the café, you’ll have no trouble skiing the last few kilometres to Sport Resort Ylläs.
Weather permitting, bus transport to the Aakenushiihto Ski Trail is arranged from Ylläs to Totovaara parking area every Thursday. More information about the bus schedules is available in the Kuukkeli newspaper and at Yllästunturi Visitor Centre.
Daylight is short during the winter. Be sure to take a headlamp with you.
Getting wet in freezing weather means that you’ll become cold very quickly. Be especially careful to keep your feet dry.
The weather can change rapidly on the fell, and visibility can deteriorate very quickly. Always prepare for cold and rain; you should be prepared for wintery conditions in spring and autumn even if the weather is warm when you set off.
Mobile phone reception is not available on all hiking routes. The signal is usually better in higher and more open terrain. Download the 112 Finland application free of charge and activate it before starting your hike. Remember that mobile phone batteries run down quickly in cold conditions.
For more trail tips, go to https://yllas.fi
Before starting your hike, check the trail map for real-time maintenance information, the opening hours of cafés, and alternative routes at https://infogis.fi/yllas
Read the instructions and rules for the national park at https://nationalparks.fi/pallas-yllastunturi
Free trail map are available at https://retkikartta.fi
For hiking instructions, rules and tips, go to https://nationalparks.fi/hikinginfinland
Winter hiking is great fun if you stay warm. That’s why you should remember to wear layers of clothing suitable for the weather as well as warm winter footwear, gloves and headgear. It’s a good idea to put on some extra clothing when taking breaks and before a long descent.
Dress according to the weather and choose footwear that is suitable for varied terrain.
Take something to eat, a drink, warm clothing, a fully charged phone, matches, toilet paper, a map, a first aid kit and a rubbish bag with you.
Finnish tap water is very clean. Fill your water bottles before starting out, because you may not necessarily have access to natural water. The availability of natural water varies, and each person uses it at their own risk.