Step onto a pair of skis and set off for Keimiöjärvi open wilderness hut. The track leads through a forest and is quite easy skiing. After the hut, you continue through the stunning fell landscape, past lakes and over mires towards Mustavaara open wilderness hut.
It’s just a short climb from the old reindeer herder’s cabin up the slopes of Sammaltunturi Fell, where the view is as close to perfection as you can get. The trees are covered in a blanket of snow and the Pallastunturi Fells are silhouetted against the blue sky. Everything around you is pure white. Measurements have shown that the air around this fell is the world’s cleanest!
You can admire the wide-open scenery on the slope of Sammaltunturi Fell for around one kilometre before the trail descends quickly back into the wintery forest. Stop for a break at the Tunturikeimiö ski café on your way back to Keimiöjärvi parking area.
Rest StopFell Keimiötunturi over Lake Keimiöjärvi
Mustavaara Open Wilderness Hut
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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.
Tips and hints
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.