Enjoy the fun of winter sports as you ski through amazing fell scenery. Friendly Siberian jays are on the spot to greet anyone who stops to roast snacks over a campfire at the Kesänkijärvi lean-to shelter.
From Äkäshotel, the trail takes you to an open mire and follows the winding path of Kesänkijoki River. You can already see the rugged slopes of Kesänkitunturi and Kellostapuli Fells early in the journey. Set off towards the lake nestled between the fells.
Along the way, you’re sure to meet other people enjoying the great outdoors. Watch out for winter bikers on the bridge across Kesänkijoki River – some parts of the trail are for shared use.
The track turns into the shelter of the forest at Kesänkijärvi Lake. Your journey will include a few short uphill and downhill sections, with occasional glimpses of the lake and fells between the old-growth forest and standing dead trees.
The Kesänkijärvi lean-to shelter is a pleasant place to take a break, have a snack and greet the friendly Siberian jays. If you want a longer ski, continue on to the Latvamaja wilderness café and around Kesänkitunturi Fell. The trail to Latvamaja is one-directional, so it’s important to check the skiing direction because the return track is very speedy.
The track to Kesänkijärvi Lake is mainly flat terrain, making it suitable for children as well. You can also access the trail from the ice on Äkäslompolo Lake.
Explore the culture and nature of the fell villages and along the Väylä River at a free exhibition in Yllästunturi Visitor Centre Kellokas.
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.
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.
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