Spend a refreshing day outdoors and ski to Pyhäkero open wilderness hut. The glittering ski trail across the ice of Ounasjärvi Lake takes you into the forest and to the base of the fell.
A winter skiing trip in the national park awaits you. It’s a good idea to pack a warm drink and a snack to keep up your energy levels. Skiers are surrounded by the soothing sound of skis sliding across snow and the fresh winter air on the Pyhäkero Ski Trail.
Walk about 400 metres along a pedestrian and biking path from the Fell Lapland Visitor Centre to Ounasjärvi Lake, where the trail begins. Now you can experience the utter silence of the north. Skiing on the ice is a unique experience, and the flat surface helps you find a good rhythm.
The trail meanders through open mire and forest landscape. An occasional glimpse of the top of Pyhäkero Fell is a reminder of the chance to take a break at the open wilderness hut. Along the way you can listen to the gentle twittering of a flock of tits. The long horsehair lichen covering the tree branches is a sign of how clean the air is.
A well-deserved break at Pyhäkero open wilderness hut is a highlight of the skiing trip. During the peak season in early spring, a café is also open at the wilderness hut. You can ski farther into the national park if you still have enough energy. Otherwise, the return trip to Ounasjärvi Lake follows an easy downhill trail.
Tip: Find out about the life of the northern people at the free Sámi exhibition in Fell Lapland 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.
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.
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/hetta
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