Retrace the footsteps of forester Justus Montell as you follow a trail to the open fells and enjoy the silent wilderness of the Pallastunturi Fells.
After starting at Vuontisjärvi Lake parking area, you soon come to a trail running along the lake shore. The fells are visible on the other side of the lake, covered with Arctic bearberry bushes that burst into beautiful bright colours during the autumn.
The wide gravel path climbs from the forest through fell birches to the open fell area. Watch for the miracles of nature as you ascend the slope. You might see meadow buttercups and heath spotted orchids flowering beside the trail. Hikers on Lapland’s fells are pampered by a gentle, soothing silence.
The cosy Montell’s Hut is located in a small valley sheltered by the round tops of the fells. Montell was a passionate botanist, who built this small, now beautifully aged hut as a base camp for his expeditions during the early 1900s. Read more about Justus Montell’s adventures on the sign in the hut.
The Nammalakuru open wilderness and rental hut is located about one kilometre away. How about spending the night there on your next hike?
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.
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
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.
During the summer, protect yourself from mosquitoes with clothing that covers your skin, a mosquito hat and insect repellent.