Hike to a peaceful and ancient sacred fell. Have a seat and experience the open fell landscape with all your senses. The view over fells that continue all the way to Pallas is an unforgettable sight.
Your hike to Pyhäkero Fell starts with a boat ride across Ounasjärvi Lake. The trail begins on the opposite shore and takes you through a light-filled pine forest. It’s rocky in places, so you’ll need a pair of running shoes at the very least.
Just before you arrive at Pyhäkero open wilderness hut, the landscape opens up and you can see the fell behind the forest. A lunch break at the hut nestled among the mountain birches is just what you need before taking on the fell.
From the wilderness hut onward, the gravel trail is also rocky in some places. Once you rise above the tree line, it’s interesting to see how the trail meanders back and forth along the open slope of the fell. Just before the summit of Pyhäkero Fell, you’ll come upon the ruins of an old travel hut near a small pond that reflects the clouds in the sky.
The windy summit gives hikers an unobstructed view in all directions, displaying the breath-taking beauty of the wilderness nature as far as the eye can see. Take a seat on the ancient rocks and savour the cleanest air in the world.
Tip: Find out about the life of the northern people at the free Sámi exhibition in Fell Lapland Visitor Centre.
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.