Climb to the highest summit in the national park. Taivaskero Fell is one peak of the Pallastunturit Fells, and it offers beautiful views in all directions.
The hiking trail begins at Pallastunturi Visitor Centre. You can often see reindeer in the yard, because they climb up to the treeless fell plain to escape insects during the summer.
After a short walk, you can sit on the stairs of a weathered reindeer herder’s hut and admire the fell landscape stretching before you. The trail becomes steeper and continues to rise until you reach the rock field covering the top of the fell, which is the halfway point on the trail. The beautiful views from Taivaskero Fell stretch in every direction.
Take a deep breath and enjoy the cleanest air in the world. The air quality is measured at the nearby Sammaltunturi weather station. There’s also an interesting bit of history associated with this place: back in 1952, the Olympic flame was lit from rays of the midnight sun at Taivaskero Fell.
The trail continues through beautiful scenery to Laukukero Fell and then down an alpine ski slope to the Visitor Centre. The path is steep and rocky in places, so watch your step while you admire the wide-open fell landscape.
Perhaps you’d like to come back and see the same scenery under the midnight sun?
Learn more about the Fell Lapland nature at the free exhibition in Pallastunturi 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.
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.
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