A winter biking trip from the frozen surface of Ounasjärvi Lake into the crown snow-topped forest is like entering another world. The comfortable Pyhäkero open wilderness hut is waiting for you at the end of the journey.
From Fell Lapland Visitor Centre, you take a pedestrian and biking path to the icy surface of Ounasjärvi Lake, where a shared use trail begins. The flat surface gives you time to get used to pedalling on snow and a chance to enjoy the amazing white landscape stretching in every direction.
There’s a short, steep climb on the other side of the lake that even the fittest bikers have to walk up. After the ascent, the trail winds through beautiful forest landscape, where the branches of pine trees are draped in dark horsehair lichen. When covered by snow, the forest looks a bit like the peaks of a meringue.
Pyhäkero open wilderness hut is a great place to warm up and have something to eat. Taking a break here lets you rest and refuel for the return trip.
Winter biking is a relaxing activity where the aim is to enjoy a great trip in good company. The best weather for biking is when the temperature is just below freezing, which keeps the surface hard. During really cold weather, it’s a good idea to turn back at the opposite shore of Ounasjärvi Lake.
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
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