The wide trail from hotel Äkäshotelli runs through an open pine forest. You can already catch a glimpse of Kesänkijärvi Lake on the short downhill section, but remember to turn right on the hill to cross the small bridge. The gravel trail around the lake is great for biking.
The lean-to shelter at the other end of Kesänkijärvi Lake is a good place to stop for a break and greet the curious Siberian jay. Take some photos at the picturesque dock located nearby. The rocky slopes of Kesänkitunturi and Kellostapuli Fells rise almost straight out of the lake, providing a magnificent frame for the landscape.
The trail continues along the lake shore and then rises gently up to Niilivaara Hill. The rest of the trail is mostly downhill riding through the forest and along the shore of Äkäslompolo Lake before you arrive back at Äkäshotel.
You can shorten the trail by leaving out the uphill and downhill sections of Niilivaara Hill. Take the gravel road from Kesänkijärvi Lake and follow the road signs to Äkäslompolo.
Rest StopKesänkijärven laavu
Lapland Hotels Äkäshotelli
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.
Tips and hints
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.
Bicycle repair supplies and skills are necessary, because the trails are often located far away from roads and services.