The winter trail takes you from Äkäshotelli across the ice of Lake Äkäslompolo towards a forested ascent. After the climb, the trail winds through the snowy forest and open mires and you’ll also catch a few glimpses of the fells between the trees.
Hangankuru Lapp hut is a scenic place to warm up and take a break. The best part of winter riding starts after the hut, as the trail is slightly downhill and offers lots of little curves and short uphill and downhill sections. This is mountain biking at its best!
Before you arrive at the Latvamaja ski café, the route follows the edge of a mire along the borders of the national park’s wilderness areas. Animals inhabit these expansive mires and quiet forests throughout the year.
The early spring sunshine is sure to put a smile on your face. The gently rolling downhill section continues on to the amazing fell scenery at Kesänkijärvi lean-to shelter. The lean-to is a great place to see some Siberian jays and meet other hikers. From Kesänkijärvi, you’ll pedal beside the mire and back to the starting point.
The winter trail intersects with other trails a few times. Remember to take other people into consideration.
Rest StopKesänkijärven laavu
Lapland Hotels Äkäshotelli
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.
Tips, hints and links
For more trail tips, go to https://yllas.fi
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/yllas
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
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.
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.