This versatile mountain biking trail has it all: highlights on top of Kukastunturi Fell, some technical riding and relaxed pedalling in a forest environment.
The trail starts on a rocky path descending from Yllästunturi Visitor Centre Kellokas, allowing you to get into mountain biking mode right away. A long gravel trail leading up to Kukastunturi Fell begins at the shore of Äkäslompolo Lake. The views from the top are amazing and the refreshing fell winds are a great way to cool off.
A fast gravel trail takes you down to Kotamaja Lapp hut, and then continues through varied terrain. The narrow trail on the slope of Lainiotunturi Fell runs through pine heaths. After the short set of stairs, you have to watch out for tree roots on the trail until Pyhäjärvi Lake. The rest of the journey takes you along rolling logging roads and ski trails on the northern side of the Pyhätunturi and Kätkätunturi Fells.
Take some time to enjoy the beautiful fell scenery, mire areas and forest-covered fells. Several designated campfire sites along the trail provide good places to take a break.
Accommodation and other services are available at Levi and Ylläs, but the most adventurous bikers can also ride back during the same day.
Mountain bike rentals, transportation and guided tours: Sport Corner Ylläs, Äkäslompolo Sportshop, Lapland Safaris Ylläs at Äkäslompolo; Jemes Sport at Ylläsjärvi; Discover Lapland, Kide Adventure, Laplanded, Lapland Safaris Levi and Zero Point at Levi.
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.
Bicycle repair supplies and skills are necessary, because the trails are often located far away from roads and services.