The magical atmosphere of this lush spruce mire in a sheltered ravine and the soothing sounds of the fell stream make it a great picnic destination for people of all ages.
Varkaankurunpolku Trail winds through the lush and magical herb-rich forest in the ravine. The short and easy trail is a great opportunity for hikers of all ages to see spruce trees that are over 200 years old.
The trail descends from Yllästunturi Visitor Centre Kellokas to the bottom of the ravine, where you can hear the calming sounds of a fell stream. Enjoy the tranquillity of walking through the wing-like ferns, and watch as light and shadow dance in the rich foliage.
Children love walking along the winding duckboards in the ravine. It’s not possible to take a pram on the trail, but using a child carrier backpack allows even the smallest members of the family to learn about the secrets of the forest and the diversity of species in this area.
In the midst of the fells and halfway along the trail, you’ll find a comfortable Lapp hut and outdoor toilets. Having a picnic in the hut may well be the highlight of the trip. The final section of the route passes through an open coniferous forest where you can enjoy some delicious forest flavours after the blueberries ripen.
A restricted zone has been established to protect the unique herb-rich forest in Varkaankuru Ravine and the species living there. Going off the marked routes is forbidden between 1 May and 30 November.
Explore the culture and nature of the fell villages and along the Väylä River at a free exhibition in Yllästunturi Visitor Centre Kellokas.
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.
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
Free parking at Yllästunturi Visitor Centre.