A forest draped in crown snow, the pastel colours of the polar night and the starry winter sky. The top of Jyppyrävaara Hill provides a great view of the Arctic winter in all directions.
Jyppyrä Winter Trail takes you from the Fell Lapland Visitor Centre into a land of trees covered by crown snow. Look around and you’ll notice how the snow-covered forest has prepared for the long winter. Did you know that these tough northern trees can carry up to 3,000 kg of snow on their branches?
Although the sun doesn’t rise at all during the polar night, the northern sky glows with pastel shades of light blue and pink. You can climb to the top of Jyppyrävaara Hill and see the first rays of daylight. On a clear night, the skies can be alive with the green glow of the northern lights and filled with stars that seem to go on forever. As spring approaches, it becomes easier to see the landscape of the national park and the large northern fells.
After climbing a short and fairly steep trail to the top of Jyppyrävaara Hill, it’s fun to build a fire and warm up at the Lapp hut. Enjoy the complete silence as the frost nips at your cheeks.
You can rent snowshoes at the Visitor Centre in the national park and from partner entrepreneurs.
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.
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.