The rugged Palkaskero Fell soars high into the sky behind Pallastunturi Visitor Centre. Its slopes are treeless, which means you can choose your own route. The higher you climb, the better you can see the amazing snow-covered Pallastunturi Fells.
There’s plenty of light in the early spring. The fell is a great place to let your thoughts wander and stop for a break every now and then. Close your eyes and let the sun warm your face.
The snow is often soft and easy to sink into in the lower parts of the forest, but here on the open fell it’s firm enough for hikers to walk on the surface. Footprints harden quickly, making it easy to follow the paths made by others. You might also see tracks of a ptarmigan on the surface of the snow.
The weather on the fell can change very quickly, so it’s a good idea to return to the Visitor Centre as soon as you notice that conditions are deteriorating.
It’s easy to get to Pallastunturi Fells in the evening to see the northern lights – a ploughed road takes you right to the open fells and there’s no light pollution to interfere with the display.
Learn more about the Fell Lapland nature at the free exhibition in Pallastunturi 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.
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.