Skiing to Rihmakuru Ravine in Pallastunturi

Cross country skiing in Pallastunturi, Lapland

One of the most beautiful places to go cross country skiing in Finland is in Pallastunturi, western part of Lapland. Pallastunturi fell is part of Pallas-Yllästunturi national park. Around Pallastunturi you can find both fell ski trails on treeless area, off-trails for telemarking and nice well maintained ski tracks in forests.

Pallastunturi is not as crowded as many other ski resorts in Lapland are. There is even a small fell hotel amidst the national park, Hotel Pallas, the first fell hotel in Finland, built in 1948. It is a great place to start your day trips to the fells. The best time to visit Pallastunturi for skiing is from February to April.

Ski trails below tree line are well kept and marked. Most tracks on the fell area are maintained also during the season but due to quickly changing weather, wind and snow, some trails are marked only with trail crosses. It is advised to go to the fell area in a company and a map.

For adventurous spirits one exciting route goes from Pallas hotel to the fell near Taivaskero, following the hiking trail. Up on the fell you get great view to the north-western part of the fells. Follow the hiking trail and if snow carries you get the greatest ride beside and down the fells to Rihmakuru Ravine camping shelter.

Skiing to Rihmakuru Ravine in Pallastunturi
Skiing to Rihmakuru Ravine in Pallastunturi

From Rihmakuru follow the trail to Nammalakuru where you can enjoy coffee and “munkki” at the hut cafe (open only at ski season)(UPDATE: closed in 2013). From Nammalakuru there is the maintained track back to the hotel following the western side of Pallastunturi fell.

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7 thoughts on “Cross country skiing in Pallastunturi, Lapland”

      1. I was there the third time. Always in winter. Two years ago we had about minus 50 degrees celcius and it was impossible to get the older, unisolated cabins warm. Maybe this year I go there in early or late summer. Do you have experience with the region in summer?

      2. -50 sounds a bit too much for me at least! I have been once on Hetta-Pallas route in mid-September. It is a great route and I think one of the most popular hiking routes of Lapland as well. I guess most people go there August-September so if you want to avoid the crowds don’t go then. I remember especially Nammalakuru which was a bit too crowded for my taste. Otherwise hiking and the scenery there is great.

      3. Oh! Thank you for the tip. Crowded – I don’t like. I go to finland because of the silence and the lonelyness.

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