Cross country skiing in Pallas-Yllästunturi national park, Lapland

I spend a week in March in Ylläs skiing area in Lapland. Seven days in row full of sunshine and perfect cross country skiing weather, the most suitable -4C every day and 80 centimeters of snow. Ski tracks were from 100 metres from the accommodation. You can not wish for more.

With 330 kilometers of skiing routes, some easily accessible, some for long distance skiers, you have plenty to choose from. Some of the tracks enter Pallas-Yllästunturi national park. School holidays had ended just previous week but there were a lot of active skiers around, ski cafes along ski routes were especially crowded at the afternoons.

Some call Ylläs area a mecca for cross country skiers. The maintenance of the routes is closely scrutinised by active skiers who choose their skiing destination in Lapland from many. Visitors can support the maintenance of routes by paying a small voluntary fee for a ski route map (which you need when entering deeper in the Pallas-Yllästunturi national park). There is even a service on the web where can see when the tracks have been last prepared.

Ylläs area has two villages, Äkäslompolo and Ylläsjärvi. Ski tracks connect these two villages, with Yllästunturi fell with downhill slopes between them. If having any wax problems with your skis, you can easily retreat to ski cafes scattered along the ski routes.

Well maintained ski tracks near Kellostapuli fell in Äkäslompolo
There are several nice cafes along the ski tracks, here Aurinkotupa in Ylläsjärvi
.. or you can choose to have a rest at more modest and peaceful place. Kutujärvi wilderness hut in Pallas-Ylläsjärvi national park.
.. or you can just sip your hot chocolate on the old wooden bench beside the ski track
Ski track map of Ylläs
Ski track map of Ylläs

Lengths to next rest stops are well marked in Ylläs
Common treecreeper
Can you spot the bird? Common treecreeper (Certhia familiaris) hiding on the tree
Siberian jay (perisoreus infaustus) - well known beggar at fire sites in Lapland
Pallastunturi fells seen from distance of 55 kilometres from Yllästunturi fell
Dog skiing path
Dog skiing path, not a track in Äkäslompolo near Velhonkota fire site
Demanding slopes along skiing tracks are well marked, speed can accelerate quickly
Beard moss
A lot of beard moss on pine trees = clean air
Beard moss on ski tracks
Beard moss on ski tracks = surprise stops
Kesänki and Lainio fells in Pallas-Yllästunturi national park seen from Yllästunturi

There are skiing tracks marked with different colors according to the difficulty level. This track on this video is “blue” meaning easy route, very flat terrain in Ylläsjärvi.


5 thoughts on “Cross country skiing in Pallas-Yllästunturi national park, Lapland”

    1. Thanks!

      The northern part of Pallas-Yllästunturi is great, beautiful fells! Tried to get an accomodation in Jerisjärvi for this March but I was late, so had to “settle” with Ylläs.

      Nice video, very versatile views and situations. Looks like your “husky” group had a fun trip.

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