Want to reach two fell tops by maintained cross-country ski tracks in Ylläs area? There are two wonderful points you ought to visit if visiting the area in the winter season.
First, Kukastunturi fell which is close to village of Äkäslompolo, offers very beautiful views from the top to surrounding fells of Lainio, Pyhä and Kesänki. All of them, as Kukastunturi fell, are in the national park of Pallas-Yllästunturi.
Although the route near the top of Kukastunturi is marked as black (difficult), it is worth a visit if you are an more experienced skier. The suggested route is to go to Kotamaja ski hut first (and have a coffee break) and then reach the top from there. The first part of the route down can get pretty fast and has a challenging curve at the track after about 600 m from the top.
The other fell top is Iso Totovaara fell, the point called Haavepalo. It offers a view to the same fells as Kukastunturi, this time to their eastern side. Haavepalo is located a bit farther away from the villages of Ylläsjärvi and Äkäslompolo, the easiest way to reach the track of 22 kilometers is to drive to the parking place near Lainio River. From the villages the route can get to about 40 kilometers long.
Along the route there are two ski huts with outside fire places and shelter for breaks.
There is almost all time some wind at fell tops, the conditions can be very different what they are down at the village. That means also that signs of tracks might be swept away, so at least some orienteering skills might be needed if the area is not familiar. Both routes can be reached by skating style skis also.
Get your printed ski map from local stores and check the maintenance of tracks before going. Both fell tops are among the most special places in Ylläs area by x-country skis. The maintained ski tracks to fell tops are a luxury, thanks to those who keep them available and in good condition.
A day before 24th of Dec., Jouluaatto for Finnish is nice and snowy in Äkäslompolo, Lapland. Luckily escaped the wet and rainy southern Finland where winter has not really arrived. 175 km of ski tracks open, 38 km of them are lighted.
The sun does not really rise for a few days at all, the blue lightness of the day last only a couple of hours. To ski on tracks that are not lit one has to plan to go between 10 am and 2:30 pm.
The well maintained ski tracks go beside the Pallas-Yllästunturi national park. The weather is perfect, about -7C degrees.
The Kellostapuli fell is close by.
There are some skiers but one really can not talk about a busy route. Kesänginkeidas ski cafe and other ski cafes open for a few hours a day.
Beautiful, blue moments of the day.
The dipper on Kesänki river can be spotted by the ski track.
At the end of March I visited Syöte national park area in the northern Finland. One of the best skiing routes I skied there was the route around Romevaara hill. At the early evening skiing trip I spotted only a couple of other skiers – the major flock of Easter holiday tourists had not yet arrived, and Syöte area seemed to be more popular among down hill skiers.
Plenty of snow at the top of the hill.
A view from the hill to Iso-Syöte fell.
Near the top the trees were still covered with lots of snow.
The sunshine at 6 pm.
Early evening skiing down from Romevaara hill.
Suddenly in the second week of February a lot of new snow arrived in southern Finland. To practice my skills with Altai skis I decided to go to Kaitalampi area in Espoo which offers nice hills of different heights. Kaitalampi is close to the Nuuksio national park.
The forest was very beautiful, one can not imagine being so close to the coast.
Going up the hill with Altai skis is almost as easy as with snowshoes.
Kaitalampi area around the lake is indeed quite hilly. This hill was beyond my skills.
Pine tree branches reach to the ground and offer temporary shelter for those small enough.
Crossing the lake. It keeps snowing. There are three fire sites on the shores of this small lake.
It was a peaceful Saturday, met or spotted only a few snowshoeists, skiers or walkers. Usually this “under a kilometer from the closest road” -place is quite popular.
Great skiing weather both in southern Finland and in Lapland.
On March 29th after a few days of warmer weather it got colder again. Ski tracks were quite fast and slippery.