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Palkaskero fell in Lapland

One of the most beautiful places of Lapland is the area near Pallastunturi fells. It is a part of Pallas-Yllästunturi national park. One very nice and easily accessible top is Palkaskero fell near Pallastunturi Visitor Centre.

In early April the skiing season is at its best with lots of snow and nice sunny days if you are lucky. I approached the top of Palkaskero with my Ski hoks which sounded a good idea at first but proved to be a wrong choice for the place. Though those short skis are great in the places where you usually would go by snowshoes, the icy slopes of Palkaskero requires longer skis and proper shoes and bindings. The ascend was still quite easy with skins. Descending from the top was hard because of the spots of ice on the slope, there were just not enough soft snow for it. You just could not put enough weight onto the edges of the skis. Snowshoes, like one of my friends had, would have been a good choice.

The view from the top is awesome. You can see the row of fells to the north and the fells of Ylläs to the south. From the level of about 450 meters you will reach the top of 705 meters.

Palkaskero seen from the Visitor Centre.

Palkaskero

Snow kiters on the side of Palkaskero fell.

Snow kiters

Snow waves on the way to the top.

Waves

A view to the north.

To the north

Below was the start of Palkaskuru ravine.

Palkaskuru ravine

On the way down the fell.

Descend

A view to the south.

To the south

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Skiing in Kaitalampi with Altai skis

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.

Path

Going up the hill with Altai skis is almost as easy as with snowshoes.

Up to the hill

Kaitalampi area around the lake is indeed quite hilly. This hill was beyond my skills.

Downhill

Pine tree branches reach to the ground and offer temporary shelter for those small enough.

Branches

Crossing the lake. It keeps snowing. There are three fire sites on the shores of this small lake.

Kaitalampi

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.

Silence

Altai skiing to Pikkulaki fell in Ylläs – Lapland

A good start for the new year was my visit to the top of Pikkulaki, a smaller fell in Ylläs, Lapland. In early January the day in Lapland is very short. We were lucky to catch some beams of light on the way up on that clear day.

There is a marked snowshoeing trail to the top with two different starting points. There was a clear path almost to the top that day, and it was easy to follow the trail. There was a lot of new light snow so it was much harder to go outside the trail.

Coming downhill one would not want to follow the trail. I tested new Altai Ski Kar -skis, short skis with skins. They worked fine when going up and were a lot more fun than snowshoes when coming down the hill. In deep new snow they were not that fast but they beat snowshoes, no more walking downhill for me.

Day light showed for a while at noon
Day light showed for a while at noon
Moomin had landed
Moomin had landed
In thirty minutes the show is almost over
In thirty minutes the show is almost over
Lots of soft snow
Lots of soft snow
Wonderland
Wonderland
At the top of Pikkulaki
At the top of Pikkulaki
Time for a hot chocolate
Time for a hot chocolate
The old style
The old style
Ascending is easy with altai skis
Ascending is easy with altai skis
Skins on Altai ski Kars
Skins on Altai ski Kars

A 360 -view from the top of Pikkulaki, Ylläs.