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Two ski routes to fells in Ylläs – Lapland

Kukas and Haavepalo ski routes

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.

Kukastunturi

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.

Haavepalo

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.

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Romevaara cross country skiing in Syöte

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.

Romevaara route

Plenty of snow at the top of the hill.

End of March

A view from the hill to Iso-Syöte fell.

Iso-Syöte fell

Near the top the trees were still covered with lots of snow.

Near the top

The sunshine at 6 pm.

Sunshine at 6 pm

Early evening skiing down from Romevaara hill.

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

Nuuksio national park in March

In March you can visit Nuuksio national park in southern Finland by walking, skiing or snowshoeing. There are no maintained ski tracks but you can ski on lakes if the ice is thick enough. On the marked trails there are usually paths opened by park visitors.

The trail is quite narrow at Siikaranta
Pine trees
Siikaranta - Salmi trail is marked with orange marks
The surface of snow is not frozen enough
Squirrel's work
Covered
Lake Pitkäjärvi of Nuuksio
Jäniskallio cliffs of lake Pitkäjärvi - there are rock paintings of elk from the stone age
The shore of lake Pitkäjärvi
Frozen surface - good for skate style skiing

Skiing in Luukki

At the end of February the weather was just perfect for skiing. The sun was shining, it had snowed a little in the previous night and it was just -4C. This time I went to Luukki recreation area, just 20 kilometers north of Helsinki. A nice forest ski track follows the 8,5 km long nature trail, leaving from north of Vihti road, going counterclockwise and coming back past small lakes of Halkolampi and Kaitalampi.

Half of the ski track is one way and not maintained a lot. There are no room for skate style skiers so it is perfect for enjoying the nature, the forest and old style skiing. There are a lot of hills and skiing up and down, trees are close to tracks and speed can get quite fast going down so you must have some basic or moderate skiing technique to enjoy the route.

Along the route there are four fire sites, all of them on the western side of the route; lake Väärälampi, two on lake Halkolampi and on lake Kaitalampi.

There are also two other ski tracks in the area, 3 km field track and 3 km track on the golf course which are two way tracks and well maintained. At the weekend there were a lot of people in the area but most of them seemed to be on the maintained tracks since I spotted only a few people on the forest track.

Sky
Cliffs on lake Hauklampi
Ski track is quite natural
Crossroads
Have to apply v-style going up
A view to pond Mustlampi
Near Halkolampi - halfway, came track maintanence
Easy skiing after the ski track machine
By the lake Halkolampi
Sudden breeze blowed snow from the trees
By the golf course track

Skiing in Pirttimäki, Espoo

I made a ski trip from Oittaa to Pirttimäki and back. The weather was perfect, -5C and sunny. Oittaa was full of people enjoying outdoors. Ski tracks were in fine condition.

From Oittaa or Pirttimäki you can ski to Nuuksio national park at the west. Information of the condition of ski tracks can be found at mski.fi web pages. See also the ski map of Pirttimäki area(pdf).

Forest
Getting close to Pirttimäki cafe
There are fire sites by the ponds in the area
There are tracks to Hynkänlampi and Sulalampi ponds
A view to Sorlampi - you have to do some walking of the ski tracks

Moon is appearing at 4:15 pm
Back at Oittaa