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Two fells by snowshoes in Ylläs – Lapland

Two fells to go snowshoeing

My favourites, two easy routes for snowshoeing in Ylläs area are Kuertunturi route and Pikkulaki route, both marked in ski maps and on ground. Kuertunturi route starts at the village of Äkäslompolo. See my post on Kuertunturi route.

The route to Pikkulaki can be started from several points, the longest one from the village of Ylläsjärvi and the shortest one near Iso-Ylläs ski area. See my post on Pikkulaki route.

The beautiful views from both fells gives to nearby taller fells. You do not have to follow the routes, can go anywhere with snowshoes, but for a easier return to the village bring the map with you.

There are several other routes in Ylläs, buy the ski map from local stores and see route descriptions (only in Finnish).


Snowshoeing on Kuer fell in Lapland

In the middle of hot July day, temperature reaching +30C, it feels nice to think of last winter’s trips in Lapland.

Kuertunturi is a small fell near village of Äkäslompolo in Lapland. In winter it is approachable by snowshoes or skis, the marked trail starts behind the chapel of the village. The trail is marked but to be sure of directions a skiing map can be obtained at the village.

Start of the trail.

Nice pine forest at the first part of the trail. It’s only under 3 kilometers to the top by the marked trail, going up might take a couple of hours, coming down is a lot faster.

Start of the trail

Through pine forest

Alternative to snowshoes, ski hoks that you can slide down the hill It has skins to help you to ascend.

Ski hoks

The steeper part of the trail may make you want to have a break afterwards.

The steeper part of the trail

Visibility at the top was not the best. Pretty heavy wind at the last stretch. Only few small trees near the top.

Visibility at the top

Reaching the top.

The last stretch to the top

A welcomed break neat the top beside a tree looking for a bit of shelter.

A break at the top

Under the tree

A limited view to the village of Äkäslompolo.

A view to the village

Soft snow for descending with ski hoks. Good place to practice for a few slides.

Soft snow for descending

The day is short in December. Headlight were needed to keep you on the trail.

The day is short in December

Christmas day snowshoeing in Lapland

The length of the day today in the 25th of December in Lapland is 35 minutes, starting at 12:06 and ending at 12:41. There is daylight longer than that though, several hours of blue, soft light.

The temperature was below -22C so it is more suitable for snowshoeing than skiing. Lots of soft snow everywhere that even with snowshoes you would sink in to the snow. Peaceful and relaxing snowshoeing in the middle of the quiet forest with spruces and snow.

Cover developing
Cover developing
Retro poles from 21st century
Retro poles from 21st century
Entering jänkä that is bog
Entering jänkä that is bog
Christmas day at 14:30
Christmas day at 14:30

A snowshoeing trip in Ylläs, Lapland

On a snowy day in Ylläs I went to a short snowshoeing trip. There are a few marked routes in the area so I decided to make it easier and not just wander around in the deep snow.

The bird seen in the film is a three-toed woodpecker (Picoides tridactylus), pohjantikka in Finnish.