If you are looking for things to do in Lapland, then why not come to Finland and experience the true nature on a self-guided walking holiday. On this walking tour in Western Lapland, you will stay mostly within the Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park. Once you have been hiking in Finland and found it to be so enchanting, you will want to return again and again.
Lapland is sure to stimulate all your senses and feelings. You will walk through boreal old growth forests, rocky ravines and cloudberry rich marshes, along with clear watered lakes and streams. You can easily reach the fell tops so you can admire beautiful landscapes right out into the wilderness. Often you might see reindeer both on the trails and also in the villages.
Just imagine that you can bath in the golden light of the midnight sun from late May until early August, as the sun stays above the horizon 24 hours. Also in autumn, there is plenty of daylight, in August around 16 to 23 hours and in September around 15 to 12 hours. You will find that both summer and autumn offer wonderful colour contrasts. The autumn colours of “Ruska” are at their most vivid usually in the second week of September. The fell area in the Western Lapland has Europe’s cleanest nature and air, and here you can certainly enjoy the silence. And of course the Finnish sauna.
You have been warned: Lapland will put a spell on you! If hiking in Lapland sounds ideal to you, then please get in touch to book your walking holiday today.
Lapland is quite far up North and therefore you may wish to book an overnight in Helsinki City Centre or at the nearby Airport.
The fells can be considered most likely as hills but not mountains as they are eroded remains of Svekokarelids (mountains that existed three billion years ago). Therefore the elevation differences are quite moderate. You walk on both narrow and wide paths, on duckboards and steps (mainly on paths). Sometimes the paths are bare (undemanding), sometimes there are rocks and roots of trees on the path ground. There are some steep and rocky stretches in the ascents/descents, but these stretches are relatively short. As a whole, there are more undemanding stretches than demanding stretches and the trails are very rewarding.
Worst period with many mosquitoes is normally for two weeks somewhere in July. Best periods without/with fewer mosquitoes are in June, August and September (depending on year).
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Hooked on Walking that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the chosen activity and for emergency evacuation and hospital care.
Make your way to your hotel from the airport. Transfers from Kittilä airport to your hotel in Sirkka are available to be booked.
Today you have your first fell to conquer, which is the beautiful Kätkätunturi fell. The ascent and descent include some short steep and rocky stretches, but the nature and its colours on your way and the view to the adjacent fells and further on to Immeljärvi Lake from the fell top are wonderful.
Today you will get a transfer to Pyhäkota at Pyhäjärvi Lake, then you start your walk along the lakeshore and through forest and marshes until you reach the foot of the Lainiotunturi fell. You continue through the fellside of the Lainiotunturi fell and arrive at the Kotamaja hut. Sit by the fireside at the hut as this is a beautiful spot between three fells, Pyhätunturi, Lainiotunturi and Kukastunturi. Now after a rest, the ascent to Kukastunturi fell is easy. From the treeless top, you can admire a wonderful view out to the surrounding fells, lakes and wilderness. You descend to the forest and walk to Äkäslompolo village.
Today there is a choice of two walks. You can choose between the more demanding Pirunkuru ravine trail or less demanding Hillapolku trail encircling the Kesänkijärvi Lake. On the Pirunkuru trail, surefootedness is required. The trail includes a demanding rocky ravine ascent. You walk through a forest to Kesänkijärvi Lake and continue along the lakeshore with a view to the Kellostapuli fell. Then you have a demanding but rewarding ascent in the rocky ravine of Pirunkuru to the top of Kesänkitunturi fell. Take the ascent slowly with many breaks to admire the view at the same time. After Kesänkitunturi you arrive to Tahkokuru ravine and to a hut. A forest path will bring you back to Äkäslompolo where you stay overnight again. The Hillapolku trail is flat and less demanding. Hillapolku, literally means “cloudberry trail” and goes around the clear watered Kesänkijärvi Lake between Kesänkitunturi and Kellostapuli fells.
After breakfast, you will have a transfer to Äkässaivo where your hike begins with a walk through a coniferous forest after which you then climb to the Äkäskero fell. There is one demanding but short stretch before you reach the top. You now cross the long moor like fell top with some awesome colour contrasts and scenery. After that, you can visit some standing stones, once used for worshipping and admire some beautiful views to the Äkäsjärvi Lake. Finally, you will arrive at a small water mill Äkäsmylly. Transfer back to Äkäslompolo village.
Today’s hike takes you around Kellostapuli fell and across Kellostapulinkuru and Varkaankuru ravines. This is a varied trail which runs on paths, duckboards and steps and is maybe the most beautiful of all. Through forest along the fellside of Kellostapuli, you arrive at Kellostapulinkuru ravine situated between two fells. Admire the barren beauty of the craggy rocks of the ravine. In Varkaankuru ravine instead, you walk a relatively long stretch along a lovely stream in a forest with verdant deciduous trees. You will return to Äkäslompolo through a coniferous forest.
Departure after breakfast. Transfer to Kittilä airport (if booked).
By plane to Kittila airport and the by taxi or booked transfer to Sirkka.
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