Ylläs Ski Resort
Located an hour west of Kittilä, Ylläs has two separate ski resorts, Sport Resort Ylläs and Ylläs Ski Resort, both accessed by one ski pass! There are multiple services for skiers on both sides of the fell, including ski rental services, ski schools, restaurants, shops and even child care. Combined they make Ylläs the largest ski resort in Finland, with 63 slopes and 29 lifts including the exotic sauna gondola! At the summit lies Finland’s highest restaurant and café. Ylläs also boasts the country’s largest integrated cross-country skiing network, over 330km, much of it illuminated.
The main attraction in the Ylläs area is Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park, Finland’s third largest National Park. One of the Finnish national landscapes, it is dominated by fells surrounded by lakes, forests, and mires in their natural state. Thanks to its varying terrain, pure air, and natural beauty, Pallas-Yllästunturi is the perfect place to ski, hike, and generally enjoy the outdoors.
A little south of Kittilä, the closest town to Ylläs, the village of Kaukonen is home to the Särestöniemi Museum. Reidar Särestöniemi was a prominent Finnish artist and there are almost 500 pieces on display here. Gallery Raekallio in the village of Pöntsö features a permanent exhibition of art by Reijo Raekallio, among other art. The Einari Junttila Taidemuseo in Kittilä displays around 85 pieces, mostly watercolours, and almost all dealing with life and nature in his native Lapland.
Although the region is not famed for its architecture, there is a delightful church in Kittilä designed by C.L. Engel and completed in 1831.
Taxari Travel Activities
Most of the tours operated by Taxari Travel in Ylläs are focused around snowmobiles, with safaris of varying lengths to choose from, and even beginners’ courses. The options include aurora hunting snowmobile safaris, visits to a reindeer farm, ice-fishing safaris, and snowmobile trips to the SnowVillage. There are also husky sled safaris and reindeer sleigh rides through the pristine forests. Or visitors can opt for guided snowshoe treks, or explore Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park on a skiing excursion, or they can enjoy some winter E-biking and fat-biking there. One of the more unique experiences on offer are the ice-floating experiences, especially when the auroras are active. Taxari also provides packages for the ski resort, with a downhill taster and snowboarding options. Excursions to the SnowVillage are popular too, and packages include dinner there, evening excursions, and even New Year’s Eve party trips.
There are plenty of options available to visitors in the summer and autumn months too. You can enjoy a Northern Lights picnic under the open skies, take a lakeside eco-tour in canoes in the evening, enjoy a guided midnight hike under the midnight sun, or take an arctic survival course and learn how to survive in the wild on a guided day trip deep into the forests. Ylläs Ski Resort’s famous gondola forms the first part of another guided walking tour, while the forest itself is the location for relaxed Lappish Tea Ceremony, making the most of wild herbs and the fresh air.
Ylläs Ski Resort is just 40km from Kittilä airport, with regular connections between the two. You can reach Ylläs by train from Helsinki. Board the night train in the evening, and in the morning you are already in Ylläs. You can also board the train along the route. Kolari railway station is 35 km from Ylläs and there is bus transportation from every train. There are direct bus connections to Ylläs from Kolari and Kemi railway stations, and also from cities of Oulu, Turku and Helsinki.