Ylläs – Kolari

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Tourism and travel in Ylläs and Kolari

Located 150km north of the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland, Ylläs is one of Finland’s most popular year-round holiday destinations. It is comprised of two Lappish villages, on the southern side of the fell lies Ylläsjärvi, and to the north is Äkäslompolo, also known as the Village of Seven Fells. The unique fell landscapes and nature have long attracted visitors keen to experience the region’s natural beauty. One of the reasons for Ylläs’s popularity is its proximity to Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park, the most visited in Finland, and renowned for having the world’s cleanest air.

Ylläs Ski Resort is by far the largest in Finland, with 63 slopes served by 28 ski lifts during peak season. Almost half of the slopes are over 1km long, with the eight longest ranging between 2km and 3km in length. Ylläs Ski Resort has the only sauna gondola in the world, as well as their scenic all-year gondola, the highest in Finland. Cross-country skiers are served by 330 km of well-maintained cross-country ski trails through fell nature offering spectacular views, many taking visitors to Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park, a region of pristine nature. There are some 20 cozy skiing and wilderness cafés along the Ylläs Ski Trails offering hot drinks and a light lunch. Other popular winter activities include aurora hunting tours, snowmobile safaris, husky sled and reindeer sleigh rides, horse trekking, winter biking, snowshoe treks, and ice-fishing.

There is also a whole range of outdoors activities available for visitors during the summer and fall. Hiking in Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park is an unforgettable experience, with countless trails of varying difficulty to choose from. Lakes Ylläsjärvi, Äkäslompolo and Kesänkijärvi offer great fishing, and can be explored by kayak, canoe, SUP boards, and even in a traditional rowboat. Visitors can also use the trails for fat-biking and mountain biking, with Ylläs Bike Park, opening this summer, offering the longest routes, starting from the top of Ylläs fell with unmatched views of the surrounding fell nature