Join us on what is considered the all time classic route for hiking in Lapland, Finland. The Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park is the oldest and largest national park in Finland. The northernmost half of the park takes us through a variety of terrain. Hiking in Lapland could not be more varied; we walk through boreal forests and wetlands, to open fell tops, where on a clear day you can have a clear view of almost the entire park. The region is an active reindeer herding area; in July there is a good chance to see mothers with their young as they seek relief from the mosquitoes bothering them in the lowlands.

You will sleep either in tents or wilderness huts. There is no electricity, running water of WiFi here. As the sun barely sets, you can do you evening chores or play cards in the last rays of sunlight. Running water in streams is clean to drink, although we always recommend to boil it just in case.

In addition to the spectacular landscapes, the summer’s first sunsets and a chance to pick some wild berries for a snack, you will also learn some basic hiking skills. You can practice reading a map, learn to make a fire, best hiking practices, and of course, learn to recognize edible wild berries.

This hike is perfect for you even if you have never hiked before. If you are already a seasoned hiker, there is still plenty to learn and the location is outstanding. The entire route is 55 km long, and daily distances vary between 15-20 km.

The nearest airport to Pallas, where we start, is Kittilä airport. A bus from Rovaniemi will also take you relatively close. Unless you are driving your own car, ask us about transport to Pallas.

Your guide for this trip is Gareth, outdoor instructor from New Zealand, Pallas-Yllästunturi national park guide and personal trainer.

Additional information

dates18-23 July 2017, others by request
group-size4-10
duration5 Nights / 6 Days
physicality5/10

Group meets in Pallas, where we check the packing details, have dinner together and overnight in a hotel.

The next morning, we’ll get a good warm up climbing up to the Pallas fells. At the top, you can admire the open views to all directions and get the first taste of what the next days are going to bring.

Daily distances are between 15-20 km, we will make stops for photos, snacks and lunch during the day. Arriving to the wilderness huts, we will cook dinner, and on the 3 night we can even have a wilderness sauna.

On the 5th day, we will arrive to Hetta. Our last leg is covered by a boat taxi, which takes us to ccamping class cabin accommodation, where will enjoy a traditional sauna by a lake and home cooked dinner served by our host.

The next day you can either take the bus back to Kittilä or Rovaniemi, or why not even stay in Hetta for a couple of extra day. There are nice day walks around and you can even visit a husky farm. Let us know if you want to stay and we can help you to find the information.

Included in the price
Hiking instructions and guide
Pre departure online class on what to bring and how to pack you back pack
1 night in hotel, shared double room, breakfast
1 night in shared camping class cabin, dinner and breakfast, sauna
4 nights in wilderness reservation huts or tent (you must bring your own tent if you wish to stay in a tent), wilderness sauna experience

Not included
Travel insurance
Food during the hike (you will be provided with instructions on what to get, all food must be brought before arrival)
Personal equipment
Travel to Pallas, travel from Hetta

A full equipment and clothing list will be sent once your booking has been confirmed.

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