Ylläs is located 150 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland.

The area consists of two original Lappish villages: Äkäslompolo lies on the northern side of the Ylläs Fell, and Ylläsjärvi on its southern side. A scenic road that runs around the fell connects the two villages.

There are seven fells in the Pallas-Ylläs National Park area. At 718 metres, Ylläs itself is one of the highest fells in Lapland. Whether looking for peace and quiet or days packed with action, you’ll find both in Ylläs.

Magical Winter

Winter in Ylläs is all-encompassing: early winter, starting late October or early November, offers wonderful opportunities for cross-country skiing, among other things. During Christmas, an alley of candles lights up the villages, and the snowy world around them.

When spring arrives in February, days get longer and vast snowy landscapes bathe in sunlight, creating a magical atmosphere perfect for outdoor life. Ylläs has a skiing tradition dating back to the 1930’s: the first skiers made their way up the fell even before the area was served by a road.

Explore the wild

During the summer Ylläs is a great place for hiking, trekking, mountain biking, fishing, canoeing, river rafting, orienteering and traditional berry and mushroom picking. Skiing trails transform to nature trails in the summer, offering tremendous outdoor sport facilities.

Most of the activities can be enjoyed in the national park area, where the varying fell nature is open for everybody.

City Facts

Population: 700

Flight connections: Kittilä airport lies a 45-minute drive and Rovaniemi airport a 2-hour drive away from Ylläs.

Distance from Helsinki:

– Plane to Kittilä 1,5 hours
– Plane to Rovaniemi 1-1,5 hours
– Train to Kolari, 30 minutes from Ylläs takes 12-15 hours
– Car 1 000 kilometres, 12 hours


Nature Center Kellokas
Tunturintie 54
95970 Äkäslompolo
Phone. +358 (0)40 550 2424


In just a few minutes, you can leave behind the hustle and bustle of a ski resort or a city and arrive in the peace and quiet of the wilderness.

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