Back-County Ski Tour in Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park

This back-country ski tour on Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park takes you to the serene snow wilderness of Finnish West Lapland. A professional guide leads us in silent woods and on majestic treeless hills – Tunturi in Finnish. In the middle of our day, we have a lunch break in small huts or tepees where campfire gives light and warmth to our rest and relaxation.

Program in a nutshell

  • Professionally guided backcountry ski tour in Finnish Lapland from hut to hut
  • Program duration: 8 days / 7 nights, 6 skiing days
  • Duration of a skiing day is 5 – 6 hours
  • Main guiding language is English, group size 4-12 persons (*see below)(
  • Price 905 € / person (2021-2022), 1025 € / person (2022-2023)

During this ski tour, we ski with touring skis partly on prepared ski tracks as well on snowmobile tracks and wind-hardened snow blanket on open hill areas.  The luggage will be transported from cabin to cabin, so on the ski track, you need only a small backpack for lunch, warm drink, and accessories for that day. Duration of a skiing day is 5 – 6 hours.

After a brisk skiing day, we relax in a bath in a sauna and have a delicious dinner. We stay the night in simple but cosy huts, where the only comforts are a wood-heated sauna, a tasty meal, good company and warm sleeping bag.

Polar night, in Finnish Kaamos, starts here at this latitude on the 4th of December and continues till 10th of January. During this time the sun is not to be seen above the horizon. However, it is not as dire as it may sound – during the Polar Nights, the landscape is covered in snow, beautifully reflecting the light of the stars above. Twilight around noon – and headlamps – gives enough light to our trek. The time of the Polar Nights is the perfect time to watch the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis)

  • Day 1  – Arrival day. Transfer (optional) from Kittilä airport to Rauhala Village. A short introduction to the next days’ program. Dinner and overnight stay in cabins or rooms for  2-3 persons.
  • Day 2  – A day for orientation, we make a shorter trip in the surrounding area. Dinner and overnight stay.
  • Day 3 – After breakfast, we make our luggage ready for transportation to the next overnight place. The guide tells about the program and route of the tour. Before the start, we test ski equipment and the tour begins. Ski route takes us first to Lake Keimiöjärvi and then after to a little Village of Rasti. In Rasti we have our evening meal, sauna and overnight stay.
  • Day 4  – Today we continue skiing along the sides of Pallastunturi Hill towards our next destination of village Kerässieppi. Dinner and sauna.
  • Day 5  – From Kerässieppi we head our skis over Pallastunturi Fells to our overnight place in Harrisaajo, where we will have dinner and sauna. The huts in Harrisaajo can be called semi-wilderness type huts as they have electricity, a toilet is outside. Sauna is a traditional Finnish wood-heated sauna.
  • Day 6  – We make a day tour from Harrisaajo to the surrounding Fell areas and Rihmakuru valley. Lunch break in a tepee on the open fire.
  • Day 7  – On our last day we ski from Harrisaajo to Pallastunturi and get transported back to our basecamp in Rauhala.
  • Day 8 – Departure day, breakfast at Rauhala.

Due to the weather conditions and other circumstances, minor changes to the program are possible.

*) We take a maximum of 12 bookings to a group. In exceptional cases, it is possible for a participant to move from one group to another within a week. In these cases, the group may temporarily have a maximum of 15 people.

What is included

  • guidance and guide’s services
  • board as mentioned in the program: breakfast, lunch bags, dinner, accommodation
  • transportation of luggage during the program
  • bus transportation according to the program including return transit from Kittilä Airport or Levi to Rauhala

Additional services:

  • Rent of skiing equipment (touring skis, poles and ski boots), 130 € / week (Anyway, we recommend that you have own equipment)
  • Additional day and night in Rauhala (full board) 94 € (limited availability, check before booking)
  • Rent of sleeping bag, 32 € / week

Accommodation for the first night and two last nights in the base camp Rauhala in holiday cabins or rooms for 2-3 persons. During the tour, accommodation is in wilderness huts and holiday cottages in rooms for 2, 4 or 6 people. Most of the cottages have electricity and running water. Sauna is available every evening.

We start our tour from Rauhala Village in Kittilä. Rauhala is located ca. 30 km from Levi Ski Resort and ca. 40 km from Ylläs Ski Resort (Äkäslompolo Village). Kittilä (KTT) airport is about 30 min drive from Rauhala and transit is included. Read more how to get to Rauhala.

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Health, safety and insurance

Any medical conditions (such as diabetes, heart disease or epilepsy) or other issue which could influence performance during the trip as well as special diets should be informed to the organiser   well before the tour. Take possible personal medication and prescriptions packed in a waterproof package. We recommend that you take an travel insurance with a cancellation cover for your flights and holiday. With an European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) you can receive necessary medical treatment for free or at a reduced cost in Finland, however the card does not render travel insurance obsolete.

How to get there

We start our tour from Rauhala Village in Kittilä, about 30 minutes drive from Kittilä Airport (KTT).  We can arrange transfer from any flight arriving to or departing from Kittilä. Rauhala is located ca. 30 km from Levi Ski Resort and ca. 40 km from Ylläs Ski Resort (Äkäslompolo Village). There are several ways to get to Rauhala.

Price and reservation information

Deposit (booking fee) is 200 € / person . Deposit is primarily paid with credit card on booking. Final payment is due 12 days prior to tour start and it can be paid with credit card or bank transfer (IBAN) . After you have reserved flight or other tickets, please send us arrival/departure times and flight codes, so we can pick you up right time from the airport or inform about arrival to Rauhala. Please inform us also any health/medical conditions or special diets, we should take into consideration. If the passenger cancels the booking for no particular reason (see Package Travel Act, § 15) at least 12 days before the departure date the cancellation cost is equal to booking fee. Later cancelations are assessed the entire program fee . Office fee is 75€/person (in case of changes or cancellations defined in Package Travel Act). The company (Netgalleria Oy - Feel The Nature Treks ) is a package holiday company  registered by Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority and it has lodged security against advance payments for travel. This tour is a package defined in Finnish Package Travel Act. For more information: . Due to the weather conditions and other circumstances changes to the program are possible.

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Personal Equipment Checklist

  • Touring skis suitable for back-country skiing, poles and ski boots, ski wax
  • Ski suit or other suitable outer layer (jacket, pants) clothing for skiing
  • Woolly hat, warm glovesLong underwear
  • Thin fleece and long sleeve thermal
  • Scarf / hood
  • Windproof jacket with hood, scarf
  • Socks – Medium thickness wool / synthetic socks or medium socks teamed with a liner.
  • Backpack for day trips, Thermos bottle
  • Sunglasses / Skiing glasses
  • Warm winter boots
  • Comfortable clothing for cottage and evenings
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Towels, toiletries
  • Hut slippers
  • Sleeping bag (night temperatures in the wilderness cabin can be between +10 – +15 °C)
  • Personal medications, Basic first aid kit, Blister kit (athletic tape, Compeed)

Prepare for colder ski-days before mid-March with:

  • warmer ski gloves/mittens
  • extra second layer (synthetic/wool) or warmer ski suit

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