Perfectly picturesque and surrounded by the 7 softly rounded, snow-capped fells of the Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, the village of Akaslompolo makes for superb cross-country skiing exploration whatever your ski ability. With over 300km of designated tracks - the most in Finland - trails vary from flat and easy to more demanding routes into the fells. There are even about 40km of trails that are illuminated at night for superb skiing even in the atmospheric twilight of the Polar Night in December and into January. The intricate network of signposted trails crisscross and intercept each other, so your route can even be changed halfway through, giving countless alternatives through the beautifully preserved Lappish landscape. There are even so-called 'warm tracks' on the upper fells where it might be as much as 15 degrees warmer than in the village!
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park - officially where the world's cleanest air has been measured
Ski in ski out 3 family run accommodation based in the Lappish village of Akaslompolo
Opportunity to see the Northern Lights!
Snow sure destination
Plenty of activities to choose from including snowmobiling, husky rides, snowshoeing, fat biking and nearby, downhill skiing
Stay in the resort of Yllas in the heart of Finnish Lapland, a cross country skier's paradise
Make your own way to Akaslompolo (45 mins). Your hotel for the week is the
Yllashumina Hotel where you stay on a B&B basis with the option to upgrade to
half board (pre-bookable at a supplement).
The hotel's convenient ski service will help you to get kitted out with your
skis, boots and poles on your first morning before discovering what this
beautiful area has to offer. With easy access to the cross-country skiing
trails around Akaslompolo, you can choose which trail to follow depending on
your ski ability and local weather conditions for leisurely independent
For those wishing to try cross-country skiing for the first time, improve
their technique, or master the art of skating, ski tuition can be arranged
locally, as can guided group excursions (supplements payable locally). If you
fancy a change from cross-country, downhill skiing, snowmobiling, husky
sledding and snow shoeing are all available (payable locally).
Make your way back to Kittila airport for your flight home.
The welcoming, family run Yllashumina Hotel sits on the edge of the village of Äkäslompolo, not far from the lake and overlooked by the fells of the Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. It is traditionally Finnish in style, with all rooms coming with individual drying cupboards for your ski things! The ensuite standard rooms (twins only) are located in 8 cosy yet rustic log cabins close to the main reception-restaurant building and are equipped with kettle, fridge, hairdryer and television. They are mezzanine style with twin beds 'downstairs' and an additional bed tucked away under the eaves. Use of the hotel's saunas - a must for any Finnish accommodation, with separate facilties for men and women - is included as standard, as is use of the Arctic Spa (limited to once/twice a week). Buffet breakfast and evening meals are included as standard. The hotel serves a copious and tasty 3 course buffet each evening, with special themed dinners also included during the week. Expect to sample such Finnish specialities as salmon soup, reindeer and baked “leipäjuusto” cheese. Room upgrades: Superior Rooms and SuitesFor a touch of luxury, upgrade to one of the superior rooms. These are much larger than the standard rooms and come with a cosy sitting area - complete with fireplace, television, DVD and blu-ray, a separate bedroom (double bed only) and a kitchenette, as well as a bathroom with 2 showers. The one bedroom suite has the same facilities as the superior rooms, but also comes with bath tub in the bathroom.
All breakfasts are included and are buffet-style continental.