About the area

Winter Warrior Finland race takes place in Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park at Ylläs. Ylläs is a popular holiday center in Lapland known also for a downhill skiing center. There are two lappish villages in the area; Äkäslompolo and Ylläsjärvi. Winter Warrior Finland locations are found in Äkäslompolo village.

The event center is Visitor Centre Kellokas located 2,5 km from Äkäslompolo center. Evening party with the prize ceremony will be held at hotel Äkäshotelli. There will also be a race office at the hotel providing help and information for participants before and after the race. The hotel and other accommodation partners are located in Äkäslompolo village.

Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park

Trek from hilltop to hilltop through the arctic fells along Finland’s first hiking trail. Here you can enjoy hiking or skiing through the wilds, but still find welcoming lodgings for comfortable overnight stays in historic Lappish villages. This part of Lapland has the freshest air in the world. On dark nights look out for the amazing Northern Lights. Read more about the National Park.

Northern lights at national park
Northern lights above Kellostapuli and Kesänki

Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park has around 350 kilometres (220 mi) of marked hiking trails. There are several nature trails in the National Park, which are not very demanding and have information boards on the area’s natural features and culture. There are many options for day trips. The most popular hiking trail in Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park is the Hetta–Pallas Trail, which is 55 kilometres (34 mi) long. There are 14 nature trails in the National Park, of which 8 are in the Ylläs area, 4 in the Pallas area, and 2 are in the Ounastunturi Fells area.

Two fells on the race course

The steep Kellostapuli Ravine is the noble little sister of Ylläs. The top of this fell sister is hard to reach, but the easiest way to conquer her is to climb the fell ridge in the east.

On the top of Kellostapuli
On the top of Kellostapuli

Fill your bottle with water from a spring in Lake Kesänkijärvi. Walk up the path to the old pine trees. Sit and take a break on a fallen dead tree near the forest border. Climb up Pirunkuru Ravine. From rock to rock. Step by step. Lean to the mass of rocks on the top. Breathtaking scenery. Restlessness is long gone. Time stands still. A raven flies by, breaks the spell and guides you to the Tahkokuru lean-to shelter. The flames dance in the campfire. On the way back, your step is light. A trip to Kesänkitunturi fell is a classic.

On the top of Kesänki
On the top of Kesänki

Visitor Centre Kellokas

Kellokas Visitor Centre in Yllästunturi is the lounge, event centre, and nature window of all visitors in Ylläs. The centre provides information on Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park, Finland’s oldest hiking trail, and on accommodation, events, vibrant fell villages, and other popular features of the fell area. Wild North Cafe & Restaurant is on your service.

Visitor Centre Kellokas

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Ylläs has many different kind of activities to offer, variety of services, events and new experiences for you on your holiday. Travel and tourism lives strongly in the area and the local people are genuine. There is two different lappish villages in the area; Äkäslompolo village and Ylläsjärvi village. There are around thousand people living in the area. Ylläs and its people welcomes you to our lives!