A HOLIDAY IN THE FELLS
Ylläs is a holiday paradise of seven fells and the activities are not limited by season nor the weather. In the winter, Lapland Hotel Saaga is a true ski-in, ski-out attraction and we’ve even taken it so far that you can actually access the slopes directly from some of our rooms. The gondola will take skiers from the backyard straight to the top of the fell. Don’t forget the 300km of beautifully maintained cross country skiing tracks.
Countless hiking paths can take you all over the fell in the autumn. Don’t feel like walking? No problem! Pick up a bike and ride straight to Levi. Even in the summer the whole fell has a whole host of top activities!
With the largest Nordic program service company, Lapland Safaris, we can bring you the very best experience that Lapland has to offer — unbelievable safari experiences.
18 baskets of Ylläs
Discgolf is a great activity for everyone! A first timer can go around the field just like someone who’s been throwing a frisbee for years.
Äkäslompolo DiscGolfPark - Äkäslompolo (class AA1)
The course is located in the Kaulavaara area, at the crossing of Sivulantie and Kaulavaarantie and is about 3.2km long.
The course has 18 baskets and one warm-up basket. Going around the course takes about two hours. There is a family course of five baskets at the beginning, which lasts about 45 minutes. It’s free to use the course. Frisbees can be rented or purchased in the Sportia Ylläs or Äkäslompolo Sport Shop.
Ski Resort Ylläs Frisbeegolf - Ylläsjärvi (class AA2)
There is an 18-lane frisbeegolf course in the Ski Resort Ylläs area. The course is located behind Lapland Hotel Saaga. At the moment, the course is about 2.5km long. It’s altitude range is about 150 meters and the longest hole is 250 meters downhill. Holes 1-5 can be played as a so-called ‘family course’. You can rent frisbees from shops in the Sport Resort area, including JemesSport and the Hill Ski Rent Ylläs.
Call of the wild!
Backpacking in Ylläs will charm you with its seven fells! Head on a hike to the treeless grounds, or sit by the campfire!
Ylläs is proud of its scenery and nature. The Pallas-Ylläs fell National Park protects the profile of the seven fells and ensures the peace of one wandering in the nature. Most of the paths and hiking tracks wind in the National Park and take the hiker to the most beautiful lookouts and magnificent natural attractions. Take a step further!
Examples of hiking tracks:
History path at the top 700m
There is a History path on top of Ylläs. It tells you about the history of downhill skiing in Ylläs. There is also a scenery board along the track where you can recognize the nearby fells. You can get to this track using the Gondola-lift — which also allows access to wheelchair users, or those with a pram. The altitude range is great enough that we advise that you’d need an assistant if you are a wheelchair user.
Tuomikurun kierros 6.3 km from Kapua to the Tuomikuru hut, where the landscape is like a painting. On the way back, the trail leads into a lush deciduous forest, where the silence is broken only by the murmur of a stream. The Tuomikuru tour starts from the Ylläs Ski Resort and takes in spectacular scenery. The wide, easy trail ascends briskly to the hut where you are rewarded with a beautiful, far-reaching view. In such landscape, snacks taste even better!
From the hut, the trail descends into a ravine and a green forest. Here the old fir trees smell fragrant and a stream meanders through the ferns. Take a leisurely stroll along the narrow path covered in twisted roots, walk along duckboards and climb stairs. After the ravine, the forest becomes much easier to negotiate. The trail leads to the Kahvikeidas wilderness café with a gushing spring below, and from there back to the starting point.
Varkaankuru’s Velho-path 3,5km
If there was a competition between the prettiest nature paths in Finland, this one would surely be one of the winners: The nature path in Varkaankuru is unique with its scenery and very versatile nature. So, let one of Lapland’s most beautiful groves conquer your heart. Velho path offers magnificent scenery and information on nature, delivered in a fresh manner. The poems of Kalervo Uuttu — AKA ‘Uuttu-Kalle the wizard’ — give the path it’s own mythological level. In Velho-path the natural phenomena of Lapland and the world of beliefs walk side-by-side. Velho-path is easy to walk, thanks to its duckboards and stairs. There is a campfire place by the path, on top of Varkaankuru and there’s a lean-to a little bit further up the track.
A fine hike, surrounded by the breath-taking fell scenery awaits you! The path is named after a bird — kiiruna — that used to live in the harsh conditions of the fells. It takes you to see the geology of the Ylläs area. Even though the rockiest areas are covered with steps and duckboards, this trail will still require moderate fitness. The Varkaankuru lean-to, at the Kellostapuli kuru and Varkaankuru junction, is an excellent place to make a fire.
You get to know the rugged landscapes of Äkässaivo by walking along the Saivonkierros path. When you get there you’ll have one of the greatest “seitas”, a sacred place of the Sami people, to greet you. You’ll also encounter a crystal clear pond, Äkässaivo. The Sami believe that Saivo was populated by the deceased (“saivo-people”), who lived happy on the shores of a “mirror-lake”, which you could get to by going through a hole in the bottom of the deep lake. In the Saivonkierros, information signs will tell you about the forest, aquatic nature and the historical sites by the path — such as the ancient seita-plave of the Sami and a meadow barn that highlights the former peasant lifestyle of the north. There is a cozy lean-to along the path.
Brightest stars of the routes
Ylläs is the top destination for cyclists! Whether your hobby is eventful downhill cycling, road cycling or mountain biking, you’ll find a route to suit you at Ylläs.
Ylläs is the top destination for cyclists! Whether your hobby is eventful downhill cycling, road cycling or mountain biking, you’ll find a route to suit you at Ylläs. Ylläs has trails suitable for cyclists of different levels. Ylläs has about 100 km of maintained winter cycling trails, and in summer even more trails in and around Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park.
Ylläs Bike Park
Ylläs Bike Park, which can be found on the south side of Ylläs in the Ski Resort area, was designed specifically for downhill cycling. With downhill cycling you can enjoy the rush of speed in summer time too!
Downhill cycling routes start from the top of Ylläs fell, near the Gondola station and Ylläskammi 718 restaurant. Two different routes start from the top and they divide into several route options at the tree line, before heading on down to Ski Resort Ylläs.
The blue track, which starts from the top, is a good option for those just starting out with downhill cycling but, if you’re feeling up for a challenge you could choose the red track, which is harder. It’s easy to get back to the top with your bicycle, simply take a ride in the Gondola lift. Tickets for the Gondola can be bought from the Hill Ski Rent Ylläs.
The mountain bike tracks of Ylläs have varying levels of difficulty. One of the best mountain biking experiences can be had when conquering Kukastunturi by mountain bike. The fell, surrounded by a dry moor forest, provides you with eventful paths and gorgeous landscapes. In the summer of 2015 we opened the long expected Ylläs-Levi mountain bike track, which goes through the Pallas-Ylläs fell National Park. Biking is restricted to the marked paths in the national park area. There are also several other cycle routes and attractions near the park. You can ask more information about mountain biking routes from Ylläs Tourist info.
You can see the various mountain bike routes and levels of difficulty on Ylläs mountain bike route map, which you can buy in the reception.
Saaga is located only a few steps from Ylläs Ski Resort. Skiing has never been easier.Read more
Lapland Hotel Saaga is located in the middle of the Ylläs Ski Resort. You can jump into a goldol lift as soon as the resort opens. At the end of the day you can ski straight to your hotel.
Ylläs slopes are the first to open in Finland and continue to beopen until 1st of May. More than 60 slopes guarantee that you will enjoy skiing for a whole week!
330 kilometers of routes
Cross country skiing
Cross country skiing
There is the best and most comprehensive network of skiing tracks in Ylläs. It includes 330km of tracks. This provides excellent conditions for skiers of all levels, from early winter to late spring.
It’s possible to enjoy easy-going skiing, or push-your-limits on the more demanding tracks up the fells. There are multiple, well-equipped skiing cafes on the slope network, where you can stay and enjoy a variety of refreshment options.
Both villages have tracks for those skiing with dogs too.
It’s often possible to use the so-called “warm track” up the fell from as early as October. It winds at the tree line of the fell where it is only about half as cold as it is down in the village. So when it’s really freezing it’s best to head to the tracks that are as high up as possible and if it’s windy, go down to the canyons and the shelter of the forest. The warm track is lit and it connects Äkäsompolo and Ylläsjärvi. You can reach this track from both village centers, along a lit track.
The long skiing season makes it possible for competitive athletes to train regularly and for a long time. You can meet top skiers from many different countries on these tracks, as well as teams from Finland. The Ylläs skiing routes are their regular training grounds every year. Due to the well-maintained tracks, widespread lighting, warm tracks, versatile routes, skiing cafes and diverse terrain, Ylläs’ skiing possibilities are in a league of their own.
We are proud to present the wide variety of safaris that Lapland Safaris has to offer. They include something for every visitor in Ylläs!
We are proud to present the wide variety of safaris that Lapland Safaris has to offer. They include something for every visitor in Ylläs! Are you interested in snowmobile rides, or maybe going hunting for the Northern Lights?
In Ylläs you will find
- Reindeer and husky rides
- Northern lights
- Skiing and snow-shoeing
Lapland Safaris Ylläs
Tel. +358 (0)16 569 666
Hit the dancefloor
Dances and evening activities
Dances and evening activities
The list of artists who perform at Pirtukirkko are top class, all year round. The dance-floor is frequently used on dance-nights, when top artists get up onto the Äkäshotelli stage.
The list of artists who perform at Pirtukirkko are top class, all year round. The dance-floor is frequently used on dance-nights, when top artist after top artist get up onto the Äkäshotelli stage. This restaurant-nightclub, also known as Pirtukirkko, offers free entry for guests staying at Äkäshotelli, Saaga and Ylläskaltio (except during special events like Ylläs Jazz & Blues and Ylläs Soikoon).
The most reliable place to find an afterparty is in the Pirtukellari Nightclub.
Train at the gym after sports, or for whole day if the weather is poor. Get sweaty in the gym of Lapland Hotel Saaga!Read more
Lapland Hotel Saaga has a well equipped, modern gym, with basic equipment and a wonderful view of Ylläsjärvi. Ask for additional information tel. +358(0)16 323 600 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please make reservation https://vello.fi/gymsaaga/ or from reception.
Gym price list
8,00 € / single ticket
65 € / 10 times
Ask for longer ones such as monthly tickets at our reception.
Pampering yourself after a day outside works out fine in Ylläs. That’s thanks to our variety of fantastic wellness-services.
Saaga pampering treatments
You can relax and pamper yourself with a variety of treatments offered by our spa-section. You can choose from traditional or special massages, or different baths. The relaxing massages and baths can be reserved from the hotel reception by calling: 016 323 600, or 040 5407347.
Sauna and spa
Beautiful natural stone materials and lights create an atmosphere at the pool facilities of Lapland Hotel Saaga. Enjoy the feel of bubbles in a Jacuzzi, situated in a magnificent natural stone cave, or relax in a traditional hot tub. The younger family members love to spend time in the wading pool, accompanied by the crocodile! Sauna heat is available either in a traditional Finnish sauna, or a relaxing steam sauna.
A private sauna is also available for bookings for private use.