There is plenty to see and experience in the diverse nature of Fell Lapland. Good examples are the fells of the Ylläs region: they all have their own character. One thing is in common – the roof is high and the walls are on the horizon.
The River Tornion–Muonionjoki
The great River Tornion-Muonionjoki is the longest free-flowing river in Europe. In the river there are rumbling waterfalls, rushing rapids and peaceful small gravel-bed rapids where salmon spawn. The upper reaches of the river divides long stretches of wilderness and the lower reaches run amidst the old cultural landscape of the river valley. The River Tornion–Muonionjoki is a stream of northern life.
A sedge stand waves in the summer wind and bogbeans bloom. Birds shout their warning cries at passers-by. It is easy to lose one’s heart to the huge and diverse Teuravuoma Mire.
Pakasaivo, the famous “Hell of Lapland”, is a ravine lake formed in a bedrock canyon washed by glacial meltwater. Commanding deep respect, Pakasaivo is an old worship site. You can acquaint yourself with Pakasaivo by taking the well constructed route to it. Whatever food you take with you on your journey can be eaten comfortably in a big Laplander’s hut.
In a pine forest near the road leading to Pakasaivo lies a lonely erratic block. This is no ordinary rock thrown about by the ice age, however, but a traditional worship site instead.
The gentle flow of the River Kuerjoki turns wild during the last kilometre: the river surges down at the bottom of the grand fell towards the River Äkäsjoki. The dazzling pace climaxes in two “linkkas” i.e. waterfalls from which fishermen of times past hauled trout in a clever style: a willow basket was placed under the waterfall, and fish that failed their jump would fall in that basket.
Pallas–Yllästunturi National Park
The landscape of Pallas–Yllästunturi National Park is dominated by fells and the unscathed forests and wetlands surrounding them. The well-marked trails, clean and beautiful nature and varied terrain of the area provide excellent
opportunities for trips and wandering in nature. The fell range in the national park is almost one hundred kilometres long in total. The picturesque, beautiful Pallas fells have been chosen as one of Finland’s national landscapes.
Visitors to the national park are served by a large network of resting places and wilderness huts and the unique chain of three nature centres of the Forest and Park Service (Äkäslompolo, Pallas and Hetta).
Beginning above the treeline, Varkaankuru Ravine is a magically beautiful place where the nature is amazingly diverse. The lower region of the ravine seems like an enchanted forest with its old trees and grass as tall as grown men. Species-wise, Varkaankuru is one of the finest places in Lapland.
Lake Kesänkijärvi, located in the valley between Kesänkitunturi fell and Kellostapuli Ravine, is a uniquely beautiful place. The fish-rich lake is surrounded by old-growth forests and exuberant springs; beset by beautiful gray fell walls. The best way to get to know Lake Kesänkijärvi is to go on a trip on the lake itself. Boat and fishing equipment rentals are provided by Sportia Ylläs.
Nilivaara reindeer fence
Interested in seeing a real open-plan office? You can go and witness one on the western slope of Kesänkitunturi fell: the Nilivaara reindeer roundup site was already in use in the 19th century. The old part of the fence was made in a traditional fashion using nails or bolts.
Surrounded by fells and old-growth forests, Lake Pyhäjärvi is a piece of Lapland at its most beautiful. The lake is spring filled and clear: you can see down to a depth of 10 metres! Lake Pyhäjärvi and Lake Kukasjärvi next to it have always been popular amongst travellers of the wilderness, which is proven by the deer hunting pits and old fishing sites found in the terrain. Boat and fishing equipment rentals are provided by Sportia Ylläs.
Äkässaivo – a rugged worship site
But even greater than this is Äkäsjoensaivo, located by the River Äkäsjoki north of Äkäslompolo. It is such a river that not all are courageous enough to even go and look at it, not the faint of heart at least; it has horrifying seita rock walls. On one side is the tall Kirkkopahta rock, on the other side is the terrifying tooth-shaped rock, and between the noble rock walls runs a narrow passage to the River Äkäsjoki. – Samuli Paulaharju
Äkäsmylly Water Mill
The gentle flow of the River Äkäsjoki is quickly interrupted by a waterfall, at the bottom of which is fish-rich still water. In the beautiful Äkäslinkka rapids a water mill was once built that the inhabitants of the nearby villages used to grind grain. During holiday season the roar of the rapids can be enjoyed while having a tasty
treat in the distinctive mill café.
One of the largest lakes in the area is beautiful Lake Äkäsjärvi, whose islands and long fjordesque bight entice you to go on a trip on the lake. In addition to its varied landscape, one of the lake’s sights is a small seita stone located on the east coast.
In the beautiful village of Pajala you can get to know the rich cultural history of Torne River Valley. If you want to go on a trip to the great fells, the Abisko region is only a four hours’ drive away. On the way there you will get to see the magnificent streams and charming villages of Torne River Valley.