How to travel to Ylläs
Ylläs is located 175 km north of the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland, in Scandinavia. The Ylläs area consists of two original Lappish villages. Äkäslompolo village is located on the northern side of the Ylläs Fell and Ylläsjärvi village on the southern side. The Scenery road (Maisematie) connects the two villages. More information about local transportation in Ylläs (Ylläs Ski Bus)
The nearest airport Kittilä Airport (KTT) is less than hour drive from Ylläs. Finnair operates year-round from Helsinki (capital of Finland) to Kittilä. There are also direct flights from European cities during the winter season: For winter 2021 Air Baltic operates from Riga (RIX) to Kittilä (KTT) between December 2020 and March 2021.
From each flight there is a Airport Bus connecting to both villages. Outside the main seasons airport transfer is run as taxi service, which you need to book beforehand. Distance from Kittilä Airport to Ylläsjärvi village is 36km and to Äkäslompolo village 50km. See airport bus timetables and prices.
Alternatively you can fly to Rovaniemi Airport (RVN) which is 170 km south from Ylläs and connect with Taxi service (Lapland Taxi). Also possible, but not recommended, to take bus from Rovaniemi Airport to Rovaniemi centrum, another bus from Rovaniemi Centrum to Kittilä, and finally Airport Bus from Kittilä Airport to Ylläs.
By Train to Kolari and Ylläs
You can reach Ylläs also by train from Helsinki. Board the night train in the evening, and in the morning you are already in Ylläs. You can board the train along the route, for example from Tampere or Oulu. Kolari railway station is 35km from Ylläs. There is bus transportation from each train to Ylläs. Bus transfer timetables and prices can be found on bus operator website (V. Rundgren Ky).
- In autumn 2020 night train goes twice a week.
- In winter 2020 (13.12.2020-18.4.2021) there is a train every night.
- In summer 2021 train goes four times a week, starting 19.4.2021.
Rovaniemi Trainstation is some 165km south from Ylläs. Book a taxi to/from Rovaniemi to Ylläs.
By Bus to Ylläs
There are bus connections to Ylläs across the country. Timetables and tickets are available on Matkahuolto website. Also OnniBus is operating an overnight busline from Helsinki to Ylläs. Hopp on the bus in the evening and you are at Ylläs in the morning.
Naturally you can also drive to Ylläs. Even though we are above the Arctic Circle, our roads are in good condition.
When traveling from south, take the route 21/E8 via Tornio to Kolari. Right after Kolari turn right to road no. 939 to Ylläsjärvi or drive another 10km and then turn right to road no. 940 to Äkäslompolo.
Another option is to drive via Rovaniemi to Kittilä on road no. 79. After Kittilä turn left to road no. 80 to Ylläsjärvi. From Ylläsjärvi scenery road takes you to Äkäslompolo, distance between those villages is 15km.
Car rental is available for example in Kittilä Airport and Rovaniemi. Also pick up and drop down options are available with most of the companies.