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How to travel to Ylläs

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Ylläs is located 115km north of the Arctic Circle in Lapland, Finland in Scandinavia. The Ylläs area consists of two original Lappish villages. Äkäslompolo village is on the northern side of the Ylläs Fell and Ylläsjärvi village on the southern side. The Scenic Road ("Maisematie") connects the two villages. More about local transportation - Ylläs Ski Bus.


  • Kolari Train Station 35km
  • Kittilä Airport 36km
  • Rovaniemi 160km
  • Kemi 250km


Fly to Ylläs

Kittilä Airport (KTT) is less than hour drive from Ylläs.

Direct international flights to Kittilä, 2023-2024:

Lots more connections available also via Helsinki and Tampere.

  • Air Baltic operates Tampere-Kittilä on friday and monday 22.12.2023-29.3.2024
  • Finnair operates Helsinki-Kittilä almost year-round
  • Norwegian will fly Helsinki-Kittilä during winter high season: 23.12.2023–2.1.2024, 18.-25.2.2024

Book your flights

Each Kittilä flight is connected with Airport Bus to Ylläs main villages Äkäslompolo and Ylläsjärvi. Airport Bus timetable and prices. Airport Bus Route map.

Note: Outside the main seasons airport bus/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.

If you fly to Rovaniemi Airport (170km south from Ylläs) its is best to connect with a taxi because there is no direct bus connection. The indirect bus connection is complex: 1. Bus from Rovaniemi Airport to Rovaniemi bus station 2A. On high seasons: Bus from Rovaniemi bus station to Ylläs 2B. On low seasons: Bus from Rovaniemi bus station to Kittilä Airport + Airport Bus from Kittilä Airport to Ylläs - these two/three connections often do not match and have (very) long waiting times.


Travel by Train to Kolari and to Ylläs

You can travel to Ylläs by train from Finland's capital Helsinki and from cities along the route such as Tampere and Oulu. Your destination Kolari railway station is 35km from Ylläs and bus connects every train to Ylläs. Board the night train in the evening, and in the morning you are already in Ylläs.

Book your train tickets

You can also take a night train to Rovaniemi, which is 170km south from Ylläs. From Rovaniemi continue with a car or book a taxi from Rovaniemi to Ylläs.


Travel by Bus to Ylläs

There are bus connections to Ylläs across Finland. See timetables and buy tickets on Matkahuolto website. Some connections you board the bus in evening and arrive to Ylläs in next morning.

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Travel by Car to Ylläs

Naturally you can drive to Ylläs. Even though we are above the Arctic Circle, our roads are in good condition year-round. 

Car rental is available for example in Kittilä Airport and in Rovaniemi. Also most companies offer pick up and drop down options to your stay.

  • Coming 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 for coming from south: Drive from 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.
  • From north: For example Kilpisjärvi-Muonio-Äkäslompolo-Ylläsjärvi
  • From east: For example Sodankylä-Kittilä-Ylläsjärvi-Äkäslompolo



Ylläs Taxi tel. +358 20 071 800 (24 h). Call cost is 1,92€/call + mobile phone call price per  your operator.

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