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How to travel to Ylläs

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Ylläs is located 115km north of the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland, 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 by Ylläs Ski Bus.


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


Fly to Ylläs

Kittilä Airport is less than hour drive from Ylläs. Finnair operates year-round from Helsinki (capital of Finland) to Kittilä. Norwegian fly to Kittilä in winter 2022. Distance from Kittilä Airport to Ylläsjärvi village is 36km and to Äkäslompolo village 50km.

  • From each Kittilä flight there is a Airport Bus connecting to both villages in Ylläs. Route map.
  • Note! Outside the main seasons airport transfer is run as taxi service, which you need to book beforehand.
  • See Airport Bus timetables and prices

Alternatively you can fly to Rovaniemi Airport which is 170km south from Ylläs and connect with taxi. Also option, but not recommended, is 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.

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By Train to Kolari and Ylläs

You can travel Ylläs also by train from Helsinki. Kolari railway station is 35km from Ylläs. Bus connects every Kolari train to Ylläs. Board the night train in the evening, and in the morning you are already in Ylläs. You can also board the train along the route, for example from Tampere or Oulu.

You can also take a night train to Rovaniemi, which is some 165km south from Ylläs. From Rovaniemi continue with a car or book a taxi from Rovaniemi to Ylläs.

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By Bus to Ylläs

There are bus connections to Ylläs across the country. See timetables and buy tickets on Matkahuolto website. Hopp on the bus in the evening and you are at Ylläs in the morning.

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By Car to Ylläs

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

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.

  • 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.
  • From south 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.
  • 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). You can also book taxi by using Valopilkku smartphone app. App locates you and notifies when taxi arrives.

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