How to get to Ylläs

4 easy ways to travel to Ylläs



Ylläs is located 115 km north of the Arctic Circle, in the municipality of Kolari in Western Lapland. Ylläs services and routes are concentrated in two villages – Äkäslompolo and Ylläsjärvi villages. The villages are located on both sides of Yllästunturi, approx. 15 km apart. The villages are connected by The Scenic Road (“Maisematie”). It is easy to get to Ylläs by train, plane, car or bus.
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By plane

Kittilä airport is 40 mins drive from Äkäslompolo and 30 mins from Ylläsjärvi village. Direct international flights to Kittilä during season 2023-2024 are operated by Eurowings (Düsseldorf), Lufthansa (München), EasyJet (London), Austrian Airlines (Wien) and AirBaltic (Riga). Also TUI UK and TUI Airways operate flights to Kittilä. You can also fly from Helsinki to Kittilä Airport in up to 1.5 hours. Flights from Helsinki to Kittilä are operated by Finnair and Norwegian. In December 2023 AirBaltic will start direct flights from Tampere to Kittilä.

From the airport, there are shuttle buses to Ylläs. The bus will drive to Ylläs through both main villages Äkäslompolo and Ylläsjärvi. It is recommended to buy the tickets in advance in order to guarantee a place on the bus. The next month’s schedules are always updated at the end of the previous month (the 21st). Tickets and schedules (Kittilä Airport – Ylläs): matkahuolto.fi.  NOTE! Outside the winter season (1.5.-31.11.), the airport shuttle is run as call traffic, which must be ordered 18 hours in advance.

There are also several taxis and car rental companies operating at the Kittilä Airport.

By train

Night train to Kolari is a relaxed way to travel to Ylläs. Especially for children it’s an exciting adventure. Set off from southern Finland in the evening and you’ll be in Kolari in the morning! The night goes well sleeping in your own private cabin. In winter, night trains run almost every night. In spring and summer approximately four times a week. You can take your car with you on the train or you can rent it on the spot in Kolari. Even without a car, you’ll be fine in Ylläs. The easiest way to book railway tickets is to go straight to VR‘s website.

Kolari railway station is located at the center of Kolari which is 40 km from Äkäslompolo and 35 km from Ylläsjärvi. During the winter season, there is a bus transport to Ylläs after each train arrival. In addition, there are taxis waiting at the train station when the train arrives.

By car

Ylläs can be reached by car as well. The trip from Helsinki to Äkäslompolo will take approx. 11 hours without any breaks. If you are coming from the south, drive to Ylläs by road 21 / E8 and turn 10 km after Kolari onto road number 940 to Äkäslompolo. Another option is from Rovaniemi, Kittilä road number 79. After the center of Kittilä, turn left to road 939 to Ylläsjärvi. Through Ylläsjärvi, you can easily reach Äkäslompolo via Landscape Road. 

By bus

There is a direct bus connection to Ylläs all year round from Kolari railway station, and in winter from Kemi railway station, Oulu, Jyväskylä and Helsinki. You can see the schedules and buy tickets for your trip on Matkahuolto‘s website.

I am visiting Ylläs without a car. How to get around?

You can easily manage without a car in Ylläs. If you arrive by train or plane, you can continue your journey by airport bus or by train bus to Ylläsjärvi or Äkäslompolo.

Ylläs SkiBus transports to the ski resorts and it runs between Ylläsjärvi and Äkäslompolo villages from November until the beginning of May. You can hop on the bus from any of the bus stops along the route. Tickets can be purchased from the driver. Taxis are also available for convenient transportation. In the summer, a rental bicycle is an excellent means of transportation.

When staying in a rental cabin, choose a cabin close to services, so that you can easily reach grocery stores, restaurants and other services by foot. You can also order food directly to the cottage with home delivery from the supermarket.

Most of our cabins have ski trails and hiking trails nearby, so there are plenty of options for skiers and outdoor enthusiasts. See all our cabins on a map below or search for a suitable cabin by dates:


Ylläsjärvi or Äkäslompolo?

If you are coming to Ylläs for the very first time, you might be wondering which village to stay in, Ylläsjärvi or Äkäslompolo. There is no simple answer, and it depends a lot on what you want from your vacation. Wherever you decide to stay, you will surely get a wonderful and authentic experience.

Äkäslompolo and Ylläsjärvi are authentic Lappish villages. The villages are located on both sides of Yllästunturi and both villages have a ski center. With a ski pass, you can ski over the fell to the other side. In both villages, both the trail network and skiing opportunities are excellent. In general, Ylläsjärvi has become known more for its slopes and Äkäslompolo for its cross-country skiing trails.

Basic services are good on both sides, e.g. grocery stores, restaurants, sports equipment rentals and excursion and safari companies can be found in both villages. The services in Äkäslompolo are slighlty more versatile and concentrated than in Ylläsjärvi. The village of Ylläsjärvi was awarded as the Lappish Village of the Year in 2020.

Wherever you decide to stay, we definitely recommend visiting both villages. From one village to another, the 15 km long Scenic Road runs along the edge of the fell, with wonderful landscapes, as the name suggests. The Scenic Route also has a parking lot for taking pictures or, for example, for a picnic.

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