(age at the date of return)


An unspoiled winter wonderland with magnificent national park scenery

Lapland winter wonderland activity holidays in Ylläs

Ylläs combines all the ingredients necessary for a perfect Lapland experience. Guests return year after year to enjoy its stunning unspoiled natural scenery, Finland’s longest ski slopes, an excellent network of cross-country trails and superb choice of accommodation, including our best selection of idyllic high-quality log cabins. It offers a wide choice of activities and safaris, including exhilarating reindeer, husky and snowmobile safaris. The skies here are especially clear, ideal for witnessing the magical Northern Lights. The resort comprises two Lappish villages set 15 minutes apart connected by a resort shuttle bus: Äkäslompolo where Äkäs Hotel and all our cabins are located, and Ylläsjärvi where the Ylläs Saaga Spa Hotel enjoys a panoramic slopeside position.

Santa Breaks in Ylläs

  • 3 or 4 night Santa Breaks to visit Santa in Lapland are also available in our resorts of Levi and Ylläs in November and December. Please click on the link Yllas Santa Breaks
  • Did you know that if you book a 7 night holiday to Lapland in December you can also visit Santa in his Hideaway? Simply pick up and purchase the 'Santa's Hideaway' excursion at the time of booking and the whole family can enjoy a private meeting with Santa, an afternoon of fun and games including creating Christmas decorations with the Elves and baking gingerbread!
  • Every 7 night holiday to Lapland in December includes a farewell dinner with Santa and his reindeer - there's even a small gift and certificate for every child! For even more festive fun, why not indulge in a reindeer sleigh ride or dash through enchanting snow-laden forests on a snowmobile or husky safari!

Added value

The Big 3 Excursion Pack - Adults save £85 on our Snowmobile, Husky and Reindeer Safari Bundle

The Big 3 Excursion Pack - Children pay just £85 on our Snowmobile, Husky and Reindeer Safari Bundle


Ski and Snowboard Information

Skiing Levels
  • Beginners
  • Intermediates
  • Advanced
  • Snowboard
  • Cross Country

Beginner skiing in Ylläs

An ideal resort in which to learn to ski or board. Uncrowded perfectly groomed slopes, small classes and friendly English speaking instructors.

Intermediate skiing in Ylläs

Great area for early intermediates with wide flattering runs and no lift queues.

Advanced skiing in Ylläs

Limited challenges but some good off-piste snow conditions.

Snowboarding in Ylläs

2 floodlit snow parks with jumps, a super-pipe and boarder-cross course.

Cross-country skiing in Ylläs

Excellent for all ability levels with refreshment huts and unlimited trails in wonderful scenery. 

Ylläs is a cross-country skier’s paradise. It has 330kms of trails  prepared for both classic and skating styles. 38kms of these are floodlit. Many of the tracks take you into the spectacular scenery of Pallas-Ylläs National Park where Lapland’s pristine nature is carefully preserved. The trails range in elevation between 190 and 540 metres, including so-called “warm tracks” where it might be as much as 15 degrees warmer than down in the village due to the temperature inversion. There is a wonderful variety of tracks for all skier levels which easily allow for routes to be lengthened or shortened according to how you feel during the day.

The area consists of seven fells, with Ylläs fell being one of the highest in Lapland at 718m, making it possible to ski a different route each day. In addition to countless circular routes, one-way trips can be made using taxis or the ski bus which runs regularly between the two villages of Äkäslompolo and Ylläsjärvi. Guided trips can be arranged through ‘Seven Fells Up’, while Äkäslompolo SportShop in the village centre is an excellent local resource for nordic skiers. There is a network of 14 ski track cafés (some only open from mid-February), plus 25 campfire shelters where you can fry your own sausages like a true Finn.

Mountain Facts
  • Area 53 km
  • Resort Altitude250m
  • Ski Alt. From250m
  • Ski Alt. To718m
  • Runs
  • Longest Run3 km
  • Run Information

    60 (30 floodlit); Longest run 3km; 33 runs covered by snow cannons.

  • Lifts Lifts 30 , Chairlifts 1 , Draglifts 28 , Gondolas 1
  • Lift Times

    30 of the 63 runs are floodlit, open December to mid-February. 

    Full area is open from mid-February. 

  • Lift Ski LockersNo
  • Local Pass Lifts30
  • Night Skiing IncludedYes
  • Mountain Restaurants11
  • Cross Country Trails

    330km of trails (35km floodlit). Snowmobiling, over 320km of marked trails.

  • Off-piste OptionsYes
  • Slope Direction,N,S,W
  • Snowpark Info

    2 floodlit snowparks with jumps, a super-pipe and boarder-cross course.

  • from£544pp

Highly recommended, idyllic, high-quality modern log cabins, dotted around the woods in a variety of scenic locations. All cabins have their own private sauna and fireplace for that classic and cosy Lappish experience.  Excellent cross-country skiing starts from the door.

  • from£514pp
  • 10 rooms

Excellent value, modern, well-equipped and attractively furnished cabins located next door to the cross-country trails, 200m from the ski bus stop and 700m from the village centre. Cabins are self-catering, but guests have the option to pre-book half board with buffet breakfast and 3 course buffet evening meal taken at Akas Hotel.

  • from£874pp
  • 120 rooms

A modern ski-in/ski-out luxury resort hotel with excellent spa facilities and a choice of superior hotel rooms and high-quality self-catering apartments. All our hotel room prices are based on half board included. For self-catering apartments, see Ylläs Saaga Apartments.

  • from£524pp
  • 120 rooms

Modern ski-in/ski-out self-catering apartments forming part of the luxury resort Ylläs Saaga Hotel with its excellent spa facilities. The slope-side property offers great convenience with panoramic views over the surrounding lappish countryside and the Ylläsjarvi side of the fell. Guests may use the facilities in the main hotel building included in our prices. 

  • from£804pp
  • 72 rooms

An atmospheric and very friendly hotel situated in the traditional unspoiled Lappish village of Äkäslompolo. The property enjoys a scenic, peaceful wooded location with miles of cross-country ski trails starting from the door. The village centre is approx. 5 minutes walk away. 

  • from£524pp
  • 48 rooms

Highly recommended, excellent quality self-catering apartments located just 100m from Äkäs Hotel in a scenic, peaceful location and next to the start of the cross-country ski trails.  Guests may choose to self-cater or pre-book optional half board at a supplement taken at Akas Hotel.

  • from£604pp
  • 10 rooms

These cosy, open-plan log cabins have sauna and fireplace and are located just 3-5 minutes' walk (250-450m) from the Äkäs Hotel main reception building. The cross-country ski trails start from just outside and the well-stocked large supermarket is approx. 7-8 minutes' walk away.

Inghams Plus

  • Inghams Rep based in resort 
  • Groups - Up to 1 in 7 go Free
  • Free dinner with Santa and his reindeer for all Inghams guests staying 7, 14, 21, 25 December 2019 - last night of stay including traditional Christmas dinner with roast turkey and all the trimmings, party games and disco, and opportunity for children to meet Santa individually and receive a small gift and certificate
  • One free day on lift pass and/or equipment hire when pre-booking 6 days (free day issued locally)
  • Great price for combined thermal suits & boots package from £30 per person for guests staying in Ylläs Log Cabins and Villa Armas Cabins from 6.1.19 - 16.2.19
  • Children under 6yrs ski free and receive free equipment hire if wearing a free rental helmet and accompanied by an adult

Special Offers

Things To Do


See Activity Information below

Activity Information

Bookable locally with your Inghams representative:

  • Excursion to Lainio Snow Village by coach or snowmobile
  • Overnight stay in Lainio Snow Hotel
  • Snowmobile, husky and reindeer safaris
  • In Search of the Northern Lights excursions
  • Horse-riding
  • Ice-fishing
  • Karaoke
  • Snowshoe excursions (by day or in search of the Northern Lights)
  • Visits to meet Santa
  • Ski Taster Day for complete beginners
  • Cross-country or Downhill skiing

Child Care

Available at the base of the main slopes on Ylläs Saaga side of the fell. Bookable locally.

Indoor Kindergarten from 6 months - 11 years, 10am - 5pm, approx. €5 -€10 per hour.

Outdoor Kindergarten with outdoor snow play area, magic forest, small ski lift. Free if with parents or same price as indoor kindergarten if supervision is required.

A local baby-sitting service is available in both Ylläs Saaga and Äkäslompolo

Pre-bookable Excursions details and prices:

Winter 2018/19 details and prices

(please note we act at all times as selling agent for the supplier of these excursions and activities)

  • Husky Safaris 2½ hour excursion (1½ hours at farm and on safari) *
    25 minute drive to local husky farm. Hear about husky way of life around the fire in a Kota hut and get to drive your own team of huskies on a thrilling dog- sled ride. Sleds take 2 adults plus 1-2 children with a stop mid-Safari to give guests the opportunity to swap drivers.  Choose from 2km, 10km or 22km experiences. 
    • Husky Farm visit and 2km safari - Prices from: Adult: £49 Child (4-12yrs): £25 (Suitable for families with young children. Not available from 5th January 2020)
    • Husky Farm visit and 10km safari - Prices from: Adult: £79 Child (4-12yrs): £45 
    • Husky Farm visit and 22km safari - Prices from: Adult: £165 Child (4-12yrs): £89 Single supp: £99 
    • Children under 4yrs are free but any transport must be paid for locally. Children under 4yrs are only permitted on the 2km safari.
    • * Half Day trip is 4 hour excursion (3 hrs at farm and on safari)
  • Reindeer Safari & Sámi Farm Visit 3½ hour excursion (1½ hours at farm)
    Enjoy a scenic one hour drive to a genuine and authentic Sámi reindeer farm. Feed the reindeer, learn lassoing, hear about reindeer life and take a sleigh ride at this very special farm owned by a lovely Sámi family. Visit the art gallery and small museum in a 200 year old building and choose something to take home from the souvenir shop. We highly recommend a visit to this working reindeer farm.
    • Reindeer farm visit & 20 minute safari - Prices from:Adult: £49 Child: £29

  • Snowmobile Safaris 2 hour excursion, 25km ride (starts from resort)
    Choose locally between taking this safari as a family daytime trip or a faster evening adult-only trip "In Search of the Northern Lights". 
    A selection of longer snowmobile safaris is available locally. Small children under 7yrs may be towed in a sled behind guide. Children must be of a height of over 140cm in order to ride as a passenger. Drive alone on your own snowmobile or share. Drivers must bring a full, valid photographic drivers' license. 
    • Single (1 adult alone) - Prices from: Adult: £99
    • Double (2 sharing) - Prices from: Adult: £75 Child: £15
  • Snowshoe Safari 2 hour excursion (daytime or evening)
    A guided snowshoe safari into a snowy silent wilderness. Decide locally on arrival if you prefer a daytime trip or an evening safari searching for the Northern Lights including a break around a campfire with interesting Northern Lights stories and hot drink. A range of longer guided trips is available locally. 
    • Prices from: Adult: £45  Child £25
  • Lainio SnowHotel and Village Visit 2½ hr excursion (1½ hrs at Snow Village) Available from approx. 7 Dec onwards
  • A scenic evening coach trip through a snowy winter wonderland with a chance of seeing the Northern Lights en route. Take a  guided tour of the famous Snow Village made entirely of snow  with beautifully illuminated ice art and sculptures adorning its  hotel suites, courtyards, ice bar, ice restaurant and ice chapel. For details of overnight stays from 14 Dec, see below. 
    • Prices from: Adult: £39 Child: £25
  • Horse-riding Safari  2½ hour excursion (1-1½ hrs on horse)
    Ride along snowy forest trails. Beginners and experienced riders have separate times. Children under 12yrs are not permitted. Warm up with a hot drink and cookie afterwards at the farm.
    • Prices from: Adult: £65 (for guests staying at Akas Hotel, Akas Cabins, Akas Alp Apartments and Ylläs Log Cabins)
    • An extra £25 per person transport supplement applies for guests staying at Ylläs Saaga Spa Hotel and Apartments
  • Northern Lights Horse Sleigh Ride 1½ hour excursion (20-30 minute one-horse open sleigh ride along snowy tracks)
    A magical ride under a starry night sky in search of Northern Lights. Warm up with a hot drink and cookie after.
    • Prices from: Adult: £49 Child: £29 (for guests staying at Akas Hotel, Akas Cabins, Akas Alp Apartments and Yllas Log Cabins)
    • An extra £25 per person transport supplement applies for guests staying at Ylläs Saaga Spa Hotel and Apartments
  • Santa’s Hideaway 3 hour excursion (2 hours at Hideaway) 2 Dec – 29 Dec incl.
    Hidden away in a snow-covered magical forest with fun activities and a private meeting with Santa for every child. Visit Comet the reindeer, go to Elf school, back gingerbread, or go tobogganing, kick-sledding, snowshoeing. There is also a mini-snowmobile for children. Pre-bookable for all arrivals 2 Dec – 29 Dec. Bookable locally for other dates but only operates subject to minimum numbers. Do not book as well as Visit Santa at Santa Park excursion - see below. 
    • Prices from: Adult: £69 Child: £55
  • Visit Santa at SantaPark 7 hour excursion (2 Dec – 29 Dec incl.)
    2½ hrs drive away in indoor grotto theme park. Includes private meeting with Santa, Elf School diploma and Elf trainee hat, Santa’s Post Office, Mrs Santa’s gingerbread bakery, Arctic Circle Arch, dance show, Magic Train, meet the Ice Princess at the Ice Gallery and Ice Bar, Angry Birds Park, Toy Factory shopping area. Do not book as well as Santa's Elves Hideaway excursion, see above. 

    • Prices from: Adult: £69 Child: £55

Stay Overnight at the Lainio SnowHotel 

  • Lainio SnowHotel Overnight Stay incl. guided tour of the Snow Village (available from 14 Dec)
    • An overnight stay at the SnowHotel, surrounded by beautifully illuminated ice art, is truly a night to remember.
    • A guided tour of the Snow Village is included. 
    • Lainio SnowVillage is located 18km from Ylläs Saaga Hotel & Ylläs Saaga Apartments, 30km from all other Ylläs accommodation.  
    • The Snow Village walls are made entirely of snow and beautiful ice sculptures adorn its rooms, courtyards, ice bar, restaurant and Ice Chapel.
    • Guests are provided with high quality arctic thermal sleeping bags, shower and toilet facilities, room wake-up call with hot berry juice and buffet breakfast in a warm log restaurant and a diploma of overnight stay.  
    • Choose to stay overnight in a Standard Room or the more ornate Ice Suite. 
    • It is not recommended for children under 4yrs to stay overnight in the SnowHotel
    • Prices are per person adult or child from: 
      • Ice Suites (1-3 Occ): 2 Occ £199 / 3 Occ £169 (3rd bed is an extra bed, not an ice bed)
      • Ice Suites (4-5 Occ):  4 Occ £139 / 5 Occ £125 (5th bed is an extra bed, not an ice bed)
      • Ice Suite: Sole Occ £279  

The overnight stay can be pre-booked but the exact day of the week will only be confirmed within 3 working days of booking as all reservations are subject to availability.

A weekly afternoon visit to Lainio SnowVillage without an overnight stay is also pre-bookable. For full details see excursion descriptions above.

Notes for above excursions:

Times and distances are approximate and may vary due to weather and other conditions. Child age for Husky, Reindeer and Snowmobile safaris is 4-12yrs. Children 0-3yrs  are free (any transport must be paid for locally) but are not allowed on 10km or 22km Husky or any Snowmobile safaris. SantaPark and Santa's Hideaway child age 4-16 yrs (0-2 yrs are free). Snowmobile drivers must be 18yrs and bring a full, valid photographic driver's licence with them. Children aged 8yrs or above must be at lest 140cm tall to ride as a passenger on a snowmobile. Children under this height or less than 8yrs will be towed in a sled behind the guide. On snowmobile excursions Inghams (and most other travel insurance policies) will provide cover for personal and medical expenses but not for damage to the snowmobile or third parties etc. If the snowmobile is damaged then a compulsory insurance excess of approximately 850 Euro will be payable direct to the excursion provider.

Ski Extras


Pre-bookable Lift Passes, Ski Hire & Tuition Winter 2018/19

HALF PRICE OFFER on Thermal Clothing for guests staying at Yllas Log Cabins and Villa Armas Cabins for Winter 2018/19. Guests staying at these properties can pre-book a combined thermal suit and boot package for £30 per person (7 days).  Valid 6.1.19 - 16.2.19
UP TO 15% OFF 'BLUE' CATEGORY SKIS & BOOTS HIRE (already deducted in below prices) for 6 days adult or child skis or skis & boots if pre-booked (plus 7th day FREE issued in resort)
1 Free Day Lift Pass & Equipment Hire - guests pre-booking 6 days lift pass and/or equipment hire receive 7th day Free issued in resort.
Children under 6yrs Ski Free and receive Free Equipment Hire if wearing a Free Rental Helmet and accompanied by an adult.

Winter 2018/19 prices shown below



SAVE £££s




For complete beginners only

  • 7 days lift pass
  • 7 days 'Blue' ski/board & boot hire*
  • 5 days tuition (1½ hrs per day)

Adult Ski/Board: from £268
Child† Ski/Board: from £207


  • 7 days lift pass
  • 7 days 'Red' ski/board & boot hire**
  • 3 days tuition (1½ per day)

Adult Ski/Board: from £310

Child† Ski/Board: from £231


  • 7 days 'Blue' ski & boot hire*
  • 5 days tuition (1½ hrs per day)

Adult: £170

All Learn to Ski/Board/Cross-country and Ski Inclusive Plus bundles must be pre-booked in UK and are not bookable locally.
*Learn To Ski, Board & Cross-country is for complete beginners only (guests who have never skied). Any guests booking this package who have skied before will be charged an upgrade cost locally.  
Red/black equipment (resort dependant) is for adults only. Children receive standard ('Blue') equipment. 
**Ski/Board Inclusive Plus is for all other levels and includes 'Red' equipment hire, except Child skis & boots are 'Blue'.  †Child Ski & Cross-country 6-11yrs/Child Snowboard 7-11yrs. Children 5yrs old should only book tuition as lift pass & equipment are FREE (see special offers below. 

Please note: A compulsory SkiData lift pass keycard costs approximately €7 payable in resort or guests may use a SkiData keycard from another resort or year.

Winter 2018/19 prices shown below

Lift Passes 

Lift Passes*



Senior 65yrs+ Adult 12-64yrs Child 6-11yrs Senior 65yrs+

Child 0-5yrs

Local Area Pass 6 L/H £96/£107 £163/£175 £97/£107 FREE

*L = (2-22 Dec & 6 Jan - 16 Feb), H = (All other dates)

Please note: A compulsory SkiData lift pass keycard costs approximately €7 payable in resort or guests may use a SkiData keycard from another resort or year.

Equipment Hire (6 days with 1 day free issued locally.  See Inghams Plus offers above)

Equipment Description Blue Red



Skis £59 from £96
Ski boots £52 -
Skis & boots


from £130
Snowboard - from £96
Snowboard & boots - from £126
Cross-country skis & boots from £105 -

Child 6-11yrs


Skis £59 -
Ski boots £52 -
Skis & boots £69 -
Snowboard - from £99
Snowboard & boots - from £126
Cross-country skis & boots from £75 -

'Red' ski boots only available for Ylläs Saaga adults. All ski boots for other properties are of the same good standard. 'Blue' skis & boots and 'cross-country' skis & boots or 'Red' skis & boots and snowboard & boots may be exchanged once during rental period at no extra cost. Please see here for description of hire categories.



Days Hours Adult 12yrs+ Child 5-11yrs†

1½ hrs per day

from £92/£150 from £83/£129
Cross-country 3/5 1½ hrs per day from £92/£150 -

†Child snowboard tuition = 7 - 11yrs.

Thermal Suits and Boots 

Clothing Days Adult 13yrs+ Child 3-12yrs
Thermal Suit
7 £39 £39
Thermal boots 7 £19 £19
Guests staying at Yllas Log Cabins and Villa Armas Cabins can pre-book at a  half price offer for a 7 day combined thermal suit and boot package for just £25 per person. Valid 6.1.19-16.2.19.

Prices and supplements are correct at time of publishing but may vary up or down. Correct prices will be advised at the time of booking




Useful Information

Resort Code: FIYL

Languages spoken: Finnish and Sámi

Time difference: GMT+2

Currency: EUR

Travel and Transportation

Winter 2018/19

Direct exclusive charter flights to Kittilä depart Sundays for 7 or 14 nights 

  • Gatwick 2 Dec - 16 Mar 
  • Bristol  2 Dec - 2 Mar 
  • Manchester 2 Dec - 16 Mar 
  • NEW Stansted 17 Feb only 

Transfer 35 minutes by coach to Ylläs Saaga Hotel and another 20 minutes to Äkäslompolo for all other Ylläs properties.

Flight supplements may apply.

For Santa Break flight options, see here



Car hire available: Yes

Evening resort bus service: No

Local bus services:

Parking available: Yes

Resort Ski bus available: Yes

Ski bus info:

Free if staying at Äkäs Hotel, Äkäs Cabins or Alp Apartments. Guests staying at other properties pay approximately €3.50 Adult/ €2.50 Child per trip or €21 Adult / €10.50 Child per week (under 4yrs free when accompanied by a parent). Ylläs Saaga Hotel is ski-in/ski-out.

Good to know

  • Snow-sure from November to May
  • Good chance for seeing Northern Lights
  • Short transfer
  • Excellent selection of high quality traditional log cabins
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