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Ylläs

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 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 festive feast - 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

Buy 2 Get 1 Free on Husky, Reindeer & Snowmobile Safaris!

Festive Feast - Free to all guests departing in December (last feast Xmas Day)

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Ski and Snowboard Information

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

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.

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
    29
    24
    4
  • 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£539pp
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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£479pp
  • 10 rooms
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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£879pp
  • 120 rooms
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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£519pp
  • 120 rooms
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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£769pp
  • 72 rooms
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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£499pp
  • 48 rooms
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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£589pp
  • 10 rooms
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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.

Special Offers

Things To Do

Pre-bookable Excursions details and prices:

There are a number of excursions that are eagerly awaiting you and to make the most of your Lapland adventure. Click here to find out more detailed information about each excursion and what they involve, then see below for the duration and price list for Yllas. 

Overnight Experiences:

Having the opportunity to stay in the SnowHotel, surrounded by beautifully illuminated ice art, is truly a night to remember. Choose to stay overnight in a Standard room or in the more ornate and unique Ice Suites.  

Excursion Duration Prices from
Snowmobile Safari 2 hours (from resort)
Approx. 25km
Single (1 adult alone) - Adult: £99
Double (2 sharing)- Adult: £75, Child: £15
Reindeer Safari & Sámi Farm visit 1km safari Adult: £45, Child: £25
Lainio SnowHotel and Village Visit 2½ hours (1½ hrs at Snow Village)
Available from 8 Dec onwards
Adult: £39, Child £25
Husky Safari 2km Safari
10km Safari
22km Safari
Adult: £49, Child: £25
Adult: £79, Child: £45
Adult: £165, Single sled supplement £99, Child: £89
Beginner Snowshoe Safari (daytime or evening) 2 hours Adult: £45
Child: £25
Horse-riding Safari 2½ hrs excursion
(1-1½ hrs on horse)
Adult/Child: £65
Extra £25 per person transport supplement for guests staying at Ylläs Saaga Spa Hotel and Apartments
Northern Lights Horse Sleigh Ride 1½ hours
20-30 minute sleigh ride
Adult: £49
Child: £29
Santa’s Elves' Hideaway 3 hour excursion (2 hours at hideaway)
1 Dec – 29 Dec incl.
Adult: £69
Child: £55
Visit Santa at SantaPark 7 hour excursion (2½ hour drive away)
1 Dec – 29 Dec incl.
Adult: £69
Child: £55
Lainio SnowHotel Overnight Stay Guided tour, hot berry juice and buffet breakfast Ice suite from: £125

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 (transport must be prebooked) 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. 
  • Single riders who have purchased a sharing snowmobile may need to upgrade locally to a single driving snowmobile, if a sharing snowmobile is not available.
  • 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.

    Travel insurance is a condition of booking with us, and you should ensure that your chosen policy covers the activities that you plan to take part in during your holiday. Your policy should provide cover for your own personal and medical expenses, however individual policies will not cover damage to snowmobiles or skidoos and a compulsory excess will be payable directly to the supplier of the snowmobile/skidoo excursion.

Ski Extras

Pre-bookable Lift Passes, Ski Hire & Tuition Winter 2019/20

SPECIAL OFFERS
HALF PRICE OFFER on Thermal Clothing for guests staying at Yllas Log Cabins and Villa Armas Cabins for Winter 2019/20. Guests staying at these properties can pre-book a combined thermal suit and boot package for £30 per person (7 days).  Valid 5.1.20 - 15.2.20
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 2019/20 prices shown below

 

SAVER PACKS

SAVE £££s

 

 


LEARN TO SKI/BOARD* 

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 £267
Child† Ski/Board: from £206

SKI INCLUSIVE PLUS

  • 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

LEARN TO CROSS-COUNTRY* 

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

Adult: £176

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.

Lift Passes 

Lift Passes*

Days

Season*

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

Child 0-5yrs

Local Area Pass 6 L/H £97/£108 £163/£182 £97/£108 FREE

*L = (1-21 Dec & 5 Jan - 15 Feb), H = (All other dates)

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

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

Equipment Description Blue Red

Adult

 

Skis £58 £94
Ski boots £51 £58
Skis & boots

from £102

from £123
Snowboard - from £94
Snowboard & boots - from £123
Cross-country skis & boots from £102 -

Child 6-11yrs

 

Skis £58 -
Ski boots £51 -
Skis & boots £65 -
Snowboard - from £94
Snowboard & boots - from £123
Cross-country skis & boots from £65 -

'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.

Tuition

TUITION

Days Hours Adult 12yrs+ Child 5-11yrs†
Ski/Snowboard
3/5

1½ hrs per day

from £92/£149 from £83/£128
Cross-country 3/5 1½ hrs per day from £92/£149 -

†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

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

  • Gatwick 
  • Bristol  
  • Manchester 

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

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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