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Explore Kittilä: the easily accessible Lapland destination with tons to offer

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7.2.2024 at 11:00
Ylläksellä voi tuntea olevansa pilvien yläpuolella.
Kittilä and its surroundings offer unbeatable Lapland experiences throughout the year. See our tips for unforgettable experiences, easily accessible from Finavia’s Kittilä Airport.

Kittilä and it's surrounding areas offer visitors nature, changing seasons and a wide range of activities. Two of some of the most famous ski and holiday resorts in Finland are located right by Kittilä Airport: Levi just 15 kilometres away and Ylläs around 35 kilometres. There's convenient connections to both destinations from Kittilä Airport, for example daily bus connections.

Arriving tourists can enjoy the magnificent fell scenery of the Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park while waiting for their bags, because as soon as you arrive at Kittilä Airport, you will get to enjoy a view of the Aakenus and Yllästunturi fells. And as night falls, you can see a beautiful sunset as the sun goes down behind the fells.

Maisemakuva Levin tuntureilta

During the 2023–2024 winter season, Finnair operates up to 34 flights a week from Helsinki Airport to Kittilä. The airline has also added more flights for the summer holiday season. In addition to Finnair, Air Baltic currently operates direct scheduled flights to Kittilä from Tampere, as well as from Riga, and Eurowings offers flights to Kittilä from Düsseldorf and Lufthansa from Munich.

In addition to Kittilä, Kittilä Airport also serves Kolari and Muonio, as well as Sodankylä and Enontekiö. Levi and Ylläs, Pallas, Olos and Pyhä-Luosto are all located near the airport.

Kilpisjärven ruskamaisema

The distinctive Pallas area

Kittilä and its surrounding area offer great experiences all year round. About an hour’s drive from Kittilä Airport is the Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park with its fantastic nature attractions. In the distinctive Pallas area, tourists get to enjoy, for example, the red sands of Lake Pallasjärvi and the calming scenery of the Sammaltunturi fell.

Did you know that the Pallastunturi fells also have the cleanest air in the world?

A reindeer roams the summery landscape of the fells

Are you already familiar with sieidis?

Sieidis are absolutely worth a visit: you can find Äkässaivo in Ylläs and the imposing Taatsi sieidi in the Pokka area of Kittilä. Sieidis were sacred places in ancient Sami religions.

Glowing northern lights

In the summer, you can hike among the magnificent landscapes and, in the autumn, enjoy the autumn foliage, not forgetting the magnificent northern lights, which are at their most active in the north from the beginning of autumn.

Revontulet loimuavat upeasti Lapin taivaalla.

Skiing and cycling on the slopes

Winter tourism has a special meaning for the Kittilä area. Just a short drive from Kittilä, there are many famous skiing locations in Levi, Ylläs and Pyhä.

Rinteisiin voi tutustua myös pyörän päällä.

During both the summer and winter seasons, it is also worth trying mountain biking on trails located in the middle of nature. For example, the Ylläs area has more than 100 km of maintained winter trails, some of which wend their way through the old-growth forests of the national park or run on the fells.

Further reading:

Learn more about Kittilä Airport

Visit Levi

Visit Ylläs

Discover Muonio


Main image: Visit Finland/Juha Laine

Visit Levi

Visit Finland / KotaCollective

Visit Levi

Visit Finland/Matti Koutonen/Vastavalo

Visit Finland/Mika Viitanen

This article was first published on 4 December 2020