(Path leading on top of Sallatunturi, previously known as Iso Pyhä) Man is mostly a flat-country dweller. Sometimes, however, the mind seeks elevation. To face the heights! We long for wide open views. We reach for the skies. Not all of us wish to conquer Mount Everest or see the peak of the Halti fell, but many of us are fascinated by the experience of reaching new heights. These are the moments you think about when you return home, these are the stories you tell. Remember back at Sallatunturi fell when...
Salla is the land of hundreds of ridges, hills, hillocks, and fells
Salla is the land of hundreds of ridges, hills, hillocks, and fells. A land where there are enough peaks for everyone, and enough peace and quiet once you reach the top. Climbing Sallatunturi fell, you will see the hills of the mysterious Aatsinginhauta canyon in the east. Turn the other way and your gaze will fall upon Jaurutunturi and Suvastunturi fells reaching for the sky above the hilly terrain. Make sure to have a good look at Salla village, where the tower of the Lappish hut church stands out like no other.
At Sallatunturi fell, you are in the middle of nowhere and yet surrounded by many famous fells; your eyes can see all the way to Ruka in Kuusamo as well as Pyhätunturi in Pelkosenniemi. In the north, you can make out Naruska's Karhutunturi and, following Tuntsa, the chain of fells in the wilderness. The abundance of fells on the Russian side of the border can also be seen here, with the closest peaks being the old Sallatunturi and Rohmoiva. Those areas used to belong to Salla but after the wars the border line between Finland and Russia was changed. After these, the rolling view leads east towards the distant White Sea.
The hills and fells of Salla are in the wilderness but still mostly easily reached. They seem somehow benevolent, round, and inviting, almost like living beings.
A Salla inhabitant goes to the fells when he or she needs to, and there has always been plenty of reasons to go. The people of Salla have visited the fells to make sacrifices to gods to keep the devil at bay, to pick blueberries or to set traps for willow grouse and even, in some cases, to make love confessions. Locals have climbed to the hills to admire the midnight sun and conjure spells. Or to get even better look at the Northern Lights dancing in the sky and to listen closer to the sounds of the Milky Way.
When people have climbed to the fells, they have experienced a great deal of things. Even holiness: these Sallatunturi fells have also gone by the names Pieni and Iso Pyhätunturi (Small and Large Fell of Saints).
Trail difficulty rating
All seasons (snowshoes required in the winter)
Services on the trail:
The trail first follows the UKK Trail, which is indicated by red route markers. As you ascend Sallatunturi, the route is indicated by blue route markers. There is an observation tower at the top of the fell. There are no water sources along the trail. The trail is an out-and-back trail.
Trail conditions, related risks and recommended equipment
The trail is narrow. It is also uneven and steep in places. There are duckboards in some of the wettest sections. As you approach the top of the fell, there are stairs across the rock face. Recommended footwear: in the summer, hiking boots with good ankle support.
Description of the natural environment
The natural environment starts off as lush spruce-dominated forest and gradually changes to the barren rocky peak of the fell.
Description of the cultural environment
Majestic fell scenery.
Located in the Sallatunturi fell area. Starts at the foot of the northern slope with signposts pointing the way to the trail.