Along this track you will find all the major attractions in the western part of Urho Kekkonen national park. Along the way you will pass the reindeer fence in Niilanpää fell and ride over the treeless Raututunturi fell area. You will also get to see the clear watered lake Rautulampi (Arctic char lake) and the beautiful gorge of Rumakuru.
Towards the fells
The stage three starts directly towards the Urho Kekkonen national park and it’s open fell areas. The start of the track is really fast as the trail runs along fast gravel roads and forest trails. After the first 10km the trail starts climbing towards the first service point which is located right next to the reindeer fence on Niilanpää fell.
After the service point the track moves to the completely treeless fell areas. If the sky is clear it is possible to see all the way to Russia from the highest tops of Raututunturi. If you are not in a hurry, this is the place to take a couple of selfies! Here the terrain is also quite rocky so it is important to be careful in the descents.
After the long descents the trail comes to a small and beautiful lake called Rautulampi. The lake is named after arctic char which is a very valued and tasty fish that lives in the clear and cold waters of the northernmost Lapland.
After Rautulampi begins a long, curvy, and enjoyable single-track section. Altogether this section is over 6km long!
After the single-tracks the trails starts climbing towards the second service point which takes place in Fell Center Kiilopää. This is a long and partly technical climb which will surely make you suffer. Before the service point there is a fast and nice descent down from fell Kiilopää.
The section between Kiilopää and Rumakuru goes along a curvy and rocky single-track on open treeless fell. The descent to Rumakuru is partly technical.
After Rumakuru threre are only the last kilometers left before the finish line! You will know already the last climbs and descents from previous days so it is easy to fight through the last kilometers.
From the ski slopes you can burst into your final sprint!
Congratulations! You made it through!