But how long does it take to climb to the top of Särkitunturi? How much time should you reserve for the complete hike? Here’s my suggestion for you:
→ Hiking to the top of Särkitunturi fell will take approximately 45 minutes.
→ It takes a little less to walk back down.
→ It takes at least an hour to admire the views on top of Särkitunturi. Why is that? Because for the first half an hour you’re completely speechless. For the next 30 minutes, you’ll be able to blurt out short words like “oooooh”, “aaaaaww” and “WOW!”.
→ Add minutes or hours as per the amount of little ponds you want to swim in and the number of sausages and coffee pots you want to heat up on an open flame in one of the many campfire spots of Särkitunturi fell.
Welcome to rousingly beautiful Särkitunturi fell, a little paradise in Finnish Lapland!
I’ve heard so many times people praising this little mountain, or fell, as they are called in Finnish Lapland. They’re smaller than mountains but bigger than hills. An arctic hill, some might say. But let’s call them fells for now.
All these praises have made me wonder why is Särkitunturi so amazing? Aren’t all the fells pretty much the same?
So I had to climb up and see it myself!
How to get to Särkitunturi fell?
Särkitunturi is located along Rovaniementie, the road number 79, just 15 kilometres south-east of Muonio. There is a lay-by next to Lake Särkijärvi. The signs for the lay-by point to the national park, “Pallas-Yllästunturin kansallispuisto”.
The actual sign for Särkitunturi is a little bit hidden, but you can’t miss the lay-by.
You can grab a piece of firewood with you from the starting point of the hiking path.
You’ll feel the first ‘wow’ already on the lay-by, thanks to the views opening to Särkijärvi lake and the national park.
There are a toilet, an info sign and a little hut on the lay-by. The hiking path to the top of Särkitunturi begins on the other side of the road. You’ll find driving instructions and a map to the lay-by at the end of this post.
Hiking trail to the top of Särkitunturi fell
The hiking trail to the top of Särkitunturi is 3,2 kilometres one way and very easy to walk on. The whole trail is covered with crushed stones, and therefore you won’t need super fancy hiking shoes—You’ll do fine with normal sneakers, even after the rain.
A local hiker told me she had once walked to the top of Särkitunturi with a pushchair, which proves that the trail really is an easy hike.
There will be a couple small but fairly steep hills along the route, and the closer you get to the top, the rockier the trail is. But still, it’s very easy hike. I met many kids and even elderly during my hike.
Depending on your walking speed the hike to the top of Särkitunturi will take between 45 and 60 minutes.
Särkivaara, a lovely resting place halfway up
Halfway up the hiking trail, you’ll find the first proper resting spot, Särkivaara, which seems like a real oasis in the middle of the forest.
There is a forest hut with a campfire spot, a toilet and the first beautiful pond where to swim. Unfortunately, I had left my swimsuit in the car (silly me), but thanks to the dock it will be very easy to access the water.
A paradise on top of a fell
After a little break, it’s easier to continue hiking.
Blueberries drenched by summer showers are sparkling in the sun, alluring me to nibble nature’s own vitamin bombs. I wonder if it was the energy I got from fresh blueberries that did it, but the closer to the peak I got, the lighter my step was.
What a view!
It took only a nanosecond to understand what the fuss was all about. The reason for all those praises got very clear to me.
There’s no doubt why Särkitunturi fell is the most popular day trip destination in Muonio area. And there’s no doubt Särkitunturi really deserves the honorary title of ‘Finnish national landscape’.
Don’t believe me? See it yourself!
These photos are not enough to praise the beauty of Särkitunturi and its’ stunning landscapes. I’m not lying on the title of this blog post, Särkitunturi really is a little paradise in Finnish Lapland.
The only thing I was sorry about was not taking my tent with me. Or my swimsuit. Because on top of Särkitunturi, you can find many ponds to dip yourself in after a sweaty hike. And these ponds… These natural ponds provide you with views that no luxury hotel swimming pool can offer!
Besides ponds and magnificent views, you’ll find, of course, a campfire spot and a toilet on top of the fell.
The views. Oh dear, those views! No matter which direction you’re looking at, you’ll face a rousingly beautiful and breath-taking landscape. Särkitunturi is a real paradise in Finnish Lapland. It has absolutely everything you need—and no mosquitoes!
Driving instructions to Särkitunturi:
If you’re using Google Maps, Särkitunturi I points to a bus stop located right next to the lay-by I mentioned at the start of this post. The hiking trail to the top of Särkitunturi fell begins right across the road. The road you want to take is called Rovaniementie, road number 79, and the location can be found approximately 15 km south-east from the centre of Muonio.
You’ll recognise the lay-by from big signs pointing at Pallas-Yllästunturin kansallispuisto (= Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park).
The rousingly beautiful Särkitunturi was my first stop on the way back home after an adventurous holiday in Muonio organised by Harriniva Hotels & Safaris. By following this link you’ll find our what else I experienced and where I visited during my road trip along the West Coast of Finland all the way to Lapland and back.
Have you ever visited Muonio or any other place in Finnish Lapland? If not yet, would you love to? Please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below! ↓
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