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Hiking

Being in nature is part of everyday life here. The roadless lands are not empty: reindeer herders, fishers, hunters and postmen have walked the wilderness for ages. Step to their centuries-old routes and become part of their legacy.

You’re never going to run out of places to hike in Enontekiö

There’s everything from kid-friendly nature paths to demanding wilderness epics. If you want to immerse yourself in Enontekiö’s nature and history, consider hiring a local guide. They offer trips from short hikes to multi-day treks.

The best time for hiking is from late June till September. Do remember that the wilderness is unpredictable and weather can change without notice. It’s not rare to see the first snowflakes fall while the autumn colours are at their brightest.

Day trips

For beginners, the best hikes are the short trails found in Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park and villages of Hetta and Kilpisjärvi.

One such destination is Lake Hietajärviin Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park. The popular lakeside lean-to can be reached via an easy 2.5-kilometre trail. You can experience the vast space of the open fells by scaling Pyhäkero from Hetta or Montellinmaja from Vuontispirtti.

In Hetta, various marked trails into the Jyppyrä hills start at the Fell Lapland Visitor Centre. Here, you can wander among stark pines, jagged birches and serene marshlands. In early summer, native flowers dot the trails. When summer starts turning to autumn, you can pick berries on your way.

In Kilpisjärvi, you can take day trips around Saana, Salmivaara and Malla Strict Nature Reserve. The lean-to at Tshakaljärvi is one of the most popular picnic spots in the region. Simply follow the easy trail to the lake and you’ll be rewarded with a gorgeous view of Saana. If you want to challenge yourself, hike the trail around Saana or even climb to its summit!

Hikes

Hetta-Pallas is one of the most iconic hiking trails in Finland. The marked trail is an unforgettable experience even for seasoned hikers, but it’s also great for your first multi-day excursion. However, you need to be prepared and strong enough for the open fells.

Halti and the other great fells await expert hikers in the Käsivarsi Wilderness Area. The marked Nordkalott trail will take you through incredible landscapes from Kilpisjärvi to Halti. Along the way, you can stop at a number of wilderness huts and see the Pihtsusköngäs waterfall

If you’re looking for a true wilderness experience, the roadless vastness of Käsivarsi, Pyörisjärvi, Tarvantovaara and Pulju are full of unforgettable experiences. Note that you need to rely on your own wilderness skills, as they have no marked trails. There are a few wilderness huts here and there, but don’t rely on them. Also keep in mind that the wilderness is home to the local people – you’re welcome to visit as long as you have respect and leave no trace.

Hiking trails

For more information about routes and conditions at the National Park and wilderness areas please contact the local Visitor Centres.

 

Learn more at nationalparks.fi

Visitor guidelines

Take care of our uniques nature

  1. Respect nature - leave no trace in it. Keep your pets on a leash.
  2. Mainly use marked trails and follow the rules for different modes of travel. Check the areas and times in which access is possibly restricted at your destination.
  3. Camp only where it is allowed. Do not wash the dishes or yourself directly in a water body. Follow the rules of wilderness huts.
  4. Light your campfire only where it is allowed and use a camping stove where possible. Do not light a fire when a forest or grass fire warning is in effect.
  5. Do not litter.

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Companies offering hiking gear for hire

Kilpissafarit

Activities & Rental services | Kilpisjärvi

Kilpissafaris offers travellers memorable experiences and sustainable trips in the scenery of the fells of Kilpisjärvi and three countries.

Tsahkalluoktantie 14, Kilpisjärvi

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Näkkälä Adventures

Guiding & Programme Services | Hetta

We organize everything your wilderness trip requires to be successful. Wilderness transportation, safaris, program services, hunting and fishing trips, cabins rental, canoe rental, wilderness experiences, nature tours and much more around a year. We also carry out metal detecting.

Ounastie 44, Hetta

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Hotel Hetan Majatalo

Accommodation, buffet, travelling, fitness room, meeting room, equipment rental | Hetta

Hotel HETAN MAJATALO has been hosting and entertaining its guests with heart and expertise since 1924 in the main village of Enontekiö, in the centre of Hetta. Lapland’s oldest family business in travel offers cosy accommodation and a famous buffet table now already in the fourth generation. Majatalo offers accommodation both in hotel and the guesthouse and providers sauna, fitness room, Lapp hut, small library, playing area, meeting room... You are warmly welcome to enjoy and be our guest!

Riekontie 8, Hetta

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Kilpisjärvi Holiday Village & Camping

Holiday Village | Kilpisjärvi

Welcome to Kilpisjärven Retkeilykeskus, serving hikers and skiers since 1937. Nestled by Saana, our cozy accommodations sit by popular trails, while our restaurant boasts stunning views of crystal-clear Kilpisjärvi. Explore our gift shop for gear and souvenirs, and rent quality equipment from our rental service. Your adventure starts here!

Käsivarrentie 14663, Kilpisjärvi

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Companies providing guided tours

Käsivarren Kalan Lomamökit

lomamökit, messut, opastukset talvisin | Enontekiö

Vuokrataan kolme lomamökkiä Pousujärvellä. Kierrellään kesäisin messuilla myymässä ruoka-annoksia. Talvisin opastusta Käsivarren suurtuntureille ja rautujärville. Vuokrataan Hetassa kaksi pihahuoneistoa.

Aittalahdemaantie 71, Hetta

Vilu Arctic Experience

Activities & Glamping | Hetta

We organize various activities in the arctic wilderness all year round. All our tours start from Hetta. Our secret hideaway Arctic Nature Glamping is unique accommodation for experience seekers.

Tuolpajärventie 10, Vuontisjärvi

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Käsivarren Erä ja Mökki

Snowmobile transport/safari, Minor renovation, Accommodation, Machine work, Gravel and sand sale | Kilpisjärvi

A local family business operating in Kilpisjärvi and Karesuvanto. In the spring, we carry out sled transport/safari activities. In summer/autumn, renovation and construction, earthmoving machine work. Winter/spring sled transport/machine work. Accommodation service all year round.

Harjuntie 21, Kilpisjärvi

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Tmi Joen Safari ja Kone

Auto- ja konekorjaus, safarit, kelkkavuokraus, maastokuljetukset, erämökkivuokraus | Hetta

Paikallinen monialayrittäjä.

Riekontie 6, Hetta

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Lapland Hotels Hetta

Hotel & Restaurant | Hetta

Peaceful hotel, favored by meeting holders and those who like nature activities, is located in Hetta, next to the beautiful Ounasjärvi lake. Services: 49 different accommodation options, sauna facilities and a pool, restaurant (140 customer places), an auditorium (capacity 74 people), a meeting room, private sauna, a beach, charging point for electric cars.

Ounastie 281, Hetta

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Nietostuvat

Matkailu, oheispalvelut, rakentaminen | Hetta

Olen tarjonnut majoitusta Enontekiöllä jo vuodesta 1991 lähtien. Opastusta luontoon ja kalastusretkiä. Lumikenkäilyä ja hiihtoretkiä

Ounastie 1193, Hetta

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Trained masseuse Risto Posio

Massages, wellness services, fishing and hiking guide services | Enontekiö

Massage services in the Enontekiö area and nearby municipalities. Offices in Hetta at Hotel Jussan Tupa and in Karesuando (Eurosuando) in Sweden. Massage services once a month in Kilpisjärvi. The appointment booking link can be found on the homepage; www.ristoposio.fi or from Facebook; Trained masseuse Risto Posio. Or make an appointment by phone; +358 400 257679.

Ounastie 140, Enontekiö

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Kilpisjärvi Reindeer

Programme Services & Reindeer Experiences | Kilpisjärvi

We are a Sámi family business with operations in Kilpisjärvi and Levi. Our activities are low-threshold programs for the whole family. Our specialty is providing an authentic and high-quality experience. We aim to offer our customers a memorable and immersive experience that showcases the beauty of Sámi culture and the Arctic nature.

Harjuntie 15, Kilpisjärvi

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Destination Kilpisjärvi

Activities | Kilpisjärvi

Visit Kilpisjärvi with Martti & Sinikka, locals who furnish you with privately guided experiences during the eight seasons of the Arctic year. We live our dream here – let us share it with you.

Pulmusentie 4 B 3, Kilpisjärvi

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Hetan Suksi & Sikli

Winter sports equipment rental and maintenance, guide services | Hetta

Cross-country ski rent, ski service and cross-country ski school for the beginners. Also guide trips for groups in winter- or summertime.

tel. +358 400 489 276

Pulkkatie 8, Hetta

Arctic Land Adventure

Special Accommodation & Reindeer Experiences | Kilpisjärvi

Traditional Sámi Reindeer Ranch offers unforgettable combination of nature, silence and luxury accommodation in four glass igloos, reindeer experiences and arctic sauna experience by lakeside sauna and hot tub. Kilpisjärven Tunturimajat offers high quality accommodation in six log chalets with amazing views to Sámi people's sacred Saana fell at the Kilpisjärvi village center.

Käsivarrentie 12411, Kilpisjärvi

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Johka Arctic Experience and Villas

Guided tours, Transfers and Accommodation | Karesuvanto and Kilpisjärvi

Enjoy arctic experiences in beautiful Lapland! We provide guided experiences and seasonal activities to small groups during every season of the year. We provide private transfers all over Lapland. North Finland, North Norway and North Sweden. We have minivans for transportation (max. driver +8 guests).

Karesuvanto - Kilpisjärvi

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Vihreä keino

Boat transfer, guide services | Enontekiö

Vihreä keino offers noiseless and zero emission rowing boat transport over the lake Ounasjärvi.

tel. +358 46 933 5678

vihreakeino@kaamosmail.com

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Wild Trail Waters

Tourism services | Kilpisjärvi

I offer privately guided fishing and hunting tours in Kilpisjärvi, Käsivarsi Wilderness Area, Northern Sweden and Northern Norway

Tsahkalluoktantie 10 A 5, Kilpisjärvi

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Näkkälän Kala ja Poro Oy

Programme Services | Näkkälä

Näkkälän Kala ja Poro Oy is a family business that offers many program services, from which you can build a unique entity just for you. So come and get to know us and our reindeer!

tel. +358 409 650 922 or +358 403 551 822

info@nakkalankalajaporo.com

Näkkälä Adventures

Guiding & Programme Services | Hetta

We organize everything your wilderness trip requires to be successful. Wilderness transportation, safaris, program services, hunting and fishing trips, cabins rental, canoe rental, wilderness experiences, nature tours and much more around a year. We also carry out metal detecting.

Ounastie 44, Hetta

Website
Online booking

Saivaara-mökit

Accommodation & Programme services | Kilpisjärvi

Saivaara Cottages is a family business consisting of five cottages for 6 people, two cottages for 5 people and a small sauna cottage for 2 people. The cottages have mountain views and some have lake views. All cottages have a fireplace, sauna, electric stove, dishes, microwave and necessary cooking utensils. We also arrange snowmobile transportation for small groups.

Harjuntie 21, Kilpisjärvi

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Roimaelämys

Programme services and ski cáfe | Hetta

We offer experiences that consist of small, simple things that locality, nature and delicious flavors. Excursions, courses, local food products at Kota café on Fridays and at Pyhäkero's café in the fell in summer and winter time.

Ounastie 270, Hetta

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Ketolan Porotila

Reindeer Experiences & Programme Services | Karesuvanto

Come visit us and the reindeer! We are here with the reindeer only for a short season from December/January to the end of March. You can see the little piece of sámi reindeer herder's day and we can tell you about sámi traditional reindeer herding while enjoying a cup of coffee in a traditional lávvu (teepee).

Käsivarrentie 3817, Karesuvanto

Kilpissafarit

Activities & Rental services | Kilpisjärvi

Kilpissafaris offers travellers memorable experiences and sustainable trips in the scenery of the fells of Kilpisjärvi and three countries.

Tsahkalluoktantie 14, Kilpisjärvi

Website
Online booking

FeelHouse ay

Programme services and cleaning services | Palojoensuu

Fishing and hunting program in Enontekiö. Rent a house Villa Adriano in Palojoensuu for 6 people.

tel. +358 400 646 151

Väylänrannantie 35, Palojoensuu

Resources for planning your trip

Trails in Enontekiö

Trails in Enontekiö

Experience our Northern trails however you like – be it on foot, ski, canoe or mountain bike

Tourist Information

Is there snow on the Hetta-Pallas Trail? How high is the summit of Saana? Where can I rent fatbikes? Don’t worry, Tourist Information has all the answers.

Tourist Information

Sustainable Travel

Sustainable Travel

We have clean air, clear waters and room to breathe. When you're out and about in Enontekiö, do remember that while the environment may seem barren, it's actually full of life. You’re in someone’s home: the local people, animals and plants all co-exist here.