Mountain biking

Have the ride of your life in Enontekiö’s highlands and forests! Our diverse trails are some of the best in Finland.

Some call Enontekiö paradise for mountain bikers, and for good reason. The wilderness is full of challenges for the experienced rider, but you can also get started on easier, marked trails.

First-timers should head for the Jatuninkangas (15 km) and Ahovaara (4 km) trails in Yli-Kyrö. These easy routes will take you through beautiful pine forests. The Ahovaara trail will include some moderate climbs and downhill sections.

The trail to the Pyhäkero hut starts east of Hetta and is suitable for beginners. The climbs do take their toll, so be prepared. The 10-kilometre route is marked. From the hut, you can continue on foot or bike towards the top of Pyhäkero.

If you want to take a look at the fells from the other direction, try the Pahakuru mountain bike trail that starts from Hietajärvi. The 23-km route has lots of climbs and descents as well as some rocky sections – but plenty of easy cycling as well. The open views up in the fells are worth the effort! You can also bike through the entire Hetta-Pallas Trail (about 50 km).

The marked hiking trails that start from Fell Lapland Visitor Centre in Hetta and the village of Kilpisjärvi are also open for bikes. The trails are mostly intermediate due to their technical terrain and climbs, so they are only recommended for experienced riders.

Lake Pöyrisjärvi has become popular among fatbike enthusiasts because of the sand dunes that evoke images of the African savannah. You can get to the Pöyrisjärvi hut from the village of Näkkälä via an ATV track. The route is not marked, but it is very distinct. It’s a 16-kilometre one-way journey.

There are other ATV tracks in the wilderness areas that are suitable for mountain bikes as well. Be prepared to navigate on your own, as the trails are not marked. Consider your safety as well: pack extra clothes and food for unexpected weather and other delays.

The wilderness tracks are used for reindeer herding. So be considerate and make sure you don’t interfere with the work. Close all reindeer gates behind you.

Local guiding companies provide guided biking tours that will take you safely to the greatest spots in the Arctic wilderness. Many companies also rent bikes and are happy to give advice on trails. You can buy proper maps for navigation from the Visitor Centres.

Mountain Biking Trails

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

 

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 with mountain bikes for hire

Café Peura

Café and Mountain Bike Rental | Hetta

Café Peura is a cozy restaurant-café and mountain bike rental. We’re located at the Fell Lapland Visitor Centre. On weekdays, we offer homemade lunch, as well as delicious pizzas, waffles and a variety of cakes. We rent high-quality mountain bikes, including mountain electric bikes. In addition, we repair and maintain your bicycles.

Peuratie 15, Hetta

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Kilpissafarit

Programme Services & Rentals | Kilpisjärvi

Kilpissafarit offers guided trips in the Käsivarsi area with local guides and rental equipment for unforgettable independent trips. Through us you can reach the best Arctic char waters at the Luohtojärvi fishing base or spend a night in the wilderness admiring the northern lights. From the vast selection of the rental shop, you can find snowmobiles, electric bicycles and other camping gear needed in the area, among other things.

Tsahkalluotkantie 14, Kilpisjärvi

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Hetta Huskies

Husky Farm & Other Activities

Unique and responsible experiences with huskies. Get to know the life of our dogs, participate on a husky safari, a snowmobile or a canoeing trip. We rent snowshoes, skis, e-fatbikes, kayaks, and other outdoor exercise equipment. Welcome to stay overnight at our cabin and get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of life on a working husky farm.

Hetantie 211, Hetta

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Companies organising guided mountain biking tours

Kilpissafarit

Programme Services & Rentals | Kilpisjärvi

Kilpissafarit offers guided trips in the Käsivarsi area with local guides and rental equipment for unforgettable independent trips. Through us you can reach the best Arctic char waters at the Luohtojärvi fishing base or spend a night in the wilderness admiring the northern lights. From the vast selection of the rental shop, you can find snowmobiles, electric bicycles and other camping gear needed in the area, among other things.

Tsahkalluotkantie 14, Kilpisjärvi

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Hetta Huskies

Husky Farm & Other Activities

Unique and responsible experiences with huskies. Get to know the life of our dogs, participate on a husky safari, a snowmobile or a canoeing trip. We rent snowshoes, skis, e-fatbikes, kayaks, and other outdoor exercise equipment. Welcome to stay overnight at our cabin and get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of life on a working husky farm.

Hetantie 211, Hetta

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Lapland Hide

Wilderness Base Camp | Lätäseno

Lapland Hide offers all-encompassing wilderness experiences. A high-class wilderness destination offers a great setting for fishing, hunting, camping, northern light travelling or for example celebrating special days. Knowledgeable guides, professional chefs, high-class accommodations, and exotic rides guarantee a once-in-a-lifetime experience for travellers.

Lätäseno

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Cahkal Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Restaurant & Guided Activities | Kilpisjärvi

A boutique hotel and restaurant at the magnificent landskapes of Kilpisjärvi. We offer also e-fatbike, skitouring, flyfishing and norther lights tours with a professional wilderness guide. We are perfect for experiential travelers who seek unforgettable experiences and relaxed luxury in a totally unique and pure arctic wilderness setting.

Revontulentie 4, Kilpisjärvi

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Vilu Arctic Experience

Guided Nature Tours & Glamping

We organize various excursions for you to experience the beauty of nature in Lapland surrounded by fells and wilderness, silence and natural lights. For experience seekers we have to offer glamping accommodation where to spend a night in the luxury tent surrounded by arctic nature.

Tuolpajärventie 10, Vuontisjärvi

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Resources for planning your trip

Mountain Biking Trails

Most of the hiking and wilderness trails in Enontekiö are suitable for mountain biking. Have you tried bikepacking yet?

Mountain Biking Trails

Hotels

Hotels

A hot cup of coffee after a good night’s sleep, taking in the scenery outside your window – is there anything better? 

Cabins & Apartments

Have you ever stayed in a cabin by the fells? Put on your woollies and enjoy the solitude after a day in the wilderness.

Cabins & Apartments