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Paddling

Enontekiö means the "source of great rivers". Muonionjoki River and Könkämäeno divide Finland and Sweden. Ounasjoki River starts from Lake Ounasjärvi, another ancient way of transport.

Onboard a kayak you may enjoy the midnight sun over a serene lake as well as the charm of speed of the fierce rivers.

The free-flowing River Ounasjoki includes mellow routes as well as challenging sections. It will take you to pristine wilderness areas as well as charming villages. Käkkälöjoki and Palojoki are perfect for beginners. The Käsivarsi Wilderness Area is home to Lätäseno, the hardest whitewater paddling route in Finland.

The best paddling season in Enontekiö is from early June to end of September. Please note, that water level in the rivers may vary during and between the seasons.

If you’re familiar with the sport, you can rent all the necessary equipment.

If you’re just starting out, many local companies provide guided paddling tours that will take you to the beautiful waters of Enontekiö.

Do remember

The wilderness is special to the people of Enontekiö. The reindeer that roam there are their livelihood. You’re welcome in the wilderness as long as you leave no trace and don’t bother the reindeer. Always close reindeer gates after you.

Paddling Routes

For more information about routes and conditions please contact the local Visitor Centres.

 

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Companies offering paddling gear for hire

Tundrea

Accomodation and Restaurant | Kilpisjärvi

Tundrea Holiday Resort offers a unique escape in the Arctic wilderness of Lapland, by the shimmering Kilpisjärvi Lake. Choose from cozy log cabins, modern apartments, or luxurious igloos. Enjoy the winter's snow with activities like snowmobiling and ice fishing, or the endless daylight of summer perfect for hiking and exploring local wildlife. Experience the magic of the Arctic Circle at Tundrea.

Kilpisjärventie 6, Kilpisjärvi

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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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Hotelli Jussan Tupa

Hotel & Restaurant | Hetta

Hotel Jussan Tupa is a cosy and hospitable hotel in the centre of Hetta.

Ounastie 140, Hetta

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Companies organising guided paddling tours

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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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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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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Resources for planning your trip

Paddling Routes

“Enontekiö” means the source of great rivers. It’s no surprise that the region has fantastic paddling routes for beginners and experienced paddlers alike.

Paddling Routes

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.

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