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

Hotelli Jussan Tupa

Hotel & Restaurant | Hetta

We wish you a warm welcome to Hotel Jussan Tupa, the traditional lodging for the visitors to Lapland. Our hospitable hotel is located at the centre of Hetta. You can find authentic Lappish treats as well as options for international palates from our restaurant. We rent snowmobiles and other equipment and organize outdoor activities upon request.

Ounastie 140, 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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Näkkälä Adventures

Guiding & Programme Services | Hetta

Guided trips – disorientations – experiences. We organise everything that your trip to the wilderness requires to be successful all year round. We offer wilderness transports, safaris, guided trips, a wide variety of rental equipment and memorable accommodations to be the base for your trips.

Ounastie 44, Hetta

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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 paddling tours

Näkkälä Adventures

Guiding & Programme Services | Hetta

Guided trips – disorientations – experiences. We organise everything that your trip to the wilderness requires to be successful all year round. We offer wilderness transports, safaris, guided trips, a wide variety of rental equipment and memorable accommodations to be the base for your trips.

Ounastie 44, 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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The Lapland Connection / 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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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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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

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