Snowmobiles

Nothing beats a snowmobile when there’s places to be in the snowy wilderness. How else would the people of Enontekiö set their traps or check on their reindeer? For travellers, they open up a world of peace and grandeur among the fells. Do respect the rules, though!

Take on the snowy landscape and head into the quiet wilderness. You might well encounter a reindeer herder on his way to work. If you meet two, we would consider it a traffic jam.

Remember, snowmobiles are not covered under Everyman’s Rights. Leisure use of snowmobiles is only allowed on marked trails and tracks and over frozen waters. When it comes to nature reserves, the rules are even more strict.

You can head out on marked trails on your own or with a local guide. They might check on their reindeer while you're out – with any luck, you might get to see them as well! The snowmobile season starts in early winter and lasts late into spring. There are plenty of tracks to choose from: Enontekiö has about 600 km. Some are free but others require paid permits. Note that you cannot stray from the track without permission!

The tracks that start out from the village of Hetta don’t require permits. The Victoria route that traces the border between Finland and Sweden from Muonio to Kilpisjärvi is also free.

Permits are required in the Tantovaara and Käsivarren Wilderness Areas and Palojärvi and Kilpisjärvi in the Lätäseno-Hietajoki Mire Reserve as well as the tracks between Syväjärvi and Karesuvanto and Raittijärvi and Saarikoski. The permits can be obtained from Metsähallitus (eraluvat.fi). The snowmobile routes around Kilpisjärvi are maintained by the local ski club. You need to purchase permits on their website at kilpisjarvenladut.fi.

Season 2021-2022

Public snowmobile trails are open whenever snow and ice conditions allow. The trails have been marked for this season.

Trails maintained by Metsähallitus will be marked during February.

On any snowmobile trails, you drive at your own risk.

Route permits and info

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The easiest and safest way to experience snowmobiling is to go on a guided safari

Depending on the route, you can either choose to travel in a sleigh or ride your own machine. The most popular destinations around Kilpisjärvi are Three Nation’s Border Point and Halti. From Hetta, you can head to the Sámi village of Näkkälä, Pöyrisjärvi or Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park.

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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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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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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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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Companies offering snowmobiles for hire

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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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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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.