Hiking trails

You’re never going to run out of places to hike in Enontekiö. We have everything from kid-friendly nature paths to demanding wilderness epics.

There are marked trails in the vicinity of Hetta, Kilpisjärvi and Yli-Kyrö

Their length varies from short nature trails to multi-day treks. The most popular long hiking routes are Hetta-Pallas and the Nordkalott.

Additionally, there are countless ATV tracks used by reindeer herders, old postal service routes and animal trails in the wilderness. On these, you need to rely on your own navigation. Maps are available from the Visitor Centres in Hetta and Kilpisjärvi.

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Trails around Hetta

Jyppyrä trail, 1,6km

Jyppyrä trail, 1,6km

Takes you to the popular Jyppyrä scenic point where you can admire the views and enjoy the campfire’s crackle. The trail is not technically demanding, but it does have a steep pitch. Start from the Fell Lapland Visitor Centre.

Peuranpolku Trail, 2km

An easy trailthat introduces you to the history of deer hunting. The route starts at the Fell Lapland Visitor Centre and is connected to the other trails in the vicinity.

Peuranpolku Trail, 2km

Kuntopolku Trail, 4km

Kuntopolku Trail, 4km

Kuntopolku connects Jyppyrän polku and Peuranpolku into a loop. The route runs on lit cross-country tracks and forest paths, making this an excellent choice for runners. While mostly easy to traverse, the trail does have a fair amount of hills. Start from the Fell Lapland Visitor Centre.

Lake Palosenjärvi Trail, 9,5km

Trail takes you over the Jyppyrä hills and into forests and marshlands. This intermediate trail is suitable for daytrips and running, for instance. Expect many hills. The trail is connected to other trails in the vicinity and starts at the Fell Lapland Visitor Centre.

Lake Palosenjärvi Trail, 9,5km

Lake Pahtajärvi Trail, 18km

Lake Pahtajärvi Trail, 18km

The trail shares its first stage with Lake Palosenjärvi trail. The route takes you to the Pahtajärvi canyon lake and Närpistö lean-to, which is a great place for a campfire snack. This intermediate trail is a good daytrip for fit hikers. It is connected to the trail towards Näkkälä. Start from the Fell Lapland Visitor Centre.

Trails Around Pyhäkero, 11 - 22km

The Pyhäkero fell rises next to Lake Ounasjärvi. You can start a pleasant daytrip with a boat ride across the lake or from the Mustavaarantie gate, which is just off Ounastie, 5 km east from Hetta.

The trail on Mustavaarantie is easy,but you have to climb to reach the hut on Pyhäkero. From Ounasjärvi, you’ll get to the hut via the Hetta-Pallas trail.

From the hut, you still have another 5 km to go to the top. You can drive on Mustavaarantie as well if you rent the gate key from Fell Lapland Visitor Centre. Then you only need to walk a couple of kilometres.

Trails Around Pyhäkero, 11 - 22km

Hetta - Pallas, 55km

Hetta - Pallas, 55km

The iconic route takes you over vast fells and through one-of-a-kind forests. Several huts and campsites can be found along the trail. The climbs and varying weather along the way do require proper hiking gear and good legs..

Trails Around Kilpisjärvi

Salmivaara Trail, about 2km

Salmivaara Trail, about 2km

Trail climbs towards great views of Kilpisjärvi and Saana. The route starts from Salmivaarantie, close to the Kilpisjärvi Visitor Centre.

Lake Tsahkaljärvi Trail, about 2km

This trail leads you to the popular Tsahkaljärvi lean-to and wilderness hut. The gravel trail makes for easy walking, but there are some climbs. Once you get to the lake, you can enjoy a snack and admire the views towards Saana. The route starts from the Kilpisjärvi Visitor Centre car park and is connected to other routes in the area, including the route around Saana

Lake Tsahkaljärvi Trail, about 2km

Saana Nature Trail, 5km

Saana Nature Trail, 5km

The trail is dedicated to the region’s nature and history. The route has fantastic views towards both Saana and Malla, as it’s above treeline. The trail starts from Retkeilykeskus and circles around in the terrain north-west of Saana.

Saana's Summit Trail, 8km

This summit trail climbs up above 1000 meters from sea level. The trail is relatively easy in the beginning but gets more demanding as you go up. Due to the climb, you need to be relatively fit to reach the top. But the views of the great fells in Finland, Sweden and Norway are definitely worth it! There is a hut close to the starting point and some benches midway for a breather. You can access the trail from the Malla car park or Retkeilykeskus.

Saana's Summit Trail, 8km

Route Around Saana, about 11km

Route Around Saana, about 11km

takes you through gorgeous open fells, enchanted forests and lakesides. This intermediate trail lets you marvel at Saana from every angle. There is a hut at the lakeside; you can get warmed up and have a snack. The loop starts at Retkeilykeskus. You can also access the trail via Tsahkaljärvi from the Visitor Centre or the Malla car park, which will add a few kilometres.

Malla Trail, 11km

goes through Malla Strict Nature Reserve to Three Nations’ Border Point. The trail runs in the middle of unique Arctic nature and stunning views.

Close to the start, you can take a detour to the top of Pikku-Malla, which is 3,5 km from the car park. Halfway on the Mallan polku trail you’ll find the gorgeous Kitsiputous waterfall, a great place for a break. From here, the trail gets rockier and more demanding due to stream crossings. You can take a break at the Kuohkimajärvi wilderness hut or even stay for the night.

A return trip on the trail will be about 22 km. You can also go either way on M/S Malla, which operates between Kilpisjärvi and Three Nations’ Border Point in the summer. Start from the Malla Strict Nature Reserve's car park, north of the village.

Malla Trail, 11km

Kilpisjärvi - Halti - Kilpisjärvi Trail, 108 km

Kilpisjärvi - Halti - Kilpisjärvi Trail, 108 km

Part of the Nordkalott trail that runs for 800 kilometres in the Arctic nature of Finland, Sweden and Norway. The trail is marked and wilderness huts are available. However, its remoteness and terrain make it very demanding. If you’re up to the challenge, the grand open views and waterfalls make for an unforgettable experience.

Trails around Yli-Kyrö

Lake Hietajärvi trail, 2,5km

Lake Hietajärvi trail, 2,5km

is an easy trail from the Hietajärvi car park to the Hietajärvi lean-to. The return trip is about 5 km. Hietajärvi is a great destination for the whole family, as the forest trail has hardly any climbs. The beautiful lakeside is the perfect spot for a little picnic.

From here, you can keep going and get up to the fells via the trail towards Pahakuru. The route starts at the Hietajärvi car park in Ketomella, north of Yli-Kyrö along Ounastie.

Montellin Maja Trail, about 4,5km

Trail gets up to the Montellin maja hut in the open fells along the Hetta-Pallas trail. The return trip is about 9 km. Once you get to to the hut, take a break and enjoy a snack before heading back. The route is easy to walk, but the climbing will take its toll.

From there, you can also choose to head north or south on the Hetta-Pallas trail. The trail starts at the Vuontispirtti fell hotel.

Montellin Maja Trail, about 4,5km

Pahakuru fell trail, 22km

Pahakuru fell trail, 22km

Takes you on a loop along the Hetta-Pallas hiking trail. The route starts off easy on the forest trail past the Hietajärvi lean-to. From there, the route starts climbing towards the fells and becomes more demanding. Most of the trail runs above treeline, so the views more than make up for the effort of climbing.

If you're fit, this can be a daytrip, but you can also make it a multi-day hike. Trail runners also flock to this route. The Pahakuru wilderness hut is along the route. You can also stop by at the Tappuri hut, which will add a few kilometres to your trip. The huts are suitable for overnight stays. From the Tappuri hut, you can also return to Hietajärvi via the alternative route via Ketomella. However, this route is more demanding and only partially marked.

The route starts and ends at the Hietajärvi car park, north of Yli-Kyrö along Ounastie.

Other Trails

Iitto Nature Trail, 0,5km

Iitto Nature Trail, 0,5km

Nature trail that lets you see a special feature of Enontekiö’s nature, palsa marshland. Scientists are fascinated by these permafrost mounds. The trail starts in Iitto, about 50 km south of Kilpisjärvi along Käsivarrentie.

Kaaresuvanto - Syväjärvi, about 20km

This partially marked trail in the Tarvantovaara wilderness runs from Kaaresuvanto to the Syväjärvi wilderness hut. The route starts out easy on a sand road but gets rockier further on. The Syväjärvi hut is suitable for overnight stays. The return trip is about 40 km. Start from the Kaaresuvanto village and follow the signs to the local school on Käsivarrentie.

Kaaresuvanto - Syväjärvi, about 20km

Kultima - Leppäjärvi, 25 km

Kultima - Leppäjärvi, 25 km

This partially marked trail in the Tarvantovaara wilderness runs from Kultima to the Leppäjärvi village. The trail is easy, but your shoes might get wet along the way. There are no huts or campsites along the way. The return trip is about 50 km. You can set off from Kultima or Leppäjärvi, both ways start out on sand roads.

Hetta - Näkkälä, 26km

This trail will take you from Hetta to the Näkkälä village by the Pyörisjärvi wilderness. The route is a great way to start a longer hike into Pöyrisjärvi. The route is clearly marked closer to Hetta, but the markers thin out the closer you get to Näkkälä.

You can take a break at the hut midway or even stay for the night. This intermediate trail is mostly easy to walk, but there are rocky sections, marshlands and steep climbs along the way. The return trip is about 50 km. You can get on the trail at the Fell Lapland Visitor Centre in Hetta or at the village of Näkkälä

Hetta-Näkkälä 26 km​