Wilderness Areas

The Arctic Wilderness is a tempting challenge for experienced hikers. Here, you can travel for days without seeing another human being.

There are four wilderness areas in Enontekiö: Käsivarsi, Tarvantovaara, Pöyrisjärvi and Pulju. Each have their own character and biome.

The Käsivarsi Wilderness Area has the tallest fells in Finland with peaks over one kilometre high. The Nordkalott Trail that splits the wilderness will take you from Kilpisjärvi to Halti. It’s a 50-kilometre journey, one way.

Tarvantovaara’s Highlands are dominated by large rivers. The marshlands are known for their permafrost mounds. Tarvantovaara is also popular for fishing and birdwatching.

Lake Pöyrisjärvi is the crown jewel in Pöyrisjärvi Wilderness Area. The second-largest body of water in Enontekiö glows bright blue in the horizon long before you get there. The surrounding sand dunes might remind you of the savannas in Africa.

Pulju Wilderness Area is full of diverse birdlife and cloudberries in the late summer. Pulju Wildreness Area connects Pyörisjärvi Wildrenessa Area and Lemmenjoki National Park.

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.

Learn more at nationalparks.fi

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Companies with wilderness services and basecamps

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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Jerstitupa

Wilderness Cabin | Näkkälä

Jerstitupa is located on the edge of the Pöyrisjärvi wilderness, at the foot of Jerstivaara, approximately 3 km walk north from Näkkälä village. The off-the-grid wilderness base has beds for six and your own sauna. Crystal-clear, fresh water can be fetched from the nearby fell stream.

Jerstivaara, Näkkälä

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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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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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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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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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Johka Arctic Experience and Villas

Guided tours and Accommodation | Karesuvanto and Kilpisjärvi

Experience the beautiful Arctic Lapland and enjoy your stay in our cosy villas and cottages! We operate in the Karesuvanto - Kilpisjärvi area.

Karesuvanto - 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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Kilpisjärvi Visitor Centre

Visitor Centre | Kilpisjärvi

Kilpisjärvi Visitor Centre serves hikers, travellers, fishers, and rovers of the Nordkalott Trail. The permanent exhibition of Kilpisjärvi Visitor Centre, On the Edge of the Caledonides, introduces the Malla Strict Nature Reserve, Saana Nature Reserve areas and Käsivarsi Wilderness Area as well as the residents of Kilpisjärvi. Topographical maps, fishing and snowmobile track permits, reservations and keys to huts in the Käsivarsi Wilderness Area and shop.

Käsivarrentie 14145, Kilpisjärvi

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Fell Lapland Visitor Centre

Visitor Centre | Hetta

At the Fell Lapland Visitor Centre, our customer service will help you find your way around the Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park and its finest hiking routes. The Visitor Centre’s free Vuovjjuš-Kulkijat exhibition introduces you to Sámi culture and fell nature. You can also visit the changing art exhibition. We organise Nature Talks and numerous other events around the year. We offer maps and local products in our shop, and you can enjoy the café’s treats while reading the daily newspapers. The Visitor Centre is accessible and suitable for families with children.

Peuratie 15, Hetta

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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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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.