Area Attractions

In the municipality of Enontekiö we have the purest air in Europe, 8 (vs 4) clearly distinct seasons including 62 days of midnight sun in the summer and 200 days of 'winter'. This, in turn, means that we have the longest skiing season in Finland and, during it, northern lights three nights out of four.

We also have 350 fells, 825 lakes, 200 kilometers of ski trails, 600 kilometers of snowmobile trails and 227 species of birds.

We have a unique mix of terrain features, since we are at the northern edge of Europe's great boreal forests and just 20km north of our base, the taiga landscape gives way to the high tundra and exposed, treeless arctic pleateaus.

Enontekiö is located at the intersection of three national borders, close to the Arctic Ocean. Norway, Sweden and the Arctic Ocean are only a day-trip away.

In other words, there are a numerous places to visit and things to do when it comes to holidaying here at any time of the year.

Norway, Sweden and the Arctic Ocean are also only a day-trip away since Enontekiö is located at the intersection of three national borders, close to the Arctic Ocean.

In other words, there are a numerous places to visit and things to do when it comes to holidaying here at any time of the year.

A good source of information information map produced by the regional marketing board which looks at the multitude of adventure activity options available in the area, in some detail.

Retkipaikka is a website where people post details about their wilderness trips and you can effectively read trip reports and facilitate your own journey planning.

The great fells of Enontekiö, such as Saana and Malla in Kilpisjärvi, stand watch over the nation’s oldest nature reserve, and are part of the national landscape. Even in the Lappish scale, this legendary and impressive great fell region is able to offer so much more that other areas can only dream about.

Karesuvanto is a destination for wilderness enthusiasts. Many visitors do not spend much time in the village itself, but use Karesuvanto as a base for filling up their cars, drinking coffee or eating lunch, before leaving by boat or water plane for the Lätäseno river. At the beginning of August there is an organised Fly Fishing Contest in the village, and in autumn there are many "ruska" markets. The Arctic Canoe Race also by-passes the village.

Other notable tourist destinations within Enontekiö include the Fell-Hotel Vuontispirtti, Raattama village in the north of Kittilä municipality, Kalmakaltio Wilderness Centre and Kelotin Rantamajat Holiday Village. Vuontispirtti, situated in the south-eastern corner of the Pallas-Ounas National Park, attracts various activity groups, such as hikers, cross-country skiers and berry pickers. Both Kalmakaltio, located north east of Nunnanen village and Kelotin Rantamajat, located on the shore of Lake Leppäjärvi, are good bases for hunting, fishing and cloudberry picking.

We have divided this section into outdoor activities that people can enjoy in the summer months (hiking, water-sports, biking etc) winter activities (skiing, snow-shoeing etc) and nature-based tourism (picking berries, fishing etc).

In addition, we have an orientation section about where the various wilderness areas are located in Enontzekio and what huts etc are available within each of them. Since over 60% of Finland's fells are located in Enontekiö, and over 75% of the area is protected land, this is quite a large section!

Finally, we have a section looking at the facilities in Hetta itself (shops, accommodation providers etc) which will hopefully be of use to you, when you are actually here, so that you can find your way around!

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Enontekiö’s Hut Network

Our page about how Finland’s wilderness hut network of both open and bookable huts works, (the classification of the huts (open wilderness huts, day-trip huts, turf huts, lapp pole tents, reservable huts and rental huts) and how the different types of huts can be used by outdoor enthusiasts), should answer questions about where you can stay when moving across wilderness and national park terrain. All the cabins are maintained by the state, and vary from reserved locked huts, to open lean-to shelters. All have toilet facilities, a wood supply and a nearby water source.

Hiking and Biking Trails in Enontekiö

The hiking trails and biking trails in this region are probably some of the best in the world. They vary in length and difficulty but almost all of the designated hiking trails have some form of wilderness cabin provision.

The Ministry of Forestry's hiking maps are one of the best resources available for route-planning in the north.

Paddling Possibilities in Enontekiö

There are many rivers of widely varying difficulty in the region, when it comes to thinking about the paddling potential in the area.

Ski Trails and Snowmobile Routes in Enontekiö
The winter activity trails and routes in this region are extensive so we have tried to capture, here, the main options for visitors.