Starting Points for Excursions

The trail can be travelled from south to north or from north to south.

  • The main starting and end points for the Hetta - Pallas Hiking Trail are Hetta Village and Pallastunturi Visitor Centre.
    • On the south side of Hetta Village hikers must cross Lake Ounasjärvi by boat  ( Call for services:
      • Cape Lapland (
        Car transportation.
      • Lomakylä Hetan Kota (
        Car and boat transportation.
      • Lomakylä Paavontalo, tel +358 16 521021
        Cabins, car transfer services, taxi boat
  • Additionally there is a connecting trail from Ketomella and Vuontispirtti, which leads to the Hetta - Pallas Trail.
    • The connecting trail starts off at the old ferry-stop at Ketomella and joins with the Hetta - Pallas Trail about 1 km west of Tappuri open wilderness hut. The distance from Ketomella to the Hetta - Pallas Trail is approximately 9 km.
    • The trail from Vuontispirtti connects to the Hetta - Pallas Trail at Montelli open wilderness hut and is approximately 5 km long. This connecting trail starts from a private road to the boundary of the National Park, and continues from there up into the fells marked with white cross signs. Near the timber line the markings of the trail change to short poles with orange tops.

After crossing the Lake Ounasjärvi. Photo: Markku Pirttimaa

Trail Sections

The Hetta-Pallas Trail is not a circle trail. It can be divided into several sections by rest spots.

  • Hetta Village – Pyhäkero 6.7 km
  • Pyhäkero – Sioskuru 8 km
  • Sioskuru – Pahakuru 12.1 km
  • Pahakuru – Hannukuru 1.5 km
  • Hannukuru - Montelli 12.5 km
  • Montelli – Nammalakuru 1.2 km
  • Nammalakuru – Pallas 13 km
  • Trail route description

On the top of the fell. Photo: Sauli Koski

Trail Markings

The trail is marked with wooden arrow signs.

Connecting Trails

Hiking Trails

  • From the Pallastunturi visitors can continue their trek to all the way to Ylläs. The Rauhala Village-Ylläs section of this trail is demanding as there are hardly any service structures along the trail. There are marked trails from Pallas to Jerisjärvi and via Torassieppi to Olos. There are also several shorter
  • Hiking trail options within the National Park.
  • For more information contact Pallastunturi Visitor Centre or Yllästunturi Visitor Centre Kellokas, located at Äkäslompolo.

Dogs must be kept on a leash! Photo: Seppo Leinonen

Dogs must be kept on a leash!