Services in Käsivarsi Wilderness Area
Customer Service and Guidance
Information on the area, sales of maps and permits.
When Kilpisjärvi Visitor Centre is closed during off-season Fell Lapland Visitor Centre provides information on the area.
Services Offered by Enterprises and Other Organisations
- Following enterprises and other organisations offer services in the Käsivarsi Wilderness Area.
- They have a cooperation agreement with Metsähallitus and they follow the principles of sustainable nature tourism when operating in the wilderness area.
Meals, Where to Buy and Prepare
Cafés, Restaurants and Shops
There are a few restaurants and shops in the centre of Kilpisjärvi Village.
Campfire Sites, Turf Huts, Wilderness Huts and Cooking Shelters
Near the village of Kilpisjärvi, at the southern end of Lake Saanajärvi, there are two campfire huts.
Along the Saana Trail there is a campfire hut.
On the shore of Tsahkaljärvi Lake there is a lean-to shelter available for everyone and a campfire hut for business use.
In the wilderness area, cooking is easiest in wilderness huts, as they all have a gas stove or a stove.
- Lighting campfires is permitted, but not recommended as there are very few fallen branches to gather as firewood. Lighting campfires is forbidden when there is a forest fire warning in effect.
Water is mostly drinkable in the area's rivers. However, water is not examined and the use is at one's own risk. If the weather is warm, water should be boiled. In the vicinity of the huts, water can be taken upstream of the nearest river and far enough from the buildings.
Most of the open and reservable wilderness huts in Käsivarsi Wilderness Area still have waste bins. Waste bins have been removed from some of the wilderness huts; such as Kuonjarjoki and Halti open/reservable wilderness huts and Kaskasjoki open wilderness hut.
Biodegradable waste should be placed in a dry toilet or composter, and small amounts of clean paper and cardboard can be used as kindling in a campfire. Please bring waste out of the wilderness area to recycling points.
Read more about Hiking without Littering.
Each open and reservable wilderness hut has a dry toilet.
Camping and Lean-to Shelters
Camping is an Everyman's right in the wilderness area.
Open Wilderness Huts (owh) and Reservable Wilderness Huts (rwh)
Open wilderness huts are intended for 1 to 2 night stays. More information on huts can be found on the open wilderness huts page.
You can spend one to two nights at a reservable wilderness hut if you reserve it in advance and pay the required fee.
Kuohkimajärvi owh /rwh
This hut is at the point where Finland's, Sweden's and Norway's borders meet. It is on the northeast shore of Lake Kuohkimajärvi 100 m from the Norwegian border. Kuohkimajärvi owh is owned by Finnish Forest Research Institute.
Saarijärvi owh /rwh
The hut is located near the Norwegian border to the north of the Salmivaara Hills at the western end of Lake Saarijärvi. One part of the building is an open wilderness hut and at the other end there is a reservable wilderness hut.
Kuonjarjoki owh /rwh
The hut is on the north shore of the River Kuonjarjoki, south of the Kahperusvaara Hills peaks, in a valley between the Kahperusvaara Hills and Guonjarvárri Fell. One part of the building is an open wilderness hut and at the other end there is a reservable wilderness hut.
- The hut is on the southeastern shore of the River Pierfejoki, which flows into the sound between Lakes Meekonjärvi and Skadjajärvi at the western end of Porojärvi Valley. The hut is 500 m from river delta.
The hut is on the southern shore of Lake Meekonjärvi about 500 m northwest of Meekonjärvi owh.
Pitsusjärvi owh /rwh
The hut is on the east shore of Lake Pitsusjärvi north of the River Rassajapuro. One part of the building is an open wilderness hut and at the other end there is a reservable wilderness hut.
The hut is on the west shore of the lake, which is on the south side of Halti Fell.
- Halti owh/rwh
- The hut is on the north shore of the lake, which is on the south side of Halti Fell.
- Kopmajoki owh
- The hut is west of Seitalompolo on the shore of the River Kopmajoki.
- Lossujärvi owh
- The hut is near the Norwegian border on the shore of Lake Lossujärvi to the south of Urtasvaara Hill.
- Jogasjärvi owh
- The hut is to the west of Lake Porojärvi on the shore of Lake Jogasjärvi. There is a rental hut next to the hut.
- Porojärvi owh
- The hut is on the southeastern shore of Lake Porojärvi at the mouth of the River Poroeno.
- Taapmajärvi owh
- The hut is at the head waters of the River Harrijoki, between Lakes Harrijärvi and Taapmajärvi.
- Termisjärvi owh/rwh
- The hut is on the north shore of Lake Termisjärvi on the west side of the stream which flows out of Salmikuru Ravine. One part of the building is an open wilderness hut and at the other end there is a reservable wilderness hut.
- Ailakkajärvi owh
- The hut is 1 km southeast of the northern tip of Lake Ailakkajärvi. It is on the shore of the lake. Lake Ailakkajärvi is located about 5,5 km east of Lake Ala-Kilpisjärvi.
- Tenomuotka owh
- The hut is on the western bank of the River Poroeno, about 1,5 km northeast of Karravaara Hill.
- Puuvrasjoki owh
- The hut is on the bank of the River Purasjoki, 18 km east of the south tip of Lake Ala-Kilpisjärvi. It is about 700 m from where the river branches out, and on the east bank of the western branch.
- Kaskasjoki owh
- The hut is on the south bank of the River Kaskasjoki, which flows into the River Toriseno. It is about 2 km in the direction of the lower course on an isthmus between the River Kaskasjoki and a pond.
- Hirvasvuopio owh
- The hut is on the west bank of the River Lätäseno at Hirvasvuopio. It is near the snowmobile track leading to Kilpisjärvi.
- Ropi owh
- The hut is on the east bank of the River Ropijoki, which flows into Lake Ropijärvi. It is by the reindeer round-up site.
- Kutukoski owh
- The hut is northwest of Kalkkoivi at the northern tip of Lake Ylimmäinen Vuontisjärvi.
- Kalkkoivi owh
- At the end of a road called Saksalaisten tie, "the Germans' Road" on the south side of the Kalkkojärvet Lakes.
- Aatsa owh
- The hut is on the southeastern shore of a pond in the west branch of the River Aatsajoki. The River Aatsajoki flows from Tarju Fell down into the River Könkämäeno.
- Rental huts differ from wilderness huts in that you can rent an entire cabin for you and your group. Reservations can be made by calling to Fell Lapland Visitor Centre.
- Jogasjärvi Rental Hut is located on the shore of Lake Jogasjärvi west of Lake Porojärvi.
- Porojärvi Rental Hut is located on the southeastern shore of Lake Porojärvi, in the mouth of the River Poroeno
- Hirvasvuopio Rental Hut is located on the western shore of the River Lätäseno, about 450 metres from Hirvasvuopio Open Wilderness Hut.
The Following cabin is rented through Lomarengas Oy
Lodging in the Surrounding Area
- Holiday Cottages
- Private tourist enterprises rent holiday cottages in the Kilpisjärvi area.
- Camping Grounds
- There are camping grounds at Ropinsalmi and Kilpisjärvi.
- Services for Caravan Tourists
- Private tourist enterprises have parking areas with electrical supply for caravans.
- There is one hotel in the village of Kilpisjärvi.
- Private tourist enterprises in Kilpisjärvi have saunas for public use.
- More information can be found on the Enontekiö website (tosilappi.fi) and on the Lapland tourism website (lapland.fi).
- Our partners in Kilpisjärvi rent boats and hiking equipment.
Services for the Disabled
- The exhibition area at Kilpisjärvi Visitor Centre is wheelchair accessible. The visitor centre has a toilet for the disabled.
Other Services in the Surrounding Area
- The closest banks, ATMs, medical centres and pharmacies are in the village of Hetta, the municipal centre of Enontekiö, and in village of Muonio.
- There is a medical centre in Karesuvanto.
- Kilpisjärvi village has a fuel distribution point, a shop, transportation services (taxi, boat and plane transportation), a permit sale point and post office services.
- More information can be found on the Enontekiö website (tosilappi.fi).
- Find out more about visiting Lapland (lapland.fi).
Check for Warnings
When forest and grass fire warnings (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi) are in effect, fire is only allowed at covered campfire sites that have a flue. A fire can be also lit in fireplaces at wilderness and other huts. Always use extreme caution when handling fire. The one who lights a fire is always responsible for its safe use. Please note, that making fire at these campfire sites can be banned locally.
Gathering at the campfire sites increases the risk of coronavirus infection. Guidelines concerning coronavirus COVID-19.
Tourist entrepreneurs operating in national parks or other areas managed by Metsähallitus need a cooperation agreement. A fee is charged for using the routes and service infrastructure for business activities.