Instructions and Rules in the Hetta Area
Instructions on Exploring the Hetta Area
The following is allowed in the area
- Hiking and camping, which are allowed under Everyman's Rights (ymparisto.fi)
- Picking berries and mushrooms
- Angling and ice fishing. Fishers need to check the restrictions on fishing sites at kalastusrajoitus.fi (in Finnish).
The following is restricted in the area
- Walking pets on the skiing trails. Pets are only allowed on the top loop of the lit skiing trail and they must always be on a leash.
- As a rule, a permit issued by Metsähallitus is required for activities other than those included in everyman's rights, which may include research and organised events. Further information on required permits: research and access permits (metsa.fi) and permits and notifications related to events (metsa.fi).
The following is forbidden in the area
- Lighting campfires when there is a forest fire warning in effect.
- Letting pets run free.
- Littering and damaging structures.
Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park has its own rules and regulations which must be adhered to when in the park.
The use of Metsähallitus' services is subject to a fee for companies
If a travel company regularly takes its customers to destinations maintained by Metsähallitus, it is subject to a fee (metsa.fi). The fee is (1.5 € + VAT / customer / day). Fees are paid in advance via the Eräluvat.fi online store. Invoicing can be agreed with contract companies on a seasonal basis.
Equipment and Safety
- When hiking in the Hetta Area you should have proper hiking gear and a map. A compass is also advisable to have along if you are planning to set off on a wilderness trek by foot or on skis. Although there are duckboards on the trails, they have wet spots even during dry weather. You should bare this in mind when choosing footwear; sturdy and water resistant hiking boots are recommended.
- If you face an emergency on your hike, e.g. get lost, get injured or observe wildfire, call 112 and report an emergency. More information on staying safe in the great outdoors.
- Make sure you pack a first-aid kit.
- Hiking in Finland:
- The peak seasons for hiking in the Hetta Area are March - April and June - September. During late winter the area is popular with skiers and during summer with hikers and fishers.
Please keep in mind that snowmobiling is not an everyman's right. Leisure snowmobiling is only allowed on marked snowmobile routes and tracks, as well as on ice-covered waterways. In addition, there are more specific rules applying to protected areas.
You can head out along marked snowmobile tracks on your own or with a local safari service. Some of the tracks require you to purchase a permit, and some are free of charge. Please remember that it is not allowed to turn off the track without the landowner's permission!
The snowmobile tracks starting from the Hetta village are maintained by the municipality of Enontekiö. You do not need a permit to ride on them. The Victoria route, which runs along the border of Finland and Sweden from Muonio to Kilpisjärvi, is also free of charge.
For the snowmobile track leading from Palojärvi to Kilpisjärvi in the Käsivarsi Wilderness Area in Enontekiö, as well as for the Syväjärvi–Karesuvanto and Raittijärvi–Saarikoski tracks branching off the main track, you need to purchase a national off-road traffic permit from Metsähallitus (eraluvat.fi). In the Kilpisjärvi village area, snowmobile tracks are maintained by the Kilpisjärven ladut ry association, and a track maintenance fee must be paid at kilpisjarvenladut.fi (in Finnish).
112 Emergency Number
If you have an emergency during your trip, such as getting lost, injured or finding a wildfire, call 112. Read more detailed emergency instructions.
Download the 112 Finland application (112.fi) to your phone. When an emergency call is made through the 112 Finland application, the emergency center attendant is automatically informed of the caller's location.
It is recommended to keep the mobile phone warm and to bring extra food and water with you. There are many excursion locations with no mobile coverage and some mobile phones does not work in sub-zero temperatures, that is why it is always a good idea to let someone know about your itinerary and timetable.
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.