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When forest and grass fire warnings 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. 

Check the current warnings (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi).

Instructions on Exploring the Hetta Area

The following is permitted in the area

  • Hiking and camping, which are Everyman's Rights (www.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 along the skiing trails. Pets are only allowed in the upper circle of the lit skiing trail and they must always be on a leash.

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.

Preparations

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. Though 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 how to act in an emergency.
  • Make sure you pack a first-aid kit.
  • Hiking in Finland:

Peak Seasons

  • 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.

Snowmobiling in Enontekiö

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 (www.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 www.kilpisjarvenladut.fi.

Snowmobiling maps 

The tracks in the Enontekiö area can be found at Excursionmap.fi (www.excursionmap.fi).
The Kilpisjärvi–Palojärvi track subject to a national Metsähallitus permit fee as well as the Syväjärvi–Karesuvanto and Raittijärvi–Saarikoski branches:

Emergency number 112

In case of an emergency along the way, for example if you get lost or injured or see a forest fire, dial 112. Detailed instructions.

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

Dogs must be kept on a leash!