Services in the Hetta Area
Customer Service and Guidance
- Fell Lapland Visitor Centre is open all year round.
- Permanent and visiting exhibitions, AV-presentations and different events
- Information on services in Hetta Village, the municipality of Enontekiö and Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park
- Fishing, hunting and snowmobile-track permits
- Bookings of reservable wilderness huts located in Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park, Pöyrisjärvi Wilderness Area and Käsivarsi Wilderness Area and keys for the huts
- Sale of maps, books and local souvenirs
- Enontekiö Tourist Information (enontekiolapland.com)
Services offered by enterprises and other organisations
- Enterprises and other organisations offering services in the Hetta Area
- They have a cooperation agreement with Metsähallitus and they follow the principles of sustainable nature tourism.
Enterprises and Organisations Offering Services in the Village to Village Tourism Project
Food, Where to Buy and Prepare
Cafés and Restaurants
- The café at Fell Lapland Visitor Centre is open from Monday to Friday all year round.
- There are several cafés and restaurants (enontekio.fi, in Finnish) and other food services in Hetta Village.
- During late winter the café next to Pyhäkero open wilderness hut is open daily.
Shops and Kiosks
- A food shop and grill-kiosk can both be found in the Hetta Area. There are also speciality shops.
Campfire Sites, Campfire Shelters, Lean-to Shelters and Wilderness Huts
- There are campfire sites, lean-to shelters and campfire shelters in the Hetta Area. Most of these are managed by Metsähallitus. Lighting campfires is forbidden when there is a forest fire warning in effect even in spots designated for them. During the driest part of summer we recommend that you do not light fires in closed campfire shelters or in the fireplace in wilderness huts.
- Campfire Sites
- A sheltered campfire site on the grounds of Fell Lapland Visitor Centre
- A campfire site at Lake Rautujärvi by Sammalvaara ski trail
- Campfire Shelters
- A lookout campfire shelter at the top of Jyppyrä Hill
- A campfire shelter on the southern shore of Lake Ounasjärvi at the beginning of Hetta-Pallas Hiking Trail
- Lean-to Shelters
- Närpistö lean-to shelter by Pahtajärvi hiking trail and ski trail
- A lean-to shelter close to Yrjö Kokko bird watching tower (enontekiolapland.com) managed by the municipality of Enontekiö
- A lean-to shelter next to Sotkajärvi bird watching tower (enontekiolapland.com)
- A lean-to shelter on the shore of Lake Periläjärvi, managed by the municipality of Enontekiö
- A lean-to shelter on the shore of Lake Postitupajärvi by Sammalvaara ski trail, managed by the municipality of Enontekiö
- Wilderness Huts
- Campfire sites, lean-to shelters and campfire shelters in Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park
- The area's waters are usually safe to drink but they have not been tested. During warm days water should be boiled before drinking.
- Read tips on drinking water on the Hiking in Finland website.
- It is the responsibility of each hiker to dispose of waste that accumulates during the trip. Biodegradable waste should be placed in a dry toilet or a composter, and small amounts of clean paper and cardboard can be used as kindling in a campfire. You can get more information on recycling and waste management on the Hiking without Littering page.
- Waste Management of Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park
- There are dry toilets at all the area's wilderness huts and at most campfire sites and lean-to shelters.
Camping and Lean-to Shelters
- Camping is permitted as an Everyman's Right (ympäristö.fi).
- In the recreational zone of Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park camping is allowed in the vicinity of huts and campfire sites. In the wilderness zone you are free to camp anywhere, but campfires may only be lit near bodies of water.
- Sissanki Rental Campfire Hut (Sissangin kota)
- There are no official camping grounds in the Hetta Area, but some tourist enterprises rent out spots for pitching a tent. For more information see the Destination Enontekiö website (enontekio.fi, in Finnish).
Hotels, Holiday Villages and Other Accommodation
- There are hotels, holiday villages and individual rental cabins in the Hetta Area. For more information on lodging see the Destination Enontekiö website (enontekiolapland.com).
- Hiking and outdoor gear can be rented from private tourist services.
- The exhibitions at the Fell Lapland Visitor Centre can be viewed from a wheelchair.
- There is an accessible toilet at the visitor centre.
- The lower level of Sotkajärvi bird watching tower, Sotkajärvi lean-to shelter and the campfire site at Fell Lapland Visitor Centre are accessible by wheelchair.
Services for Boaters
- There is a concrete boat ramp at Hetta harbour.
- There are also boat launch sites at Lake Muotkajärvi and in Ketomella by the River Ounasjoki.
Other Services in the Surrounding Area
- All the basic services can be found in Hetta Village: a bank, an ATM and a postal service point, a medical centre, a pharmacy and several taxi services.
- Boat transportation and car transport services from Hetta to Pallas and Ylläs.
- Many tourist services in Hetta have a sauna and showers available to use for a small fee.
- There is one petrol station and one filling station in Hetta.
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.