Western Lapland
Muonio, Enontekiö
Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park
The trail is managed and maintained by Metsähallitus.

Hetta-Pallas Hiking Trail

Most popular long distance hiking trail in Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park is the 50-km-long Hetta-Pallas Hiking Trail. The route for this trail was outlined in 1934. The trail leads over fells, sometimes descending to the ravines below to once again as if to prepare hikers for the breathtaking view from the top of the next fell. The trail is marked with arrow signs.

Season: The best time for hiking begins at June 21st. Season goes on until mid-October, when there are only a few random wanderers on the trail and first snow comes. Note: By the beginning of June snow has for the most part melted from the area, but because of the water from melted snow and ice the trail is wet and susceptible to erosion. 

Hetta-Pallas Skiing Trail

There is also a cross country skiing trail between Hetta and Pallas. The distance is between 53 and 60 km depending on what route you choose. The winter trail leads lower on the slopes than the summer one through forest landscape and across mires, though between the Sioskuru and Hannunkuru Ravines the trail goes on an open and exposed fell area.

Season: The full length of Hetta-Pallas ski trail along maintained tracks is available in March and April. Cross country skiing trail between Sioskuru and Hannukuru is open from mid-March to end of April. The maintenance of other ski tracks begins in mid-February.

If you wish to follow these trails earlier, you must have the skills to navigate in demanding conditions: the daylight hours are still short, and you cannot rely on finding any ready-made tracks.

The distances between the huts are longer in the winter trail than in the summer trail. The trail is marked with a wooden cross in open areas and in wooded areas with a blue triangle painted in trees. Winter routes are not suitable for summer hiking because they often run on wet soils. Read more about Hetta-Pallas winter trails.

 Four hikers going inside the hut. In front of the hut there are skis and poles in the snow.

Skiing trails are managed by local businesses. You can check the maintenance of the ski tracks between Hetta and Hannukuru from the Hetta Ski Map (infogis.fi). The maintenance of ski tracks from Hannukuru to Pallas on the east side of the fells can be checked from the Raattama-Ylikyrö Ski Map (infogis.fi). The maintenance of the track between Nammalakuru and Pallas on the west side of the fells can be checked from the Muonio Ski Map (infogis.fi).

This is the web page nationalparks.fi/hettapallashikingtrail