Services along Nordkalott Trail

14.7.2021
During a forest fire warning (ilmatieteenlaitos.fi), fire is only allowed at covered campfire sites that have a flue or in fireplaces at huts, but only with extreme caution. The one who lights the fire is always responsible for its safety. Making a fire at campfire sites can be banned locally.
1.7.2021
The flood destroyed the Vuomakasjoki bridge on the Nordkalott Trail and a new one will be built in 2022. You have to wade across the Vuomakasjoki River.

A man taking water from a brook with a wooden cup in sunny weather. In the background open fell area and on the horizon a partly snow-covered fell.

The services mentioned on this page are those found on the part of Nordkalott Trail running through Finland, except wilderness huts in which case those in Norway and Sweden are included.

Drinking Water

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.

Waste Management

  • It is the responsibility of each hiker to dispose of waste that accumulates during your trip.
  • There are waste bins at all wilderness huts except Kuonjarjoki wilderness hut.
  • You can get more information on recycling and waste management on the Hiking Without Littering page.

Firewood Supply

Ready chopped firewood is supplied to all open and reservable wilderness huts in early spring. As wood is brought to Käsivarsi Wilderness Area from quite far away and transportation is expensive we ask that visitors do not burn firewood outside of wilderness huts.

Maintenance and Management

  • In Finland Metsähallitus is responsible for transportation of firewood and management of waste on Nordkalott Trail. More information is available at Fell Lapland Visitor Centre.
  • During peak seasons Kilpisjärvi Visitor Centre accepts feedback on all areas of maintenance. They then pass on all comments on.

Overnight Stays

Open Wilderness Huts and Reservable Wilderness Huts in Finland

There are both open wilderness huts and reservable wilderness huts along Nordkalott Trail. You can stay over night for 1 to 2 nights in open wilderness huts or rent a bunk from a reservable wilderness hut.

Wilderness Huts in Norway

Wilderness Huts in Sweden

  • The wilderness huts on the part of the trail running through Sweden are owned by Svenska Turistförening (svenskaturistforeningen.se): STF. During peak season there is a STF employee at each hut who accepts payment for the huts and can give information and guidance.
  • Huts along Sweden's Kungsleden Trail have kiosks which sell basic necessities incl. foodstuff.

Lodging in the Surrounding Area

Information on lodging in the area surrounding Kilpisjärvi Village can be found on the Tosilappi website (tosilappi.fi).

Equipment Rental

Information on renting hiking equipment:

Participate in our survey, please

Participate in the development of the visitor services in the Käsivarsi Wilderness Area and the Nordkalott Trail by responding to the online questionnaire (app.maptionnaire.com). Thank you!