Ritakoski Rental Hut


Location, Maps and Description

Northern Lapland Region, Municipality of Inari (www.inari.fi), Hammastunturi Wilderness Area

Ritakoski, coordinates: Euref-Fin (~ WGS84) lat: 68° 30.2457' lon: 26° 55.7058'  ETRS-TM35FIN: N: 7599069 E: 497073

The rental hut is situated on the north bank of the River Ivalojoki about 3 km east of the River Sotajoki's mouth.

Hammastunturi - Saariselkä outdoor map 1:100 000
Terrain map V443 1:50 000

Price and Keys

40 Euros / day (incl. VAT 10%). Your reservation time begins at 12 noon on the day of your arrival and ends at 12 noon on the day of your departure.

The hut is reservable from March to October.

You can pick up the keys from Kiehinen Customer Service, Tankavaara Visitor Centre or a separately arranged point. Keys must be returned to the same place they were picked up from.


Wood oven, gas stove, mattresses, blankets, pillows, candles for lighting, outdoor toilet. No sauna. Visitors can get water from the River Ivalojoki.

There are waste bins at the wilderness hut, but we ask that hikers bring their own litter out of the area. Read more about Hiking Without Littering.


Pets are not permitted in the hut.

During the coldest part of winter the hut does not heat fully as it has no heat insulation.

There is an open wilderness hut in the same building. Hikers can cross the Ritakoski Rapids when waters are low by cautiously wading across.

From Kultala it is about an 11 km hike to Ritakoski along the northern bank of the River Ivalojoki. A marked summer hiking trail leads from Pahaoja parking area to Kultala. The rental hut can also be reached by canoe.

In the hut is possible to stay maximum 7 nights in a row.

Safety on hiking


From Saariselkä take road E-75 and drive south along it for 10 km or alternatively drive 2 km north from Kakslauttanen. Then turn onto Kutturantie Road. Follow Kutturantie Road for 17 km and then turn onto Pahaojantie Road, continuing along it for 10 km at which point you will reach Pahaoja parking area. Pahanojantie Road is not cleared of snow during winter.

The wilderness hut can not be reached by public transport. The closest coach stop is on road E-75 at the intersection for Kutturantie Road. From there it is a 27 km hike to Pahaoja parking area.

Maintenance and Management

Metsähallitus, Natural Heritage Services Lapland. For more information contact Kiehinen Customer Service, tel. int. +358 206 39 7200, Tankavaara Visitor Centre tel. int. +358 206 39 7251 or Ivalo Customer Service tel. int. +358 206 39 7701.