Enontekiö

Enontekiö (Sami: Eanodat or Iänudâh, Swedish: Enontekis) is a large municipality in the north-western arm of Finnish Lapland. The municipality contains part of Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park, a number of designated wilderness areas as well as all peaks of more than 1000 meters in Finland, among them the highest peak Halti at 1,324 m (4,344 ft) above sea level. Enontekiö has the second lowest population density in Finland, with only 0.2 people per km² (2010 data). A significant section of the municipality lies above the tree line.

Location of Enontekiö

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Landscape near Kilpisjärvi, early September.

Get in

By plane

Enontekiö airport is situated 6 km west of the main village of Hetta. Currently it is only served by Flybe airlines during spring, but numerous charter flights land throughout the winter. At present there are no air services during the summer months due to poor demand.

Kittilä Airport located between Kittilä and Levi, 150 km south by road, is probably the next nearest airport within easy reach of Hetta. A bus service connect Kittilä to Hetta (see below)

Alta Airport in the northern Norwegian town of Alta is 200 km north by road. Bus connections between Alta and Hetta are possible but more complicated.

By car

Usually people arrive to Enontekiö by car, either from the south or from the neighbouring countries, Norway and Sweden. From Norway you either enter through the border town of Kilpisjärvi by European route E8, further east via Kautokeino and Kivilompolo by road 93 or through Sweden.

Cars are available for rent, if booked in advance, at most major airports, including Alta and Kittila. There are limited rental car services in Hetta, mainly run by local entrepreneurs – if you want to rent a car in Hetta it is best to ask for details at your hotel. Demand is low, so there is no need to pre-book; journeys must conclude in Hetta.

It is possible to get someone to drive your car to where you need it. Ask at your hotel.

By bus

Beyond the extent of the Finnish rail network, which terminates over 300 km to the south in Rovaniemi and Kolari, the bus network coordinated by Matkahuolto is the next best way to get around. There are a number of routes north from Rovaniemi, the most import of which is Rovaniemi–Hetta service, which operates twice daily. This service connects Rovaniemi via Kittilä Airport, the ski resorts of Levi and Olos, Muonio and finally Hetta, with various stops in-between. Officially, Matkahuolto releases bus schedules for September-May and May-August so be sure to check the website for the latest timetable. The journey from Rovaniemi to Hetta takes around 4hrs 50min, and the journey from Kittilä to Hetta takes around 2hrs 30min.

The Swedish bus service Lanstrafiken Norrbotten Busses provides a service from Alta to Kautokeino. From Kautokeino you can take a bus across the border to Finland with Eskelisen Lapin Linjat to Hetta, but only during the summer months of June to August.

In summer there is also a service by Eskelisen Lapin Linjat between Tromsø in Norway and Rovaniemi, via Kilpisjärvi, which can be used also to reach Hetta (with quite a long wait at Palojoensuu).

By bike

The Eurovelo cycling route nr 7 from Nordkapp to Malta ("Sun Route", 7,409 km) comes down trough Finnmarksvidda, passes Hetta and continues down through Sweden. There are no biking lanes or other special arrangements for bikers up here, so there is no big advantage of the Eurovelo route, but there may be more information and tips on it than on the other options.

Distances are huge but the hills are not very steep, the roads are mostly well maintained and traffic is light. Mind your clothing – even in July average temperatures are around 10°C (50°F) in some parts of the municipality.

The coaches usually take bikes, so you can choose what legs to go on your own.

Get around

National road 21 in winter, near Kilpisjärvi.

Practically there are three ways to get around in these parts of Finland. Either by your own car, by taxi or by bus, which runs one or two times every day from Rovaniemi. Bikes are useful in the summer and can be taken on the bus.

Then of course, trekking is one of the reasons to come here. There is lot of nature to be explored by foot, ski, bike, canoe or similar means. Snowmobiles can also be rented (but are restricted to marked routes).

See

Wilderness areas, national parks and nature reserves in Enontekiö.
Palsa swamp in Enontekiö.

Views and nature. Large part of the area is beyond the treeline.

Do

Buy

Shops also in Kilpisjärvi and at some other locations.

Eat

Food is expensive in this part of Finland, so you should expect to see this reflected in menu prices. The produce available is limited as you might expect, but reindeer and fish usually feature on most menus.

Hetta

Kilpisjärvi

See Kilpisjärvi

Other Areas

Drink

Kilpisjärvi

See Kilpisjärvi

Sleep

Hetta

Kilpisjärvi

See Kilpisjärvi

Other Areas

Go next

See the neighbouring countries Sweden and Norway. Especially road to Skibotn in Norway has incredible canyon sights.

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