Enontekiö - The true Lapland
View from Saana fell. Photo: Playa del Kilpis Tours
Enontekiö is located in Lapland in the outermost northwest tip of Finland. The bulge between Sweden and Norway is called Käsivarsi, the Arm of Finland.
Enontekiö's spectacular scenery, hiking trails and the fish-rich waters are the things of which you've probably heard people talking about. Also the Finland's highest fell, Halti is located in Enontekiö. The landscapes differ significantly from the rest of Lapland.
The mountaineous scenery and its sparse vegetation makes the northern Enontekiö a special and memorable place to visit. The northern part of Enontekiö is the only place in Finland that belongs to the Scandinavian mountain range. All the more than 1,000 meters above sea level rising fells are located in Enontekiö.
Photo: Playa del Kilpis Tours
In Enontekiö each season is special: in the summer sun can be enjoyed almost two months day and night, while in the winter during the polar night time the sun does not rise at all (30.11.-12.1.). In the autumn you can enjoy the wonderful autumn colors and in springtime Enontekiö offers the best skiing conditions in Finland with lots of snow and sun.
LikeFinland -team visited Enontekiö in July, and experienced the popular Hetta-Pallas hiking trail.
If Enontekiö would be described only by a few words, I think it would be a hiker's paradise because of its wide range of hiking trails for hikers in all levels. Enontekiö offers perfect conditions also for fishing, canoeing and mountain biking.
Photo: Playa del Kilpis Tours
Did you know that Enontekiö has ...
... the highest point of Finnish highways?
From the south towards Kilpisjärvi, while driving, you will meet the highest point of Finnish highways, Muotkatakka (565.8 m). Muotkatakka is located approx. 12 km to the south from Kilpisjärvi.
... Finnish Niagara waterfalls, Pihtsusköngäs?
However, the waterfall has not been made easy to see. The distance of 17 m high waterfall is approx. 45 km on foot.
... a place where you can walk at the same time in Finland, Sweden and Norway?
A day trip to the Three Nations’ Border Point is worth to visit. It is located in Malla Strict Nature Reserve. The distance from Kilpisjärvi to milestone is approx. 11 km.
... the longest stairs of Finland?
Stairs are located in the hiking center Kilpisjärvi Saana take the route (approx. 4 km / direction) along the way. Count the steps and how many of them you can go without stopping.
Three Nations’ Border Point. Photo: Playa del Kilpis Tours
Fun things to do in Enontekiö
Fell Lapland Visitor Centre
Fell Lapland Visitor Centre is perfect for those keen to learn about fell nature, nomadic Sámi culture, notable figures in Enontekiö's past and present, and the travellers of the North. In the Surroundings of the Visitor Centre you can find marked trails to Jyppyrä viewpoint (1,5 km) which offers a magnificent view of the fell area and Peuranpolku Nature Trail (2 km), describing the hunting of wild deer.
Hetta Ski Resort (www)
Hetta Ski Resort is Enontekiö's home for winter sports; downhill and cross-country skiing, snowshoe trails, as well as a cafe. You can hire a range of equipment, including: snowshoes, sledges, snowboards and both downhill and cross-country skis. The lift takes you to the top of Jyppyrä where there is an open shelter with fireplace and has panoramic views.
Monument to military history amidst the fells of Lapland
In Hetta Ski Resort disc golf can be practiced year-round.
What would be more fun than searching "treasures" with the children. Enontekiö geocaches.
Bird watching can be a fun thing to do for a child. Enontekiö has three towers for bird watching.
Watching the Northern Lights
Enontekiö is the best place in Finland to see the northern lights.
Hetta Huskies farm (www)
In Hetta Huskies farm you can meet over 100 dogs and pups. The farm is open for walk-in visitors throughout the year.
In Enontekiö there are lots of great Lappish handicraft products, which are sold in many local shops and in craftsmens own boutiques. More info
Photo: Playa del Kilpis Tours
St Mary's Day in Hetta (in March)
During the St Mary's Day, there is an opportunity to access to Sámi culture. The Sámi people around the Sámi region along the Norway and Sweden have met in Enontekiö St Mary’s Day celebration since the 1500s. More info
Saami Ski Race (in April)
The Saami Ski Race is an international marathon skiing event. The race track follows an ancient mail delivery path from the village Kautokeino, Norway to Hetta Enontekiö In Finland. In the old days mail was carried on foot, on skis or with a reindeer sled. On the way, it is possible to see some reindeer because this area is also an important pasture for the reindeer. The Saami culture in both countries gives a special character for the race as well. In Kautokeino 90 % of the population speaks Saami and in Enontekiö roughly 10%. More info
Enontekiö Ice Fishing Week (in April)
While the rest of Europe prepares for the summer, in Enontekiö you can make up the best ice fishing stories and compete in a series of competitions around the region.
Kilpisjärvi Midsummer Skiing (in June)
Kilpisjärvi Midsummer Skiing event is fun and unforgettable sports event at Saana fell which have been arranged since 1946 without interruption. Competitors have up to 250 metre track to ski along depending the amount of snow.
View from Salmivaara. Photo: Playa del Kilpis Tours
How to get to Enontekiö?
Enontekiö can be reached by car or by train to Kolari. In Lapland, the distances are long, so the car is essential. Enontekiö has also an airport, which operates during the high season. Outside the peak seasons Enontekiö can be reached by plane to Kittilä. Other airports are in Kiruna in Sweden and Tromsø in Norway.
In spring 2017 Finnair flies to Enontekiö on Thursdays and Sundays from 19 February - 23 March at the latest. Timetables: AY531 HEL-ENF 6:30 - 8:45 and AY532 ENF-HEL 9:15 - 11:30. More info
Destination Enontekiö - TosiLappi (www)
More information about Enontekiö and its attractions
All the photos are taken by Playa del Kilpis Tours (www)
"We are Ansku and Marjo and we live in Kilpisjärvi, Finnish Lapland and we like outdoor activities. There are lots of great places here in Kilpisjärvi and also near in Norway. We wanted to share that information also to people visiting here and that was how Playa del Kilpis Tours was founded."
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