Open Wilderness Huts in Lapland

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(Otsamo Day Trip Hut in Inari Hiking Area)

One of the best things about traveling and hiking in the far north is the extensive network of open wilderness huts in Lapland which are free and open for everyone to use - local and foreigners. The huts are intended for one night stays and almost all either have a fireplace, stove, or gas cooker available for visitors to use. Some even have cooking utensils for use as well. Some also that have dry toilets and waste disposal bins facilities, and a few even have nearby saunas for use!

Besides open huts, theres also many day trip huts in Lapland, as well as open turf huts and Lapp pole tents (Lapp huts). These types of huts are not really intended for overnight visitors yet can be used in certain exceptional situations that arise where lodging is needed (like a major blizzard or snow storm!).

While open huts are free to use, this does not guarantee that there is always a free space to sleep in or use the facilities and amenities a hut offers. During peak hiking times in Lapland (for example during the 'Ruska' hiking period in the fall) its not uncommon for huts to be used by many hikers throughout the day or overnight. With everyman's right law, however, its perfectly ok to put up a tent nearby a hut and ask those who are already staying there or using them if you can use the fireplace or stove at some point when they are not. Just ask politely!

Below is a map of many of the available open wilderness huts in Lapland that are free for everyone to use. Underneath the map, you can read a bit more about what to expect at the different types of huts, as well as the names of certain huts located in the various parts of Lapland.

Enter the name for this tabbed section: Types of Open Huts in Lapland
  • Open Wilderness Huts - Basic cabins for use by hikers, skiers, or pretty much anyone (not commercial tour groups though!). Huts are unlocked are available for an overnight stay or even just a simple rest during the day. If there are not many others wanting to use a hut during the period when you are there, Its generally ok to stay for a second night. For the most part though, huts are intended for one nights use. During peak hiking periods, there is often not enough room in huts for sleeping. Open wilderness hut facilities generally include sleeping bunks, a dining table with benches, basic cookware and utensils, a stove or gas cooker, and a dry toilet. Theres usually firewood nearby in a shed or storage for use in the hut, as well as an axe to split the wood. Smoking is never allowed in the huts and pets are only allowed in some huts.

  • Day Trip Huts - These huts are very much like the open wilderness huts yet are not intended for overnight use, just for rest or a temporary stopping point for hikers traveling through. They are often located near tourism or wilderness centres and conveniently near, or on, shorter day hike trails (think under 10km return hikes). There are no bunks to use in day huts, like the open wilderness huts, so if a traveler/hiker stays in the hut overnight for an exceptional reason (emergency!) they have to sleep on the floor. Day trip huts usually have a stove or fireplace, table and benches, basic cookware, and a dry toilet nearby. Like the wilderness huts, they usually also have a stash of firewood available and theres not smoking allowed inside. Pets are only allowed in some huts

  • Lapp Pole Tents (or Lapp Huts) - Lapp pole tents are not really tents, but more so tee-pee like wooden structures with a vaulted ceiling and fireplace/pit in the centre. Like the day huts, its possible to stay overnight in exceptional cases yet one would have to sleep on the floor as there are no bunks for use. Some pole tents have wooden floors whereas others do not, theres just hard ground inside the walls instead and around the fireplace. Like the other huts, there is typically a supply of firewood for use for visitors

  • Turf Huts - As the name implies, turf huts have roofs made of turf and are small lodgings built partially underground. Most are intended only for day visits yet some can be used for overnight stays. Turf huts have very basic facilities and there is typically a stove or fireplace, and a dry toilet for use. Some have bunks while others only offer the ground to sleep on.
Enter the name for this tabbed section: Open Huts in Northern Lapland
Lake Inari & Inari Hiking Area
  • Haapakoski Day Trip Hut
  • Jääsaari Open Wildern Hut
  • Kaikunuora Open Wilderness Hut
  • Kahkusaari Open Wilderness Hut
  • Kärppätupa Open Wilderness Hut
  • Otsamo Day Trip Hut
  • Peiliniemi Lapp Pole Tent
  • Petäjäsaari Open Wilderness Hut
  • Pielpavuono Lapp Pole Tent
  • Suovasaari Lapp Pole Tent
  • Tyllylahti Lapp Pole Tent
Kevo Strict Nature Reserve & Kevo/Kuivi Hiking Trails
  • Kuivi Open Wilderness Hut
  • Madjoki Open Wilderness Hut
  • Njavgoaivi Open Wilderness Hut
  • Ruktajärvi Open Wilderness Hut

Vätsäri Wilderness Area 
  • Pisteri Open Wilderness Hut
  • Rajapää Open Wilderness Hut
  • Suolistaipale Open Wilderness Hut
Hammastunturi Wilderness Area
  • Ivalojoki Kultala Open Wilderness Hut
  • Kyläjoki Day Trip Hut
  • Liljeqvist Open Wilderness Hut
  • Louhioja Open Wilderness Hut
  • Moberginoja Open Wilderness Hut
  • Pahaoja Open Wilderness Hut
  • Rautujärvi Day Trip Hut
  • Ritakoski Open Wilderness Hut
  • Suivakkojärvi Open Wilderness Hut
  • Taimenjärvi Open Wilderness Hut
Lemmenjoki National Park
  • Kruununtupa (Heikkilä) Open Wilderness Hut
  • Kultasatama (Kultahamina) Open Wilderness Hut
  • Matti Musta Open Wilderness Hut
  • Morgamojan Kultala Open Wilderness Hut
  • Oahujoki Open Wilderness Hut
  • Paaraskalla Open Wilderness Hut
  • Postijoki Open Wilderness Hut
  • Ravadasjärvi Open Wilderness Hut
  • Sallivaara Open Wilderness Hut
  • Vaskojoki Open Wilderness Hut
  • Vaskolompolo Open Wilderness Hut
Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park & Hetta - Pallas Trail
  • Hannukuru Open Wilderness Hut
  • Montellin Maja Open Wilderness Hut
  • Nammalakuru Open Wilderness Hut
  • Pahakuru Open Wilderness Hut
  • Puolitaival Open Wilderness Hut
  • Pyhäkero Open Wilderness Hut
  • Rautuoja Open Wilderness Hut
  • Sioskoski Day Trip Hut
  • Sioskuru Open Wilderness Hut
  • Tappuri Open Wilderness Hut

  • Hetta Area
  • Jyppyrä Campfire Shelter
  • Muotkajärvi Day Trip Hut
  • Sissanki Rental Lapp Hut
Pöyrisjärvi Wilderness Area
  • Kalmakaltio Open Wilderness Hut
  • Korteoja Open Wilderness Hut
  • Lenkihaka Open Wilderness Hut
  • Nallatupa Open Wilderness Hut
  • Naltijärvi Open Wilderness Hut
  • Näkkälän Välitupa Open Wilderness Hut
  • Pöyrisjärvi Open Wilderness Hut
  • Staalojärvi Open Wilderness Hut

Pulju Wilderness Area
  • Avisuoran kammi Open Wilderness Hut
Käsivarsi Wilderness Area & Nordkalottleden Trail
  • Aatsa Open Wilderness Hut
  • Ailakkajärvi Open Wilderness Hut
  • Halti Open Wilderness Hut
  • Halti Old Open Wilderness Hut
  • Hirvasvuopio Open Wilderness Hut
  • Jogasjärvi Open Wilderness Hut
  • Kalkkoivi Open Wilderness Hut
  • Kaskasjoki Open Wilderness Hut
  • Kopmajoki Open Wilderness Hut
  • Kuohkimajärvi Open Wilderness Hut
  • Kuonjarjoki Open Wilderness Hut
  • Kutukoski Open Wilderness Hut
  • Lossujärvi Open Wilderness Hut
  • Meekonjärvi Open Wilderness Hut
  • Porojärvi Open Wilderness Hut
  • Pihtsusjärvi Open Wilderness Hut
  • Puuvrasjoki Open Wilderness Hut
  • Ropi Open Wilderness Hut
  • Saanajärvi Day Trip Hut
  • Saarijärvi Open Wilderness Hut (Enontekiö)
  • Taapmajärvi Open Wilderness Hut
  • Tenomuotka Open Wilderness Hut
  • Termisjärvi Open Wilderness Hut
Pöyrisjärvi Wilderness Area
  • Kalmakaltio Open Wilderness Hut
  • Korteoja Open Wilderness Hut
  • Lenkihaka Open Wilderness Hut
  • Nallatupa Open Wilderness Hut
  • Naltijärvi Open Wilderness Hut
  • Näkkälän Välitupa Open Wilderness Hut
  • Pöyrisjärvi Open Wilderness Hut
  • Staalojärvi Open Wilderness Hut

Lätäseno-Hietajoki Mire Reserve
  • Isokurkkio Open Wilderness Hut
  • Puussasvaara Open Wilderness Hut

Tarvantovaara Wilderness Area
  • Salvasjärvi, Open Wilderness Hut
  • Syväjärvi, Open Wilderness Hut

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Kittilä & Levi Area
  • Kumputunturi, Day Trip Hut
  • Pyhävasa Open Wilderness Hut
  • Raijankiselkä Open Wilderness Hut
  • Taatsijärvi Open Wilderness Hut
  • Uurrekarkean palovartijan maja Open Wilderness Hut
  • Hirvikämppä, Day Trip Hut
  • Muusa Day Trip Hut

Kolari 
  • Ruostevaara, Open Wilderness Hut (Kolari)
  • Tuorekuru, Open Wilderness Hut

Muonio & Ylläs - Olos Trail
  • Vuontisjärvi Open Wilderness Hut
  • Juuvanrova Open Wilderness Hut
  • Kuusikonmaa Open Wilderness Hut
  • Pahtavaara Open Wilderness Hut
  • Tammikämppä Open Wilderness Hut
Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park (Aakenustunturi Area, Pallastunturi Area, Yllästunturi Area, and Pallas - Ylläs Trail)
  • Porokämppä Day Trip Hut
  • Pyhäjärvi Day Trip Hut
  • Tammitupa Day Trip Hut
  • Villenkämppä Day Trip Hut
  • Aittalahti Open Wilderness Hut
  • Hietalahti Open Wilderness Hut
  • Keimiöjärvi Day Trip Hut
  • Mustakero Open Wilderness Hut
  • Mustavaara Open Wilderness Hut
  • Mäntyrova Open Wilderness Hut
  • Punainenhiekka Open Wilderness Hut
  • Kutujärvi Open Wilderness Hut
  • Pahtavuoma Open Wilderness Hut
  • Pahtavuoma II Open Wilderness Hut

Pulju
  • Korsatupa Open Wilderness Hut
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Oulanka National Park & Karhunkierros Trail
  • Jussinkämppä Open Wilderness Hut
  • Puikkokämppä Open Wilderness Hut
  • Ristikallio Open Wilderness Hut
  • Savilampi Open Wilderness Hut
  • Siilastupa Open Wilderness Hut
  • Taivalköngäs Open Wilderness Hut
  • Ansakämppä Open Wilderness Hut
  • Valtavaara Day Trip Hut

Pyhä-Luosto National Park
  • Huttuloma Open Wilderness Hut
  • Kapusta Day Trip Hut
  • Karhunjuomalampi Day Trip Hut
  • Pyhälampi Day Trip Hut
  • Yli-Luosto Open Wilderness Hut

Saariselkä Area
  • Karvaselkä Day Trip Hut
  • Kelo-oja Gold-diggers’ Hut Day Trip Hut
  • Luttotupa Day Trip Hut
  • Moitakuru Day Trip Hut
  • Prospektori miners’ Hut Day Trip Hut

Sompio Strict Nature Reserve
  • Nattanen Day Trip Hut
Urho Kekkonen National Park
  • Kivipää Open Wilderness Hut
  • Lankojärvi Open Wilderness Hut
  • Luulampi Day Trip Hut
  • Porttikoski Open Wilderness Hut
  • Rautulampi Day Trip Hut
  • Rumakuru New Day Trip Hut
  • Rumakuru Old Day Trip Hut
  • Snelmanninmaja Open Wilderness Hut
  • Suomunruoktu Open Wilderness Hut
  • Vellinsärpimä Day Trip Hut
  • Anterinmukka Open Wilderness Hut
  • Hammaskuru Open Wilderness Hut
  • Jyrkkävaara Open Wilderness Hut
  • Karapulju Open Wilderness Hut
  • Kiertämäjärvi Open Wilderness Hut
  • Luirojärvi Open Wilderness Hut
  • Muorravaarakka Open Wilderness Hut
  • Peuraselkä Open Wilderness Hut
  • Raappana Turf Hut
  • Rajankämppä Open Wilderness Hut
  • Sarvioja Open Wilderness Hut
  • Siulanruoktu Open Wilderness Hut
  • Tahvontupa Open Wilderness Hut
  • Tuiskukuru Open Wilderness Hut
  • Vongoiva Turf Hut
  • Härkävaara Open Wilderness Hut
  • Manto-oja Open Wilderness Hut
  • Mantoselkä Open Wilderness Hut
  • Peskihaara Open Wilderness Hut
  • Tammikämppä Open Wilderness Hut
  • Vieriharju Open Wilderness Hut
  • Hirvashauta Open Wilderness Hut
  • Karhuoja Open Wilderness Hut
  • Kärekeoja Open Wilderness Hut
  • Mettopalo Open Wilderness Hut
  • Naltiojoki Open Wilderness Hut
  • Saiho Open Wilderness Hut
Enter the name for this tabbed section: Open Huts in Southern Lapland
Arctic Circle Hiking Area
  • Niittypirtti Day Trip Hut

Auttiköngäs
  • Auttiköngäs log floaters Hut Day Trip Hut

Korouoma Nature Reserve 
  • Kuulea Day Trip Hut
  • Pajupuro Open Wilderness Hut
Riisitunturi National Park  
  • Karitunturi Day Trip Hut
  • Ahmatupa (Karitunturi) Open Wilderness Hut
  • Riisitunturi Open Wilderness Hut

Martimoaapa Mire Reserve 
  • Kaltiolampi Open Wilderness Hut
  • Kivalo Open Wilderness Hut
  • Kivalon jääkärikämppä Day Trip Hut
  • Koivuselkä, Open Wilderness Hut
  • Martimo-ojan niittytupa Open Wilderness Hut
  • Saunasaari Open Wilderness Hut

Note: The locations of huts above have been collected by publicly available information. New huts are occasionally built in some locations while others are discontinued in use, some having burnt down or simply become unusable as time passes. Ultimately, this map is intended to give an example of the vast amount of huts that can be used when hiking/traveling through the wilds of Lapland. For the most current status of huts that can be used, always visit the local wilderness center in the National Park, Wilderness Area, or hiking area where you are headed to inquire about hut status' before heading out on the trail. Even if it says a hut is 'open' somewhere on the internet, this may not be entirely true as web sources are not always updated each and every day.

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