Enontekiö (Hetta) Travel Guide

Enontekiö, Finnish Lapland / Copyright www.lifeinlapland.com

(Enontekiö Church in Hetta)

Enontekiö is a municipality in Northwestern Lapland with nearly 2,000 residents spread out amongst area of about 8,400 square kilometres. However, there is no actual village with the name Enontekiö, but the settlement of Hetta is often simply referred to by the municipality name Enontekiö and which this guide is referring to. It's the administrative capital of the municipality and also the start of the popular Hetta-Pallas hiking trail.

In the map below, you will find practical places to know about for planning a trip and things to do in Enontekiö. Below the map you will find some helpful travel information by clicking on a topic button and scrolling down to read.
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The quickest way to get to Enontekiö is by plane from Helsinki to Enontekiö (ENF) airport.

Enontekiö is located on Road 93 which is off of Highway E8 that runs North along the Finland/Sweden border. It can be reached by car or bus from southern Lapland. You can see bus timetables and buy tickets and on the Matkahuolto website
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You can pretty much walk anywhere you want to in the village centre of Hetta, but will need to take a taxi or go by car to get to/from the airport.
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For up to date weather, check out the Enontekiö forecast on the FInnish Meteorological Institute.
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  • Snowmobile Riding
  • Reindeer Sleigh Rides
  • Dogsledding
  • Downhill skiing & snowboarding
  • Cross country skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Ice fishing
  • Viewing Auroras
  • Hiking
  • Mountain biking
  • Camping
  • Bird watching
  • Fishing
  • Frisbee Golf

Things To Do in Enontekiö

  • Enontekiö Church - built in 1952, its the 6th church built in Enontekiö over the past 400 years.
  • Jyppyrä Lookout - Day trip lean-to and campfire site that offers nice view of the Pallas-Ounastunturi fell chain.
  • Bird Watching Tower - Sotkajärvi bird watching tower is a great place to observe typical birds of Lapland during the Arctic summer
  • Fell Lapland Nature Centre - Learn about local nature and cultural history of the region through the centre's free exhibits.
  • Midnight sun - In summer time its quite a surreal experience to stay up late into the evening to watch the different colors produced as the sun floats on the horizon. In general, the night sky is luminous from May until mid August
  • Northern lights (Aurora Borealis) - many visitors come to Lapland hoping to see the dancing solar winds in the night sky.
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  • Practical Lapland Travel Information
  • Enontekiö is one of the last stops before Kilpisjarvi (besides Muonio) where you can use a cash machine and shop at bigger food stores. In fact, the only cash dispenser in Enontekiö is in Hetta at Osuuspankki in the town center.
  • The Fell Lapland Nature Centre is a good place to visit before hiking in the area so you can get up-to-date information about huts and trail conditions.
  • If someone suggests to visit the small reindeer herding village of Näkkälä as a local attraction, be informed that there is nothing there to visit or to do from a travelers perspective. It is simply a small community of houses far off of the main highway, nothing more. Don't waste your time.
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