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.