Guided Biking and Fatbiking Trails near Hetta

We are happy to guide you on some of our favourite trails close to our base.


Fatmax-Joring at the Farm
Jyypräväärä Cross Country Trail Network
Pahtajärvi 17km Cross Country Trail
Perilä / Ullatieva Trail
The Old Postal Route between Hetta and Näkkälä (26 km)
Leppajärvi - Kultima (25km) / Leppajärvi-Hetta via Palojoki

Jyypräväärä Cross Country Trail Network

There are numerous trails criss-crossing the Jyypräväärä hills and ski-tracks so it will be easy to find fun trails that suit your fitness. Let's go and explore together! Our favourite circular route is not shown on any of the tracks below but the first map shows part of the trail.

Price: Adults €, Children €
Duration:
Includes: Bike, helmet, guide.

The first trail shown - the 3km Peuranpolku trail - leads from the Visitor Center to the sports field and then to the school.

The second map shows the 13km Jyppyra-Laittavarri SE trail which includes the need to wade across Nakkalajoki. Career was studied or Laittavarrin southeastern bridge. Uraa tutkittu vai Laittavarrin kaakkoisrinteeseen.


Pahtajärvi 18km Cross Country Trail

This loop one of our favourite trails. It follows a skyline trail to the North of Hetta and returns beside a spectacular gorge. The trail is marked with blue signs and can be reached either from the school or nature centre from the lit jogging track that goes in the direction of the Paljasselkä Fell.

At Sissanginselkä the Pahtajärvi Trail turns west and the trail to Näkkälä continues to the north. After the Närpistönjoki lean-to shelter, the Pahtajärvi Trail turns south towards Pahtajärvi.

The most rugged landscape along the trail is at Lake Pahtajärvi, where the lake is down in a canyon and the trail leads along the upper slopes on its east side. There are beautiful wetlands along the trail, where an abundance of Globe Flowers (Trollius europaeus) and the Wood Crane's-bills (Geranium sylvaticum) grow. Just before the village of Hetta, the Pahtajärvi Trail joins the lit jogging track along which you may return to Skierri. The last kilometre of the trail goes along the Peurapolku Trail. There are information boards or signposts in the branches of the Pahtajärvi trail. There are duckboards on the trail but despite that you will need waterproof hiking boots.

Lake Pahtajärvi is a long and narrow lake which flows through a steep gorge on the north side of Hetta. Although getting there involves either a 5km hike or a longer round-trip by skis, it is worth the effort to see the steep cliff walls on both side of the lake. During winter a skiing trail leads across the lake and during summer hikers can admire the area from Pahtajärvi Trail.

Services: The Sissanki rentable hut (Sissangin kota) is located between Sissanginselkä and Paljässelkä and normally kept locked, but can be rented for overnight stays. The Närpistö lean-to shelter is located at the trail’s halfway point.

Duration: 2 - 3 hours including a stop for a lunch break eaten around an open fire in a wilderness kota.
Price: Adults €95, Children €55, Families €250 (<5, inc. up to 2 adults)

Price Includes: Bike, helmet, guide.


Perilä / Ullatieva Trail

A particular favourite with the guides is a beautiful ridge trail c. 4km from the far end of Hetta. The route shown is 20km in length and is seldom discovered by visitors to the area. The ridge trails crisscross each other many times, giving multiple scenic vantage points along its length and you needn't worry about becoming lost since all paths come back together in the end. On the northern side, the trail meanders along a river and the Jyypräväärä Fells rise up behind. To the south, across a lake, lie the stunning fells of the National Park. At the far end of the trail, the track becomes quite sandy so This is normally offered either as a 2-hour product in summer or a half-day hike out to the far end of the ridge, returning along the shore-line of the lake.

Price: Adults €, Children €
Duration:

Includes: Bike, helmet, guide.


The Old Postal Route between Näkkälä and Hetta

Between Hetta and Näkkälä

The 26km Hetta-Näkkälä Trail is marked with tall green poles with a white-red cross at the top. It is a historic trail since it is part of an old postal route between Hetta, Näkkälä, Pöyrisjärvi and Kalkujärvi. (From Näkkälä, the trail continues another 34km to Kalkujärvi.)

The trail is really varied and not quite as easy as the description 'old postal route' might lead you to imagine. Some sections are so rocky that they are too technical for most people to ride and a few sections cross quite large bogs - sometimes with, and sometimes without, ride-able boardwalks, so be prepared for wet feet! Having said this, there are also plenty of undulating and compact sections of trail that make the whole journey very worthwhile. FYI: This trail is easier to bike from Hetta to Näkkälä rather than the other way around, since you then start with a short sharp climb followed by a long gradual downhil, whereas in the other direction, you are climbing slowly but continuously for quite a while.

From Hetta, the easiest way to get to the Näkkälä Trail is to head out on the ski tracks from the school or on the trail that starts between the two buildings in the yard of the Skierri. Regular signs point towards both the Pahtajärvi Trail, (blue marks) and Näkkälä. There are some quite technical rocky climbs and singletrack on the section before the bookable cabin at Sissangi, c. 7km from Hetta. (This cabin is locked and can be rented for overnight stays.)

FYI: Be careful that you follow the summer trail and not the Hetta-Näkkälä snowmobile track which starts from this same place, since this has no duckboards across the bogs and is, therefore, impassable in summer. The trail has been marked in the Enontekiö guide and recreation map (opas- ja virkistyskartta) 1: 100,000. It has also been marked as a path in terrain maps of the area.

Quite soon after the Sissanki cabin, the Pahtajärvi Trail turns west while the Näkkälä Trail continues to the north. After that point, there are only white and red trail marking crosses c. every 300m. There are a few sections of bog where you might hestitate as to which way to go, since there are often many trails attempting to find dry routes across short sections of landscape - but it is still relatively easy to find the right way.

There is an open wilderness hut called Näkkälän Valitupa, c. 14km from Hetta. Be aware that the snowmobile path lies directly in front of the cabin but the biking / hiking routes approach and leave from the sides of the building.

Be aware that the last 3km of the trail into Näkkälä are quite rocky and challenging to bike. There are also a few path intersections but the marking posts are located quite well in this section so simply look for these whenever you are unsure. Turn left when you hit the final gravel road that leads to the main Näkkälä road. After about 500m, there is a turn to the right which is marked private, because of the houses at the end. However, it is worth a small detour to venture down this road a few paces just to see the large sacred Seita rock (an old site of worship from the days of Paganism).

More references to this trail can be found from this website.

Price: Adults €, Children €
Duration:
Includes: Bike, helmet, guide.


Leppajärvi - Kultima

The moderate 24km Leppajärvi - Kultima trail is a nice day route along an old semi-marked trail through primarily lichen-filled dry birch forests. There are a few damp secitons of trail without maintained duckboards and a few sections with slightly rotten duckboards, so be prepared to potentially get your feet wet. Reitti tunturikoivua kasvavaa kumpuilevaa hietikkokangasta.

The first 5km section of the trail to the Palojöki River, just to the South of the Village of Leppajärvi, is along a dirt track with privately-owned cottages on the side. The final section of sandy and then gravel road leads you back to the main East-West highway at the village of Kultima.

FYI: At the point at which the quad bike trail reaches the sandy end road, you have the option of turning north, past the reindeer separation area, and biking to a wilderness cabin at Salvasjärvi.

Sights: At the trail's halfway point you can turn off the route and go 1 km north off the trail to Lake Pahtajärvi (a popular lake name in this area for any lakes bounded by steep faces). The lake is clear and surrounded by cliffs.


Leppajärvi-Hetta with an overnight in the Palojoki Wilderness Cabins

The map shows the 28km Palojoki-Suonttajarvi-Muotkajarvi loop which centres around the Palojoki river to the South of Suonttajärvi. From the South Side of Suonttajärvi, an Mäntykanka leads an ATV to Syväjärvi and Soratie and further to Hetan-Palojoensuu road. (josta Mantykankaalla johtaa monkijaura Syvajarvelle ja soratielle ja edelleen Hetan Palojoensuu maantielle.)

There is an option to do a longer and more technical journey between Palojärvi and Kultima via the remote wilderness cabin at Salvasjärvi.

There are two ways to reach Salvasjärvi from the main road. The first is a 16km route from Kivilompolontie in the east and is a scenic mountain route which crosses back and forth across the Norwegian border. The trail is relatively heavily used, muddy and rocky at times.

The second is an approach from the SE, along the Palojärvi-Salvasjärvi Trail (20km). This is an old postal track which is maintained by the Finnish Road Administration and is still regularly used by locals. This trail, which is clearly visible in the terrain, runs from the north side of the village of Palojärvi to reindeer herders' summer cabins at Lake Salvasjärvi. It has kilometre signs marking sections of it but you should still take a map and a compass with you into this area to make sure that you don't get lost. The track also crosses over into Norway at one point, so you should technically have your passport with you. When approaching Lake Salvasjärvi the trail starts to ascend onto the tundra plateau landscape. The trail's end point is on the east side of Lake Salvasjärvi at Salvasjärvi open wilderness hut. The reindeer herders' summer cabins are to the south of Lake Salvasjärvi. This trail is fairly demanding for mountain biking with its large altitudinal changes and vast mires.

From Salvasjärvi, you head South on a 22km section of trail that towards Kultimaa. This route is marked in green and purple on the following map. Mönkijäura. Pitkospuita ja siltoja..


There are two ways to reach Salvasjärvi from the main road. The first is a 16km route from Kivilompolontie in the east and is a scenic mountain route which crosses back and forth across the Norwegian border. The trail is relatively heavily used, muddy and rocky at times.

The second is an approach from the SE, along the Palojärvi-Salvasjärvi Trail (20km). This is an old postal track which is maintained by the Finnish Road Administration and is still regularly used by locals. This trail, which is clearly visible in the terrain, runs from the north side of the village of Palojärvi to reindeer herders' summer cabins at Lake Salvasjärvi. It has kilometre signs marking sections of it but you should still take a map and a compass with you into this area to make sure that you don't get lost. The track also crosses over into Norway at one point, so you should technically have your passport with you. When approaching Lake Salvasjärvi the trail starts to ascend onto the tundra plateau landscape. The trail's end point is on the east side of Lake Salvasjärvi at Salvasjärvi open wilderness hut. The reindeer herders' summer cabins are to the south of Lake Salvasjärvi. This trail is fairly demanding for mountain biking with its large altitudinal changes and vast mires.

From Salvasjärvi, you head South on a 22km section of trail that towards Kultimaa. This route is marked in green and purple on the following map. Mönkijäura. Pitkospuita ja siltoja..