Many companies pass through Hetta, Enontekio, en route to Nordkapp. However, few maximise, fully, the use of their time whilst here. Hence, we have put together a suggested itinerary for your short time in the area encompassing a visit to the nature centre, a hike to a local place of interest and a visit to our husky farm. Please contact us for more details or guiding services.Late Afternoon in the Nature Centre / at the farm
It hosts one of the largest Sami exhibitions in Lapland as well as audiovisual shows about the Northern Lights, life of the Sami people etc. Although the nature centre has lots of information available, it is sometimes useful to have a personal guide to hand to steer visitors to the areas of particular interest.
Some groups choose to come straight to the farm before heading to the hotel since that way, they immediately get a real insight into the kind of place that they are spending the night in - as well as 'ticking off the list' one of the key attractions of the north...huskies!
Occassionally we get people who are so interested that they also want to stay for the evening feeding session! What better way to work out the kinks after a few days on a bus than by stretching muscles by carrying food around the farm for the dogs and getting lots of dog cuddles in return?
Panoramic Evening Nature Hike
Summer days are long, in Hetta, so a small climb to the summit of Jyppryavaara Hill is the perfect end to the day. The ascent through the Nature reserve starts just behind the Skierri and local guides can not only introduce visitors to the local fauna and flora that will be encountered along the way but also tell stories about the importance of the hill in pagan times and how its 'selta' (sacred) rock caused a conflict with the early church.
The panoramic views from the summit of the Pallas-Yllas National Park give an unforgettable insight into the Arctic landscape so, when there is time, it is good to stop for a while to enjoy the scenery and potentially even make a fire in the summit kota. The descent is via an alternative nature trail through a forest dominated by pine and interspersed with birch, aspen and mountain ash.
The guided walk takes c. 1 hour (with extra time needed if a fire is to be made and, for instance, sausages cooked, at the top). We often take a friendly husky or two with us when guiding these hikes, since they can help the less able members of the group with the uphills and few people mind having a cuddle or two, and posing for a photography with them, at the summit.
Departure Morning - Tour of the Husky Farm
If you didn't see the farm already on the previous evening, why not visit us on your departure morning? It would be a shame to leave Hetta without visiting one of the best husky farms in Lapland!
The guided tour lasts c. 1 hour and is a lot of fun for visitors and dogs alike. More information can be found from the section on farm visits.