Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park Huts

There are a variety of open and bookable huts running the length of the Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Often the open ones are adjacant to, or in the same vicinity as, the bookable ones so you effectively have to choose between carrying a little bit extra (for the open ones) or simply carrying a sleeping bag liner and your food and staying in the well-resourced bookable ones. Both are superbly well maintained and make hiking and skiing in the arctic nature a very accessible option for all.


Huts along the main Hetta Pallas Hiking and Skiing route

The huts described below are in the order you would access them in, if hiking or skiing from Hetta to Pallas.

Pyhäkero Open Wilderness Hut
This open wilderness hut sleeps 5 and is situated by the Hetta-Pallas Trail, 7 km from Hetta.
Facilities: Fireplace, gas cooker.
Notices: The peak seasons for the hut are Easter holidays and the autumn´s ruska season. There is a service hut on the grounds, which houses a café during spring season. Pets are not permitted in the hut.
Waste Management: There are waste bins and a recycling point at the hut. The goal of the National Park is to be a litter-free area and hikers are advised to bring their own waste out of the area.

Sioskuru Open & Reservable Wilderness Hut
This reservable wilderness hut sleeps 8 and is situated on the Hetta-Pallas Trail, 15 km from Hetta and 40 km from Pallas in the ravine between Pyhäkero Fell and Siosvaara Fell.
Price and Bookings: 10 e / night / person.
Facilities: A stove, a gas cooker. Basic cookware (pot, frying pan, coffee pot). Bunk beds with mattresses, pillows and blankets.
Notices: Sioskuru Reservable Wilderness Hut has been renovated in the spring 2007. The peak seasons for this hut are Easter holidays and the autumn´s ruska season. Pets are not permitted in the hut. The building also houses an open wilderness hut for 16 persons.
Waste Management: The closest recycling point is at Pyhäkero Open Wilderness Hut. The goal of the National Park is to be a litter-free area and hikers are advised to bring their own waste out of the area.

Tappuri Open Wilderness Hut
This open wilderness hut which sleeps 8 is situated 1 km east of the Hetta-Pallas Trail on the trail leading to Ketomella. Hence, you are unlikely to visit or see this hut if following the standard trail unless you make a specific detour. The hut is 20 km from Hetta and 37 km from Pallas.
Facilities: A stove, a gas cooker and basic cooking equipment; pot, frying pan, coffee pot.
Notices: Tappuri Open Wilderness Hut has been renovated in June 2007. The peak seasons for this hut are Easter holidays and the autumn´s ruska season. The wilderness hut is located close to the Näkkälä herding co-operative’s reindeer fence and is therefore often used by herders. Pets are permitted in the hut, but only when other visitors agree.
Waste Management: The closest recycling points are to the north at Pyhäkero Open Wilderness Hut and to the south at Hannukuru Open Wilderness Hut.The goal of the National Park is to be a litter-free area and hikers are advised to bring their own waste out of the area.

Pahakuru Open Wilderness Hut
This open wilderness hut for 6 people is situated by the Hetta-Pallas Trail, 26 km from Hetta and 29 km from Pallas.
Facilities: A stove, a gas cooker and basic cooking equipment; pot, frying pan, coffee pot.
Notices: Water can be taken from the spring but it is recommended to boil or filter it before use. The peak seasons for this hut are Easter holidays and the autumn´s ruska season. Pets are permitted in the hut, but only in case that other visitors agree with it.
Waste Management: The closest waste bins and recycling point are at Hannukuru Open Wilderness Hut (1,5 km).
The goal of the National Park is to be a litter-free area and hikers are advised to bring their own waste out of the area.

Hannukuru Open Wilderness Hut
This open wilderness hut for 16 + 16 people is situated on the Hetta-Pallas Trail 28 km from Hetta and 27 km from Pallas.
Facilities: A stove, a gas cooker and basic cooking equipment. There is a sauna at the small near-by lake. On the opposite shore there is a campfire shelter and a camping site.
Notices: Water can be taken from the well. The sauna fee is 7 e / adult, 4 e / child (under 7 years) or for a member of a group (a group is > 10 persons). Payment in advance in Pallas-Yllästunturi National Parks visitor centres or by mobile phone. Call tel. 06008-20335 (7 e payment) tai 06008-20336 (4 e payment). One call for one payment. The sauna is free for the residents of the reservable huts Hanna and Hannu.
The peak seasons for this hut are Easter holidays and the autumn´s ruska season. Pets are permitted in the hut, but only in case that other visitors agree with it. There is a reservable wilderness hut located 200 meters from the open wilderness hut / 24 persons.
Waste Management: There are waste bins and there will be a recycling point at the hut. The goal of the National Park is to be a litter-free area and hikers are advised to bring their own waste out of the area.

Hannukuru Reservable Wilderness Hut


This reservable wilderness hut for 24 people (12 + 12) is situated on the Hetta-Pallas Trail 28 km from Hetta and 27 km from Pallas.
Price and Booking: 10 e / night / person, Reservations: Pallastunturi Visitor Centre, 99330 Pallastunturi, tel. int +358 205 64 7930 / +358 205 64 7950. Keys can be picked up from Pallastunturi Visitor Centre or Skierri.
Facilities: A stove, a gas cooker. Basic cookware (pot, frying pan, coffee pot). Bunk beds with mattresses, pillows and blankets. There is a sauna at the small lake, situated about 150 metres from the hut. Near the hut there is a campfire shelter and a camping site.
Notices: Water can be taken from the well. The sauna fee is 7 e / adult, 4 e / child (under 7 years) or for a member of a group (a group is > 10 persons). Payment in advance in Pallas-Yllästunturi National Parks visitor centres or by mobile phone. Call tel. 06008-20335 (7 e payment) tai 06008-20336 (4 e payment). One call for one payment. The peak seasons for this hut are Easter holidays and the autumn´s ruska season. Pets are not permitted in the hut. There is an open wilderness hut located 200 meters from the reservable wilderness hut.
Waste Management: There are waste bins and there will be a recycling point at the hut. The goal of the National Park is to be a litter-free area and hikers are advised to bring their own waste out of the area.

Suaskuru Kota/Campfire Shelter
This open kota / campfire shelter is in a forested knott c. 5 km from Hannukuru Ravine and 7 km from Montelli. It is a bit of an overcast location but nevertheless a welcome resting spot.

Montellin Maja Open Wilderness Hut
This open wilderness hut sleeps 4 and is situated by the Hetta-Pallas Trail, 40 km from Hetta and 15 km from Pallas.
Facilities: Fireplace
Notices: During mid-winter the wilderness hut is cold. Water can be taken from the brook but it is recommended to boil or filter it before use.
The peak seasons for this hut are Easter holidays and the autumn´s ruska season. The hut is also used by reindeer herders. Pets are permitted in the hut, but only in case that other visitors agree with it.
Waste Management: The closest waste bins and recycling points are at Nammalakuru Open Wilderness Hut, 1.2 km to the south, and at Hannukuru Open Wilderness Hut 12.5 km to the north. The goal of the National Park is to be a litter-free area and hikers are advised to bring their own waste out of the area.

Nammalakuru Reservable & Open Wilderness Hut


This reservable wilderness hut sleeps 8 and is situated by the Hetta-Pallas Trail, 42 km from Hetta and 13 km from Pallas.
Price and Bookings: 10 e / night / person.
Facilities: A stove, a gas cooker. Basic cookware (pot, frying pan, coffee pot). Bunk beds with mattresses, pillows and blankets. During spring, summer and autumn there is a café in the campfire shelter.
Notices: The peak seasons for this hut are Easter holidays and the autumn´s ruska season. Pets are not permitted in the hut. The building also houses an open wilderness hut for 16 persons.
Waste Management: A recycling point. The goal of the National Park is to be a litter-free area and hikers are adviced to bring their own waste out of the area.

Rihmakuru Kota / Campfire Shelter

This is the first stopping point en route from Pallas to Hetta, (c. 10km from Pallas and c. 3km from Nammalakuru) and is primarily used as a lunch stop for folk hiking in the immediate vicinity of Pallas although you could also sleep here overnight prior to starting the hike if you arrived in the evening, since it is a stone's throw from the start of the trail.


Huts within the park which are not on the hiking or skiing trails

Rautuoja Open Wilderness Hut


This open wilderness hut for 4 people is situated on the bank of the River Rautuoja on the west side of Outakka Fell near Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park’s western boundary. There is no marked trail leading to the hut.


Facilities: A stove, a gas cooker.
Notices: As the location of the hut is remote the hut is not busy. Pets are permitted in the hut, but only in case that other visitors agree with it.
Waste Management: The closest recycling point is at Hannukuru Open Wilderness Hut. The goal of the National Park is to be a litter-free area and hikers are advised to bring their own waste out of the area.

Puolitaival Open Wilderness Hut
This open wilderness hut for 6 people is located on the old postal trail between Hetta and Muonio (which is a good trail for mountain biking but isn't marked on the map).
Location: The wilderness hut is situated on the bank of the River Siosjoki. It is along Puolitaipale Trail and the snowmobile track. In other words, it is on the snowmobile track between Hetta and Muonio.
Facilities: A stove
Notices: Pets are permitted in the hut, but only in case that other visitors agree with it.
Waste Management: Waste bins. The goal of the National Park is to be a litter-free area and hikers are adviced to bring their own waste out of the area.


Other Places to stay adjacent to the park

Vuontispirtti Hotel

Vuontispirtti, (www.vuontispirtti.fi), is a parish-owned hotel nestled amongst the fells in Ylikyrö village in the south-eastern corner of the Pallas-Ounas National Park, is in an ideal location for outdoors activities all year around; ski tracks and hiking routes to the National Park start from the hotel and there are also plenty of possibilities for mountain biking. Hence, their clients tend to be hikers, cross-country skiers and berry pickers in search of a peaceful and natural location.

Vuontispirtti offers accommodation in hotel rooms, cabins and apartments and has a camping and caravan site. There are 42 double rooms and 4 single rooms available in the main building as well as 10 separate cabins which accommodate 4 people each, and include a bathroom, kitchenette, TV and radio and sometimes a drying closet. The fully equipped apartments can host up to 8 people and include a private sauna, dormitory-style accommodation and some apartments.

There is also a meeting area, a café, a restaurant which primarily serves tastty buffets (but has no alcohol service), a souvenir shop and guide services. Catering for larger events can be booked.


Cabins in Ketomella

Kosti Stoor (tel. >0400 163 154 / +358400163154

offers wilderness cabins and catering services in Ketomella in a beautiful location just off the main Ounasjöki river.

Hietajärvi Open Shelter

(near Ketomella)