In spring, various events take place that are of interest to tourists in the region.
Marianpäiväit (St Mary's Day Celebration):
This is a big celebration of Lappish Culture by both Sami and Lapps that has taken place, annually, since the 1500s. It happens right at the end of the main tourism season, towards the end of March.
Traditionally it was a time when people would gather together for baptisms, births, burials and trade. Reindeer racing has been part of the event since the 1940s and continues, today, alongside lasso throwing competitions, musical evenings, a Lappish handicraft and products market, Sami theatre and films etc. More information can be found here.
Hetta Music Festival:
This celebrated event takes place, each year, in the middle of March and concerts and choral evenings are held in the church and other venues throughout Hetta. More information can be found from here.
Hetta Snow Adventure Week:
There are 10 weeks of the year when the area's companies offer their products as part of a fixed weekly programme. More information can be found from the Tourist Information Office (the Skierri).
Enontekio's Ice Fishing Week:
This takes place annually in the last week of April and contests are held in waters around the municipality.
Each year thousands of people take part in the infamous ice fishing competition known as 'Only Two Fish' in Kilpisjärvi. Prices are pretty big and catching the fish such a low probability that some just pay entry so as to get into the prize draw.
There is generally one final reindeer vaccination / separation in the Spring months (normally in April) that those lucky enough to have local connections may be invited to witness. At this time of year, it takes place near to a road so it is relatively easy to get to witness this traditional spectacle.
Sami Ski Race
This annual race from Hetta to Kautokeino is increasingly popular on the long distance race calendar. The main event is a 90km track across the tundra but it is also possible to take part in shorter 30km or 60km stages between Hetta and Näkkälä or Näkkälä and Kautokeino.
Lapponia Ski Marathon and Ski Week
There are a couple of hundred kilometres of ski tracks in beautiful landscape in Olos, Muonio, Finland. The ski week is about having a good time in great company and skiing collectively for three days in the week. Everybody receives a highly admired medal and diploma. Race office is located at Olos. One 60km race goes between Olos, Keimiöjärvi and Olos (although you can opt for a 30km race goes between Olos, Jerisjärvi and Olos that day). The 50km route is between Vuontisjärvi, Pallas and Olos with an option to shorten it to 25km between Pallas and Olos. The grand finale is an 80km race between Hetta and Olos with the op tion to reduce it to 40km if starting in Kerässieppi instead.
Real Women on the Big Fells Event
The Frostskade routes takes you through Norway, Sweden and Finland during some of the coldest months in the Arctic. Full GPX data and waypoints will be supplied for your GPS device. We do recommend and require that you purchase/ source the relevant maps and to carry a backup GPS device in case of failure.
The route is currently being amended/ developed and this page will be updated shortly.
In spring, local entrepreneurs organise Hetta Snow Adventure Week and Ice Fishing Contests. Kilpisjärvi, in the western ‘arm’ of Enontekio, attracts many spring tourists for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling (particularly for Norwegians). Guided trips are arranged by accommodation sites, and Kilspisjärvi also boasts its own Snow Adventure Week Program. Many tourists ski to the Three Countries Border Marker, visit Siilastupa Information Point or explore the regions many nature trails.
Reindeer Ear Marking:
This traditional Sami event takes place up on the hill fells in the summer villages and is generally something that you have to be invited to witness – but if you are, it is unforgettable.
Each year, the businesses in the area come together over three days at the end of August to present their wares and products in a market format.
Gifts from Lapland Market:
Each year in c. February. Craftsmen from around the area gather to present their wares to both buyers and locals in the village school. Buyers travel from far and wide to sample the traditional goods still available in this area.
Hetta Summer Triathlon
Hetta's summer triathlon takes place each year at the end of the Hetta Outdoor Week (normally at the end of July / start of August). The route (pdf) includes c. 12km biking on both tarmac roads and forestry trails, c. 8km of xc running and a 2km paddle.
NUTS Midnight Sun Trail Run
This 125k & 55k Trail Ultra is a trail ultra race in the scenic Ylläs-Pallas National Park which takes place at c. end July. The distances to choose from are the demanding Ylläs-Hetta with 125 km, 9 fells and over 3800 m ascent, and the Pallas-Hetta with 55 km. Finish and race centre in the Hetta village.
Fly Fishing Contest:
This event takes place, annually, in Karasuando, at the beginning of August.
A 1-2-week journey along the route of the traditional Arctic Canoe Race on the Muonionjöki River.
Mid-summer Skiing Festival, Kilpisjärvi
Tens of skiers gather at Saana fell in Kilpisjärvi for a traditional Midsummer skiing event. Each year the organisers prepare a short track of snow so cross-country skiers can keep their skills sharp over the short Finnish summer. This event is now in its c. 70th year.
Arctic Sled Dog Guide-training Week
Our 'autumn training' week is generally in October each year and is targeted at those wanting to learn more about the art of working with and training sleddogs, either for a hobby or professionally.
The Full Moon Art Night.
This takes place once a year – normally in mid-October. It includes presentations of music, poetry, literature and handicrafts.
The event will include presentations on local life skills, business products and services, villages, organizations and other entities in the market place and evening events.Common celebration and presented invited to participate in all;local residents, leisure-time residents, neighbors and visitors.
These traditional events take place a number of times and in a number of separation fences around the area in the winter months, particularly in December and January. Attendance is by invitation only.
Hetta's Christmas Market happens at the beginning of December, each year and takes place across two days. Local craftsmen present their wares in the village school.
The Frostskade 500 route takes you through Norway, Sweden and Finland during some of the coldest months in the Arctic. Participants can use a GPX to navigate and can travel by ski or snowshoe, using either backpacks or pulks for transporting gear.