Experience the Genuine Lapland, Finland
If you are looking for genuine and untouched nature and wilderness, welcome to Enontekiö! Enontekiö is located in the North-West Lapland, the Fell Lapland. The highest fells in Finland are located in Enontekiö. The community center of Enontekiö is called Hetta, and is a small village of 800 inhabitants. Here you can find the peace and silence, and the slow way of life! The landmark of Hetta is the fell Pyhäkero and lake Ounas. River Ounas starts from Hetta and runs all the way to Rovaniemi, 300 km towards South. The first inhabitants came to fish and hunt here right after the Ice Age, over 9000 years ago.
In Enontekiö you can experience the authentic local culture and chat with the local people, because the site is not constructed for "tourists". Enontekiö consists of several villages, which offer services for travellers in summer and winter, and are located in the immediate vicinity of the wilderness areas, rivers and lakes.
The main industry of Enontekiö is tourism. Also reindeer herding is important and very traditional way of living and earning livelihood. There is no heavy industries in Enontekiö, so the air cleanest in Europe according to a research. While skiing, hiking or just spending time in the nature you can feel its freshness. Often, you can experience the peace and silence in the nature without being disturbed by anyone else, because the surface of the wilderness is so great and your rarely see other people. If you enjoy spending time in the nature, fish, hike, ski or take a snowmobile ride, Enontekiö offers you unforgettable experiences. Our local guides take you for a guided safari.
There is approximately 120 km of maintained ski tracks in Hetta. The illuminated 10 km ski track is usually opened in the beginning of November. The ski season lasts until the end of April in Hetta. For more information: Hetta Ski Resort and TosiLappi.fi
Kilpisjärvi, another great village in Enontekiö is a true paradise for a skier who enjoys off track skiing. The landscape is just breattaking, and here you ski above the tree line, on the true tundra. There are no maintained ski track network in Kilpisjärvi on the fells, but if you are experienced to ski on your own, you will have lots of fun on skis. There is a great service network maintained by Metsähallitus both in Hetta and Kilpisjärvi. There are shelters, open huts, bookable huts and fireplaces maintained by Metsähallitus. More information about Kilpisjärvi area
Kautokeino - center of Saami culture in Norway
The Saami people are the last indigenous people of Europe. Saami people live in the Northern part of Scandinavia and in Russia, in the North Calotte area. They have traditionally lived of fishing, hunting, reindeer herding. Handicrafts and joik singing are important part of their culture.
90 % of inhabitants of Kautokeino are Saamis and speak Sámi as their mother tongue. Kautokeino is the largest municipality by surface in Norway, but not the most densily populated. You can feel the wastness of the tundra plain, the vidda, already at the center of Kautokeino. The tundra plain offers an interesting alternative for hiking or skiing. The conditions are suitable for an experienced person, who wants to go off the marked trail.
In Kautokeino, there is Saami University, where youth can study Saami culture, language, duodji (handicrafts), journalism or become a teacher.
The best time to get a glimpse of cultural offer in Kautokeino is to visit a festival weekend. Easter is the biggest festival by far and important tradition for the Saamis. But there are other festivals too, such as whitefish, watercross, reindeer cup and snowmobile races.