31 miles
Distance
5,104 ft
Climb
-4,586 ft
Descent
2,440 ft
High Point

This is a classic hiking trail! Enjoy the fell landscape as you hike from summit to summit. The weathered walls of open wilderness huts provide a safe place to stop for a rest.

Hetta-Pallas is Finland’s oldest hiking trail, and it introduces visitors to some of the most beautiful scenery in our country. The trail passes over the fells and descends into ravines and before giving hikers another breath-taking view from the top of the next fell.

Trees are few and far between on the barren open fells, but you’ll see plenty of low-growing plants that have adapted to conditions in the fells. Beautiful mountain birch with twisted trunks grow at the tree line. In September, hikers on the Hetta-Pallas trail can witness an amazing display of autumn colour as the Arctic bearberry, bog bilberry and blueberry plants turn the ground a beautiful glowing shade of red.

The route usually takes four days as hikers move from one hut to another, for an average of 13 kilometres per day. When you start at Hetta, the hike begins with a crossing of Lake Ounasjärvi. If the starting point is Pallas, the trail ends with the boat ride. A fee is charged for the boat ride, and you can make a booking with one of the national park’s partner entrepreneurs.

You can spend the night in an open wilderness hut if space is available or you can also contact the Visitor Centre to book a sleeping space at a reservable hut. Tents may only be set up in the immediate vicinity of serviced campsites. Hannukuru Wilderness Sauna is a great opportunity to enjoy the pleasant steam of a sauna while surrounded by the fells.

Hetta-Pallas is suitable for beginners as long as you’re properly equipped for fell conditions. The level of difficulty on this trail comes from the long ascents and descents when climbing up Pyhäkero, Suastunturi and Lumikero Fells. Pallas has a long rocky climb to the highest point on the trail, where you can extend your hike by continuing to Taivaskero Fell, which is the highest point in the whole national park.

Author’s recommendation:
Before you leave, familiarise yourself with the trail, instructions as well as equipment and safety matters at https://www.nationalparks.fi/hettapallashikingtrail

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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Hike
  • Other Activities
    • Mountain Bike
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    • Trail Running
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  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
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  • Bikepacking
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  • Direction
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More Stats for Hetta-Pallas Hiking Route mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    518 ft
  • Altitude min
    942 ft
  • Altitude start
    983 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,503 ft
  • Grade
    0.3%
  • Grade max
    -65.1%
  • Grade min
    73.7%
  • Distance climb
    14 miles
  • Distance down
    14 miles
  • Distance flat
    4 miles
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