Hetta – Pallas
This Nordic raid crosses the Pallas – Ÿllas Tunturi National Park in northwestern Finnish Lapland.
It is a wild and very unspoilt place, like many places in northern Finland. This park protects the chain of Tunturis, one of the most important massif of the country.
The fauna is rich, there are many birds, including the snow bunting, the emblem of the park. In summer, more than 150 species can be counted, whereas in winter only 5 species live there.
Many large mammals live in these protected areas, including the brown bear, rare wolves, lynx, wolverines (or wolverines) and the largest animal in Europe, Elan.
The vegetation is a wonderful sample of the best forest and swamp landscape in Lapland. The region has ancient forests of priceless importance.
The area includes all types of Nordic forest, northern Finland spruce forest, Lapland pine forests and birch forests.
The trail Hetta Pallas is a trail very popular in Finland and frequented during the beautiful season.
It was in 1934 and is very well marked.
In winter, when it is covered with snow, it is a real Nordic adventure.
A winter trekking in one of the most famous National Parks of Finland, and the third by its surface.
Located 200 km north of the Arctic Circle, in the chain of Tunturis, this itinerant Nordic hike introduces us to the magic of Finnish forest and nature.
Trekking in total autonomy with Pulka,
The strong points
Nordic snowshoe trek along the famous trail Hetta-Pallas created in 1934
Local accommodation in the heart of the forest
Ideal location for aurora borealis observation
J1: Flight to Kittila, transfer to Enontekio. J2-5 trek from Enontekio to Pallas crossing, sometimes at the foot sometimes in line of crest, the chain of Tunturis. J 6 transfer to Kittila. J 7 flight back.
-Trekking on snowshoes with pulka: to move in the heart of this wild nature, accessible and without technical difficulties
-Level: steps from 6 to 8 hours, requiring good physical condition and good resistance to cold. Soft, gently undulating terrain, sometimes deep snow that can take a lot of physical effort to move in.
-Duration: 7 days including 5 raid
-Portage: trekking in total autonomy, carrying business pulka
-Housing: Tupa, unguarded shelters with sauna.
-Encadrement: mountain guide UIAGM, French speaking, living in Finnish Lapland.
-Group: from 4 to 6 participants.
Day by day
Day 1: Flight, transfer to Enontekio 2 hours from Kittila. Accommodation in Enontekio.
Day 2: Departure of the trek from our accommodation. After crossing Lake Ounasjarvi, we enter the forest and the Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park to Sioskuru tupa.
400 M vertical drop, 15 km, 5 to 7 hours of walking.
Day 3: We continue our journey above the forest line, in the heart of Tunturis, Siosvaraa, Sillavaraa, Tappuri, Rouvivarra, Pikkavaraa, to join Hannukuru
300 M vertical drop, 14 km, 5 to 7 hours of walking.
Day 4: We cross Suastunturi (484 m), then we sink in the Lapin forest at the foot of the chain of Tunturis to Nammalakuru.
200 M vertical drop, 15 km, 5 to 7 hours of walking
Day 5: A last step to join Pallas. After a start in the forest at the foot of Jäkäläkero we cross the highest region of the chain of Tunturis and its highest point Taivaskero 809 m. A descent of 6 km takes us to Pallas, the exit point of the national park.
600 m vertical drop, 15 km, 5 to 8 hours of walking.
On the spot
-the team: a French mountain guide, living in Finnish Lapland.
Your guide, in addition to coaching may be led to drive, prepare meals and snacks, take care of water supply, heat the refuges and sauna. During this trip, an active participation in all the obligatory tasks in the life of the group is essential.
– Travel: Transfer Kittila – Enontekio – Pallas – Enontekio – Kittila is done in private vehicle.
-Accommodation: Enontekio (2 nights)
During the trek (3 nights), in traditional Finnish house. These houses are unguarded and managed by Metsähallitus. They all have a heating system, wood available, a stove, mattresses, pillows and blankets.
-Meals: This trek this drop in complete autonomy, the meals consist essentially of lyophilized meals. They are rich and balanced enough to provide the energy needed to complete the trek. The snacks are made of local products (meat of dried rendeers, cheese, deli and Finnish bread), cereals, dried fruits, chocolate, soups, tea and coffee.
-Luggage transport: you will transport all of your belongings in your personal pulka, which you will pull during the duration of the trek. A small backpack of 20 l will offer you extra comfort for the day.
-The composition of the group: the group will not exceed 6 participants.
International flights to Helsinki and then regular internal flight Helsinki Kittila (or Helsinki Rovaniemi).
Finland is part of the euro area.
ATMs make it easy to withdraw money.
Getting ready to go
The trek with snowshoes do not require technical skills or specific training. However, good resistance to long-lasting, low-temperature efforts and cold in general is necessary.
Your individual pharmacy
An anti-inflammatory (tablets and gel).
A broad-spectrum antibiotic.
An antispasmodic, an antidiarrheic, an intestinal antibiotic, an anti-emetic.
A disinfectant, dressings (various sizes) and double skin, sterile compresses, adhesive tape, Steri-strip, tulle gras, a band of contention.
An eye drop.
– In addition: tweezers, scissors, 2/3 safety pins, a pair of gloves, light sleeping aid and / or earplugs, your personal medications.
– Thermal underwear type Carline or Merinos (fast drying).
– Microfleece or mini down jacket.
– A warm fleece jacket Polartec type or Windstopper (excellent weight / insulation ratio).
– A waterproof and breathable jacket Goretex type.
– A warm down jacket padding 800
– Thermal tights type Carline or Merinos.
– Pants (or overalls) mountain or ski.
– Socks with excellent thermicity.
– A pair of gaiters (if your ski pants do not have one)
– A wool or fleece hat or hood covering the ears.
– A pair of gloves and mittens very hot and waterproof Goretex type.
– A pair of spare gloves.
– A survival blanket (reinforced model).
– A thermos flask.
– A neck or Buff cache.
– A headlamp with spare batteries.
Footwear and technical equipment
– Super warm waterproof trekking shoes
– A pair of fangs or slippers for the evening in Tupa.
Everything is provided on site.
– A tracksuit or similar for the night.
– Walking socks.
– Moisturizer or Vaseline.
– Spare clothes.
– High and low thermal underwear type Carline or Merinos (quick drying) spare.
– A pocket knife (in the hold!).
– A foot for your camera (very useful for the northern lights).
– Hand warmers and foot warmers.
– Toiletry bag.