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In the heart of nature


Hetan Kota offers homely accommodation in the form of cozy guest rooms and cottages of various sizes along the shores of Lake Ounasjärvi. You'll find this destination near the village of Hetta at the beginning of the Hetta-Pallas hiking trail. 

Here in the northernmost corner of the vast Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park, visitors can experience the silence of the wilderness, enjoy the northern way of life, and appreciate Hetan Kota's distinct architecture and personalized services.   

“Hetan Kota's hiking package will allow you to make the most of your Hetta-Pallas hike. From your very own beach front, you can take a boat directly to the starting point of the hiking trail on the other side of Lake Ounasjärvi. For added convenience, your car will be transferred to Pallas, awaiting your arrival.

3 guest rooms with private bathrooms, 7 hostel rooms and 3 well-equipped beach cottages.

Snowshoes, bicycles, SUP boards, canoes and a wide range of activity services provided by trusted partners.

Arrangements for breakfast, café fare and meals for groups can be made in advance.

Beach sauna and ice-hole swimming in winter.

Hetta is a 2-hour drive from Kolari and Kittilä Airport. You can also get there by bus from Rovaniemi.

Following in the footsteps of Yrjö


"It is not known when these daughters began their 'struggle for independence'. For as far as is remembered, they have always been equal alongside the men of their tribe. 

Women in their tribe have always inherited as much as men. They have had the same ownership over the reindeer, the same reindeer brand, and the same voting rights. 

They have been able to herd reindeer, traditionally a man's job. But the women of Lapland do not want to rob a man of what belongs to him, for then they would become slaves to the work themselves. ”


The road of four winds. Yrjö Kokko, 1947. 


Experiences are made to be discovered and life is meant to be enjoyed. Below you will find the best tips on what the area has to offer, from food experiences to shopping.


Our restaurant serves traditional home cooking for groups as well as breakfast for guests staying in the guest rooms. Our cafe serves sweet and savoury delicacies in our peak seasons. You can also buy snacks and fill up your thermos for a hiking trip.


Take a trip to Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park, Jyppyrä or the Pöyrisjärvi. In summer, hiking trails and waterways invite you to bask in the sun and spend the long days outdoors. In winter, in addition to the extensive network of trails, you can also use the ski slopes of Hetta Hiihtomaa and the undulating terrain of Ullatieva.The scenery is sure to astound regardless of the season.


Our beach sauna is a favourite of swimmers who are willing to brave the cold of an icy swim in the winter time. We usually open up an ice hole right in front of the beach sauna in the beginning of January at the latest. In summer, the pier is a perfect place to to enjoy the midnight sun after a comforting sauna session. 

Guests also have access to the sauna in our service building. With the exception of our smaller summer cottages, each of our cottages has its own sauna.


The quaint Hetan Kota Chapel offers a peaceful space to host intimate family reunions or even yoga sessions. We are able to organize larger parties and meetings in our restaurant.



Hetan Kota's main buildings imitates the triangular shape of a traditional Sámi hut and celebrates Arctic architecture.  



The mind is put at ease along the shores of Lake Ounasjärvi. Go on a rowing trip, paddle or hop on a boat ride towards the Pyhäkero's rugged mountain scenery to begin your hiking adventure.


The beautiful blended colors of Kaamos are a surprise year after year. Delight under the wonderful glow during the pink months – a sight arguably even more magical than the dancing northern lights. 


Autumn is a popular time to explore the fells. As the greenery starts to fade, rich shades of red and yellow take over the landscape.


Experience the atmosphere of Hetan Kota from a bird's eye view as the seasons change from winter to summer.

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