Holidays to Hetta conjure up a taste of true Lapland – expect empty snowscapes, cute wooden villages and thrilling winter sports.
A winter wilderness
Hidden away on the north-western arm of Finland, Hetta looks like a Christmas card come to life. It’s about as far north as you can get in Europe, just 50 kilometres or so from the Arctic Ocean. In other words, it’s seriously remote – think flat-topped mountains, tiny wooden huts and a huge frozen lake.
It probably goes without saying, it’s the snow that really draws visitors here. Hetta’s untouched wintry landscapes make the perfect playground for all manner of adventures. Cue snowmobile safaris that zoom across polar-like plateaus, reindeer sleigh rides through glittering glades, and husky-pulled sleds that sweep you over the fresh drifts. Plus, there are hundreds of kilometres of tracks nearby for cross-country skiing.
Being so far north, this is one of Finland’s prime places for spotting the elusive Northern Lights. Your best chance comes on crystal-clear nights between 9.30pm and 11pm, so keep your eyes to the skies when the time and conditions are right. If you’re lucky enough to see the dazzling solar flares, legend has it you’ll be happy for the rest of your days.