In the Middle of the Wilderness
Homelike accommodation for families, small groups and individuals
Hetan Kota is homelike destination which offers individual accommodations for different kind of groups, families and friends. We will introduce you the local Lappish way of life, modern reindeer herding habits and vast wilderness. We are located in vicinity of 4 national parks, next to Pallas-Ylläs National Park where we offer backpacking packages.
Kota (lávvu in Sámi) was a temporary accommodation used by the Sámi people. It has a design similar to a Native American teepee, but is less vertical and thus, more stable in high winds. It has enabled nomadic Sámi people of the treeless plains to follow their reindeer herds. It is still used as a temporary shelter by reindeer herders and increasingly by other people for camping. You can also see it in the yards of ordinary homes across the Enontekiö area where it is used for cooking and different kind of gatherings with friends and family.
The word 'kota' is a very old word for home, from which the modern Finnish word 'koti' (home) is derived. It has equivalents in all languages related to Finnish.
Hetan Kota is the first company in Enontekiö area to receive Visit Finland Sustainable Travel Finland label. The program helps tourism companies to adopt sustainable practices. We have undergone the STF programme and fulfilled the criteria for ecological, socio-cultural and economical sustainability. We take sustainability seriously to ensure greener future - which actually means colder and snowier winters in our side of the world. Let's protect our winters together!
We're also Green Key certified. The Green Key award is the leading standard for excellence in the field of environmental responsibility and sustainable operation within the tourism industry. This prestigious eco-label represents a commitment by businesses that their premises adhere to the strict criteria set by the Foundation for Environmental Education. A Green key stands for the promise to its guests that by opting to stay with the Green Key establishment, they are helping to make a difference on an environmental level. The high environmental standards expected of these establishments are maintained through rigorous documentation and frequent audits. Green Key is eligible for hotels, hostels, small accommodations, campsites, holiday parks, conference centres, restaurants and attractions.
Titta, Janne, Teukka & Rontti