Hetta-Pallas hike, part 5: Salomo’s Bell Tolls

So we stayed in Hannukuru for two nights and even though the plan was to climb Outtakka, the rising snowstorm

made us skip the extra 10 kilometer hike and we dove right back into the sheets. And read all the magazines. And talked. And went to the sauna. And cleaned the entire hut from top to bottom. And counted our meals, which, as it turned out, were half gone like they were supposed to be.


And yes, you read that right: a snowstorm in the middle of our Summer hike. They called it Salomo in the papers and no one on their right mind would ever go into the Lapland mountains with something like that going on. And yet, after our two nights of absolute relaxation, we soldiered on. And so did everyone else staying in Hannukuru. The Hannukuru-Suaskuru hike was fine, to be honest. All we needed to do was lift our hoods to the wind. At Suaskuru we had ourselves a nice outdoor meal. It was more than necessary even though none of us knew what we were going up against.


But after Suaskuru things took an interesting turn, as you can see from the picture below. I’ll tell you more in a few days when I find the proper words to describe it. The feeling of wanting to cry and laugh at the same time after realizing that no one would have ever allowed you to cross the mountains in such conditions. And if something were to happen, that would’ve been it – none of the people in our company had any prior experience about this particular hike.



We took on the Pallas-Hetta hike (from Hetta to Pallas) in early June 2016. We chose the Hetta-Sioskuru-Tappuri-Hannukuru-Nammalakuru-Pallas route. We’ll be presenting the hike in small portions of ten posts. I’ll also be talking about the gear choices we made for this trip. Everything concerning the hike can be found by using the identifier hetta-pallas hike. If there’s anything you’d like to know about a specific destination or if a certain part engages your attention, please don’t hesitate to comment! We’re happy to tell you more. 

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