We took off early in the morning from the over-crowded Nammalakuru wilderness hut. We didn’t feel like sharing all the breakfast activities with so many people, so we sort of sneaked outside and had our morning muesli on the stairs.
You know the nursery rhyme:
Three little elephants marched like this, down a rainy fell – since the hike was so much fun, they asked a friend to join them!
Our fourth member was Stephan, who asked the day before if he could join us as he felt taking the trip would be unsafe alone. He was hiking with his lovely dog Donna.
We walked to the Rihmakuru hut to make coffee and there we ran into out first and only social media contact: Suski and her friend had stayed there the previous night. It was refreshing being able to discuss blogs and photography with them. But we were sort of on a schedule so we left them eating breakfast in peace and soldiered on.
We faced many up and downhills, most of them as challenging as the ones we hiked in the beginning. Plus rocks. Lots of rocks. The view was spectacular and even though there was still snow on the ground, the weather had cleared up and we could see to infinity.
We skipped Taivaskero altogether after seeing the “4 km remaining” -sign, we got too excited about the idea of finally resting our feet and backs. Like someone had proclaimed the night before:
The last bit is basically running to the hotel.
We had plenty of time to read the info signs about the fire of the old Pallas hotel. The current one was a sight as well, not in a good way, though. It looked better in pictures. We couldn’t check the interior since it wasn’t open. They didn’t have coffee ready for us but we asked and did receive. Because it wasn’t season time, most of the restaurants were closed as well so we had to settle for burgers at a gas station.
After the endeavor, we all experienced an unreal sensation – did we really hike all that distance? The ride home was full of all kinds of emotions, mostly mad love toward Lapland.
P.S. To answer my own question: August. If our volunteering has any space for hiking.
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.