The remote Finnish village of Kilpisjärvi is home to 145 residents and is located in the ‘Käsivarsi’ or arm of Finland. The region has always been a regular overnight destination for merchants travelling from Tornio, Finland to Skibotn in Norway; it wasn’t until 1916 that the first people took up residence there.
The Kilpisjärvi region is unique in Finland. Home to all the fells over 1000m, including the iconic Saana Fell, easily recognisable as it stands watch over the village, and Halti, Finland’s highest mountain. The region is also home to a variety of species of rare flora and fauna. It is because of this, that the Helsinki University has a biological research station located in the village.
Adventure seekers and aurora hunters
Kilpisjärvi is located on the edge of the Käsivarsi Wilderness Resrvese. Covering 2,200 square kilometers, it is the second largest wilderness reserve in Finland. During the summer and autumn months, the region is a popular destination for hikers, with 70km of the 800km Nordkalottleden Trail running through the area.
Kilpisjärvi has been a popular destination for Finns during their ski holidays as well as for nature lovers looking to embrace the wilderness. Adventure seekers love the destination for it’s remoteness and easy access to the wilderness. In recent years the area has become popular with aurora hunters looking to maximise their chances of seeing the famed northern lights. Located at 680 latitude, the village is on the edge of the aurora oval, but due to it’s micro climate on the edge of the Scandinavian Mountain Range, it tends to get on average more cloudless days than Tromso. Statistically speaking, 3 out of 4 nights you have a good chance of seeing the northern lights, although being a natural phenomenon, this can’t be guaranteed.