Group departures 2019
nb. Times are based on an average traveling speed of 3km/h including stops. All times are approximate and will vary depending on the group.
Day 1 – Transfer from Airport to Kilpisjärvi.
Arrival day. We’ll be staying at the Kilpisjärvi Hiking Centre where you will meet your guide and other group members. We will talk more about the week, safety, equipment over a meal together. There will be a single pick up from Tromso at 16:00, but if you arrive from Kittilä, we will help you on choosing the right bus connection to Kilpisjärvi and discount the ticket cost of the final price.
Day 2 Kilpisjärvi (Finland) – Goldahytta (Norway) 15km, 5 hrs
We begin by travelling through the Malla Strict Nature Reserve, an area protected since 1916, whilst Finland was still under Russian rule. The area is unique due to the young geology and the calciferous soil that produces rare species of fell plants.
Day 3 Goldahytta – Gappohytta (Norway)12km, 4hrs
The trail continues westward around the end of Lake Goldajärvi. Today we climb up onto the fells where we’ll have an unspoiled view of giant Paras. We’ll cross a couple of really beautiful river gorges which have been shaped over thousands of years. Weather permitting they also provide a great place.
Day 4 Gappohytta – Rostahytta (Norway) 20km 6,5hrs
Today is our longest day, we will be heading into the mountain pass in the Insdalen Valley. We gain height slowly, so no steep hills, but will eventually get to a height of 1000m. Steep sides cliffs, snowy valleys and mountain streams are all around. Our descent is in stark contrast, the rocky terrain disappears and is replaced by open grassy plains. Certainly a more challenging day, but we’ll take our time and I’m sure you’ll agree that it was worth it. Tonight we rest our heads at the idyllic Rostahytta cabin, nestled beside the Rosta River with open plains on one side and towering mountains on the other.
Day 5 Rostahytta (Norway) – Pältsastugan (Sweden) 20km, 6hrs
Another long day but much easier as we travel through wide open valley plains. The size of the country is really quite impressive. To think that once it was full of ice! Mighty Pältsa will slowly come into view as we descend towards our hut for the night. Pältsastugan is a giant of a hut, plenty of cooking space, beds and even it’s own sauna. Perfect!
Day 6 Pältsastugan – Kilpisjärvi (Finland) 12km, 4 hrs
Our final day sees us climbing back into the fells and towards Lake Kilpisjärvi. The terrain could very well be described as tundra as there are no trees, but plenty of scattered rocks. As we come closer, Saana, our other giant, will greet us from the other side of the lake. Our journey will bring us to small jetty where we will take the Malla Boat back across the river and to our starting point in Kilpisjärvi. We’ll be spending another night at Retkeilykeskus, with tales of the week to be told over a hearty meal.
Day 7 – Farewell
After breakfast together, it is time to say goodbye to your new friends and start making plans for you next adventure. You can choose to spend some extra time in Kilpisjärvi or head north to Norway. There will be a drop off to Tromso.