We meet in Kilpisjärvi village, where we stay the first night. After checking in the rooms, we will have a briefing and dinner together. To come to Kilpisjärvi, you can take a bus from Kittilä or Rovaniemi in Finland or Tromso in Norway. When you are booking your trip with us, we will be happy to send you all the information you need to plan your journey.
Days 2 – 5
We start our journey from Kilpisjärvi, a small village of 140 something inhabitants. The village is at approximately 500 metres from sea level, which means that only after a short walk, we will be above the treeline. The barren open landscape is everything you have always thought hiking in arctic wilderness will be like.
We will follow the rolling landscape towards the highest point of Finland, Halti fell. To our west, are the Norwegian mountains, which at this time of the year can already get the first snow caps. The terrain is easy to walk. The barren land is windblown, but if you know where to look, you will find some wild berries to try. A small herd of reindeer can usually be seen around.
On the route, there are no steep climbs until the last day, when we summit Halti. The mountain’s actual peak is on the Norwegian side of the border, which we will summit too. We will then head down towards Goulasjávri in Norway. This is the most challenging part of the entire hike. It is a steep downhill on a rocky slope. Rocks are loose and often wet and slippery, so extra care and a slower speed are necessary. In bad weather, this can be a difficult slope, but the good thing is, it only lasts about 6 km.
We will then head down towards Goulasjávri in Norway. This is easily the most challenging part of the entire hike. It is a steep downhill on a rocky slope. Rocks are loose and often wet and slippery, so extra care and a slower speed are necessary. In bad weather, this can be a difficult slope, but the good thing is, it only lasts about 10 km.
At Goulasjávri we will be picked up and driven to accommodation in Norway where we will have a sauna and dinner together.
After breakfast together, it is time to say goodbye to your new friends and start making plans for your next adventure. You can continue your journey in Norway or get a lift with us back to Kilpisjärvi. We can advise you on travel arrangements.
Note: It is important to have at least one extra day between the hike and possible flights. The weather conditions in the arctic regions are sometimes unpredictable and we might have to stay an extra night on the route for safety reasons. There are no extra costs for the extra night in this case, but make sure your return plans are flexible. There is no need to buy a return bus ticket to Rovaniemi or Tromso in advance.