To Norway on foot
guaranteed departure 29th July 2018

Travel to Norway in a different way; on foot, in the middle of arctic wilderness. We start this arctic summer hike from a small remote village called Kilpisjärvi in Finland. The first days of the hike take us through vast open tundra, one rolling slope after another. On the evening of the second night, we arrive to a green oasis, low valley where fell birch grow by a clear water lake. The terrain will start turning rockier, making progress slower towards the peak of Halti. Behind the highest peak of Finland, opens up the view to the mountains of Norway. Crossing the border at the peak, we then start our descent to the valley, carefully balancing on the rocky slopes. There, our car and our bags of clean clothes wait for us and we leave the wilderness behind driving on the side of deep gorges and valleys, until we reach the Lyngen fjord.

We will stay the last night together in Norway, with a view to the fjords. In the morning, either you travel with your guide back to Kilpisjärvi, or you can continue your stay in Norway.

Hiking in the arctic wilderness with a professional and knowledgeable guide is a great experience even if you don’t have much hiking on your own before. All you need is good level of fitness and adventurous spirit. Your guide Gareth, is an experienced outdoor instructor, and he will not only guide you, but also teach you valuable skills which will help you to plan your own trips in the future, should you wish.

In the beginning of August, the arctic summer is at its best; the sun sets late and there’s still nearly 20 hours of daylight. There are plenty of wild berries to pick for a snack and temperatures are perfect for hiking.

Not an experienced hiker? 

Hiking in the arctic wilderness with a professional and knowledgeable guide is a great experience even if you don’t have much much hiking on your own before. All you need is good level of fitness and adventurous spirit.

These dates aren’t good for you?

It is also possible to request a private hiking in the arctic holiday for different dates. Contact us for more information,

Additional information

dates29.7-3.8.2018, others by request
duration5 Nights / 6 Days
group-sizemin 2 – max 6

Guaranteed departure 29th July – 3rd August
Other dates by request, minimum 2,  maximum 6

Day 1

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. 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 is 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 is 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.

Day 6

After breakfast together, it is time to say goodbye to your new friends and start making plans for you 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.

Included
4 days hiking with a professional guide
2 nights in shared cabin / rooms in Kilpisjärvi / Lyngenfjord
3 nights in reservation huts
2 dinners
2 breakfasts
transfer from Goulasjávri to accomodation in Lyngenfjord

Not included
Travel insurance, make sure your insurance covers activities in wilderness areas.
Travel to and from Kilpisjärvi / Lyngenfjord
Food and snacks during the hike
Personal hiking equipment

You will need good hiking boots and layered clothing for a cool climate. Be prepared for temperatures varying between 0-20 degrees. Wind and waterproof top layer, hat and mittens.

Once you pay the reservation fee, you will get a detailed list of what to bring and also a link to our video on how to correctly pack your backpack.

Halti Fell