Hiking to Norway over Finland’s highest peak

Hiking in the arctic landscape is a unique experience. On this trek, we travel to Norway in a different way; on foot, in the middle of arctic wilderness.
Highlights of this guided trek:
  • guided hike in one of Europe’s last wilderness areas
  • remote locations
  • two countries, highest peaks of Finland
  • professional guide and small groups
  • overnight in reservation huts
  • Group departure dates in 2019: June 24th, July 22nd, August 19th.
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 at a green oasis, a 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 are waiting 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 a 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, can I still go hiking in the arctic? 

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 a good level of fitness and adventurous spirit.

Looking for a privately guided hike?

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

You might also like our three Scandinavian countries hike or a day hiking holiday in Lyngen Alps.

Additional information

dates19th August 2019, 22nd July 2019, 24th June 2019, others by request
duration5 Nights / 6 Days
group-sizemin 2 – max 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. 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.

Day 6

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.

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.

To book your place, you will need to pay a 20% deposit. The rest of the trip will be paid at your arrival to Kilpisjärvi.

You can cancel the reservation up to 4 weeks prior the planned dates in which case we only keep the 20% deposit. If you do need to cancel please notify us as soon as possible so we can notify our vendors. Cancellations are accepted in writing, by email or by phone. We reserve the right to change the tour itinerary due to altered circumstances and conditions. We will make alternative arrangements as required but no refunds will be given for services that are not utilized as a result.

Adventure by Design is registered in the Finnish register of package travel agencies and has has lodged security against e.g. advance payments for travel.

All our group departure hikes and ski tours are small groups, usually 6 and never more than 8.

If you request a privately guided tour for your own group, our minimum is 1 person, maximum 8 people per guide. Custom trips can be planned outside the routes in wintertime, in summer time we stay at the routes to protect the fragile arctic environment. However, if you are looking something truly remote, we know the local routes where there are no crowds. Accommodation in privately guided tours can be in reservation huts or tents.

During our guided hikes, you will have time to speak with the guide, learn about the region’s history, culture and nature. They will also be happy to teach you wilderness skills like reading a map and using a compass and share their knowledge about surviving in the arctic conditions. You can even request a wilderness skills course for a private group.

All our guides speak fluent English and have years of experience in the outdoors and formal training as a guide. They also have first aid training.

Check out our other guided wilderness hikes and ski tours:

Hiking over the mountains from Finland to Norway
Three country guided hike
Hiking in Lapland

Arctic ski expedition