Learn to cross country ski in the only mountainous region of Finland, Kilpisjärvi.  You will learn on groomed trails before moving off trail and skiing on the fells. We build your cross country skiing skills during the first days and try different terrains each day. The week will finish with an overnight ski trip to a wilderness cabin. There you will enjoy wilderness cooking and if lucky, a chance to see the northern lights.

This tour is designed for people who love to be active in the outdoors and are looking for a new and unique adventures. The aim is not to go fast and count kilometers, but to experience the wilderness in a low-impact way.

Skis, boot and poles are available for personal use throughout the week.

Additional information

datesMarch – April
destinationKilpisjärvi
duration6 Nights / 7 days
physicality6/10

Day 1 

Transfer from Tromso airport to Kilpisjärvi by shuttle bus. The duration of the trip is around 2.5 hours. Gareth will meet you at reception.

Once you have settled in your rooms, we will have a dinner together at the Tundrea restaurant.

Meals: Dinner

Day 2

Introduction to cross country skiing lesson

In the morning, we go fitting the ski equipment you will use for the week.

You will then learn the basic cross country skills – the kick and glide, using poles, moving uphill and the snowplow.

You will have the afternoon free to practice or to participate in safaris our partners offer.

Meals: breakfast

Day 3

Today we will start skiing on the frozen lake Kilpisjärvi. Once you feel comfortable, we will head to some small hills to practice the the ups and downs. We will make a fire and have a picnic lunch outdoors.

Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 4 

Today we will follow the trails around Saana fell. It’s a bit of a uphill to start with, but the scenery on the top is well worth it. We will prepare a fire and have a warm picnic lunch in the Saana day cabin. During the trip, you will  build on your skills from the previous day and learn how to be out in Arctic conditions.  Skiing distance is 14km, around 6hrs.

Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 5

In the morning, we depart on an overnight cross country ski trip to the Käsivarsi wilderness area. Destination will depend on the ability levels and weather conditions. The distance to the cabin is between 10-19 km.

During this ski trip, you will get a change to put those newly learned skills into use and also try pulling your gear in a sled. We will have a packed lunch and hot drinks during the day, and cook a dinner in the wilderness cabin where we stay for the night.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6

In the morning, we head our way back towards Kilpisjärvi. We enjoy more lunch and hot drinks in the open wilderness before returning to the village and our cabin.

In the evening you will surely enjoy the sauna in your cabin, before we get together for the dinner at Tundrea’s restaurant.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7

Return to Tromso by shuttle bus.

Meals: breakfast

Accommodation during your cross country ski tour.
Your room.

Shared double rooms at Tundrea, ask for single room possibility.
The cabin is complete with:

  • Sauna, shower and toilet
  • Open concept kitchen and living room
  • Dishwasher
  • Stove, oven and microwave oven
  • Fridge
  • Tea and coffee maker
  • Kitchen utensils and dishes
  • Television and radio
  • Drying cabinet for clothes
  • Hairdryer
  • WIFI

The overnight trip will be spent in a wilderness cabin, similar to the picture shown.

  • A stove and a gas cooker.
  • Basic cookware (pot, frying pan, coffee pot).
  • Bunk beds with mattresses, pillows and blankets.
  • Firewood is provided at the hut
Overnight wilderness adventure
Termisjärvi Wilderness Cabin

Skiing is quite active and you will feel warm whilst moving, but will cool down very quickly. As with any outdoor activity, layering is the best solution.

Please, NO COTTON, e.g jeans, t shirt or hoody. If you get hot, cotton doesn’t breath and will get wet, cooling you down very quickly. Merino wool is great because it keeps you warm even if it does get damp.

**Winter overalls, boots and mittens are able for rental. Contact us for more info.**

  • Down jacket or similar warm overcoat – for the breaks
  • Windproof jacket e.g goretex or ski jacket
  • Windproof trousers e.g goretex or ski trousers
  • Fleece or woolen jersey
  • Base layer top – e.g merino
  • Base layer bottoms – e.g merino
  • 1x Thick woollen socks
  • Thinner woollen socks e.g. merino
  • Scarf / buff
  • Warm hat – needs to cover your ears
  • Mittens / gloves – windproof is good.
  • Sunglasses
  • Head torch * available on request
  • Sleeping bag liner * available on request
  • Pillow case

And of course, all your normal personal items, not to forget your camera and charger!

  • 4 nights in a shared chalet accommodation
  • 1 night in a wilderness cabin
  • Some meals, as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Ski equipment – skis, boots, poles and sled
  • 5 days cross country skiing – see itinerary for details
  • Transport to and from the airport

Not Included

  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance – it is a requirement that you have this arranged before you arrive.