This walking holiday in Finnish Lapland, in the quiet Kilpisjärvi village, is guaranteed to be a unique experience. In the village of just over 120 inhabitants, you will quickly know your way around the one street that goes through the village. But who needs roads when you have paths to walk on?
What is a walking holiday anyway?
Walk up the Saana fell, iconic landmark for all Finns. Do a day trip to Malla Strict Nature Reserve where your guide will tell you about atmosphere and climate research done in this remote location. Add a day trip to Norway to see the fjords, and your walking holiday couldn’t be more varied.
In the company of like-minded walkers, five days will pass quickly. The views here are breathtakingly beautiful; within a short walk, we are already above the treeline. So make sure to pack your camera with those boots!
We do the guided walks in the mornings and afternoons. In the evenings, you can take a quiet stroll in the soft light of summer nights, or just sit by the lake and enjoy the silence. The sun sets late, so you have no rush to be back at your cabin.
This guided walking holiday in Finnish Lapland takes you on moderate routes around the region, taking you into real wilderness, yet staying close by to your accommodation. Daily walking distances are between 6-12 km, so moderate fitness level is expected.
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This walking holiday can also be arranged on other dates for your own group, contact us for more details.
|dates||25 – 30 July 2017|
|duration||5 days 4 nights|
|group-size||Min 4 – Max 6|
Pick up from Tromso at 10:00 am
On the way to Kilpisjärvi, we have our first walk in Norway, following a war memorial path which offers fantastic views over the fjord.
In the morning, we will get an introduction to the region at the Visitor centre. From there we will walk to Lake Tshakaljärvi and return via the Tshakaljoki river and it’s many waterfalls. Late in the afternoon we will head up Salmivaara Fell, where we have beautiful views over the lake Kilpisjärvi both south and north. The river that starts here, runs all the way to the Bothnian Bay and it has always been an important route for trade and travelers, and salmon, which still is a highly appreciated catch among the fishers.
Our day starts with an half an hour boat trip across the lake Kilpisjärvi. Before our actual walk today, we take a short walk to the three nations border for a quick tour of Sweden and Norway. Although Malla Strict Nature Reserve is a special area of nature conservation and research, our walk is not about science, but about the amazing scenery over three countries, this is where Finland, Sweden and Norway meet.
The University of Helsinki Department of Biology has a research station in Kilpisjärvi. The research done here helps us to understand for example the climate change. In an environment basically free of any pollution, any changes in the environment are caused by global phenomena.
The grand walk of the holiday; today we will walk up the iconic Saana, which has been overlooking your wooden cabins all these days. There is a good uphill to go, but the sturdy steps make it easier. And the landscape invites you to keep going, scenery changes rapidly with every 100 metres you walk. At the top you can write your name in the visitor book which has been keeping log of thousands of people walking up here every year.
Our last walk together is on our way back to Tromso. You guide will choose the walk for the day based on the group and weather conditions.
Return to Tromo around 16:00.
5 day-walks with a professional guide
4 nights in shared double accommodation (cabins), full board:
Breakfast days 2-5
Packed lunch days 1-5
Dinner days 1-4
all transfer during the programme, pick up and drop off at Tromso centre
You will stay in shared cozy wooden cabins by Lake Kilpisjärvi . Breakfast and dinner buffet are served in the main restaurant, packed lunch is provided for the walking trips.
You need your usual walking gear; good shoes for walking on uneven surfaces and layered clothing. The weather in Finnish Lapland can be anything from a hot summer day to windy and wet – all in one day.
You will get a detailed list of required gear once you have paid the deposit.