Borderland adventure

This guided hike in Scandinavia takes you on a journey into the mythical Land of Giants, a Finnish tale detailing the creation of the region’s most recognizable peaks. This has been our most popular hike for some years already, and now we have changed the route to make it even better!

  • Off-the-beaten-path route
  • Wilderness areas and national parks in three countries, variety of landscapes
  • Accommodation in reservation huts and tents
  • Professional guide and small groups
  • Easy to moderate terrain
  • No previous hiking experience necessary
  • Group departures: solo travelers welcomed to join!

We depart from Dividalen National Park in Norway. Hundreds of years old pine trees still have signs of the old cultures in the region. From the pine tree forest we quickly assent to the open tundra landscape, cross rivers and boulder fields, admire many rare birds and flowers on our way to Sweden and finally to Finland. The trek finishes in Kilpisjärvi,  a small village in the crossing of the three Scandinavian countries. The route follows some of the most enchanting mountainous landscapes of the region, making the rough walk feel almost effortless.

Group departures 2020:
July 8th
August 10th

To book, please, send an email to info@adventurebydesign.fi or use the Book now form.

What’s so special about this guided hike in Scandinavia?

The route is one of the few hiking trails which allow you to visit three countries in less than a week. Starting in Norway, we traverse to Sweden and finish in Finland. Your backpacks don’t need to wear you down, as you’ll only be carrying clothes, your personal items and some food. The cabins are well equipped with cooking and sleeping gear. On high season we also have tents with us, as it is not possible to book the beds in advance in Norway or Sweden.

The grand landscapes and remoteness of the location invite a hiker to calm down and forget the busy everyday life. You will be disconnected from the wifi and all other networks, giving you more space to really connect with nature and yourself.

Why should I join a guided hike?

Although challenging, this tour also suits people who are new to hiking and are wanting a true wilderness experience in the comfort of a small guided group. Calmer pace means we also have time to take photos of this ever-changing landscape and moods of the wilderness.

Read our customer’s experience of this guided hike in Scandinavia 

One of our previous participants has written an excellent trip report with some splendid photos here. Thanks David!

Additional information

dates10th August, 8th July, others by request
group-sizeMin 2 Max 8
physicality7/10

Group departures 2020:
July 8th
August 10th

nb. Times are based on an average traveling speed of 3km/h including stops. All times are approximate and will vary depending on the group. 

Day 0 – Meet the group in Tromso, check all gear and have a dinner together
We will talk more about the week, safety, equipment over a meal together. Arrival to Tromso before 17:00.

Day 1 – Transfer from Tromso to Dividalen National Park, Dividalshytta
Start of the hiking – a short day to make sure all gear is well packed and bags are well adjusted.

Day 2 Dividalshytta   – Dærtahytta (Norway) 24km, 8 hrs

After the easy start, we are well prepared for the long day on the open tundra. We’ll take it easy and enjoy a good lunch break half way.  Tonight we rest our heads at the idyllic Rostahytta cabin, nestled beside the Rosta River with open plains on one side and towering mountains on the other.

Day 3 Dærtahytta – Rostahytta (Norway) 18km,  7 hrs

The trail’s highest part is passed today. After that point, the day is a nice stroll in changing landscapes.

Day 4 Rostahytta (Norway) – Pältsastugan (Sweden) 16 km 6 hrs

We continue the trek on the open landscapes and cross the barely noticeable state border to Sweden. At Pältsa we can enjoy a relaxing sauna.

Day 5 Pältsastugan (Sweden) – Kuohkimajärvi (Finland) 15 km, 5 hrs

It’s downhill from here. Well, almost. There are a few uphills on the way, but during the day we have a great decent. We stop at the border of the three countries before settling in to the last wilderness accommodation.

Day 6  Kuohkimajärvi – Kilpisjärvi (Finland) 12km, 4 hrs

The last day takes us through Malla Strict Nature Reserve where in addition to unique natural values we find some of the most welcoming views to the small village where we finish the amazing adventure. Sauna and delicious dinner awaits before falling asleep in the comfortable beds.

Day 7 – Farewell

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

WHAT IS INCLUDED:

Services of a  professional, all year around local company. Adventure by Design is registered in the Finnish register of package travel agencies and has has lodged security against advance payments for travel. We pay VAT and other taxes in Finland, and we are proud be able to provide quality experiences for our customers, interns and paid staff.

– 2 nights in outdoor centre / hotel accommodation in shared twin room, dinner & breakfast, sauna
– Breakfasts, soup / sandwich lunch and dehydrated Real Turmat dinners during the tour
– All transfer during the programme

– Tent (Fjällräven Abisko Shape 3) and camping mattresses, cooking equipment included or reservation hut when applicable. We always pay the overnight fees to Metsähallitus or Turlag for our overnights in their huts.

Possibility to rent a sleeping bag (Fjällräven singi 3-season or similar) and backpack (Fjällräven Kaika or Abisko) if you need one.

EXCLUSIONS
  • Travel insurance; make sure your insurance covers activities in remote regions
  • Personal hiking equipment, backpacks can be rented
  • Your personal hiking gear; clothing and backpack, cotton liner and pillowcase

To book your place, you will need to pay a 30% deposit. The rest of the trip will be paid at your arrival to Tromso.

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 adventure in wilderness area
Hiking in Lapland

Arctic ski expedition

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