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 recognisable peaks. When you are looking for a route truly less travelled, this is your top pick.

  • Remote locations
  • Wilderness areas in three countries, variety of landscapes
  • Accommodation in reservation huts
  • Professional guide and small groups
  • Easy to moderate terrain
  • No previous hiking experience necessary
  • Three group departures for guided hike in 2019
  • Possibility to rent all hiking gear

The starting point, Kilpisjärvi, is a remote 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 2019
July 8th – minimum 2 participants
August 5th – Guaranteed Departure – no availability
August 26th – Guaranteed Departure – available places, guiding in English and Finnish

To book, please, send an email to 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 Finland, we traverse to Norway and Sweden where we stay in comfortable mountain cabins. 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.

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

destinationKilpisjärvi, Finland
datesAugust 26th 2019, August 5th 2019, July 8th 2019, others by request
duration6 Nights / 7 days
group-sizemin 2 – max 6

Group departures 2019
July 8th
August 26th – Guaranteed Departure

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 1 – Transfer from Airport to Kilpisjärvi.

Arrival day. We’ll be staying at the Kilpisjärvi Hiking Centre where you will meet your guide and other group members. We will talk more about the week, safety, equipment over a meal together. There will be a single pick up from Tromso at 16:00, but if you arrive from Kittilä, we will help you on choosing the right bus connection to Kilpisjärvi and discount the ticket cost of the final price.

Day 2 Kilpisjärvi (Finland)  – Goldahytta (Norway) 15km, 5 hrs 

We begin by travelling through the Malla Strict Nature Reserve, an area protected since 1916, whilst Finland was still under Russian rule. The area is unique due to the young geology and the calciferous soil that produces rare species of fell plants.

Day 3 Goldahytta – Gappohytta (Norway)12km,   4hrs

The trail continues westward around the end of Lake Goldajärvi. Today we climb up onto the fells where we’ll have an unspoiled view of giant Paras.  We’ll cross a couple of really beautiful river gorges which have been shaped over thousands of years. Weather permitting they also provide a great place.

Day 4 Gappohytta – Rostahytta (Norway) 20km 6,5hrs

Today is our longest day, we will be heading into the mountain pass in the Insdalen Valley. We gain height slowly, so no steep hills, but will eventually get to a height of 1000m. Steep sides cliffs, snowy valleys and mountain streams are all around. Our descent is in stark contrast, the rocky terrain disappears and is replaced by open grassy plains. Certainly a more challenging day, but we’ll take our time and I’m sure you’ll agree that it was worth it. 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 5 Rostahytta (Norway) –  Pältsastugan (Sweden) 20km, 6hrs

Another long day but much easier as we travel through wide open valley plains. The size of the country is really quite impressive. To think that once it was full of ice! Mighty Pältsa will slowly come into view as we descend towards our hut for the night. Pältsastugan is a giant of a hut, plenty of cooking space, beds and even it’s own sauna. Perfect!

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

Our final day sees us climbing back into the fells and towards Lake Kilpisjärvi. The terrain could very well be described as tundra as there are no trees, but plenty of scattered rocks. As we come closer, Saana, our other giant, will greet us from the other side of the lake. Our journey will bring us to small jetty where we will take the Malla Boat back across the river and to our starting point in Kilpisjärvi. We’ll be spending another night at Retkeilykeskus, with tales of the week to be told over a hearty meal.

Day 7 – Farewell

After breakfast together, it is time to say goodbye to your new friends and start making plans for you next adventure. You can choose to spend some extra time in Kilpisjärvi or head north to Norway. There will be a drop off to Tromso.

  • Pick up and drop off from Tromso
  • Accommodation; the first and last night this is shared accommodation in double rooms. All other nights we will be sharing a mountain cabin
  • Buffet dinners on day 1 and 6, breakfast on day 2 and 7 at the accommodation
  • Dehydrated meals for the trekking days (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Ferry transport across Kilpisjärvi lake on day 6
  • The huts all have blankets and pillows, however, you will need to bring a silk/cotton liner and pillowcase.
  • 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 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

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