Join us for the Lapland ski retreat in April. Enjoy the silence, connect with peaceful nature and breath the cleanest air in Europe. You will learn the principles of skiing on and off trails at a slow pace while  spending the days on the softly rolling arctic fells. In the evenings you will have a chance to walk around in our remote little village, admire the star-filled skies and maybe even the northern lights.

As the days go by, you build your cross-country skiing confidence skiing on different terrain each day. The idea of the Lapland ski retreat is not to push you to your physical limits. Rather, we enjoy and have time to take in the extraordinary place we are in. We ski at a moderate pace, taking breaks and listen to the silence. The highlight of the week is an overnight ski trip to a wilderness cabin where you will enjoy wilderness cooking with your guide.

This Lapland ski retreat is designed for people who love to be active in the outdoors and are looking for new and unique experiences. The aim is not to go fast and count kilometres, but to experience the wilderness in a low-impact way. The retreat is suitable for beginners with moderate fitness level.

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

Additional information

duration6 Nights / 7 days

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 the reception of the lodge.

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

Meals: Dinner

Day 2

Introduction to cross country skiing lesson

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

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

Meals: breakfast, packed lunch, dinner

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, packed lunch, dinner

Day 4 

Today we will follow the trails to the fells. 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 a wilderness 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, packed lunch, dinner

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 12-19 km.

During this ski trip, you will get a chance to put those newly learned skills into use and also try pulling your gear in a sledge. 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 another lunch and hot drinks in the open wilderness before returning to the village.

In the evening you will surely enjoy the sauna at your accommodation.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7

Return to Tromso by shuttle bus.

Meals: breakfast

Shared double rooms at Kilpisjärven Retkeilykeskus (Kilpisjärvi Hiking Centre) ask for single room possibility. The rooms come with a private bathroom equipped with a shower.

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

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.

  • 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!

  • 5 nights in a shared rooms
  • 1 night in a wilderness cabin
  • Full board; breakfast buffet, packed lunch, dinner buffet
  • Ski equipment – skis, boots, poles and shared sledge on the overnight trip
  • 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.
Looking north towards Paras mountain, Norway
ski kilpisjärvi
ski kilpisjärvi