Lapland wilderness ski expedition
– small groups or privately guided tours

Adventure by Design wilderness ski expedition in northern Lapland and Norway takes you across northern areas like no other. Käsivarsi Wilderness Area and Finnmarksvidda are remote and wild. As a bonus, you have a change to experience the northern lights on your tour.

We designed our wilderness ski expedition for the more adventurous outdoor enthusiasts. Highlights of this tour are:

  • Ski expedition at one of the last wilderness areas of Europe
  • Silence, remoteness and space
  • Ski gear included
  • Suitable for fit outdoor enthusiasts
  • Stay in tents or huts
  • Small groups 2-6 people
  • Book a private tour – minimum 2 people

Beginners ski expedition to three countries

On this 5-day wilderness ski expedition we ski in wilderness areas in Norway, Sweden and Finland. High mountains frame the landscape, and the ski tour follows natural routes in valleys and riverbanks. The terrain, speed and daily distances are suitable for outdoor people who have no previous experience of skiing. We stay the nights in comfortable wilderness huts.

Dates 2019:
March 16-23 (Northern lights possibility)
April 13-18

Wilderness ski expedition for adventurers

If you have some experience of skiing and winter outdoors, you might rather join us on the ski expedition to the Käsivarsi Wilderness Area. This remote, open landscape allows us to make our own trails according the weather and snow conditions. We camp in tents for more freedom. When conditions are good, we ski to Halti, the highest peak of Finland at the border of Norway.

Dates 2019:
February 9-15  (Northern lights possibility) Full, but send us a message if you’re interested on these dates, we might be able to start a second group.
March 11-16 (Northern lights possibility) Full, but send us a message if you’re interested on these dates, we might be able to start a second group.
April 19-25 (It’s almost 24 hour daylight!)

Enhancing experience

On the wilderness ski expeditions we go to remote locations where there is no internet connection, electricity or running water. You have a great opportunity to enhance the daily life through learning new skills and maybe accomplishing a long time dream.

As in all Adventure by Design tours, the aim is to enjoy the nature and outdoors, not push yourself to your physical limits. Our speed is moderate, we take breaks regularly and have time to take photos or just enjoy the arctic landscapes.

Our lead guide Gareth is an experienced professional outdoor instructor, who has lived in the arctic region since 2011. All guides working with us are skilled and trained both in the arctic conditions and your safety.

You might also like our winter outdoor fun holiday

Learn more about Kilpisjärvi here.

Contact us to book your tour now.

Additional information

destinationKilpisjärvi (Finland, Sweden & Norway), Kilpisjärvi (Käsivarsi Wilderness Area)
group-sizeMin 4 Max 8

The wilderness ski expedition starts from Kilpisjärvi. On the morning of the day 2, we sit down to talk about safety on the tour, skiing technique and camping safety and practices. After lunch, we start the ski tour with a short ski to our first campsite away from the village and and trails. We make the camp and practice the routines of winter camping.

Days 3-5 we ski in the wilderness area, away from any routes. The exact route plan will be made closer to the departure and it depends on weather forecast and snow conditions. We return to Kilpisjärvi on the afternoon of the day 5. After a sauna, we have a dinner together at our accommodation.

The terrain is mainly open tundra, so weather conditions can get challenging at times. The route is a moderate difficulty, except for the possible ascent to Halti and descent from the peak; those slopes are steep, but we will take plenty of time for it.

In addition to the professional guiding, the package includes
* 2 nights in shared rooms in Kilpisjärvi with breakfast and buffet dinner
* 4 nights in a expedition tent, 2 people per tent
* breakfast, lunch and dinner included during the tour. We cook it together at the tents using dehydrated ingredients
* ski equipment, expedition pulkas, tents, sleeping bags and sleeping bag liners, sleeping mats, cookware

Daily distances around 12-16 km
Duration 5 days skiing plus arrival and departure days in Kilpisjärvi (6 nights)
Departure dates:
February 9-15  (Northern lights possibility)
March 11-16 (Northern lights possibility)
April 19-25 (It’s almost 24 hour daylight!)
Ask for private tours for other dates.
Price: 1380€ / person

Three countries ski tour starts from Norway and takes you skiing through the valleys of Norway and Sweden, finishing in Kilpisjärvi, Finland. The terrain varies from great open tundra landscapes to deep valleys and high mountains around you. However, the route is not too demanding and is suitable for even the less experienced skier.

The package includes
* 2 nights in shared rooms in Kilpisjärvi with breakfast and dinners
* 2 overnights in well-equipped reservation huts in Norway,  1 night in Sweden and the final night in a Finnish hut.
* breakfast, lunch and dinner included during the tour. We cook it together at the huts using dehydrated ingredients
* sleeping bag liners, thermos bottles and rent of all ski gear

Daily distances around 12 km
Duration 4 days skiing plus arrival and departure days in Kilpisjärvi (5 nights)
Departure dates:
March 16-23 (Northern lights possibility)
April 13-18
Ask for private tours for other dates!
Price: 1200€ / person

To book your place, you will need to pay a 20% deposit. The rest of the trip will be paid 60 days prior the tour.

You can cancel the reservation up to 60 days 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 and ski tours, 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

You don’t need to have much experience in winter or arctic conditions, but it helps if you have done some cross country skiing before. You can also arrive to Kilpisjärvi a couple of days beforehand and get used to skiing with our instructor.

To participate on the Lapland wilderness ski expeditions, you need good fitness level. We provide you with skis and boots, but if you wish to bring your own, check with our guide that they are suitable for the open arctic tundra terrain. You will also need wind and waterproof clothing. We will send you a full gear list when you sign up for the trip.

Transport to Kilpisjärvi:
The nearest airports are Kittilä and Tromso. There is a daily bus connection from Kittilä to Kilpisjärvi, check times here. There is also a daily bus connection from Tromso to Skibotn. If you fly to Tromso, we’ll help you to organize the transfer to Kilpisjärvi.

Special diets:
Vegetarian meals can be arranged, just let us know when you book the tour. Notify us of any allergies too.

Solo travelers:
All our group departure tours are great for solo travelers. You’ll meet other like-minded people and there are no single supplements unless you request a single room / tent. 

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Northern lights over Kuornarjoki Cabin
Saivaara Fell
Skiing in the wilderness
Meekonjärvi Cabin