Multiday ski expedition on Nordkalotleden – our longest winter expedition

Adventure by Design multiday ski expedition in northern Norway and Lapland is a unique adventure for fit adventurers. The expedition duration is 12 days in total – that is 10 days ski expedition plus the prep day and departure day.

Käsivarsi Wilderness Area and Finnmarksvidda are remote and wild. If you have no prior ski expedition experience, you must have other multiday trekking experience.

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

  • 10-day ski expedition at one of the last wilderness areas of Europe
  • Open snow covered plains and mountains
  • Ski expedition equipment included
  • Suitable for fit outdoor enthusiasts
  • Stay in tents and wilderness huts
  • Small groups 2-8 people
  • Book a private tour – minimum 2 people, maximum 12 people.

The ski expedition begins from Kautokeino, Norway and follows the famous Nordkalottleden multiday trekking route. The ski expedition goes through  the Finnmarksvidda plains, the breathtaking Reisa valley and  Reisa National Park and finally the Käsivarsin wilderness area in Finland. Along the way, we have some nights in wilderness cabins where we can maintain our gear, but most nights accommodation is in tents.

We do not ski on the Nordkalottleden, but find our own ways, following the snow and weather conditions.  In spring time, it is usual to see locals ice fishing on the remote lakes and reindeer herds moving towards their breeding paddocks. On some days we might be closer to the popular trails, and see other skiers and snowmobilers on the Nordkalottleden, but mostly we are on our own. Two pre-expedition online sessions with the participants to talk about personal preparation and tour plan will be held in spring 2020.

Enhancing experience

On the multiday ski expedition 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. The 10-day tour has one day for either rest, do a day trip from the base camp or just chill and wait for the bad weather to pass.

Our lead guides are experienced professional outdoor instructors, who live in the area. All guides working with us are skilled and trained both in the arctic conditions and your safety. The 10-day tour is led by Gareth Hutton, the owner of Adventure by Design.


If you are not sure about the suitability of this skiing tour for you, check our other options, or send us a message, and we’ll think together the best tour for you.

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. Details coming soon!

Wilderness ski expedition in Lapland

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.

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Additional information

destinationKilpisjärvi, Kilpisjärvi (Käsivarsi Wilderness Area), Northern Norway
group-sizeMin 2 Max 8

Day 1) The wilderness ski expedition starts from Kautokeino, Norway.  We have a single pick up from Alta airport. For other alternatives, talk with us.
In the evening, we check all the gear and do any last minute preparations. Dinner together.

Day 2) In the morning, 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 3-10 we ski in the wilderness area, away from most routes. The exact route plan will be made closer to the departure and it depends on weather forecast and snow conditions. Daily distances 10-20 km, skiing time 6-10 hours. 1-2 days of steep and long ascent. The terrain is mainly open tundra, so weather conditions can get challenging at times. The route is a moderate difficulty.

Day 11) We return to Kilpisjärvi on the afternoon. After a sauna, we have a dinner together at our accommodation

Day 12) We have a single drop off to Tromso in the morning. Arrival to Tromso at 12:00 Norwegian time, if you need to book an earlier flight, please check with us first.

The price of the multiday ski expedition includes:

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 e.g. 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.

In addition to the professional guiding, the package includes
* pick up from Alta airport and drop off to Tromso airport
* 1st and last night in shared rooms in Kautokeino and Kilpisjärvi with breakfast and dinner
* 9 nights in a expedition tent or reservation hut, 2 people per tent
* breakfast, lunch and dinner included during the tour. We cook it together at the tents using dehydrated  REAL Turmat meals    We have vegetarian and vegan options available.
* ski equipment, expedition pulkas, tents, sleeping bags and sleeping bag liners, sleeping mats, cookware

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, most of them also have a wilderness first aid certificates.

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. We’ll be happy to give you a good quote on these extra practice days, just ask!

To participate on the multiday ski expeditions, you need good fitness level and you shouldn’t have any health problems which can aggravate in cold temperatures.

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 / from the area:
There are regular flights from Oslo to Alta. Return flight from Tromso.

If you wish to travel via Finland, contact us to plan your route together.

It might be a good idea to have an extra day between the last day of the tour and your departure flight, just in case of bad weather or similar delays. Adventure by Design is not liable for lost flights in case that an unprecedented delays occur due to weather or similar reasons.

Special diets:
Vegetarian and vegan 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. Single supplement, should you wish to have your own room and tent is 400€

Snacks and treats: You might want to bring some snacks and sweets for the tour – which ever is your favourite ones to keep you going on those tough days. It is ok to have small amounts of alcoholic beverages with you, but remember that all our tours are drug free.

Insurance: You must have a personal travel insurance which covers a ski expedition to uninhabited areas in Norway and Finland.

Adventure by Design believes in equal rights to take part and enjoy the adventures. People from all genders, religions or colours of rainbow are welcomed to our tours and be openly who you are. All members of our expedition must agree to this principle.

To book your place, you will need to pay a 30% 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 30% deposit. Up till 10 days prior the departure date, you will get a 50% refund. If you have to cancel less than 10 days before the departure, there are no refunds.

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.

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.

If Adventure by Design has to cancel the tour, you will be refunded your payments in full. We reserve the right to change the tour itinerary due to altered circumstances and conditions to guarantee your safety. We will make alternative arrangements as required but no refunds will be given for services that are not utilized as a result.

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