Winter adventure for beginners

The perfect winter adventure for beginners ski tour in Lapland. 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. Winter adventure for beginners does not 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. The overnight tour takes place in the Käsivarsi wilderness area or near the three countries border area with an overnight in Norway.

This winter adventure for beginners 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.


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Additional information

duration6 Nights / 7 days

Day 1 

Pick up from Tromso airport or city centre, settling into your chalet. Dinner with your guide at a local restaurant.

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: packed lunch,

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: packed lunch

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:  packed lunch

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

Add on: how about finishing the tour at a reindeer farm, have a sauna and dinner there and sleep your last night in a glass roofed northern lights kota? Ask for the price for this luxury ending for your retreat!

Day 7

Drop off to Tromso.

Chalet in the village centre, self catering, private sauna. After mid-march a possibility for a full-board option at the famous Kilpisjärvi hiking centre.

The overnight trip will be spent in a wilderness cabin, with no electricity or running water. You can also ask for a tent overnight instead!

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!

Example price is per person when two people are travelling together and share accommodation. For solo travellers or larger groups, ask for price!

  • 5 nights accommodation in the village
  • 1 night in a wilderness cabin
  • Packed lunches on the ski activities
  • 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.
  • Possible overnight stay at the reindeer farm
  • Other activities such as husky rides can be booked with our partners.

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

You can cancel the reservation up to 30 days prior the planned dates in which case we only keep the 30% deposit. Up till 30 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.

Looking north towards Paras mountain, Norway
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