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Adventures / Sub Zero

Arctic Circle Ski Expedition

Ski hut-to-hut through the Käsivarsi wilderness and reach the highest point in Finland

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Adventures / Sub Zero

Arctic Circle Ski Expedition

Ski hut-to-hut through the Käsivarsi wilderness and reach the highest point in Finland

DURATION
7 nights
LOCATION
Finland
ANNUAL LEAVE
1 week off work
SEASON
Jan-Mar
GROUP SIZE
Up to 8 people
MEETING POINT
Tromsø Airport, Norway
ACCOMMODATION
Cabin · Mountain hut
DIFFICULTY
Challenging

This is a true wilderness challenge, so you’ll need cross-country skiing experience and a decent level of fitness.

Traverse the Arctic fells of Finland – an extremely remote area of untouched wilderness

Master Nordic skis and use them to travel to frozen waterfalls and search for Arctic wildlife

Chase the incredible Northern Lights – wildfire in the sky

Included

Guides

Experienced, English speaking ski guides

Accommodation

2 nights in a cabin and 5 nights in wilderness huts

Meals

Munch on tasty food throughout

Transfers

To and from the airport and everything in-between

Equipment

Fischer E109 Easyskin Xtralite skis and Rottefella NNN BC bindings

Permits

All permits and entry fees

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Travel insurance

Personal expenses

The Area

Logistics

Starts

Tromsø Airport

19:15 on Day 1

Ends

Tromsø Airport

09:00 on Day 8

Transfers

You’ll be picked up from Tromsø airport at 19:15 on Day 1, and dropped back at the airport at 09:00 on Day 8.

Travel options

There are regular flights to Tromsø from major airports across the UK and Europe.

Tromso is a beautiful city to explore if you have the time and want to arrive in advance, or stay on after your trip - then it's only 15 minutes from the airport to central Tromsø via a regular shuttle service.

What about all the carbon?

We mitigate 4x the carbon generated by all our customer flights annually through our partnership with Cool Earth.

Day 1

Cabin · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2 – Day 6

Mountain hut · Mixed dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 7

Cabin · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 8

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

At Kilpisjärvi, you’ll enjoy continental buffet dinners and breakfasts. Out in the wilderness food is typically a dehydrated menu prepared by your guide in the huts simple kitchen.

Vegetarian, vegan and most other dietary requirements can be accommodated, just let us know when booking.

What is the accommodation like?

Kilpisjärvi

You’ll stay in a twin-room at the Kilpisjärvi Hiking Centre. Amenities include showers, free Wi-Fi, a restaurant, sauna and hiking gear shop.

The Wilderness

You’ll stay in simple huts deep in the Finnish wilderness. Huts have no electricity and only basic amenities but the locations are unbelievable. You can also stay in a tent for a night if you'd prefer.

Please note that since this is a remote wilderness tour, some changes to the itinerary are possible on the location due to weather conditions. Therefore thr group will carry tents, sleeping bags and sleeping mattresses as a safety precaution.

Day 1

To Lapland

Fly into Tromso – the Paris of the north - and cross the border into Lapland and the remote village of Kilpisjärvi. Once you've settled into your cabin and gone through your gear, meet the rest of your team for dinner.

Day 2

Kuonjarjoki wilderness hut

Skiing

8hrs · 21km · 465m up · 100m down

Strap on a pair of Nordic Skis and follow the snowmobile tracks up the fells. It won't take long before you lose phone reception and that’s how it will stay for the rest of the week! Take lunch from thermoses provided en route, and then continue on to the Kuonjarjoki wilderness hut. This will be a relatively hard day due to the distance and elevation gain, but the powder is always good and the skiing worth it. Tonight, you can either sleep in the hut or try your hand at camping outside.

Day 3

The Pihtsusjärvi hut

Skiing

7hrs · 20km · 313m up · 377m down

Continue through the beautiful, snow-covered Arctic landscape to the next hut, this time located just 10km from the famous Halti Fell. Descend below the treeline for lunch and stop by a cascade for a drink of fresh mountain water before spending the night on the shore of Lake Pihtsus.

Day 4

Halti hut

Skiing

6hrs · 16km · 678m up · 466m down

Ski to the Halti hut in time for lunch and then leave most of your gear, except for a daypack, before continuing up Halti Fell - the highest point in Finland (1,324m). Follow a fast powder route back down and settle into your hut for the night.

Day 5

Meekonjärvi Hut

Skiing

5.5hrs · 17km

Follow a flat route back to Kilpisjärv and then on to the scenic Meekonjärvi Hut in time for a hot dinner and some much needed down time.

Day 6

Termisjärvi Wilderness Hut

Skiing

9hrs · 23km · 300m up

Enjoy your penultimate day of skiing by tackling the trail-less landscape between fells - the perfect way to complete your Arctic experience. Ski through wide canyons surrounded by magnificent scenery and end the day at the Termisjärvi Wilderness Hut.

Day 7

Back to Kilpisjärvi

Skiing

4hrs · 15km · 150m up · 250m down

Ski out of the wilderness and follow the snowmobile tracks back to Kilpisjärvi. Enjoy a farewell dinner with your team at the Kilpisjärven Hiking Centre and then spend your final evening at the sauna before heading to the local pub for a well-deserved beer.

Day 8

Back to the airport and home

Enjoy a last breakfast at the Kilpisjärven Retkeilykeskus and then head back to Tromso and home.

Please Note

All our adventures take place in wild places. Things can go wrong in wild places. Your perfectly planned itinerary may change a bit (or a lot) if the weather turns, someone gets hurt, or a volcano erupts. Usually though, changes make it all the better.

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What's included?

  • Fischer E109 Easyskin Xtralite skis
  • Rottefella NNN BC bindings
  • Poles
  • Sleeping bags, liners and a closed cell mattress
  • Eating utensils
  • Shovels
  • Food thermoses (for lunch during the tour)
  • Tents - this is a safety precaution in case of sudden blizzards
  • Pulkkas (sleds) - one shared by two people each taking a turn dragging it

What's available to hire?

  • Shoes suitable for bindings (see Optional Extras for price)

What do I need to bring?

  • Shoes that fit Rottefella NNN BC binding (also available to hire)
  • Technical underwear
  • Mid-layers
  • Shell-layers (windproof without lining): jacket, long shell pants
  • Skiing mittens
  • Hat
  • Wool balaclava
  • Sunglasses/skiing goggles
  • Winter boots/warm hiking boots
  • Backpack
  • Torch
  • Small Towel
  • A good drinking thermos of about 1 litre capacity

This is a true wilderness challenge, so you’ll need cross-country skiing experience and a decent level of fitness. You'll be travelling on skis in a remote region and will take turns pulling a sled weighing 30km, covering around 20km each day, but climbing no more than 600m. To put that into perspective, an average man can expect to burn around 4000-6000 kcal of energy per day.

You will be doing Umpihankihiitoa - a form of Nordic, off-track skiing designed for travelling over wilderness terrain in winter (a blend of cross-country skiing and ski touring that involves both uphill and downhill travel.)

Your days will involve skiing an average of 20km and climbing no more than 700m. While there are downhill periods, particularly on the way back, the decline is gradual and there are no steep sections.

You'll be using Fischer E109 Easyskin Xtralite skis and will need shoes that fit Rottefella NNN BC bindings. It is possible to rent a pair for an additional 50 euros (paid locally). Please confirm with your host in advance if you need to do this.

Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

This tour runs from early December to mid-May. In Kilpisjärvi, the polar night lasts from 1st December to 13th January, during which time the sun does not rise at all, but there is civil daylight between 9:00 and 15:00. This is the most demanding time to take on this tour. Until early February, temperatures can drop below -40°C but with the spring they start increasing slowly and the days get longer. In March, temperatures reach -10°C and you'll need to bring goggles and suncream to avoid burning.

Any excess luggage can be safely left at the Kilpisjärvi Hiking centre at the start of the trip.

We’ve teamed up with the guys at World Nomads to offer insurance designed for adventurous travellers across 140 countries that includes overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities. To get yours sorted, click here.

We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book the trip, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

If you wish to change the currency you pay in, head to the bottom of the page.

All of our group adventures are specifically designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want them to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly likeminded.

“I cannot recommend this highly enough! The people on the trip were amazing. Easily the best trip I’ve ever been on!” Charlotte, 2019, Trustpilot.

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