Arctic Ski Expedition
Explore the Arctic as you travel from hut-to-hut on nordic skis through the Käsivarsi wilderness, reaching the highest point in Finland. 5 days off work.
This trip is suitable for trekkers and hikers who want to challenge themselves in the Arctic conditions, are fit and have some experience skiing. Some past skiing or cross-country skiing experience is required as you will be in remote regions travelling on skis for 7 days. You will cover an average 20km/day, climbing no more than 600m. While there are downhill periods to look forward to, particularly on the way back, the decline is gradual, with no steep or technical sections.
Enjoy a full Arctic experience as you traverse the Arctic fells of Finland. This extremely remote route will see you navigating to the highest point in Finland (1324m) while seeing frozen waterfalls, wildlife and if you're lucky, the Northern Lights. The winter wilderness adventure includes:
- 6 days of off-track Nordic ski travel
- 7 nights of accommodation
- All meals, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner
- Local professional, English-speaking wilderness guide
- Airport transfers
- Traditional nordic fell skis*
- Camping gear (tent, sleeping back and sleeping mat)
- Sled and backpacks
- Cooking equipment
*Boots not provided but available to hire locally. See 'what to pack'.
Saturday: Arrival at the Kilpisjärvi Hiking centre
Upon arriving at the Tromso airport, your guide will be waiting to transfer you to the remote Kilpisjärvi village, where you will spend the night before the tour begins.
Once you've checked in, you'll get to know each other and go through your gear for the week.
Sunday: Kilpisjärvi - Kuonjarjoki wilderness hut
Fill up on a hearty breakfast at Kilpisjärvi before setting off on the ski tour, following the snowmobile tracks up the fells. It won't take long before you lose phone reception and this is how it will stay for the rest of the week!
You will have lunch from the food thermoses provided en route, as you continue upwards to the Kuonjarjoki wilderness hut. This will be a relatively hard day due to the distance and elevation gain, but the snow is always packed so the skiing will make it worth it.
Tonight, you can either sleep in the hut or try your hand at camping in the wilderness outside.
21km of skiing, 465m of ascent - approximately 8 hours moving
Monday: Kuonjarjoki - Pihtsusjärvi wilderness hut
Continue your journey skiing through the beautiful snow-covered Arctic landscape and onto the next hut, located only 10km from the famous Halti Fell peak.
Today, you'll enjoy the lunch after descending below the treeline. When you ski even further down, you can stop by a cascade for a drink of the fresh mountain water.
Your overnight will be spent on the shore of the Lake Pihtsus.
20.5km of skiing, 313m of ascent, 377m of descent - approximately 7 hours moving
Tuesday: Pihtsusjärvi - Halti wilderness hut - Halti Fell
Today, you will ski the first 7km to the Halti hut in time for lunch.
After lunch, you will leave most of your gear, except for a daypack, and continue up the Halti fell (3km, 400m ascent) to the highest point of Finland (1324m). Here, check out the views and enjoy a tea & coffee.
Enjoy the ski back down following a fast powder downhill. It will only take about half an hour before you are back at the Halti wilderness hut, where you will spend the night.
15.7km of skiing, 678m of ascent, 466m of descent - approximately 6 hours moving
Wednesday: Halti - Meekonjärvi wilderness hut
You will now begin the ski back to Kilpisjärvi, following the mostly downhill routes. Lunch is at the Pihtsusjärvi hut.
The track on the way back will follow the route you covered to get to Halti but from a different perspective.
17km of flat skiing - approximately 5.5 hours moving
Thursday: Meekonjärvi - Termisjärvi wilderness hut
Your penultimate day of skiing will follow the trailless landscape between the fells until you arrive at the Termisjärvi wilderness hut.
You will ski along unmarked trails, through the wide canyon-formation, surrounded by the magnificent fells. This is definitely the perfect way to complete your Arctic experience.
23km of skiing. 300m of ascent - approximately 9 hours moving
Friday: Termisjärvi - Kilpisjärvi Hiking centre
Finally, you will begin the slow move back to civilisation, following the snowmobile tracks back to Kilpisjärvi.
Once you get back to the centre, you can enjoy a farewell dinner with your team at the Kilpisjärven Retkeilykeskus. Spend your evening at the sauna relaxing after some heavy ski touring before heading out to the local pub for a well-deserved beer.
15km of skiing. 150m of ascent, 250m of descent - approximately 4 hours moving
Saturday: Transfer back to the airport
Enjoy breakfast at the Kilpisjärven Retkeilykeskus before saying farewells to your guide and hopping on the transport back to the airport.
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.
All accommodation along the trip is simple wilderness huts with no electricity. These will have basic amenities but you will sleep in sleeping bags in the huts. You will also have the chance to sleep in a tent for a night if you wish.
At the beginning and end of the trip, you will stay in the Kilpisjärvi Hiking centre, a hotel with 2-person rooms or 4-person cabins. The rooms are equipped with bathrooms including a shower and there is free WiFi. The hotel also hosts a restaurant, sauna, hiking gear shop.
Please note that since this is a remote wilderness tour, some changes to the itinerary are possible on the location due to weather and similar reasons. Therefore you will carry tents, sleeping bags and sleeping mattresses as a safety precaution.
Halti Fell is at the border between Norway and Northern Finland. The route to get here is in the heart of the Finish wilderness; 2250 square kilometres with no inhabitants, no phone reception - just you and your skis.
Your route will start in the remote village of Kilpisjärvi, located in the north-west extremity of Lapland. The village itself has under 100 permanent residents and is home to the untouched wilderness, glassy lakes and ponds and wild reindeer.
Tromso Airport - 19:15
Your adventure begins at Tromso Airport (TOS) where you will meet your guide and fellow adventurers in the arrivals area at 19:15. Your transfer will meet all flights scheduled to land at 18:50 or earlier.
Tromso Airport - 09:00
Your adventure ends at Tromso Airport at 09:00. Your transfer will meet all flights scheduled to depart leaving after 11:00.
Dates & Prices
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