Ski Finland's Remote Backcountry to Halti Fell

Explore the arctic fell as you ski from hut-to-hut through the Käsivarsi wilderness, reaching the highest point in Finland. 5 days off work.

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Ski Finland's Remote Backcountry to Halti Fell

Explore the arctic fell as you ski from hut-to-hut through the Käsivarsi wilderness, reaching the highest point in Finland. 5 days off work.

Enjoy a full arctic experience as you ski above the treeline in the arctic fells of Finland. This extremely remote trail will see you follow a marked trail 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:

  • 5 days of backcountry skiing
  • 7 nights of accommodation
  • All meals, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Local professional, English-speaking wilderness guide
  • Airport transfers
  • Ski gear (including OAC skin-based skis with universal bindings and skiing poles)
  • Camping gear (tent, sleeping back and sleeping mat)
  • Sled and backpacks
  • Cooking equipment

Perfect for:
This is the perfect week-long backcountry adventure for avid skiers, not necessarily with any previous experience of backcountry skiing, who are looking for some skiing away from civilization. You will cover 13-20km/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 sections.

What to Expect

Saturday: Arrival at the Kilpisjärvi Hiking centre

Upon arriving at the Kittilä 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.

20km of skiing, 400m of ascent

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.

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. There’s even phone signal up here so feel free to send a quick picture to the outside world.

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 wildness hut, where you will spend the night.

13km of skiing, 600m ascent

Wednesday: Halti - Meekonjärvi wilderness hut

You will now begin the ski back to Kilpisjärvi, following the mostly downhill routes. You can even enjoy lunch 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.

20km of skiing

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.

20km of skiing

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

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 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.

Dates & Prices

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

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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.

Start point?
You will be met at the Kittilä airport where you will be transported to the remote Kilpisjärvi village. Your transfer will meet all flights scheduled to land at 17:30 or earlier.

Finish point?
Your tour will end in the Kilpisjärvi village, where you will be transferred back to the Kittilä airport. You are free to book any flight departing after 12:00. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Kittilä Airport (KTT) is served by flights from Helsinki. You can get any flights that suit you, but please note that your guide can only organise one airport transfer per group due to the remoteness of the location.

You can use also Rovaniemi or Kittilä airport, where there are more arrivals coming, and take a bus connection to Kittilä.

If you would rather take the train, it is possible to travel from Helsinki to Rovaniemi or Kemijärvi and then catch a bus to Kittilä, but this may require an extra day for travelling.

Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the tour price:

  • Flights to/from Kittilä
  • Travel insurance that covers off-piste skiing
  • Snacks, drinks and personal expenses
  • Tips for your guides (optional)

This trip will run with a minimum of 1 person, and a maximum of 8.

Sure can! A lot of people do, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Our Epic Weekends are very social in nature and we’ve seen lots of new friendships born out of them. Expect a mix of solo travelers and very small groups of 2 or 3, all with a shared appreciation of escaping the city for the great outdoors to try something new and meet new people.

You need to have a good level of fitness to reach the peak of 1324m and ski for 6-8 hours per day. You should have previous experience in skiing but no backcountry experience is required.

In the accommodation at Kilpisjärvi, you will have buffet dinners and breakfasts. Whilst you’re on the tour, lunch is typically a dehydrated menu, prepared by adding water and dinners will be prepared by the guide in the huts’ simple kitchens.

Absolutely! Just let us know at booking.

This tour can be organised 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, the temperatures can occasionally drop below -40°C) but with the spring, they start increasing slowly and the days get longer. In March, temperatures will reach -10°C. In fact, you’ll need to bring goggles and suncream in the spring to avoid burning.

Your guide suggests that you bring:

  • 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
  • Personal Medication

Your guide will provide:

  • Skis
  • Poles
  • Bindings
  • Sleeping bags, liners, and closed cell mattresses
  • Eating utensils

On the trip, you will use short and wide Finnish skinbased skis, which are elastic and lightweight. These are designed for all levels of skiers and provide the freedom to ski on all types of terrain, making backcountry possible for beginners. You will be using OAC Skinbased Backcountry Skis.

These skis have universal bindings that can fit all large winter boots, hiking shoes and even sneakers. However, we recommend that you wear a warm, waterproof boot with removable liners. The bindings are adjustable to any size.

You will be doing Umpihankihiitoa which is a form of Finnish backcountry skiing. Similar to ski touring, it involves uphill and downhill off-piste skiing, away from the ski resorts.

Your days will involve skiing over 13-20km and climbing no more than 600m. While there are downhill periods to look forward to, particularly on the way back, the decline is very gradual and there are no steep sections.

Yes, of course. We work with some of the best leaders in the industry.

Your guide is a certified wilderness guide but in conjunction to this, he holds certificates in: advanced first aid (Finnish FA2), advanced remote emergency care (British REC2), hunter’s license, travel industry worker’s safety passport (MATUPA), food hygiene as well as being an expert in the evaluation process of future wilderness guides.

We think you’re in safe hands.

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