Dark season ski expedition

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This ski expedition leads you into the heart of the polar night. They call it dark season, but on a clear day the twilight hours are coloring the sky with intensive pink and violet colors. When the darkness falls the landscape is often lighten up with moonlight or the dancing northern lights. This is definitely the most magical time of the year.

From the weather we can expect anything. On cold and clear days, temperature can drop down to -30º. We stay above the tree line during the entire tour and the Arctic Ocean with raging storms is not far away. If the winds get too high, we might need to seek shelter from our tents or wilderness huts, and wait until the weather improves.

During the expedition we will sleep in cozy wilderness huts. The huts are basic standard with wood burning stove to keep us warm and gas stove for cooking. The beds have mattresses and you will use your own sleeping bag. The toilets are located outside. 

This is a challenging ski tour, and you should already have experience of cross country skiing and staying outside in the cold all day. You will be pulling a pulka with all your personal gear and food for seven days.

Daily itinerary

Day 1

We meet in Kilpisjärvi village in the morning. We will pack, go through the plans of the following week and start skiing in the afternoon. After skiing 12 km we will arrive to the Saarijärvi wilderness hut where we sleep the first night.

Day 2-7

Full days of skiing. During the week we are aiming to reach the highest point of Finland, Halti. In total we will cover approximately 100 km with our skis. The daily distances will vary from 10 km to 20 km.

 

We will prepare breakfast and dinner in the wilderness huts. During the day we will enjoy lunch outside. All the food and equipment is carried by ourselves in our pulkas. The itinerary is adapted according to the weather and skiing conditions.

Day 8

In the late afternoon we will arrive to Kilpisjärvi village where our tour is ending. In Kilpisjärvi there are many accommodation options for you to choose from.

Food package 

If you are not sure what kind of food you should bring, we will make it easy for you. We are offering food package for additional cost. It will be 200 nok per day including breakfast, lunch and dinner. You only need to take care to bring enough snacks and sweets with you.

How to get there

The nearest airports are Kittilä and Tromsø. There are daily bus connections from Kittilä to Kilpisjärvi, and from Tromsø to Kilpisjärvi. There is also a taxi operating from Kilpisjärvi to the nearest airports. 

If you choose to travel by train, there is train station in Rovaniemi with bus connection to Kilpisjärvi.

Bus routes and rates:

https://www.thearcticroute.com/book/

https://www.matkahuolto.fi/en/

Equipment

You will find equipment list for the winter tours from info folder. Ski rental is possible in Tromsø and Kilpisjärvi. Ask for more information. 

Expedition info

Price: 8 500 NOK

Date: 26.12.2021-2.1.2022

Start: Kilpisjärvi

End: Kilpisjärvi    

Group size: 2-8

Languages spoken: Finnish, English, Norwegian

Included

  • Guiding

  • 7 nights in wilderness huts

  • Cookware and eating kit

  • Expedition pulka

  • Tent, multifuel stove and fuel

  • Emergency kit

    • InReach ​satellite communicator

    • Firs Aid equipment

Not included

  • Food

  • Ski equipment

  • Sleeping bag and sleeping mat

  • Transport to and from Kilpisjärvi

  • Accommodation in Kilpisjärvi

For additional cost

  • Food package: 200 NOK/day

    • Breakfast​

    • Lunch

    • Dinner