Dark season ski tour
If you have never seen the beauty of the polar night, this might be the tour for you. We will ski into the Käsivarsi Wilderness area, among the highest peaks of Finnish Lapland. We will stay above the treeline during the entire tour and you will experience the vastness of Arctic tundra. From the weather we can expect anything. It might get harsh up there with temperatures dropping below -30°C or we might encounter real winter blizzard. If the winds get too high, we might have to seek shelter from our tents or wilderness huts, and wait until weather improves. Nevertheless, dark season is unique time in the Arctic. There is hardly any sunlight during the daytime-hours, but on a clear day the horizon is colored with all the shades of pink, orange and purple. If we are lucky, we can watch northern lights dancing on the sky during the night.
During the tour 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 moderate 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 four days.
We meet in Kilpisjärvi village in the morning. We will pack, go through the plans of the following days and start skiing in the afternoon. After skiing 12 km we will arrive to the Saarijärvi wilderness hut where we sleep the first night.
We will use the lightest hours of the days to cover the distance between the wilderness huts. In total we will ski approximately 50 km during the tour. The daily distances will vary from 10 km to 15 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.
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.
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:
You will find equipment list for the winter tours from info folder. Ski rental is possible in Tromsø and Kilpisjärvi. Ask for more information.
Price: 4900 NOK
Dates: November - January
Group size: 2-8
Languages spoken: Finnish, English, Norwegian
Certified Arctic Nature Guide
3 nights in wilderness huts
Cookware and eating kit
Tent and camping stove (for emergency situation)
Safety and communication equipment
Sleeping bag and sleeping mat
Transport to and from Kilpisjärvi
Accommodation in Kilpisjärvi
For additional cost
Food package: 200 NOK/day