The Snow Season is officially over!

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We are not exaggerating when we say that Kilpisjärvi enjoys the longest snow season in Lapland!  We launched the Winter Safaris & Tours in November and we packed up the snowmobiles, the snowshoes and the dog sled in early May.  And what a season it was:  visitors from literally around the globe!  As in previous years, the top two were  Border Safari to the Three-Country Cairn of Finland, Norway and Sweden and the Husky Sled Ride.  Heartfelt thank you to all our guests for having chosen the village of Kilpisjärvi and Safaris – The Lapland Connection!  Stay tuned, next winter’s Safaris & Tours will be published soon.  Meanwhile, plan a trip to Kilpisjärvi’s arctic summer and check out the best offers in the following: Day trip suggestions and Summer Safaris & Tours.  

See you in Kilpisjärvi!

The Eight Seasons in the Arctic: Late Winter

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Winter is starting to turn into spring in the arctic village of Kilpisjärvi.  The season between winter and spring is called “kevättalvi” in Finnish and “giđđadálvvi” in Sámi  – an English translation would be “late winter”.   In late winter the days are rapidly getting long –   nine hours between sunrise and sunset today, only six weeks after the end of the Polar Night – and the snow fields are sparkling in the sunlight. The bitter cold days when the temperature can reach – 30 C / – 22 F are getting rare.
Visitors from around central and southern Europe and from as far as Australia, Brazil, South Africa and the United States have discovered Kilpisjärvi and are spending their winter vacation enjoying our magnificent nature, our spectacular Northern Lights and our guided activities:  snowmobiling, husky sled rides, snowshoe trekking, winter fishing and chasing Aurora Borealis. We are fortunate to have Lapland’s longest snow season which enables us to offer our visitors guided winter fun from late November until early May.
Next week we launch this season’s first trip to Conquer Halti Fell, the highest peak in Finland.  Meanwhile, a few memories from January. . .

The weeks after the end of Polar Night are peaceful out on the tundra – few if any snowmobilers in a frozen landscape coloured by the sparse sunlight, possibly the sighting of a flock of reindeer in their natural habitat.

Thank you Jannick Heutschi for the photos!

Winter is back – in Kilpisjärvi!

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No doubt about it – winter has arrived in Kilpisjärvi!  Thanks to our northern high-altitude location we get to enjoy winter earlier than most places in Lapland, and by now the ground is covered by a 20-cm blanket of snow and the temperature stays below 0 degrees Celsius.  Lake Kilpisjärvi is in the process of forming its permanent solid ice cover, and we expect to launch the winter season on schedule in the beginning of December , if not earlier.  Check out our our winter activities  and book your holiday to Lapland’s winter wonderland!

Meanwhile we observe the signs of winter’s arrival on Autumn Nature Trail,  we get acquainted with the history and culture of our village on a walking tour and chaise the Northern Lights which statistically appear in Kilpisjärvi more often than anywhere else in Lapland – welcome to Discover Kilpisjärvi Off-Season!

Farewell to Fall!

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Autumn is slowly turning to winter here in the arctic. We’ve had a gorgeous “Ruska”, the time of autumn colors, when nature celebrates the end of summer and starts preparing for the snow season.  The season for Aurora Borelias is here again – it starts already in August when the nights get dark.  The first snow paid us a brief visit some time ago, only to disappear again – but permanent snow cover is expected by November.

If all goes according to plans, we launch the winter activities in the beginning of December.  In the meantime, check out what Kilpisjärvi is like in the “off-season” in October and November –  you  might find this to be the perfect time to visit the Top of Lapland!  Please send us an e-mail to laplandconnection(at)gmail.com or give us a call and we’ll help you plan your trip.

Summer Memories

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Arctic summer is short and beautiful beyond description.   Now we are eagerly waiting for “Ruska”, nature’s autumn color festival.  It’s different every year and there is no way of knowing how flamboyant the colors turn out to be.    One thing is for sure, though:  every year Ruska attracts lots of visitors here to Kilpisjärvi, mostly Finns but in recent years more and more from foreign countries.  We’ll take them hiking to Malla Nature Reserve, to visit the Three-Country Cairn and to conquer Saana Fell.  More information about these popular day trips can be  found here.

On the beach

Midsummer Eve, June 23, on the shore of Lake Kilpisjärvi. The lake had just freed itself from ice . Midsummer marks the beginning of summer.

Martti with guest conquering Halti Fell

Halti is the highest peak in Finland, and conquering the summit is the dream of many visitors.

Sinikka with Husky Peni

Huskies enjoy summer, too! Daily walks, kick-bike runs and swimming are their favorite summer hobbies.

Guided fishing trips, river rafting and terrain biking trips will be carried out until late September.  Check them out here:  Safaris & Tours in Kilpisjärvi Summer & Autumn 2017

See you in Kilpisjärvi!

Arctic summer. . . is almost here. . .

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As surprising as it may sound to the visitor planning a summer trip to Kilpisjärvi, to us locals it’s business as usual:  summer arrives mid- to late June.  Sometimes as early as in the last days of May, occasionally as late as in early July.  Today on the 19th of June Lake Kilpisjärvi is still mostly frozen, the daytime temperature hovers around + 10 C, the arctic birches are turning green.  River rafting and boat trips have to wait until the lake lets go of its ice cover.  Meanwhile, we are trekking and observing the signs of summer’s arrival.  If you need a guide to accompany you on a nature trail or a cultural tour around the village, give us a call!  See you in Kilpisjärvi!