A rare “heat wave” is washing over the arctic and here in Kilpisjärvi we’ve been pampered with unusually warm temperatures for a couple of weeks now – +20 C / 68 F is quite warm for us! The nightless nights have been the source of plenty of sun and light, enough to last us for the long winter ahead. The sun will set tomorrow, on July 24, for the first time in two months.
We and the huskies are on summer holiday, enjoying every moment – but already missing winter! If you, too, are missing winter, check out our guided winter activities “Safaris & Tours”. And book your Kilpisjärvi winter holiday now!
Martti and Husky Peni
Husky Maya on the shore of Lake Kilpisjärvi
Husky Talvikki on a boat trip
Husky Tuisku on a summer hike
Husky Sulo enjoying a cooling break in the meadow
Before we start praising our wonderful summer – which is just starting here in Kilpisjärvi – it’s time for the good news about next winter: Safaris & Tours for winter 2018-2019 are now published on our website and we are ready to accept bookings.
It’s early summer here (if you’re well versed in the seasonal changes of the arctic region of Kilpisjärvi, you know that we have eight seasons rather than four and that the real summer does not start until later in June), with daytime temperature between + 5 C and + 10 C (in the 40’s Fahrenheit). Next week we launch our summer programs: fishing (for your dinner!), river rafting (in Finland and in Sweden, during the same trip), terrain biking (by the Finnish-Norwegian border), hiking with our Siberian huskies, and exploring nature in our magnificent “fell country”.
The midnight sun keeps us company until July 24. After the sun sets the evenings start turning dark really fast, so by the end of August we usually have our first sightings of Aurora Borealis. And then, in the first part of September, it’s time for the autumn colors, nature’s grand festival before starting to prepare for winter. Our short and sweet summer should be on your bucket list!
Lake Kilpisjärvi and Saana
At the entrance to Malla Nature Reserve
View from the summit of Salmivaara
Lake Kilpisjärvi starting to freeze over in October. View across the lake to Sweden and Norway.
Husky Sled Ride on the frozen Kilpisjärvi in November. Mr. Peni in the lead, with Talvikki, Tuisku, Kiara, Maya, Pyry and Sulo in his team.
Martti the Guide. Conquering Halti Fell with guests on the first of May, in sunny and mild spring weather.
The summit of Halti Fell
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!
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. . .
Coffee brewing on open fire
At the Norwegian border
Out on the tundra
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!