Discover the Village of Kilpisjärvi 69° N & 20° E in the Off-Season –
with Aurora Borealis In-Season!
The Village of Kilpisjärvi, with its one hundred permanent inhabitants, is located in the northwestern corner of Finnish Lapland, at the remotest edge of the ”arm” of Finland. It is Finland’s sole mountain village at nearly 500 meters above the sea level. Nestling on the shore of a crystal-clear lake, in the lap of the highest peaks of Finland and the Scandinavian mountain range, the village with its surroundings offers breathtaking scenery and a calm oasis for all senses.
Here in the arctic there are eight seasons, based on the annual cycle of reindeer herding. Autumn is the season for reindeer mating and it is the season for hunting. The birch trees prepare for winter by dropping their leaves, and birds and other animals which do not migrate south change to their winter coats. In October the sun is still high and the days can be pleasantly warm, but they can also be cloudy, rainy and windy. The nights are frosty and the first snowfalls cover the ground. The lake starts slowly freezing over. Autumn turns into early winter in November. The days grow quickly shorter until finally the polar night, called ”kaamos” in Finnish, sets in at the end of the month. The sun dips below the horizon, not to rise again until the middle of January. This is the time of the beautiful blue dusk which replaces sunlight around noon hours. The ground is wrapped in a blanket of snow which provides plenty of light, and the lake starts forming its solid ice cover. While the average temperature is just below freezing in October, it’s – 7 degrees Celsius in November.
The traditional winter activities that Lapland is famous for – snowmobiling and dog sledding at the top of the list – are not available until December when there’s a thick enough snow and ice cover to perform these activities safely. But the Aurora Borealis is at home in Kilpisjärvi. Statistically you are in the right place for the viewing of Aurora here as they are visible on three nights out of four. Avoid the crowds and enjoy the incredible calmness of the sleepy little village, and visit Kilpisjärvi off-season!
Your Off-Season Holiday in Kilpisjärvi includes the following guided activities:
Explore the Village
During the guided walk around the village you’ll learn about its development from birth to present day. The lay of the land becomes familiar as you’ll admire the scenery dominated by the magnificent Saana Fell and the sharp-edged Scandinavian mountain range at the far end of the lake where the three countries, Norway, Finland and Sweden meet at the world’s northernmost tripoint. You’ll hear about the local Sami population and about reindeer herding, what the village people do for a living and about their everyday life in this remote corner of the country. The tour ends at a local café for a cup of coffee and a photo trip through the eight seasons.
Duration: 2,5 hours
Includes: English-speaking guide, coffee or tea with cake
View the Aurora
The best thing about Kilpisjärvi, from the point of view of the northern lights enthusiast, is that according to statistics, Aurora Borealis appear more frequently here than anywhere else in Lapland. What’s needed is a clear sky, a good vantage point away from artificial lights, and a bit of luck. We’ll go to the edge of the village where the northern sky can be seen. Take along your camera – keeping in mind that with a fully automated one you cannot capture the lights, you’ll need manual settings! Coffee, tea, homemade cake and good stories around camp fire are on the agenda while watching out for the lights.
Duration: 2,5 hours
Includes: English-speaking guide, the loan of a head light, hot non-alcoholic beverages & pastry
Autumn Nature Trip
Get acquainted with the nature surrounding the village of Kilpisjärvi, trekking with the aid of Nordic poles or on snowshoes, according to weather conditions. We’ll walk from the village towards Lake Tsahkal, admiring a waterfall on the way, continuing the trek above the treeline. The route is a varied nature trail. We’ll observe the signs of winter’s arrival and enjoy a picnic lunch around open fire on the shores of a crystal-clear stream.
Duration: 3 hours
Includes: English-speaking guide, Nordic walking poles (or snowshoes if weather requires), picnic lunch (roasted sausage, sandwich, coffee, tea and hot berry juice, pastry)
Costs for the activity package:
€ 165 / person, 2 – 6 persons
€ 300 / person, 1 person (private tour)
Valid: October 1 – November 30, 2017
(or until the start of Winter Safaris & Tours, according to weather conditions)
For inquiries and bookings, please contact laplandconnection(at)gmail.com