Visit Kilpisjärvi: Guided Winter Experiences 2019-2020

Welcome to Visit Kilpisjärvi Guided Winter Experiences! We are a family business in the arctic village of Kilpisjärvi in Finnish Lapland and invite you to experience our home region with us on our guided Safaris & Tours.

Our group size on scheduled tours is limited to no more than eight persons in order to ensure that each guest has a personalized experience. We arrange a departure when a minimum of two guests have booked a tour, but if you are traveling alone, do not hesitate to contact us – we may already have scheduled the tour of your choice for you to join.

We also feature private tours (Husky Sled Ride for 1 – 4 persons and Conquer Mt. Halti for parties of 2 – 3 and 4 – 8 persons). We are at your service if you wish to book a private experience for parties of 1 – 30 persons – please contact us with your requirements.

If you are traveling with children under 10 years of age, we will be happy to recommend or customize a suitable private tour for your family.

Border Safari to the Three-Country Cairn of Finland, Norway and Sweden

This excursion takes you to the Three Nations Border Point which is probably the most frequently visited sight in Kilpisjärvi. Its location marks the northernmost point of Sweden and the westernmost point of continental Finland and their meeting here with Norway.

At the Three-Country Cairn of Finland, Norway and Sweden

Take a seat in the snowmobile passenger sledge, sit back and relax while your guide expertly drives the snowmobile across the frozen Lake Kilpisjärvi towards the Norwegian mountains. The landscape is magnificent! A couple of stops will be made on the way so that you can view the village of Kilpisjärvi from the lakeside, stretch your legs and admire the scenery. Once you arrive at the Border Point you’ll experience what is likely to be the fastest three-country sightseeing tour in the world – by walking around the Three-Country Cairn.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Scheduled departures for 2 – 8 persons December 1 – April 30
  • Price: € 45 / person in passengers sledge transport
  • Price includes: Guiding, transportation in snowmobile passenger sled and hot beverage
  • Degree of difficulty: Easy to moderate, depending on weather conditions

Border Safari to the Three-Country Cairn by Self-Drive Snowmobile

If you want to experience the thrill of driving a snowmobile, the Border Safari is a perfect choice also for beginners. A rental snowmobile will be at your disposal and the guide gives you driving and safety instructions before departure. The driving distance on Border Safari is approximately 30 km.

Snowmobile safari on Lake Kilpisjärvi, surrounded by the landscape of three countries

You need to be at least 18 years of age and in possession of a valid driver’s permit which entitles you to drive a car in Finland. A deposit for the rental snowmobile will be required.

  • Duration: 2,5 – 3 hours
  • Scheduled departures for 2 – 8 persons December 1 – April 30
  • Price: € 130 / person when 2 persons share one snowmobile
  • Price: € 215 / person when 1 person drives solo
  • Price includes: Guiding, rental of snowmobile, fuel, hot beverage and protective clothing
  • Degree of difficulty: Easy to moderate, depending on weather conditions.

Please note: During the early stages of the snow season (December 1 – January 6) self-drive snowmobile safaris may be cancelled due to hazardous driving conditions caused by weather and replaced with passenger sled transfer.

Husky Sled Ride

Meet the Kilpisjärvi Husky Team! Siberian huskies are friendly and they just adore pulling a sled – that’s their hobby and that’s their work!

Husky sledding on Lake Kilpisjärvi, with Mt. Saana on the background

You and your party can now learn how to be a ”musher”. Meet your guide Martti, the owner of the husky team, on the lakeshore. Martti will teach you how to control the sled – and before you know it you’ll be off, “mushing” the husky team, heading towards the Swedish shore. The others in your party will follow you by snowmobile, seated comfortably in the sledge while the guide drives. You’ll be on your own with the huskies, each person in your party taking his or her turn as the musher. A youngster can be seated in the sledge while the parent drives.

At the turn-around point a break is taken and you’ll have a chance to get acquainted with each husky – they are so eager at the start that longer introductions may not have been possible. A hot berry juice is served during the break. The ride itself lasts approximately one hour, the total distance covered is nearly 10 km and 1 – 4 persons can be accommodated at a time.

  • Duration: 1,5 hours
  • Private departures December 1 – April 30
  • Price: € 135 / booking for a private one-hour sled ride for 1 – 4 persons
  • Price includes: Guiding, transportation, hot beverage
  • Degree of difficulty: Easy to moderate, depending on weather conditions.

Please note: During the height of the winter season (December 26 – January 6 and February 1 – March 21) advance bookings for Husky Sled Rides are
confirmed primarily to customers who book a total of three experiences.

The Arctic Evening Experience

Are you planning a trip to the Arctic in search of Northern Lights? If you wish to maximize your chances to view this mesmerizing natural phenomenon, also known as Aurora Borealis, you should consider spending a few days in Kilpisjärvi.

Aurora Borealis are called “Revontulet” in Finnish. Photo by Ilkka Leinonen, Saivaara Mökit.

Statistically the village of Kilpisjärvi is a great choice – the northern lights appear here more frequently than anywhere else in Lapland. While staying here you may catch sight of Aurora Borealis without going far from your accommodations – a short walk takes you away from any light pollution. But if you want to venture out further and experience the arctic night in the nature, join our evening tour to the wilderness.

The tour starts with a snowmobile passenger sled transfer from the village center. You’ll be seated comfortably on cushions, wrapped in blankets, while your guide pilots the machine towards the darkness. At the destination, which is a basic wilderness camp, you spend the evening marveling at the sights and sounds of the arctic nighttime nature and anticipating ”Lady Aurora’s” mood. Will she dance tonight?

Hot beverages and a tasty snack will be served to you by your guide during the course of the evening.

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Scheduled departures for 2 – 8 persons December 1 – March 28
  • Price: € 55 / person
  • Price includes: Guiding, transportation, hot beverages (coffee, tea, berry juice) and a snack (roasted sausage, home baked pastry)
  • Degree of difficulty: Easy to moderate, depending on weather conditions

Snowshoe Trek in the Borderland of Kilpisjärvi

Learn how to walk with snowshoes and enjoy fresh winter air and the tranquility of Lapland’s nature!

Snowshoe trekking is fun in any weather

Our snowshoe excursion starts with a 10-minute snowmobile sleigh ride from the village to the starting point of the trek which takes place in the Salmivaara region, on the shore of Lake Kilpisjärvi.

On arrival the guide instructs you how to strap on a pair of snowshoes and equips you with poles. Once ready with the equipment you’re off, following the guide, uphill towards a vantage point, admiring the snow-covered nature while trekking at a comfortable pace. Regardless of weather conditions, a snowshoe trek is a delightful experience: from early winter and the soft colors of the polar night to the spring days which are filled with light. Snowfall or sunshine, a snowshoeing trip is an authentic rendez-vous with Lapland’s nature.

Stops will be made to explore animal tracks and to capture the scenery with your camera. Hot berry juice is served to quench your thirst at the turn-around point.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Scheduled departures for 2 – 8 persons December 1 – March 31
  • Price: € 55 / person
  • Price includes: Guiding, transportation, snowshoes and poles, hot beverage
  • Degree of difficulty: Moderate, you should be in good health with an average level of fitness

Explore the Village with a Local

The Village of Kilpisjärvi, with its 100 permanent residents, is Finland’s sole mountain village. at nearly 500 meters above the sea level. During the guided walk around the village you’ll learn about its development from birth to present day.

Catch a glimpse into local life during our village tour

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.

The lay of the land becomes familiar as you’ll admire the scenery dominated by the magnificent Mt. Saana and the sharp-edged mountains 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
  • Scheduled departures for 2 – 6 persons December 1 – March 31
  • Price: € 45 / person
  • Price includes: Guiding, coffee & cake. Weather allowing, kick-sleds will be at the guests’ disposal.
  • Degree of difficulty: Easy

The Tundra Experience

The village of Kilpisjärvi is perched on the edge of the vast Käsivarsi Wilderness Area in northwestern Lapland. Getting to the wilderness is easiest and safest in the company of a professional guide. The panoramic vistas and the tranquility of this remote area create a unique experience.

Ice fishing angler on a peaceful wilderness lake out on the tundra

There are no roads in the wilderness, and motorized vehicles are limited to snowmobiles driven by locals and licenced guides. You’ll be comfortably seated in the guide’s snowmobile passenger sledge, enjoying the ride and the views as he skillfully steers the vehicle towards the tundra.

Soon after leaving the village behind you ascend above the tree line. The trail leads you across amazing barren landscapes which seem to stretch into infinity. You might spot a reindeer herd on its winter pasture, a dog musher training his team or snowmobilers on a day’s outing.

During the trip you can try your hand at ice fishing – the guide provides the equipment and instruction, but if fishing is not your thing, just sit back, enjoy the exotic views and the peaceful atmosphere and take pictures.

  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Scheduled departures for 2 – 8 persons January 7 – March 31
  • Price: € 75 / person
  • Price includes: Guiding, transportation, picnic lunch (roasted sausage, sandwich, hot beverages, pastry), ice fishing equipment
  • Degree of difficulty: Moderate

The Tundra Experience with Self-Drive Snowmobile

You can choose to join the Tundra Experience by self-drive snowmobile, provided you have previous experience driving a snowmobile (driving on our Border Safari may qualify you for the Tundra Experience). The driving distance is 30 – 40 km.

Snowmobiling on the tundra of Käsivarsi Wilderness

You need to be at least 18 years of age and in possession of a driver’s licence which entitles you to drive a car in Finland. A deposit for the rental snowmobile will be required.

  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Scheduled departures for 2 – 8 persons January 7 – March 31
  • Price: € 175 / person when 2 persons share one snowmobile
  • Price: € 275 / person when 1 person drives solo
  • Price includes: Guiding, rental of snowmobile, fuel, picnic lunch, ice fishing equipment and instruction, protective clothing
  • Degree of difficulty: Moderate. Previous snowmobile driving experience is required.

Conquering Mt. Halti

This is the dream of many visitors to Kilpisjärvi: to conquer the Top of Lapland! The snowmobile trail takes you across the highest tundra region in Finland, approximately 50 km each way. You’ll travel on frozen lakes, along river valleys, uphill and downhill in the ”fell country”, through total wilderness where there are no roads and no inhabitants.

En route to conquer Mt. Halti, the highest summit of Finland

The easiest way to reach the highest peak of Finland in winter is to travel there in the snowmobile passenger sledge of an experienced guide. Take a seat, sit back, relax and enjoy the ride! Soon after leaving the village of Kilpisjärvi you’ll be above the tree line and on the tundra of Käsivarsi Wilderness. Stops will be made from time to time for viewing, admiring and photographing the spectacular scenery.

Mt. Halti – also known as Halti Fell – is situated on the Norwegian border and reaches to 1324 meters above sea level. If weather conditions are favourable we drive to the summit, and should it be clear, the steep cliffs of the Arctic Ocean shoreline may be seen. During the excursion a picnic lunch will be served to you by your guide in a wilderness hut.

  • Duration 6 hours
  • Private departures s of 2 – 8 persons March 1 – April 30
  • Price € 95 / person for a party of 4 – 8 persons
  • Price € 165 / person for a party of 2 – 3 persons
  • Price includes guiding, transportation, picnic lunch (roasted sausage, sandwich, hot beverages, pastry), protective clothing
  • Degree of difficulty: moderate to strenuous depending on weather conditions

Conquering Mt. Halti with Self-Drive Snowmobile

Snowmobilers conquering Halti, the Top of Lapland

You can choose to join the Conquering of Halti Fell by self-drive snowmobile, provided you have previous experience driving a snowmobile (driving on our Border Safari may qualify you for the Halti trip). The total driving distance is approximately 100 km.

You need to be at least 18 years of age and in possession of a driver’s licence which entitles you to drive a car in Finland. A deposit for the rental snowmobile will be required.

  • Duration 6 – 7 hours
  • Private departures March 1 – April 30
  • Price € 195 / person when 2 persons share 1 snowmobile and there are 4 – 8 persons in the party
  • Price € 265 / person when 2 persons share 1 snowmobile and there are 2 – 3 persons in the party
  • Solo driving supplement € 100 / person
  • Price includes guiding, rental of snowmobile, fuel, route permit, picnic lunch (roasted sausage, sandwich, hot beverages, pastry), protective clothing
  • Degree of Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous, depending on weather conditions. Previous snowmobile driving experience is required.

Good to Know

  • All prices include Value Added Tax.
  • You can rent a set of protective clothing which includes a thermal snowsuit, boots and socks, balaclava and mittens. The cost is € 12 / person / day and the set is at your disposal during the duration of the trip(s). When you book a self-drive snowmobile safari, or a total of three excursions the outfit is provided without charge. The outfit is always included in The Tundra Experience and Conquering Mt. Halti.
  • Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for further information and our general booking terms.