Welcome to Safaris & Tours of Kilpisjärvi! We are a small family-run business and our group size on regular summer tours is limited to no more than six 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 travelling alone, do not hesitate to contact us – we may already have scheduled the tour of your choice for you to join.
We are also at your service if you wish to book a private experience for parties of 1 – 30 persons – feel free to contact us at laplandconnection(at)gmail.com.
Let’s Go Catch Dinner! Fishing Trip on Lake Kilpisjärvi Lake Kilpisjärvi, the one and only alpine lake of its kind in all Finland, is surrounded by arctic fells of the three bordering countries, Finland, Sweden and Norway. Visitors frequently ask us why the well–stocked super-market in our village sells no fresh fish. Well, there is a good reason: the locals catch their own. So if you want a dinner of fresh fish, get ready to catch it first! And don’t worry if you don’t know the first thing about fishing, because this is a perfect opportunity to learn the basics, in the company of a knowledgeable local guide (who always catches his own).
The excursion starts with a boat ride from the village shore. Fishing with nets is the exclusive right of the residents, and here’s your chance to participate in this experience. The catch may be the treasured fish of the northern waters called ”arctic char”, it may be whitefish, it may be trout or grayling. You’ll try your own luck with a hook and line – the guide will help you with each step – and have plenty of opportunity to admire the beautiful scenery. And are we going to catch something? More often than not there is a catch in the nets. Yet, we can only guarantee the fishing, not the catch! A break on the shore crowns the trip, with an outdoor picnic around an open campfire.
Duration: 3 hours Cost: € 65 / person, minimum 2 persons. Price includes: guided fishing trip with boat ride and necessary equipment, picnic by open fire, floating device and rain clothing.
Border River Safari: Rafting and Fishing on Könkämäeno, between Finland and Sweden The River Könkämäeno, which starts in Lake Kilpisjärvi and forms the border between Finland & Sweden, is on the wish list of many seasoned fishermen. This trip is equally fun for those who are beginners and might experience their first ever catch of fish. During this rubber boat excursion you’ll admire the scenery of two countries: Finland on the left shore, Sweden on the right shore. You’ll experience the thrill of the rapids, most of them rather gentle and therefore suitable for even first-timers.
The trip starts in Saarikoski, which is located 30 km south of Kilpisjärvi. The rafting route is ca. 10 km long, zigzagging between Finland and Sweden, passing several easy and a few a bit more difficult rapids en route. You’ll be comfortably seated in a rubber raft, paddling together with your licenced skipper guide. Grayling is the main catch you can expect if you participate in the fishing, which is by no means mandatory, as this trip is suitable for anyone with a love for the nature. A break will be held on the shore, with a picnic by open fire. If you plan to fish, you should bring your own equipment and obtain a fishing licence, which is not included in the cost.
Duration: 4 hours Cost: € 220 / raft (1 – 4 persons) + € 15 / person
Avid fishermen might want to make this a full-day trip in which case the rafting distance will be doubled. Duration: 8 hours Cost: € 340 / raft (1 – 4 persons) + € 15 / person
Price includes: guided fishing and rafting trip, picnic by open campfire, floating device and rain clothing. Please note that the car transfer from / to Kilpisjärvi is not included in the price. Please bring your own fishing equipment and obtain a valid fishing licence.
Terrain Biking in the Wilderness, near the Norwegian Border Join me for a scenic biking tour and take your camera along! The bike route takes you to the border region between Finland and Norway and offers lots of photo opportunities.
”The German Road” is a narrow and winding gravel road on the fells, built during WWII as part of the so-called Lyngen Defence Line. The road leads from the greenery of birch woods uphill, above the tree line where the landscape opens up towards the great fells and lakes of the three bordering countries: Sweden, Norway and Finland. You’ll get acquainted with the history and nature of the region and enjoy a picnic snack around open fire during the trip.
Duration: 3 hours Cost: € 75 / person, minimum 2 persons. Price includes: guiding, bike rental, picnic by open fire. Please note that the car transfer from / to Kilpisjärvi to the starting place of the bike trip (10 km from the village center) is not included in the price.
Summer Hike with Siberian Huskies The dog sledding season ends in May when the snow season is over, but our Siberian huskies love to meet people, get out and explore all year round. In summer and fall you can join us for an easy scenic hike in the company of our friendly huskies.
You can choose to walk with or without a husky on our guided tour or you can choose to share a husky with your travelling companion. You’ll be equipped with a belt to which the dog is attached by a leash. Kindly bear in mind that Siberians are highly energetic and inquisitive dogs and walking with them can be energy consuming so sharing is most advisable. Either way you’ll have plenty of photo opportunities during the trek, which is approximately 3,5 km long. Our huskies just love the attention! This is more than a hiking tour – it’s about making friends!
.Duration: 1,5 hours Cost: € 35 / person, minimum 2 persons. Price includes: guiding, one Siberian husky per adult guest or one husky to be shared by two persons, hot or cold beverage
Personal Guiding Do you need a guide to accompany you on a trek to the Three-Country Cairn and across Malla Nature Reserve? Do you wish to conquer Saana Fell or Halti Fell? Do you need your car delivered to Guolasjavri in Norway while you hike to Halti? We are at your service. Kindly contact us for details.
Cost of private guide service: € 32 / hour, minimum 3 hours.
Please note: Prices include Value Added Tax. Programs are valid from mid-June to mid-September, based on availability and according to prevailing weather conditions. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for further details.
For inquiries and bookings, kindly send us an e-mail to laplandconnection(at)gmail.com.