Visit Kilpisjärvi in Lapland: Summer & Autumn 2020

Welcome to our “Safaris & Tours” of Kilpisjärvi!  We are a family business in the arctic village of Kilpisjärvi and invite you to experience our home region with us on our Safaris & Tours. All our summer tours are private experiences. Come and feel the nature, experience adventure, and enjoy summer and autumn in Lapland!

You can send us an advance booking request by sending us an e-mail or filling in the booking form.

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).

Let's Go Catch Dinner on a Fishing Trip with Martti the Guide
Catch of the day

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
  • Season: Departures for 2 – 4 persons from July 1 to September 20
  • Cost € 70 / person
  • Price includes: guiding, boat ride, fishing equipment, picnic by open fire, floating device
  • Degree of difficulty: Easy

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.

Rafting and Fishing on Border River Könkämäeno between Finland and Sweden
River rafting on Könkämäeno, the border river between Finland and Sweden

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 – 5 hours
  • Season: Departure for 1 – 4 persons from July 1 to August 31
  • Cost: € 220 / raft (1 – 4 persons) + € 20 / person
  • Price includes: guided fishing and rafting trip, picnic by campfire, floating device and rain clothing
  • Degree of difficulty: Easy to moderate, depending on weather conditions

Avid fishermen might want to make this a full-day trip in which case the rafting distance will depend on how many fishing sites are visited and how much time is spent at each.

  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Season: Departures for 1 – 4 persons from July 1 to August 31
  • Cost: € 340 / raft (1 – 4 persons) + € 20 / person
  • Price includes: guided fishing and rafting trip, picnic by campfire, floating device and rain clothing
  • Degree of difficulty: Moderate

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 (available for purchase at Kilpisjärvi Nature Center). 

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. 

Hiking with Siberian Huskies in Kilpisjärvi, Lapland, Finland
Husky Talvikki . Photo by Andrea Kling.

When walking with a husky 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. The length of the trek is approximately 3,5 km and midway a break is made on the shore of Lake Tsahkal to enjoy a beverage. Our huskies love attention and meeting new people. This is more than a tour – it’s making friends!

  • Duration: 1,5 hours
  • Season: Departures for 2 – 6 persons from July 1 to September 20
  • Cost: € 35 / person
  • Price includes: Guiding, one Siberian husky to be shared by two persons, hot or cold beverage
  • Degree of difficulty: Easy to moderate, depending on personal fitness level

Personal Guiding

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

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 guided service: € 35 / hour, minimum 3 hours
  • Please note that the guiding rate is exclusive of Value Added Tax

Good to Know

  • All prices (except Personal Guiding cost) include Value Added Tax.
  • Please wear appropriate outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear for the excursions. Temperatures in Kilpisjärvi are cool, even chilly, in summertime, thus layered clothing is recommended.
  • Please refer to our Terms and Conditions
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