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.

Conquer the summit of Mt. Saana

Mt. Saana – or Saana Fell, as it is called here – is undoubtedly the most recognizable sight in Kilpisjärvi. Experience with us a half-day hiking trip to Lapland’s iconic summit.

On the summit of Mt. Saana with Safaris - The Lapland Connection.

Its summit rises 1029 meters above sea level and over 500 meters above the surface of Lake Kilpisjärvi. The majestic silhouette of Saana dominates the village and the vast vistas opening up from the top are breathtaking, offering views of Finland, Sweden and Norway.

Join us for a day trip to conquer the summit of Mt. Saana. The round trip hike is nearly 10 km long and takes 4 – 5 hours. This is an experience not to be missed during your Lapland holiday!

  • Duration: 4 – 5 hours
  • Season: Departures for 1 – 6 persons from July 1 to September 21
  • Cost: € 75 / person for parties of 4 – 6 persons , € 95 / person for parties of 2 – 3 persons and € 155 for a solo traveler
  • Price includes: Guiding, outdoor snack (sandwich, fruit juice, chocolate bar)
  • Degree of difficulty: Moderate. You need to be healthy with an average level of fitness.
  • Meeting point 5 km north of the village center.

Catch a glimpse of local life

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 of local life with Safaris-The Lapland Connection.

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 Sámi 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 in the guide’s home for a cup of coffee and a photo trip through the eight seasons.

  • Duration: 2,5 hours
  • Season: Departures for 1 – 6 persons from July 1 to September 21
  • Cost: € 45 / person for parties of 4 – 6 persons , € 60 / person for parties of 2 – 3 persons and € 120 for a solo traveler
  • Price includes: Guiding, coffee with cake
  • Degree of difficulty: Easy
  • Meeting point is in the village center

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 landscapes 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. 

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

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 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: 4 hours
  • Season: Departures for 1 – 4 persons from July 1 to September 21
  • Cost: € 120 / boat (1 – 4 persons) + € 20 / person
  • Price includes: Guiding, boat ride, fishing equipment, picnic by open fire, floating device
  • Degree of difficulty: Easy
  • Meeting point within a 10-minute walk of the village center

Live like a local and join us for dinner!

Once we’ve caught fresh fish it’s time to enjoy some for dinner. You are welcome to join us for the evening meal in our home.

Live like a local with Safaris-The Lapland Connection.

You’ll learn the tricks of the trade from your guide Martti, who’s been a fishing and cooking enthusiast since childhood. Tonight we’ll prepare fish in two ways: smoked and broiled on open fire. Bon appetit! Remember to bring along your best fishing story to share with us!

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Season: Departures for 1 – 4 persons from July 6 to September 21
  • Cost: € 20 / person for 2 – 4 persons and € 40 for a solo traveler when combined with the “Let’s go catch dinner: Fishing trip on Lake Kilpisjärvi”. You can also book this separately at the cost of € 40 / person for 2 – 4 persons and € 80 for a solo traveler.
  • Price includes: Guiding, 3-course meal with non-alcoholic beverages
  • Degree of difficulty: Easy
  • Meeting point in the village center

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  Skipper Martti Niskanen.

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: Departures for 1 – 4 persons from July 1 to September 15
  • Cost: € 240 / boat (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
  • Meeting point 30 km south of Kilpisjärvi

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 September 15
  • Cost: € 360 / boat (1 – 4 persons) + € 20 / person
  • Price includes: Guided fishing and rafting trip, picnic by campfire, floating device and rain clothing
  • Degree of difficulty: Moderate
  • Meeting point 15 km south of Kilpisjärvi

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 permit (available for purchase online or at at Kilpisjärvi Nature Center).  Please note that in addition to the local fisher permit you need to pay the national fisheries management fee. We will give you instructions when we confirm your booking.

Summer hike with Siberian husky dogs

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. 

Husky Talvikki of Safaris - The Lapland Connection.  Photo by Andrea Kling, Tujareisen.

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 1 – 6 persons from June 1 to September 21
  • Cost: € 60 / 1 – 2 persons. Additional persons at € 5 each.
  • 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
  • Meeting point in the center of the village

Hiking in the Arctic nature in Finland and in Sweden

The Three-Country Cairn marks the point where Finland, Sweden and Norway meet, thus it’s an international tripoint, the northernmost in the world. It is also said to be the world’s most peaceful border – no border control, no guards, no customs lanes are anywhere to be seen.

Three-Country Cairn on a September day.  Photo Sinikka Niskanen.

The monument itself, a cone-shaped block of concrete, approximately 4 meters in diameter, was erected here in 1926, on an artificial island in a shallow lake. It is by no account an attractive sight in itself, but the surrounding nature and the majestic views make the trip an unforgettable experience.

The trip starts with a scenic half-hour boat ride across the lake which is surrounded by the mountaineous landscapes of the three countries. Upon landing at Koltaluokta Bay the hike starts and leads through the arctic nature in Sweden and in Finland towards the Cairn. Walking around the monument means visiting three countries and two time zones in the matter of ten seconds or less!

The length and duration of the hike will be modified according to your fitness level. At its shortest it is 6 km round trip from the boat pier, a longer trek will be around 10 km. A picnic snack will be served during the course of the day.

  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Season: Departures for 2 – 6 persons from July 1 to September 21
  • Cost: € 105 / person for parties of 4 – 6 persons, € 135 / person for parties of 2 – 3 persons and € 250 for a solo traveler
  • Price includes: Guiding, boat ticket, outdoor snack (sandwich, fruit juice, pastry)
  • Degree of difficulty: Easy to moderate. You need to be able to walk at least 6 km.
  • Meeting point 5 km north of the village center

Please note that this trip is subject to modifications due to the border crossing restrictions resulting from Covid-19. Ask us for details!

Full-day hike in the landscapes of three countries

Experience a hike in the landscapes of three countries: Finland, Norway and Sweden! Officially called Malla Strict Nature Reserve, this is one of Finland’s oldest protected nature areas. Named after the two Malla Fells which rise from the northern shore of Lake Kilpisjärvi the Malla Nature Reserve is a nature lover’s paradise, located in a unique year-round arctic environment and boasting rare plants produced by calciferous soil.

Hike in Malla Nature Reserve with Safaris-The Lapland Connection.

Access to visitors is limited to the 11-km long marked hiking trail which runs across the park from the Three-Country Cairn to a parking area located by the main road at the northern end of Kilpisjärvi village. You can start the hike on this trail at either end. Do note that there are no services along the trail, camping is not allowed, nor are bicycles and motorized vehicles. The only shelter is found near the Three-Country Cairn where a wilderness hut is at the hikers’ disposal free of charge. The trail features a few rocky ascents and descents as well as easy walk paths. During the flood season in early summer and in the fall crossing the many brooks en route may pose a challenge.

A hike through the Malla Nature Reserve offers magnificent vistas of Lake Kilpisjärvi, the Kitsi waterfall and the surrounding mountaineous arctic nature, as well as a glimpse into the local history and stories of life past and present in this remote corner of Finnish Lapland. It’s a perfect escape from everyday life for those searching for arctic beauty during a physically active day.

  • Duration 9 – 10 hours
  • Season: Departures for 2 – 6 persons from July 1 to September 21
  • Cost: € 130 / person for parties of 4 – 6 persons, € 180 / person for parties of 2 – 3 persons and € 260 for a solo traveler
  • Price includes: Guiding, boat ticket, outdoor snack (sandwich, fruit juice, pastry)
  • Degree of difficulty: Moderate to strenuous. You need to be able to hike a 15-km distance. The terrain features rather steep ascents and descents, rocky areas which can be slippery in rain, streams without bridges to be crossed. You need to be healthy with a good physical condition.
  • Meeting point 5 km north of the village center

Terrain biking in the wilderness

Join us 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.

Terrain biking  Visit Kilpisjärvi. The Lapland Connection.

”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 refreshing beverage to quench your thirst at a scenic view point.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Season: Departures for 1 – 6 persons from July 1 to September 21
  • Cost: € 55 / person for parties of 4 – 6 persons, € 75 / person for parties of 2 – 3 persons and € 155 for a solo traveler
  • Price includes: Guiding, bike rental, helmet, beverage
  • Degree of difficulty: Moderate. You need to be in good health with a good level of physical fitness and have previous biking experience.
  • Meeting point 7 km north of the village center

A personal guide at your service

Conquering the highest peak of Finland, Mt. Halti.  Guide Martti Niskanen.

Do you wish to conquer Mt. Halti, the highest summit of Finland? You can reaćh the summit during a one-day trip from Guolasjávri in Norway. Hire a professional guide to accompany you as the climb is rather challenging, weather conditions change rapidly and the trail is not well marked. The cost is € 300 which is a one-time charge for a private party of 1 – 6 persons. Please note that this cost does not include transfers, food or beverages. Please contact us for more information!

Do you need your car delivered to Guolasjávri in Norway while you hike independently from Kilpisjärvi to Mt. Halti or the other way round? We are at your service. The cost for car delivery is € 160 either way. We can also arrange car delivery to other destinations – please contact us for availability and costs.

Good to know!

  • All prices 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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