Halti Hut-to-hut Fell Ski Tour - the Arctic Experience

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Halti Hut-to-hut Fell Ski Tour - the Arctic Experience

1,280.00

A Remote guided one week hut-to-hut skiing tour in the arctic fells located inside the Käsivarsi wilderness area in northern Finland. The grand arctic experience with some luxuries such as sleeping every night inside a hut and at times following a well-marked trail. For groups of up to 8 people. Organised from December to mid-May.

  • Level of solitude 4/5 during the polar night, 2-3/5 from late February to mid-May. (During the polar night it is very unlikely that you will meet anyone during the tour, high season during the late April has a lot of people on the trails but only a few off-the-trails)
  • Difficulty 4/5 during the polar night, 3/5 in spring. (Variation due to seasonal change; increased difficulty since the area is very exposed above the treeline and located far north)
  • Suitable for persons over 18 years old, who have experience in hiking, good physical condition and fitness level and some previous skiing experience (not necessarily on backcountry)
  • Group size up to 8 people
  • Guiding languages: English
  • Can be organised on a weekly basis between December to mid-May, but please note that the earlier winter departures are far more demanding than the later spring departures in terms of temperature, length of the daylight hours and the amount of other people travelling in the area.

Fancy about a guided arctic fell tour with overnighting inside warm huts? Or are you searching for the solitude inside a large and a remote wilderness area? If so, this is the tour for you!

In this hut-to-hut skiing tour you will experience the Scandinavian fells at their best, spending most of the time above the treeline, enjoy tasty meals in the wilderness and visit the highest point of Finland in more than 1300 meters in 69°N! All nights are spend inside log huts (although we will need to carry tents and sleeping gear with us as a safety precaution in case of emergencies or surprising changes in weather.)

Finland's wild northwestern arm – Käsivarsi – has the country's most mountainous scenery. Changes in altitude are quite dramatic in the wilderness area and the terrain is at points extremely demanding. In the northwest corner of the area, called Yliperä, there are several fells, which are over 1 000 m high. The tops of these fells are often covered with piles of scree rock.

At the beginning and end of the tour you will spend a night in a cosy accommodation in Kilpisjärvi village, enjoying genuine Finnish Sauna and tasty restaurant meals.

Guaranteed departures for season 2017-2018

The guaranteed departures, trips that will run without a minimum number of participants, for the season 2017-2018:

  • 3.-10.12.2017, Finland 100 years special with unorthodox dates to reach the Highest point of Finland in the independence day. Polar night special without sun rising!
  • 10.-17.2.2018
  • 17.-24.2.2018
  • 10.-17.3.2018
  • 17.-24.3.2018
  • 7.-14.4.2018
  • 14.-21.4.2018

Pricing (VAT included)

1280€/person

Included in the price is:

  • Airport transfers to and from Kittilä airport
  • full board (three meals a day)
  • accommodation during the wilderness tour in the simple wilderness huts (without electricity or running water)
  • Hotel service level accommodation at the beginning and end of the tour, including sauna and restaurant meals
  •  skiing equipment (including pulkkas)
  • Camping gear (for emergencies)
  • sleeping gear including sleeping bags
  • cooking equipment
  • guiding

Tour highlights

  • This is a full arctic experience – all of the tour takes place above the treeline in the arctic fells – with luxories such as overnights in huts and partly following a marked trail (meant primarily for snowmobiles)

  • Extremely remote arctic fell area with no permanent human habitation inside the vast wilderness of 2206 square km

  • Lunches outdoors by the majestic fells

  • Sauna at the beginning and the end of the tour

  • All over 1000meter fells in Finland are located in the wilderness area where this tour takes place

  • Visiting the highest point of Finland (1324 meters)

  • Seeing frozen waterfalls

  • Arctic BC skiing experience

  • Northern lights with some luck

  • Learning first-hand arctic winter wilderness skills from the expert guide

Airport transfers

The joining point to the trip is Kittilä airport, and the transfers from Kittilä to Kilpisjärvi and back are included in the price. The transports are organised to coincide following flights:

  • Arrival on Saturdays: AY593 Helsinki - Kittilä 16:05-17:35
  • Departure on Saturdays: AY637 Kittilä - Helsinki 12:15-14:50

Note that it is of course possible to book any earlier arrival flight or later departure flight, but remember that there is only one airport transfer so that you may need to wait sometime at the airport.

(The 3.-10.12.2017 trip is exceptionally run from sunday to sunday and it has special transports coinciding with the following flights:

  • Arrival: AY639 Helsinki - Kittilä 16:35 - 19:15
  • Departure: AY637 Kittilä - Helsinki 12:15 - 14:15)

Do not hesitate to ask additional information and reserve a tour by either emailing to joose@wildhikesfinland.com, giving a call to +358 45 619 8260, or using the contact sheet below.

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