Snowshoeing from a traditional Finnish log cabin in Lapland, from Tromsø (8 days)

Join Markus, a certified GeoGuide, on this 8-day snowshoeing tour from a traditional log cabin in Finnish Lapland, visiting Tromso (Norway).

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

8 days

People per Guide

12 people

Trip Level

Easy

Offer Period

Feb

Type of Trip

Group

Highlights

 
  • Discover the amazing winter landscapes of Finnish Lapland

  • Travel to Tromso and visit the Norwegian fjords

  • Look for the magical Northern Lights and enjoy a dog-sledding tour!

 

Experience Finnish Lapland on snowshoes and a husky sled tour in winter! Join me on this 8-day unique experience in the middle of winter, when the chances of seeing the Northern Lights are very high. Visiting Tromsø, in Norway, offers an interesting contrast to this great winter trip.

Darkness, lots of snow, sauna, Aurora Borealis, are all words that  spontaneously come to mind when we think of Finnish Lapland.  And although winter is cold here, it is dry, so you feel the cold less than in a more humid climate. At this time of the year, it is dark in Lapland, but even now you have daylight. In July there are already 6 to 7 hours of daylight, thus not much less than in Central Europe.

There is plenty of snow everywhere, which sticks to the trees and transforms them into various fantasy figures. In this region – also rightly advertised as “Tosi Lappi” (“the true, genuine Lapland”)- we will only sporadically be in sparse forests, but mostly over the tree line.

In the tri-border region, we will enjoy unique views over large frozen lakes, the gentle Tunturi (Finnish fells) of Finland and the steeper fells and mountains of neighboring Norway and Sweden. Depending on the circumstances, a day tour will include the celebration of the sacred mountain of the Sami, the Saana. Yes, and the Northern Lights are there too, although seeing them may take a little more time than going for a sauna!

We will fly comfortably with a direct flight From Zurich to Tromsö, Norway, and from there a shuttle bus will take us to the log cabins in Kilpisjärvi, in the northeast of Finland, far above the Arctic Circle. From there, we will take star-shaped snowshoe tours, most of them directly from the hotel and sometimes a bus will take us to the tour starting point. So you can decide every day, whether you want to participate in the tour or do something different on your own.

We will take our time for snowshoeing, experiencing nature, the silence, the seclusion of the area, and we will also visit a tupa or kota (simple huts), where we kindle a fire, warm up and grill something to eat, if we can.

Along the way, I will tell you stories and legends of the Sami, originally nomadic people in the polar region of Europe, who have long roamed the area as nomads before settling down here. We will also visit Tromso, with the northernmost university and cathedral of the world, and nearly 80,000 inhabitants offers a strong contrast to the sparsely populated Kilpisjärvi, with just 100 inhabitants.

We will probably also see a reindeer during our time here, as this is their natural habitat! In the afternoon and evening we will look for the Northern Lights, as they draws its orbits in different colors in the sky.

I am a multi-lingual hiking guide, and I also speak fluent Finnish. I have personally organized this journey. I have been touring Finland and especially Lapland for many years, so I know the different areas from west to east, north to south and I am always enthusiastic about going there again.

We will also be traveling with huskies in the Norwegian fjords one day of the tour. These fjords are very close to our Finnish base, but they are very different. Put on winter clothes and enjoy the landscape as a musher of a dog-sledding club, getting a different perspective on the winter scenery. Of course, a sauna experience is also included in the program.

So, if you are in for this unique winter tour in Finnish Lapland and Tromso, check the date below and book your place! Get ready for an unforgettable winter adventure!

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Price per person

 
Group of 2
2977 CHF

Group of 4
2677 CHF

Group of 6
2527 CHF

 

Price includes

 
  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • Flight to the start of the trip
  • Transport during the trip
 The prices listed above are early bird fees. Prices per person for regular booking: Group of 6 people: 2627 CHF - Groups of 4 people: 2777 CHF - Group of 2 people: 3077 CHF. / The price includes: Travel organization and guidance by multilingual and local guides -DIRECT flight with Edelweiss or Swiss Zurich - Tromsø, economy class, round trip including 1 piece of baggage + 1 hand luggage per person- 7 nights in Mökki (log cabin) incl. Bed linen, terry towels, and final cleaning - (Base 2 people/log cabin, breakfast)-Daily guided personal snowshoe tours by guide Markus Glättli (except arrival/ departure day, day husky sleigh ride and free day) -1 husky sleigh ride (approx 4h including meal breaks, 2 people / team) -1 city tour or other activity in Tromsø - Shuttle bus ride Tromsø - Kilpisjärvi - Tromsø -All transfers at the planned snowshoe tours -CO2 compensation in Swiss projects of Ökostrom Schweiz for all flights -Short crash Finnish course / Not included in the price: Mökki (log cabin) for single use (surcharge CHF 600 for the price of the 2nd user) -Lunch, snacks, other dinners, drinks -Surcharge for own husky-team (ie you have your own team all the time, according to availability)- Any admissions and activities out of program -Any additional transport on site except those included in the program - Equipment rental (snowshoes, poles) -Activities in the daytime- Insurance (recommended, I can gladly advise you on this) .
 

Itinerary

 
  • Day 1Arrival in Tromso

    Arrival by plane in Tromsø and continue by shuttle bus to Kilpisjärvi village to log cabin. Dinner and overnight.

  • Day 2Winter adventure

    From the cabin settlement, we go on varied snowshoe tours in the region, of shorter and longer duration, partly directly from the settlement, partly with a taxi to the vast tundra landscapes. One day we will also be traveling with huskies and passing the wintry landscape either as a musher or in the sled. On the way there, we will stop for a small snack. As a conclusion, while we relax by a crackling fire with a coffee, tea and a small snack, we learn even more about the huskies and their way of life. Cold-weather clothes including shoes are provided and are included. You will also have one free day.

    Despite the real Nordic winter, we will enjoy natural light. In the afternoon/ evening we even have great chances to see the Northern Lights, which draw mystical figures above our heads in various colors.

  • Day 8Kilpisjärvi - Zürich

    Return from Kilpisjärvi by bus and plane to Zurich. After the tour, if possible, you will still have some time of your own, to do what you prefer, sauna, shopping, etc. At  dinner we can end the day with local specialties.

 
 

Other details

 
Skill level required

Beginner

Fitness level required

Occasional

Meeting point

We will meet at Zurich Airport for departure at 10.15, direct flight with Edelweiss or Swiss, WK1328

Arrival at Tromsø at 14.10. Continue by shuttle to Kilpisjärvi.

Return trip from Kilpisjärvi on Saturday, 02/15/2020, in the morning, with shuttle bus to Tromso

Departure from Tromso at 10.15, direct flight with Edelweiss or Swiss, WK1329. Arrival in Zurich at 19.00

Accommodation

7 nights in a fully equipped Mökki (typical Finnish log cabin) near the lake in Kilpisjärvi.

Log cabin for single use possible (surcharge, limited number). Are you 3 or even 4 people? Then you can all stay in the same log cabin, which has up to 4 beds.

The log cabins have: 1-3 bedrooms with 2 beds (depending on the log cabin size), 1 living room, sauna, shower, toilet, open kitchen, dishwasher, stove, oven, fridge, kettle, kitchen utensils, TV and radio, clothes dryer, hair dryer, WiFi.

More info

*Weather/Daylight. The weather is comparable to ours at the same time of the year in the Alps, eg Engadin. It can change quickly. The temperatures can be between about 0 ° C and -25 ° C or even lower. The air, however, is dry, so that you can feel even less cold than, for example, in the Swiss midlands with a rather humid climate. The daylight duration is quite long at this time (6 to 7 hours)! Every day means almost 10 more minutes of possible sunshine! Comparison: In Zurich about 10,5 hours of sunshine are possible at the same time.

*Meals. Breakfast is included in the price. Kilpisjärvi is a very small village, but has a rather large shop where we can buy snacks. The shop is easily accessible on foot.

*Level. Tours are technically easy, and you just need a basic fitness level. We will be hiking for about 3 to 5 hours a day, with an ascent of approx. 200m-500m, descent: approx. 200-500m, each day. Terrain: easy, flat to moderately rising, in open, hilly tundra landscape and through sparse forests.

*Equipment. The equipment is similar to snowshoe tours in the Alps. The tours are not avalanche dangerous. So we do NOT need any safety equipment. Together with the detailed information, you will also receive a detailed packing list.

 

About the Guide

 
 

Markus Glättli, Hiking Leader with Federal Diploma of Professional Education and Training, Ranger BZW and GeoGuide Sardona.

Let you whisk away in unique landscapes in Switzerland, the Cinque Terre, the Chamonix region or even Finnish Lapland. Learn stories, legends and interesting information and enjoy local delicious products of the region.

Enjoy full service for individual customers, small groups or companies. Take the time and enjoy the beauty and uniqueness of unspoilt nature. Experience nature.

I offer tours in English, German and French.

 
 

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