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Unforgettable Kilpis

People come to Kilpis either charmed by the scenery, or crazy about a hobby. The fells call ski trekkers and the best powder snow for downhill skiers is found when you start off with a snowmobile pull, or by helicopter. The most enthusiastic skiers can even reach the peaks in neighboring countries! At the end of the day, a sauna and an ice swim are so refreshing.


In the summer, Kilpisjärvi is a paradise for backpackers, fishers and motorbikers. For motorists our hotel offers, among other things, a washing area for motorbikes and congenial company at barbecue nights at the hotel’s “Kalastajatorppa” by Kilpisjärvi-lake.

OPEN

Lapland Hotels Kilpis is open in winter time between 12.3.2018 - 20.5.2018 and in summer time between 15.6.2018 - 23.9.2018.

Contact information

Lapland Hotels Kilpis
Käsivarrentie 14206
99490 Kilpisjärvi
+358 (0)16 323 300
kilpis@laplandhotels.com

Experience the magnificent

Sauna & ice swimming

Sauna & ice swimming

The lakeside sauna is heated up daily and a nice cool swim is guaranteed to refresh your tired muscles!

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Lakeside sauna
The lakeside sauna is heated up daily and a nice cool swim is guaranteed to refresh your tired muscles! In the summer you can take a dip in the lovely, cool lake!
Public shifts 16:00 – 21:00 (separate saunas for men and women).
The sauna is free for those staying at the hotel, but costs € 10 each for others. Towel rent — € 5.

Private shifts are available for reservations before or after the public shift. Private shift cost is € 75 / h / sauna, or for Lapland Club members € 50 / h / sauna. Sauna + fireplace room € 150 / h, or for Lapland Club members € 100.

Family sauna
The sauna in the hotel’s main building is heated on request. This can even be done in the morning, if you so wish. A brilliant option for families who wish to have a sauna together!
Price € 60 / h, or for Lapland Club members € 30 / h.

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Summary

Backpacking

Backpacking

The vast, heath-like areas at the bottom of the great fells are extremely enjoyable to have a walk on. It’s worth experiencing the enchantment of Kilpisjärvi’s paths.

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In Kilpisjärvi, the height differences are quite large and the terrain is quite difficult to traverse. Yliperä is dominated by fells over a thousand meters high and their bare, treeless moorlands, covered with stones. There are many challenges for an experienced hiker, not least the rocky terrain, swamps, fell birch forests and the crossings on the widest rivers. The vast, heath-like areas at the bottom of the great fells are extremely enjoyable to have a walk on.


Saana nature path
The 5km long Saana nature path, starting from Kilpisjärven Retkeilykeskus, goes around Saana-fell from the west side over the river Skirhasjohka and to Jeahkas-fell and then back to Kilpisjärvi again. The history and nature of the area is detailed along the path. Guide booklets for this path are available at Kilpisjärvi nature house and also Kilpisjärven Retkeilykeskus.

Tsahkal-lake–Saana-lake–Saana route
The Tsahkal-lake–Saana-lake–Saana route starts from Kilpisjärvi, following the Tsahkal-river to Tsahkal-lake. It takes you back to the bottom of Saana-fell and then up to the Saana-lake day hut. From Saana-lake you can return to Kilpisjärvi via the top of Saana, if you like. Depending on your choice of route the path is between 9-12km long.

Salmivaara path
Salmivaara path starts from Salmivaara road, 200m north of the Kilpisjärvi nature house. Drive 200m on the Salmivaara road, the parking area and sign are at the end of the track. It’s about 800m one way to the top of Salmivaara — of this 120m is uphill. You come back via the same route. The route has a view of the fells in Finland, Sweden and Norway and also the Kilpisjärvi village and Tsahkal-lake.

Saana path
The Saana path starts fron Kilpisjärven Retkeilykeskus, where you take the longest stairs in Finland to the top of Saana. You come back via the same route and it is possible to visit the Saana-lake day hut when the route is 12km long. Otherwise this route is 8km.

Kilpisjärvi – Halti route
Approximately 3,000 visitors climb up to the top of Halti every year. A five or six day hike to Halti, the highest fell in Finland, which is 45km away, challenges your gear and physics. For all this you will be rewarded when you see the spectacular Meekojärvi steep, amazing shapes of Saivaara that lie a bit aside from the route, steep walls of Annjalonji, the waterfall of Pihtsusköngäs and the bare shores of cool and windy Pihtsuslake. Kilpisjärvi–Halti route is a part of the Cap route. Back and forth from Kilpisjärvi to Halti is about 110km.
A few steps aside are still worth it. When you’re heading in the direction of Termisjärvi, a visit to Salmikuru is a must, so too is a trek to the top of Kutturankuru. Additional experiences to the Halti route are a visit to Saivaara, from the east side, on the shoulder of Meekovaara, where there’s a fine view of the valley of Porojärvi-lake. Atop Haltiatunturi-fell, visitors can sign the Halti book.

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Catch a big fish

Fishing

Fishing

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Many lakes in the Enontekiö area have Arctic char. The nearest ones are Kilpisjärvi and Saanajärvi. The good-looking grayling can also be found in Kilpisjärvi, in nearly all the rivers in the Enontekiö region, as well as in lake Ailakkajärvi, among others. A grayling weighing about 1kg is a normal catch here. Poroeno, Rommaeno, Valtijoki and Lätäseno are good trout-and grayling rivers. In recent years even salmon have found their way to Lätäseno.


Ice-fishing is possible at the fell lakes from the end of October right up until midsummer even. In Kilpisjärvi this is possible from the end of November to the end of May/beginning of June. The biggest arctic chars and graylings are often caught when the first ice has frozen, at the end of February/beginning of March. At the end of spring the weather is usually better, but some nice days are possible at the beginning of the season. Even the free huts can be rather empty at that time.


Summer fishing is possible in the fell lakes and rivers as soon as the ice has gone. Depending on location, this can be in mid June, or the start of July. It is possible to catch an arctic char that weighs several kilos from Kilpisjärvi, even when fishing from the shore as soon as the ice is gone. This often happens around midsummer, or sometimes even when the first big open spots appear at the mouths of streams.
The best fishing season up in the fell starts at the beginning of July. At that time, the graylings and whitefish are actively feeding at the surface. The rivers are mainly protected in September, but at the fell lakes it is possible to keep fishing for grayling until the end of September.


Open water fishing is possible all year round because the Arctic ocean is so close by. The sea shore is only about 50km away from Kilpisjärvi. It is possible to catch cod, saithe, catfish and sea trout with a spinning rod from ashore. Sea trout seasons r between March - June and September - November. The best places to fish for sea trout can be found with the help of a fishing guide. Fishing in Pallas requires not only local knowledge but also a boat.


Our partner, Grayling Land, offers fishing guidance and river adventures.

Explore here!

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Fishing

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Head up on the highway

Motorcycling

Motorcycling

In the summer, Lapland Hotel Kilpis serves not only hikers and fishers, but also those on road-trips by car or motorbike.
Lapland Hotels is known to be a biker-friendly chain.

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In the summer, Lapland Hotel Kilpis serves not only hikers and fishers, but also those on road-trips by car or motorbike.
Lapland Hotels is known to be a biker-friendly chain.


Kilpis provides the bikers benefits like

  • a motorbike washing area, a sauna for the drivers and drying cabinets for their gear
  • ready-made route recommendations to the best sceneries in Norway. The day tour lengths are 2 - 8 hours.
  • a garage for the bike (maximum of 20 bikes)
  • oil and chain spray, among other on-the-road-treatments are available at reception
  • congenial company for the drivers, barbecue-evenings at the hotel “Kalastajatorppa” by Kilpisjärvi shore, weather check
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Whirling snow

Snowmobile driving

Snowmobile driving

In Kilpisjärvi you can drive a snowmobile on tracks maintained by Metsähallitus, but you’ll need a track permit from Metsähallitus.

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In Kilpisjärvi you can drive a snowmobile on tracks maintained by Metsähallitus, but you’ll need a track permit from Metsähallitus. The official snowmobile track goes from Kilpisjärvi to Hetta. A track from Saarikoski to Raittijärvi also joins it.


There is a chargeable network of snowmobile tracks in Kilpisjärvi, too, maintained by Kilpisjärven Ladut ry. So-called village permits are available for these tracks in Neste Kilpisjärvi. Out-of-towners are only allowed to drive a snowmobile on the tracks and routes that are marked. You need a special permit every time you leave a track and route.


There is also tracks that are marked with sticks in the Enontekiö area. These are so called maintenance tracks and you need a special permit to use them. In the forest snowmobile tracks are marked with reflective cross-shaped signs, with red sticks. When driving off-road, the driver has to be at least 15-years-old.

A map of Kilpisjärvi snowmobile tracks

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To the landmark of three states

Cruises

Cruises

M/S Malla -ship takes you to The Landmark of Three States when the ice is gone until the later half of September.

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M/S Malla -ship takes you to The Landmark of Three States when the ice is gone until the later half of September. The ship sails from the shore of Retkeilykeskus. The whole cruise lasts about three hours and you’ll spend half of that time on board, both ways. The docking bay is at the bottom end of kolttalahti and is about a 3km walk away from the landmark.

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Cruises

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From the lake to the fell

Skiing

Skiing

There are well-maintained skiing tracks around the Kilpisjärvi village, one of which is lit. Come to ski track or hills!

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There are well-maintained skiing tracks around the Kilpisjärvi village, one of which is lit. A 1.2km long track is maintained from the beginning of December. Others ones are looked after from the beginning of March. There are no marked ski tracks in the wilderness area, but you can ski on the snowmobile maintenance routes.
 
Follow the real-time ski track situation at Kilpisjärvi here

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Powder under the skis

Off piste skiing

Off piste skiing

Kilpisjärvi is a good place for an off-piste skier because the biggest fells and valleys are there.

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Kilpisjärvi is a good place for an off-pisteskier because the biggest fells and valleys are there. You can set your course to T-1488487798 ermis, for example, or take a day trip to Norway. A snowmobile taxi makes it easier to set off in the morning and come back in the afternoon!


Snowmobile taxi Kilpis - Termis - Saarijärvi - Kuonjar - Meeko
The relief for an independent skier, or off slope duster: There’s a snowmobile taxi to the fell every morning at 10! Grab your gear, hop in and enjoy the joys of winter. For those who won’t ski back for the evening, it’s possible to agree a return transport time.

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Spring

Week program

Week program

Enjoy the spring days in Kilpis with us!

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KILPISJÄRVI – PROGRAMME FOR WINTER 2018

Kilpisjärvi’s scenery is like the Northern Lights: you never tire of it.

BOOKINGS AND ENQUIRIES:
All tours must be booked at the Lapland Hotel Kilpis reception desk by 7:30pm the day before.

Advance enquiries and offers:
Email: jenni.pekonen@laplandsafaris.fi
Tel.: +358 40 702 6111

1. WILDERNESS TAXI

(10am) Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
From 28 March to 2 May

The cross-country taxi takes you comfortably to the starting point of your hiking route or trek on a sledge pulled by a snowmobile. The taxi departs from the front of the hotel on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 10am and runs along the Saarijärvi - Kuonjarjohka – Meeko route.
In addition to the stops listed, you can get on the taxi anywhere along the route, space permitting. For the ride, you are kitted out with warm clothing and a helmet.

Price: €35.00 per person
Note that the price includes the transport of skis and a backpack but an additional fee is charged for a sledge or larger rucksack.

2. THREE-COUNTRY SNOWMOBILE SAFARI

(2pm–4pm) Monday
From 26 March to 30 April

For the snowmobile safari, you are first provided with warm overalls and a helmet. After that, your guide talks you through our snowmobile and safety instructions. The route runs along the Kilpisjärvi to Kolttalahti, from which you continue towards the Three-Country Cairn, marking the spot where Sweden’s northernmost point and Finland’s westernmost point meet the Norwegian border. The route is easy, and no previous experience in riding a snowmobile is required.

Duration: 2 hours
Price: €79.00 per person with two people on a snowmobile (a surcharge of €45 is charged for a single person using a snowmobile)

3. KILPISJÄRVI ATTRACTIONS

(10am–4pm) Tuesday
From 14 March to 4 May

The outing starts with a sledge ride from the hotel across the Kilpisjärvi to the border of Malla Nature Reserve. The first stop is at the Kitsiputous waterfalls, where we put on snowshoes for a climb to the top. After this, we continue our sledge ride to the Three-Country Cairn, from which we transfer to Kilpissalmi for the start of our snowshoe trek to the spectacular Temppelikuru region. We take snack breaks whenever necessary. All participants are provided with warm clothing and helmets for the tour. The tour covers 10 kilometres on snowshoes, which takes about four hours. This tour is suitable for anyone with an average fitness level.
The price includes snowshoes, warm clothing, the sledge rides, the guide’s services, and warm juice. Participants should bring a packed lunch.

Duration: approx. 6 hours
Price: €93.00 per person

4. ICE FISHING AMID THE FELLS

(2pm-6pm) Wednesday
From 14 March to 4 May

The fishing trip starts with a ride in a sledge pulled by a snowmobile. From the lake we hope to catch grayling or Arctic char. The price includes fishing equipment, warm clothing, the sledge ride, the guide’s services, and warm juice. We recommend that you bring some snack with you.

Duration: 4 hours
Price: €89.00 per person

5. SNOWMOBILE SAFARI TO HALTI

(10am–3pm) Saturday
From 31 March to 28 April

This snowmobile safari takes you to Finland’s highest point. Once you are dressed in warm snowmobile overalls, the guide talks you through our snowmobile and safety instructions. We stop for a snack during the safari. Bring a packed lunch with you. The price includes hot juice and the snowmobile permits required for riding in the area.

Duration: approx. 5 hours
Price: €169 per person with two people on a snowmobile (a surcharge of €85 is charged for a single person using a snowmobile)

ALL THE SAFARIS CAN ALSO BE BOOKED FOR GROUPS (min. 3 people)

6. CROSS-COUNTRY TAXI every day

(prices valid from 15 March to 2 May)


Destination                                one way / return
Kilpisjärvi - Terbmisjärvi                   €35/€70
Kilpisjärvi - Saarijärvi                        €35/€70
Kilpisjärvi - Three-Country Cairn      €35/€70
Kilpisjärvi - Kuonjarjohka                 €50/€90
Kilpisjärvi - Meeko                          €60/€100
Kilpisjärvi - Lossujärvi                     €60/€100
Kilpisjärvi - Pitsusjärvi                     €70/€110
Kilpisjärvi - Halti cabin                     €80/€120

Contact us about other destinations. The minimum charge is based on three people travelling. The price includes the ride and warm clothing.

7. GUIDED TOUR IN THE HALTI AREA

The route to Finland’s highest point, the peak of Halti, runs through a protected area where riding a snowmobile is permitted only in the company of a guide. The price includes the guide’s services and the necessary permits.

Price: €250 for groups of 1–4
€350 for groups of 5–7
€600 for groups of 8–11
€700 for groups of 12–14
We charge an additional fee of €50 per hour for the time the guide waits at the destination before return.

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PROGRAMME VALIDITY:
The safaris are held in Kilpisjärvi from 14 March to 4 May 2018 unless otherwise noted in the description. Two participants are required for the weekly safaris to be arranged. The tours and safaris can be booked at other times for groups with the minimum fee based on three people participating.

BOOKINGS AND ENQUIRIES:
All tours must be booked at the Lapland Hotel Kilpis reception desk by 7:30pm the day before. The tour is paid for in connection with the booking.

Advance enquiries and offers:
Email: jenni.pekonen@laplandsafaris.fi
Tel.: +358 40 702 6111

CHILDREN:
Children (aged 4–14) get a 50% discount. Only children taller than 140 cm are permitted to participate in snowmobile safaris (offerings 2 and 5), and the full price is charged. Children’s participation must always be discussed in advance with the guide.

WHAT SAFARI PRICES INCLUDE:
The safari prices include all the necessary equipment, warm overalls, the guide’s services, fuel, the necessary permits, and traffic insurance (the maximum amount of excess is €980). To drive a snowmobile, you must be 18 or older and have a valid driving licence.
Note: The amount of excess payable in the event of damage can be decreased to €150 by paying an insurance fee of €15 per driver.

MEETING POINT FOR SAFARIS:
Meet at the hotel’s reception.

GENERAL INFORMATION:
Occasionally, a tour may have to be cancelled because of the weather or ice and snow conditions. As a responsible tour organiser, we reserve the right to change the route, price, and duration of the tour without advance notice. We will refund the full price of the tour if the trip is cancelled because of the weather conditions. We reserve the right to make changes to the programme in accordance with the weather and snow conditions.

Lapland Safaris West Ltd reserves the right to interrupt a tour if a participant is deemed to constitute a risk to self or others or to be otherwise unfit to continue. In such an event, the price is not refunded.

In the event of damage to a snowmobile, the customer is liable for an excess of €980 per incident.

Pregnant women should not participate in tours that involve riding on a snowmobile or a sledge pulled by a snowmobile.

If transport arranged by a company other than Lapland Safaris West Ltd is required for the tour, Lapland Safaris West is not responsible for paying for that transport.

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