Hiding in the furthest corner of Finland is Kilpisjärvi and its extraordinary surrounding area. Take a quick look at the map (the western arm of northern Finland) and you’ll know this is a remote place, tightly squeezed in a far-away corner between Sweden and Norway; it’s a promise of amazing wild nature, unspoilt tundra and quirky hills.
The photograph ABOVE is no mistake, such scenery can be enjoyed in Finland!!!
If the below is what you have in mind thinking about Finland; we admit we were guilty of this too! At first we thought of Finland as a mixture of lakes, forests and swamps…This may be near-truth in the southern and central part of the country, in this respect the remote parts of Finnish Lapland will have you astonished!
Despite having visited Finnish Lapland before we were still stunned on the arrival to Kilpisjärvi!
Kilpisjärvi area will surprise you with its wild hills, waterfalls and rugged peaks! It’s home to the highest mountains in Finland (in fact, a dozen tops over 1000 masl!)
Due to its location, Kilpisjärvi offers also stunning views of Norwegian and Swedish mountains just across the lake, but worry not; there’s enough Finnish mountains just north of Kilpisjärvi to keep any seasoned hiker busy for weeks! Take my world for it; been there & done it!
Kilpisjärvi is overlooked by Saana (1029 masl), which is the most recognisable mountain in Finland and a fine hike enjoyed by the whole family. If you’re into multi-day hiking adventures we recommend hiking to Halti; its lower top at 1328 masl is the highest point in Finland, accessible by a marked, well-trodden trail (53 km linear hike) cutting across endless tundra, valleys and crossing several rivers. Many will say it’s the ultimate hiking adventure in Finland and completely different than any other multi-day hike in the country!
A visit to Kilpisjärvi area will make you question all your assumptions about Finland!
… just another reason to go for a trip to such a remote, unique location! Yes, it is a far-away place, but I can’t imagine how anyone would regret the trip! (I long to re-visit and spend more days discovering local hiking trails!)
For us personally, 2 weeks spent exploring Kilpisjärvi area, with its mountains, and nearby Malla Strict Nature Reserve (Mallan Luonnonpuisto), Käsivarsi Wilderness Area (Käsivarren Eräma-Alue) were eye-opener and allowed us a fresh look and feel of Finland; so different from everything we experienced in Suomi before!
Let us take you for a journey to Kilpisjärvi and its exceptional surroundings & nature, let’s discover the best hikes in the rough Lappish mountains together!
Even if you’ve already visited Finnish Lapland and think you’ve seen it all; most definitely, Finland will still surprise you with its north-western arm!
In this post, we’re sharing how we discovered Kilpisjärvi and the stunning nature surrounding the village, quirky facts about the place, how to make the most of it, as well as the best hikes in the area!
The best hikes near Kilpisjärvi Finland, our blissful mid-summer experience
1.You didn’t see that coming!!! Jaw-dropping facts about Kilpisjärvi!
2.The best hiking trails in Kilpisjarvi area that will make you want to visit! (including Malla Strict Nature Reserve, Halti, Käsivarsi Wilderness Area, international Nordkalottleden (Kalottireitti)
1.You didn’t see that coming!!! Jaw-dropping facts about Kilpisjärvi!
1.1 Mid-Summer and its importance
When thinking about mid-summer, most of us instantly visualise hot sunny day, blue sky, possibly a visit to the beach. In short: warm and summery! However, most of us isn’t aware that mid-summer may mean something different in various countries, especially northerly parts of the world! Our experience in Kilpisjärvi is a perfect example.
We arrived to the village 2 days before mid-summer, in Nordic countries also called St Johannes Day, or Juhannus (24th June) and were eager to hit the trail, to explore the Kasivarsi Wilderness Area, however we were stopped by ferocious weather and snowfall. Surely, there were still snow patches on the distant hills upon our arrival, but we totally didn’t expect to get fresh snow in late June! We had to wait out around 1 week (as per advice of the local tourist office) for the snow to melt and rivers level to stabilise and drop, as the route we picked involved several ‘wild’ river crossings…
Kilpisjarvi weather took us completely by surprise, only a week earlier we hiked for 4 days under the constant hot sunshine, night and day, in Urho Kekkonen National Park in Finnish Lapland.
1.1 Mid-summer ski race on Saana fell. Yes that’s right!
Since 1946, every year local community celebrates mid-summer with a ski competition on rugged slopes of Saana fell. Surely, only patches of snow remain, but some of them large and stable enough to handle the competition! Originally only a handful of participants came forward, but nowadays as many as 90-100 skiers take part annually! Wow, fancy skiing in the middle of summer? Go to Kilpisjarvi and celebrate mid-summer like a local!
1.2 Mid-summer celebrations
Mid-summer is the most important holiday in Nordic countries hence you can expect huge celebrations! As much as ski competition may be possible in only few special locations, expect large bonfires and parties in all other places! It is a big thing, indeed! If you have a chance, we strongly encourage you to join local celebration (unless it’s snowing…?) the experience might be unforgettable! I think there’s no better experience being a visitor than fitting with local community!
1.3 Mid-summer vs mosquitoes, how not to be eaten alive by bloodthirsty flying beasts!?
In Lapland, mid-summer has another, very important meaning. It marks the beginning of mosquito season. What we painfully learned on our own skin is that pre mid-summer period is virtually mosquito-free, but end of June or very early July the insects are already bred and await any hot blooded creature in unimaginably large swarms to literary eat them alive!
Visit Finland pre mid-summer and you’ll be perfectly fine, then high summer will see you walk thru black clouds of insect swarms flying, so many of them that waving your hands helps nothing. Head nets and net-huts are necessary in Lappish summer as well as heavy duty repellents. Thankfully, Finns and Swedes managed to come up with decent repellents so ensure to stock up on your way to Lapland. Sadly, popular European brands don’t provide repellents that would actually work in Lapland, so don’t bother bringing them from home; you DO NEED proper Finnish /Swedish repellents, they’re ace! During our time in Lapland we used products by MyggA, they worked really well and kept mosquitoes at bay! You can buy them in most Lappish supermarkets or outdoor shops, we especially recommend the MyggA gel in small green plastic bottle (costs around 5-7 EUR)
The mosquito high season in Lapland lasts from mid-summer to mid/late August, the first night frost prevents the blood-thirsty beasts from further breeding and their numbers suddenly decline; you’re safe!
1.4 What you didn’t know about Halti, the highest top of Finland
The highest point in Finland is a lower top of Halti, at 1328 masl. Ironically, Halti’s highest point (1365 masl) is located just across the border, in Norway! Also, a hike to Halti is a 53 km linear walk from Finnish side, but much shorter a distance from Norwegian.
In 2017-2018 Norway considered moving the border with Finland by a couple of hundred metres and give the top of Halti to Finns as a present for 100th anniversary of Finland, the independence day! That would be a fantastic gesture, much appreciated by most Finns, I think this would be a very noble thing to do. Sadly, despite the best intentions, Finns never received the highest top of Halti massif, as the project got stuck in Norwegian parliament and was impossible to complete due to legal reasons related to changing the border. To be honest, although it never happened, I am awed by the meaning of such idea and plan!
2.The best hiking trails in Kilpisjärvi area
2.1 Epic hike to Saana Fell
Total Distance from hiking centre 8km (4km linear hike)
Total time 4 hrs
Elevation gain 523 metres
Level of difficulty easy/moderate (marked, signposted trail)
Saana, a fell directly over Kilpisjarvi has been named the most recognisable mountain in Finland. It does have a distinctive shape, a bit prolonged and flatter at the highest part, Saana’s rugged cliffs overlook the village and are the most prominent landmark in Kilpisjarvi, albeit a very straightforward hike. Being just over 1000 metres high, Saana makes a perfect half-day hike destination, in fact it’s the easiest fell hike in the area, hence a very popular one!
The most difficult aspect about hiking to Saana is timing it, very often the top is shrouded by low clouds which prevent the summit views! From our experience of 2 weeks in the area, we observed that often Saana is hiding in clouds till noon, on a warm day you can plan the hike for the afternoon and expect the clouds and mist to clear out past lunch time.
A trick to find Saana trailhead
Hike to Saana can be started at several points, none of them is especially, clearly marked. if by any chance you’re staying at Kilpisjarvi Hiking Centre and campsite we recommend hiking from the top corner of campsite. This is where the path begins. Once you’re on the path you’ll realise that it is marked with low wooden poles with orange tops. This makes the navigation and route finding really easy.
Hiking from the campsite you’ll first have to follow the foot of Saana before reaching the western slopes and path junction. Before this point the trail is mostly flat. Once at the western side of Saana you’ll climb up, gain height and increase heart rate, for defo!
We recommend keeping to the path which safely follows the cliff edge for the best views over lake Kilpisjarvi, the village and distant peaks! Pick the trail that suits you best, as there are several parallel paths to choose from, remember to stay safe and don’t approach the very edge of cliff! The views will keep you distracted from thigh burn and are a perfect excuse to stop, catch breath or simply have a short break. Continue walking till you reach the cottage and aerial on top of Saana, but don’t end the hike just yet – ensure to check out the easterly views over Kilpisjarvi, just a bit past the top, as per the map we’ve attached below.
Hike to Saana Fell from Kilpisjarvi, photographs to inspire you! (slideshow)
Trail to Saana, interactive hiking map
A real treat for you, we’re sharing an interactive online map (also can be downloaded for offline use). We used this map and application a lot when hiking in Nordic countries. Very useful for planning your hikes as well as in-terrain navigating!
2.2 Hike to Three-Country Cairn, an extraordinary landmark!
The second most popular hiking destination around Kilpisjarvi is Three-Country Cairn. The cairn marks the exact spot where borders of Finland, Sweden and Norway meet, hence the name ‘three country cairn’. Surprisingly, the very spot is located on lake Golddajarvi, however don’t expect to wade knee-deep in water when walking to the cairn! Conveniently, there’s a wooden plank walkway between the shore and cairn, to ensure dry-feet experience. See the photo below:
Of course, such narrow boardwalk could be a problem if you’re visiting the cairn in a large group, otherwise please keep in mind that being a well-mannered and courteous hiker is the way to go!
How to visit the Three Country Cairn, and make it a fabulous trip
As the cairn itself is rather distant from Kilpisjarvi (17 km) you have to consider how much walking you’re willing/able to do.
We recommend making a visit to the cairn a fun, walking day!
Below we’re sharing exactly how to do it!
- Take the boat across lake Kilpisjarvi to Koltaluokta, walk remaining 3 km to the cairn, walk back and sail back. The boat awaits 2.5 -3 hours at Koltaluokta, enough time for most people to walk the total of 6 km to/from the cairn
- walk all the way to the cairn from Kilpisjarvi and walk back (total of 30-35 km), or extend the hike into a multi-day adventure, continue to Norway or Sweden
- sail to Koltaluokta in the morning, visit the cairn and walk back to Kilpisjarvi thru Malla Strick Nature Reserve (15-17 km).
Each of you, dear readers, have different abilities and preferences, ensure to choose the option best suitable for you!
All you need to know about the boat from Kilpisjarvi to Koltaluokta, near Three-Country Cairn.
No advance bookings are necessary for sailing to Koltaluokta (unless high season), all information about the crossing (and prices) can be found HERE.
So, how did we turn a visit to Three-Country Cairn into a fun walking day in Finnish furthest corner?
We picked option 3! That was based on the fact that this was our first hike in the area and we didn’t have much knowledge about local trails and Norwegian/Swedish extensions. In retrospective I feel that if we decided to revisit the cairn we would make it a multi-day trip.
Nonetheless, we still believe that taking the boat to Koltaluokta in the morning and walking back 15km to Kilpisjarvi thru Malla Nature Reserve is the top choice for most of you, dear readers! Therefore continue reading to find out how to do it, and what to expect along the way!
Boat to Koltaluokta leaves from a small pier opposite to Hiking Centre, if arriving by car ensure to come much earlier than your scheduled sailing time as parking spaces near the pier are very limited. Alternatively you can park at the Hiking Centre.
If you have any experience of Swedish Lapland, you’ll probably connect the name ‘Koltaluokta’ with typical Swedish-Lappish location names. Does ‘Koltaluokta’ ring the bell? Yes, it does and for a good reason – you’ll be surprised to find that the boat from Kilpisjarvi drops you off at the Swedish side of the border, and in fact, the remaining 3 km to the very cairn you’ll be walking in Sweden! Nope, there’s no border control, however keep in mind that you may have to take documents for this trip just in case, as you will be crossing country borders.
The boat crossing takes approximately 40 minutes, during this time you’ll enjoy view to surrounding fells, spot tiny remote summer cabins scattered along the shores and a beautiful 2 tier waterfall in Malla Reserve (which you’ll visit on the way back,if you decide to walk).
The boat was almost full on the day of our trip, so having landed in Koltaluokta we stayed back and let most other walkers to go before us, then slowly we hit the trail in solitude. Only occasionally we bumped at the other couple who seemed to have taken the same strategy for a crowd-free experience.
We didn’t have any problem route finding to the cairn, the trail is very well-trodden and clear.
Anyway, walking to the cairn you’ll pass signposts to Swedish and Norwegian huts/landmarks, just to remind you how closely the 3 countries are entangled in Kilpisjarvi area.
Having finally arrived to the cairn we waited for the line of walkers to leave the planked walkway before we headed to the large yellow concrete block on the lake. Luckily it was only us and the other couple, so we didn’t disturb each other much. We took time to read more information about the cairn and its origins… the trig point was created in the spot of formed border between Sweden and Norway, erected when the process of legalising the border between Sweden and Finland was completed. The historic sources very clearly state that the idea of erecting the cairn was picked by Norway and Finland, emphasising lack of Swedish involvement. The current, concrete cairn was built in 1926 on a man-made island of rock.
Let’s see the cairn, shall we?
Having taken countless photographs we felt it was time to move on, so we hiked to nearby Kuohkimajarvi wilderness hut, where we joined the fire, and enjoyed traditional Finnish hiking snacks, Makkara (sausages) with mustard. This was our second visit to Finland and we already knew how to properly prepare for a hike! We packed Makkara and mustard (after the previous-year gaffe of having sausages with ketchup, we knew it’s not how you should have them. Sharing a fire, with sausages and mustard bonds people in Finland, the best ice breaker ever!)
At the hut we met a local guide and had a chance to ask endless questions about the area and local Sami community, we felt fantastic sharing the fire with locals and (with sausage and mustard) we felt perfectly in place, not strangers anymore.
If there’s only one thing you will take out from our Finnish/Lappish stories let it be ‘sausage and mustard’! Seriously, that’s the way to make friends and break the ice! Mind my words! Hiking in Finnish Lapland you should always have sausages and mustard in your day pack and be open to enjoy them with fellow walkers over bonfire… also a small hunting knife comes very handy!
With our bellies and heads full, we hit the trail towards Kilpisjarvi. Initially level, it soon gently climbed up as it followed slopes of Iso-Malla fell. As the trail comes close to cliffs, it passes a beautiful waterfall (you’ve probably seen it from the boat!) before entering the Malla Strict Nature Reserve. Take in the view and try to spot herds of reindeer on the plains below. Don’t forget to explore the waterfall area and climb up to see the top tier close! Definitely, it’s worth your time and effort!
I think it’s high time to share more photos from hike to Three-Country Cairn, check out the slideshow below!
Day trip to Three-Country Cairn, interactive hiking map
A rare, historic find at Malla Nature Reserve
Having passed the waterfall you’ll continue further along the trail running thru Malla Strict Nature Reserve, past Pikku-Malla hill. As you reach higher ground you’ll come across a hidden tiny shelter, the ‘dig-out’ constructed during WWII. Nowadays it serves an an emergency shelter. From outside it looks like a pile of stone, but at the closer examination (when you come to its front) you’ll see little door and a window (see slideshow above). What a surprising find!
Past the dig-out, you’ll come to 2 small lakes and will have to cross a river (by wooden bridge) before getting to the main road to Kilpisjarvi.
A word of advice: to return to the village you can simply follow the road – it’s the shortest and easiest option. We opted for it and only a handful of cars passed as we walked back for 1 hour, trying to catch a ride. Alternatively, you can cross the road and continue ‘home’ along one of the trails at the foot of Saana fell (as marked on the map) – it takes longer but you’re safer, off the main road.
2.3 Hike to Halti, part of International Nordkalottleden trail / Kalottireitti
For the purpose of simplicity, let’s agree that Halti is the highest mountain in Finland, nevermind whether it’s the higher or lower summit, Halti is the rooftop of Finland! As one, it’s the most popular and in a way ‘sacred’ hike in the country, many Finns treat a hike to Halti as one of the things one has to complete in their lifetime. Therefore, many Finns treat conquering Halti as their personal pilgrimage. It’s hardly surprising, not only it’s very remotely located and requires over 100 km hike (there and back) thru wild Lappish tundra, beautiful unspoilt scenery.
Kilpisjarvi is a great starting point for a hike to Halti! If you’re interested in conquering the highest mountain in Finland (shared with Norway) here’s how to go about it.
Hiking trial to Halti is signposted and marked, as it follows (most of the way) the international hiking route Nordkalottleden (in Swedish and Norwegian), Kalottireitti in Finnish. We recommend starting from Kilpiisjarvi Visitor Centre.
The trail is marked every 50-100 metres, with knee-high poles, so even if there’s an unexpected snow fall you can still find the way and navigate easier. Additionally, often there are signposts at the paths junctions to draw hikers’ attention to direction/path change. We still recommend using your own hiking map or other navigation tool to ensure the best and safest experience of hiking to Halti, or along Kalottireitti. I admit, we only used a very simple navigation tool to meter the distance to the next landmark/hut and were perfectly OK just following the trail markings.
Keep in mind that the hiking trail to Halti runs thru Kasivarren elama-alue (Kasivarsi Wilderness Area), a wild area, with no mobile network reception, the only tourist infrastructure along the way are wilderness huts (located approximately every 12-15km, perfect facility for overnight stay, but very popular, hence with limited availability), you can also expect the trail markings and 2 bridges to help you cross rapid rivers (otherwise you’ll have to find a suitable ford to cross the river safely).
As you may remember we hiked in Kilpisjarvi area in late June and waited for the fresh snow to melt and rivers’ levels to stabilise. We didn’t intend to conquer Halti (due to snow cover), but were excited on the thought of exploring Kasivarsi Wilderness Area! We waited for a weather-window to ensure pleasant multi-day hike and when the forecast looked promising for 4 following days, we hit the trail.
As it was difficult to get the latest information about the trail conditions we packed for a 4 day adventure and picked Meekonjarvi as our destination (ask for the most up-to-date and reliable information in the visitors centre. The lady is an experienced hiker and knowledgeable about the area, she helped us a lot with planning). Although intended for a 4 day hike, we completed the route (and back) within 3 days, due to huts being busy… we continued to the next one and suddenly ended up hiking 32km back from Meekonjarvi in one day. (I probably don’t need to add that we were totally knackered!) Along Kalottireitti trail, each day we had to cross a couple of rivers or streams, often we ended up taking off the boots and crossing ‘barefeet’ as the water levels were too high for just wading in summer hiking boots, or no stepping stones. For this very reason we packed light sandals/crocks, neoprene pool shoes to avoid foot injuries while crossing rivers boots-off. It doesn’t add much weight to the pack, but helps a ton!
If you find the above exiting, we recommend venturing to discover Kasivarsi Wilderness Area, it’s a piece of Finland like no other!
Hiking to Meekonjarvi (and back) quick info:
- distance: 32 km each way
- wilderness huts along the way: Saarijarvi, Kuonjarjoki, Meekonjarvi
- recommended timescales: 4 days (day 1: 20km hike to Kuonjarjoki, day 2: 11km hike to Meekonjarvi, day 3: 20km hike to Saarijarvi, day4: 12km hike to Kilpisjarvi)
- 2-3 ‘wild ‘river crossings each day (only 2 bridges along the route)
- interactive hiking map
Let’s have a look at the photos from hike to Meekonjarvi, along Kalottireitti trail, and have a peek inside some of the huts
How to climb Halti from Norway
It’s ironic, that hiking to Finland’s highest mountain is much shorter and easier from Norway! Instead of spending 6-7 days on the trail from Kilpisjarvi, you could climb up and down within a day from Norway, here’s how to do it:
Norwegian side of Halti hiking trail starts at the small car park at lake Guolasjarvi, and is signposted! For your convenience we’ve prepared this interactive hiking map which initially will help you find the way up but does not reflect the whole route to Halti, because the final section is pathless and you won’t find this marked on any map. It’s approximately a 6 km (linear walk) over rough (and featureless) terrain with loose rock, scree and small boulders.
2.5 Exploring the unmissable Malla Strict Nature Reserve
Above we recommended a hike thru Malla Strict Nature Reserve on your way back from Three-Country Cairn, however, if you don’t feel like following our footsteps, we strongly encourage you, dear readers, to explore the protected area anyway. Not only you will have a chance to spot grazing reindeer, but also come across some exceptional features of this far-away land in Finland, for example a stunning two-tier waterfall and WWII dig-out shelter. Even the main hiking trail in Malla Nature Reserve (running between dedicated car park and Kuohkimajarvi wilderness hut) provides great oversight of the area, passes the most unique features of the nature reserve and gives opportunity to climb Pikku-Malla (738 masl) for even more stunning sights!
To make the most of your visit to Malla Strict Nature Reserve we recommend taking it slowly and allowing full day, why not get inspired by/follow this route (online interactive hiking map) to discover the nature reserve, which, by the way, we believe is one of the best kept secrets of Finnish Lapland! Mind you, it’s a 13 km linear hike, hence we notoriously mention it’s best hiked as a return from Three-Country Cairn (just saying…)
What you need to know about Malla Strick Nature Reserve (Mallan Luonnonpuisto)
The Malla Strict Nature Reserve is located in the most remote pocket of Finnish Lapland and covers area of 31 km2, mostly Scandinavian fells. The fells rise directly over the shores of lake Kilpisjarvi and have already been under protection pre-WWII when Finland was still under Russian rule. After gaining independence, the nature reserve’s status was upgraded to ‘strict’, to protect the area’s young geology, calciferous soil and rare species of fell plants. For this very reason, please ensure to always stay on the path when exploring the nature reserve in summer, avoid walking on fragile vegetation! In winter, however, you’re free to cross-country skiing anywhere in the nature reserve!
Mallan Lunnonpuisto is one of the unique locations along the 800km long international Kalottireitti, Nordkalottleden trail running from Sweden, thru Finland, to Norway. Keep in mind that climate in Kilpisjarvi area is arctic all year round, it’s not uncommon to expect snow fall even in the summer! The area is heaven for experienced hikers, however if you’re a keen beginner you should not venture to the hills alone, under-equipped and unprepared. Don’t rely on online navigation tools, the mobile reception in Kilpisjarvi fells is rather poor, we recommend navigating with ‘old-school’ paper maps (can be purchased in visitors centre), a lot of useful, up-to-date information can be obtained from the lady at the visitors centre as she’s an experienced and keen hiker herself! Don’t be shy!
3. Camping near Kilpisjarvi (nearest campsites and the best wild camping spots)
During the mid-summer visit in Kilpisjarvi, most nights we stayed off-grid on our self-converted camper van, hence we are confident to advise on suitable overnight stay car parks. We are also comfortable to advise on off-grid camping spots along trails and near Kilpisjarvi.
Suitable car parks to stay overnight in a camper/motorhome: our top choice was the large car park at visitors centre. Unfortunately the toilets were only available during the office opening hours (9.00-17.30), but we managed to live with that!
The car park is mostly used by hikers who venture for multi-day walks in Kasivarsi Wilderness Area, otherwise it was quiet, with exception of an odd lorry staying overnight at the lower part, nearer the road
Another suitable spot is the dedicated car park for Malla Nature Reserve.
Please note that there aren’t suitable overnight parking spots nearer the central part of village.
Wild camping if you’re travelling with a tent: Malla Strict Nature Reserve is totally off-limits, however you’ll find numerous suitable spots on top of Saana and along the trail to Halti (approx 1-2 km from trailhead, just past lake Tshahkajarvi).
Camping while hiking in Kasivarsi Wilderness Area: despite the terrain being mostly very rough, (sand, fine sharp stones) and little vegetation, picking a good camping spot is easy. What is more, if you plan your hike well you may not even need to carry the tent, but sleep in Open Wilderness Huts instead (like we did).
There are two campsites in Kilpisjarvi, we would place them on the opposite ends of the scale when it comes to facilities. Haltinma (located near the supermarket) offers campervan/motorhome spaces, the facilities (shower, kitchen) are extremely basic and located in a tiny shed (‘kitchen’ is a 2 burner stove placed on top of a washing machine in bathroom). Having inquired at this campsite we swiftly agreed that the place does lack character and facilities are too poor; neither of us wanted to stay.
Instead we drove some 5 km west to the other campsite, at Hiking Centre ‘Retkeilykeskus‘ which not only was a larger establishment, (also offered tent spaces!), better facilities with large kitchen (still rather basic), warm bathrooms, and even sauna! What is more, Hiking Centre is home to a cafe and on cold/rainy days the residents can spend time in the cafe/large hall working on laptops, planning further hikes etc. We both enjoyed our stay at this campsite and recommend it if you’re in the area and looking for hot shower and a hook-up at a reasonable price. This campsite is also a great starting point for a to hike to Saana Fell! At the small in-house shop you can purchase local maps, camping gear and find out about hikes, local routes and transportation across the border to Norway (regular bus connection to Tromso).
Accommodation in Kilpisjärvi
You may have initially thought that Kilpisjärvi is the end of Finnish world, a middle-of nowhere place, but in fact the village is an important spot on Finnish tourist map and visited by hikers from all over the world! To accommodate the visitors, hikers and road-trippers Kilpisjarvi offers a wide range of cabins, hotels and rental apartments. Below we handpicked some of the best for you:
|Arctic Land Adventure Glass Igloo||9.5 /10|
|Kilpisjarven Reitkelykeskus Rooms (rooms at Hiking Centre)||8.4 /10|
|Saaivara Cottages||9.1 /10|