One mountain, two countries – Hiking to Norway over Finland’s highest peak (Halti).
Hiking in the arctic landscape is a unique experience. On this trek, we travel to Norway in a different way; on foot, in the middle of the arctic wilderness.
Highlights of this guided trek:
- guided hike in one of Europe’s last wilderness areas
- remote locations
- two countries, highest peaks of Finland
- professional guide and small groups
- overnight in reservation huts
We start this arctic summer hike from a small remote village called Kilpisjärvi in Finland. The first days of the hike take us through vast open tundra, one rolling slope after another. On the evening of the second night, we arrive at a green oasis, a low valley where fell birch grow by a clear water lake.
The terrain will start turning rockier, making progress slower towards the peak of Halti. Behind the highest peak of Finland, opens up the view to the mountains of Norway. Crossing the border at the peak, we then start our descent to the valley, carefully balancing on the rocky slopes. There, our car and our bags of clean clothes are waiting for us, and we leave the wilderness behind driving on the side of deep gorges and valleys until we reach the Lyngen fjord.
We will stay the last night together in Norway or drive back to Kilpisjärvi. If we stay the night in Norway you can either travel with your guide back to Kilpisjärvi in the morning, or continue your stay in Norway.
Hiking in the arctic wilderness with a professional and knowledgeable guide is a great experience even if you don’t have much hiking on your own before. All you need is a good level of fitness and adventurous spirit. Your guide is an experienced outdoor instructor who will not only guide you but also teach you valuable skills which will help you to plan your own trips in the future, should you wish.
In August, the Arctic summer is at its best; the sun sets late and there’s still nearly 20 hours of daylight. There are plenty of wild berries to pick for a snack and temperatures are perfect for hiking.
Our long hikes starts on fixed dates, but you can always request for another departure dates. We can also make tours for private groups on request.
4 days hiking with a professional guide
2 nights in shared cabin / rooms in Kilpisjärvi / Lyngenfjord
3 nights in reservation huts
2 dinners 2 breakfasts at the accommodation in Kilpisjärvi/ Lyngenfjord
Dehydrated meals on the trekking days (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Transfer from Goulasjávri to accomodation
Travel insurance, make sure your insurance covers activities in wilderness areas.
Travel to and from Kilpisjärvi / Lyngenfjord
Snacks during the hike
Personal hiking equipment, backpacks can be rented
Make sure you inform us in case of any food allergies or medical conditions/injuries that might have impact on the tour.
Adventure by Design has been arranging custom and private tours in Northern Norway and Finland since 2012. Gareth Hutton, the owner and lead guide, is an outdoors instructor and photographer from New Zealand. All our guides are outdoor guides with a passion for nature, physical activity and sharing the great outdoor experiences with you. We are committed to conserve the fragile nature for future generations and thus all our trips follow the leave nothing, take nothing but photos policy.