Northern Lights Holidays to Kilpisjarvi
Kilpisjärvi is the last outpost of North West Finland, situated on the 'arm' of Finland that meets the borders of Norway and Sweden. This is one of the last true wilderness regions of Europe, a place known for its spectacular Arctic scenery, excellent Northern Lights potential and breathtaking remoteness.
Kilpisjärvi is only a small village in the Enontekiö municipality but has a fair few facts to its name. It is said to have some of the cleanest air in Europe as well as the longest winter and deepest snow in Finland and many of the record low temperatures. Not far from Kilpisjärvi is the fell of Halti – Finland's highest at over 1300m and the region also has over 100 fells that reach 1000m metres.Read more
The village is home to approximately 120 locals and has a handful of shops, as well as hotels, cabins, and a small number of restaurants serving some Lappish specialities. Some of the popular places to see and enjoy around the village include the Saana Fell, which is a sacred mountain for the Sámi people and has a distinctive upturned boat shape. Another is Lake Kilpisjarvi which remains frozen for around 220 days a year.
One of the most well known places to visit is 2.5km northwest of the lake which is the tripoint where the countries of Finland, Sweden and Norway meet. It is marked by a stone on a small man-made island and can be reached via snowmobile.
Evidence of settlements in this region has been found to date back to 16th Century when traders stopped en route to Norway and large scale reindeer husbandry was introduced from the 17th Century. Today the village is a sought after tourist destination, with visitors coming to enjoy the picturesque wilderness and scenery of fells and frozen water.
Given its lengthy winter season and snow that can last well into June, Kilpisjärvi is known for its winter activities and visitors here can enjoy some rather epic snowmobiling adventures up into the fells and the three country tripoint. Husky sledding is a popular option here too as well as cross-country skiing.
Kilpisjärvi is known as one of the best places in Finland to potentially witness the Northern Lights and given the very minimal light pollution here you need not necessarily travel very far to see a potential display. There is something quite magical about the wilds of Kilpisjärvi and if you come here and breathe in the fresh air, look upon the pristine layers of snow and hopefully see the sky alight with veils of colour you will hopefully see why.
Image credit: Visit Finland & Gareth Hutton