Kilpisjärvi 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 a small village situated on the 'arm' of Finland that meets the borders of Norway and Sweden, and is one of the real wilderness regions of Europe. Known for its excellent Aurora potential due to its northern location and very minimal light pollution, you don’t need to travel far to see a Northern Lights display.
Home to Finland’s highest fells, roaming reindeer and exceptional natural surroundings, there is something quite magical about the wilds of Kilpisjärvi. If you visit here and breathe in the fresh air, look upon the spectacular Arctic scenery and hopefully see the sky alight with veils of colour, you will soon see why it holds a special place in the hearts of those who’ve visited.
Kilpisjärvi’s activity highlights
Given its long winter season and snow that can last well into the summer months, Kilpisjärvi is known for its winter activities and visitors here can enjoy some rather epic snowmobiling adventures up into the fells and visit the three country tripoint. go husky sledding over frozen trails and try cross-country skiing, a popular Finnish pastime.
Most notably, however, is the Northern Lights potential and the many ways in which you can search for a display. At the Vasara Reindeer Ranch, for example, you could search for the Aurora Borealis long into the night from the comfort of your Glass Igloo accommodation. Lay in bed and stare up at the Arctic sky in hopes of seeing the green dancing lights.
The northern village of Kilpisjärvi
The village of Kilpisjärvi is the last village before the Norwegian border and is only a 50km drive to the Arctic ocean. There are under one hundred permanent residents with tourists visiting throughout the year to experience the many wonders of this fabled and deeply inspiring region.
One of the main attractions of Kilpisjärvi is the sublime Saana Fell, a sacred mountain for the Sámi community rising 1,092m (3,376 feet) above sea level with a distinctive 'upturned boat', or 'mushroom' shape. On a tour of the fell, it is possible to see the remenence of the Lapland War, fought between Finland and Germany towards the end of the Second World War and find the remains of several German defence positions and service trails in the landscape. Another must-visit place is the tranquil Lake Kilpisjärvi which remains frozen for around 220 days of the year.
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