This remarkable and memorable experience will take you into the wildest corner of Finnish Lapland and offers up some incredible, once in a lifetime experiences.
Whilst the weather is usually too hostile for you to travel the route from Muonio to Kilpisjärvi before February, once the time is right and the weather improves it reveals one of Finland’s best kept secrets. The locals will inform you that this northwest corner of Finland is one of the most indescribably beautiful places in Finland and one that is best appreciated in the company of a knowledgeable guide.
When snowmobiling was developed in the 1960s it transformed the lives of people in this remote region, allowing communities to maintain contact in the dark winter months and assisting hugely in the lives of Sámi reindeer herders. For guests to the area, today they help to promote a great sense of arctic adventure and allow you to fully appreciate the sense of scale of the wilderness here.
Your trails on this epic journey will lead you to Kilpisjärvi – a mystical and remote region steeped in Sámi tradition and folklore which offers breathtaking views of frozen lakes and snow-covered mountain peaks. Whilst on this trip you will also travel to where the borders of Finland, Sweden and Norway meet as well as driving to Halti, Finland’s highest mountain. There can be few experiences in life which can compare to this.
Anybody aged over 18 years (good physical condition required). Participants must have a full driving licence and have previous experience of snowmobiling.
NB: Please be aware that families may also be staying at the Harriniva Wilderness Hotel.
"Snowmobile safaris are one of the most exhilarating ways to explore the Arctic. The ability to power across a frozen lake or scale a fell for the ultimate view is thrilling. Snowmobiles are effectively quad bikes for winter and they allow you to access regions that are otherwise out of bounds. The great thing is that once you are comfortable on the machines your guides will teach you tricks and skills to help you deal with different conditions and deep snow so that you can really get out and enjoy yourselves". Barry Nolan
Day 1: Flights, arrival and transfers
On arrival in Finland you will be met and transferred to the Harriniva Wilderness Hotel where your accommodation will be in shared hotel rooms or safari cabins. You will enjoy dinner in the restaurant with your fellow travellers.
Day 2: Departure on the summit
Following breakfast you will meet with your snowmobile guide for a briefing and introduction for what the days ahead will bring. You will be kitted out with your cold weather gear (warm overalls, boots, socks, hat, mittens, gloves and helmet) following which you will be shown a film which demonstrates the correct snowmobile driving and safety etiquette.
Finally, it’s time to start your engines. Be warned that this is no gentle introduction! You will cover approximately 100km of winter terrain as you journey through forests and across frozen lakes against the stunning backdrop of Fell Lapland. You will stop for a picnic lunch before your day’s journey ends at Galdotieva Fell Centre situated close to the Norwegian border.
Following dinner, you will enjoy a well-deserved night’s sleep in cosy log cabins or apartments.
Day 3: Snowmobile to Kilpisjärvi (approximately 150km)
After breakfast your journey will continue into the treeless mountain area of North West Finland. The weather here can change rapidly with bright sunshine one minute and a snow blizzard the next so it is imperative that you follow the guide’s instruction as he will know the trail better than anyone.
Today’s trail is around 150km and will end at the small village of Kilpisjärvi where you will spend a night in the cabins. You should take the opportunity to walk down to the lake here – there can be few better views in the world than here.
Day 4: Snowmobile ascent of Halti
The driving distance today is a little shorter (around 120km) but the challenges are tougher! This morning brings a snowmobile ascent of the highest mountain in Finland, Halti which offers spectacular views across the Norwegian mountain chain. This afternoon you will drive out to where the three Scandinavian countries (Finland Norway and Sweden) meet.
On returning to your accommodation in Kilpisjärvi you may want to take advantage of the sauna to soothe any aching bones.
Day 5: Powder-snow snowmobiling
By now you are sure to be fully confident driving these machines so now you can sink your teeth into learning new skills. The journey today is another 150km and your guide will show you some snowmobiling tricks in the deep, powdery snow.
There will be a picnic lunch on the way and dinner will be served in your overnight accommodation at Galdotieva.
Day 6: Final leg on the Victoria Trail
After breakfast, the final leg of your safari will follow part of the Victoria Trail between Finland and Sweden. It will be 120km back to Harriniva where the sauna and farewell dinner of Lappish delicacies are a welcome reward for your endeavours.
Day 7: Departure
Today your adventure will draw to a close as you are transferred to the airport for your flights home.