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The nature is not experienced only by seeing and hearing, but it feels - in your guts and in your soul. The arctic nature makes you humble, and that is part of what makes it so fabulous! Once you feel it, you want to return.
The landscape in Enontekiö is distinguished by its spectacular open and clear spaces, which you can only experience in the treeless wilderness. Once you cross into Enontekiö, the pines and spruce trees disappear and the kingdom of the low-growing mountain birch begins.
The highest fells of Finland are located in Enontekiö, of which the most in area of Kilpisjärvi. The most popular ones of these are Saana and Halti. The spectacular views cannot be described by words, and even a picture cannot deliver the feeling that the view from the top of the fell gives. You just have to experience it.
Reindeer herding is still an important livelihood for us. There are about 20,000 reindeer in Enontekiö. The reindeer pasture freely, but every animal has an owner, indicated by an earmark. Herding reindeer requires a deep understanding of both nature and reindeer, the knowledge being handed down from one generation to the next.
Come to experience the authentic Lapland, Sámi culture, reindeer herding traditions and wonders of mother Nature from extremely cold winter nights with Northern Lights dancing on the sky to nightless summer nights when the Sun does not set at all.
Arctic Land Adventure at Vasara Reindeer Ranch and Kilpisjärven Tunturimajat chalets at village center offer you unforgettable holiday including exclusive experiences and high quality accommodation.
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Unleash your inner child and join us for Snow Fun at Vasara Reindeer Ranch! Come alone, come as a couple, or take your kids, or a group of friends with you, to experience Winter Wonderland. With or without kids, with previous or with no experience - you can now delight in a range of typical Finnish winter fun and games. Cross-country skiing, ice fishing , snowshoeing for starters. Move on to try your skills with the kick-sledge, a Finnish "man-powered" winter vehicle. Go for some pure sliding fun on the toboggan run. Take a swing ride on the Finnish sleigh-go-round, which is an old-fashioned carousel on ice. Challenge your travelling companions to a snowball fight. Test the reindeer herder's most important tool, the reindeer lasso which we call "suopunki", and take a test drive on his most important vehicle, the snowmobile. Take a moment to explore the Bealljegoahti, the traditional dwelling of the Sámi people in the bygone days. Take a seat in the cozy Gáttegoahti on the lake shore, enjoy the glow of the open fire and feast your eyes on the surrounding winter scenery. Observe the reindeer as they roam and rest on the Ranch grounds. The Stuorragoahti is the large hut where you can warm up and relax. Sámi "Joik" music plays in the background, and there are old Sámi artifacts and photographs of the Vasara family history to view, a hot beverage to sip and a tasty pastry to savor. (A hot meal is available upon advance notice.) At the end of this excursion you are likely to agree that there's no fun like Snow Fun! AVAILABILITY AND GOOD TO KNOW The experience is available through our partner Go Fjords. There are three tour options: Reindeer Ranch Package (1 night for 2 persons): From Tromsø and back to Tromsø, including an overnight in Glass Igloo Reindeer Ranch Package (1 night for 2 persons): From Tromsø to Rovaniemi (Santa Claus Village) including an overnight Glass Igloo Special day at Vasara Reindeer Ranch: One day experience from Tromsø BOOK ONLINE NOTE: In case you wish to join the Special Day at Vasara Reindeer Ranch experience while staying in Kilpisjärvi area (no transportation from Tromsö), please reach out to us directly to check the availability.
The Northern Lights, dancing across the Arctic sky in hues of green, purple and red, are an unforgettable sight. This gracefully moving display of colors appears to move so close that you can almost touch it. And if you’re completely quiet, you may hear the faint crackling of the Northern Lights in the freezing night. According to an old Finnish Lapland belief, the Northern Lights, also known as aurora borealis, are created when a fox runs across the fells while whipping its tail against the snow, sending sparks up into the night sky. Many a myth has arisen from this fascinating spectacle of lights. For example, there is a belief in Japan and China that seeing the aurora borealis improves one’s fertility. The scientific explanation is that the aurora borealis are created when the charged particles of a solar wind come into contact with Earth’s atmosphere. The closer you are to the polar region, the more often you can see the lights flaming in the night sky. The best way to see the Northern Lights is to move away from the lights of the city.
Welcome to Kilpisjärvi Kilpisjärvi sits at the foot of Saana Fell in the middle of the Arctic high-fell area. The village of Kilpisjärvi is located in the northwest extremity of Lapland in the municipality of Enontekiö. Kilpisjärvi is the municipality’s northernmost village, and the last village before the Norwegian border. It is only a 50km (30-mile) drive to the Arctic Ocean, mostly downhill since the village is located about 500m (1,640 feet) above sea level. The village is bordered by Kilpisjärvi lake and the Saana fell, sacred to the Sami people. The legend of Kilpisjärvi According to legend, many years ago Kilpisjärvi was inhabited by giants. The sullen giant Saana fell in love with the graceful maiden Malla. At their wedding, where they were to be married by the sharp-minded wise man Paras, the jealous rival suitor Pältsä summoned the wicked witches. Suddenly, the wedding ceremony was interrupted by fierce glacial winds, which brought enormous masses of ice. At the last second, Saana whisked his bride into his arms before they were frozen in place. The grieving bride’s tears formed the lake that is now Kilpisjärvi. Many centuries later, the masses of ice melted and the giants were freed. Saana had become even more sullen than before, and the round-faced Malla jumped into her mother’s arms, their tears forming the Kitsi waterfall. Memories of Saana and Malla’s wedding appear in Kilpisjärvi every autumn in its beautiful seasonal colours – the church clothes of the wedding guests had been ripped apart and blown away by the wind into the the hills and valleys. The youngest giants can still be seen at the bottom of the lakes, thousands of years later, in the skeletons of the giant pine trees. Kilpisjärvi Visitor Centre Good place to start your journey is to visit Kilpisjärvi Visitor Centre. Kilpisjärvi Visitor Centre's permanent exhibition On the Edge of the Caledonides introduces Malla Strict Nature Reserve, Saana Nature Reserve and Research Area, Käsivarsi Wilderness Area, and the residents of Kilpisjärvi. The Visitor Centre is aimed at visitors, tourists, fishers, and hikers on the Nordkalottleden Trail. Free entry. Address: Käsivarrentie 14145, 99490 Kilpisjärvi (Enontekiö) Telephone: +358 206 39 7990 Recommended Hiking Tours Lake Tsahkal Shortest version is only 2 km but you can make a round tour of 4-6 km. This is mostly flat or slightly elevated route and considered an easy hike. Salmivaara Salmivaara tour is short but pretty steep hike. It's recommended to take Nordic walking poles with you. Saana Towering over the east of Kilpisjärvi is the Saana fell, sacred to the Sami people. Its looming profile, rising 1,029m (3,376 feet) above sea level, is a well-known sight to most Finns. Saana gets its name from the Sami word meaning polypore, a kind of fungus, which refers to the fell’s shape. The west side of Saana became protected in 1988, because the summit area of the fell is barren and home to many rare species of butterfly. Saana is a must visit attraction in Kilpisjärvi. In summer time you might be able to conquer the fell even in 2-3 hours but during the winter months, the hike might take a bit longer. Check the weather before you go. Malla Nature Reserve and The Three-Country Cairn Malla’s nature reserve is Finland’s oldest protected nature reserve. The Malla fells were first protected in 1916 when Finland was still under Russian rule. The nature reserve was recognised as a National Park in an independent Finland in 1938. Thanks to its calcareous soils, the highlands of the Little Malla and Great Malla fells are home to some rare species of alpine plants and butterflies. Some of these plants are not found anywhere else in Finland. Malla is the easiest to conquer during summer months by taking the boat to The Three-Country Cairn (3 km) and then walking back to the village. The entire tour is approximately 20-25 km. The Three-Country Cairn, which is located in the Malla nature reserve on a man-made island in the Kolttajärvi lake, marks the tripoint between Finland, Sweden and Norway. The world’s northernmost tripoint is also the northernmost point in Sweden and the westernmost point in mainland Finland. The Three-Country Cairn is a popular destination for hikers in summer and for snowmobilers and skiers in winter. Maps You can find some useful tips from here: Map of Kilpisjärvi
Enontekiö - True Lapland Enontekiö is the ultimate destination for adventurers craving purity in nature and the authentic Arctic experience. In this land of wide open spaces, where three Nordic countries meet, reindeer and man alike roam free. Visitors here can experience the Northern Lights and traditional Lapland culture. This is true Lapland, the pure Arctic, where Finland‘s only mountains rise in the distant horizon to welcome you to explore on snowshoe, ski, husky sled or snowmobile. From the rivers to the mountains Enontekiö’s name means the “birthplace of rivers,” and the ancient major waterways of Fell Lapland offer many experiences. In the summers, canoers will find both relaxing and challenging routes along the Ounasjoki river. The free-flowing river will carry them through untouched Arctic nature and past traditional riverside villages. Farther north – as far north as Finland goes – the cold waters of Lake Kilpisjärvi teem with huge Arctic char. The border river between Finland and Sweden features churning rapids for rafters and fly fishermen. As you move away from the rivers, you’ll find the perfect place to explore via bicycle in Enontekiö. With 350 kilometers of mountain bike trails, ranging from easy to the most challenging. Even a one-day bike ride will bring you to fabulous terrains featuring rivers, fells, valleys, stony hillsides and more. Ride along roads built by the Germans during WWII. Stop and take pictures at the restored Järämä fortifications. From May to August, you’ll have long days stretching out, often for 24 hours. This constant sunshine coaxes the plants to blossom for a few weeks in summer, a rare sight for any visitor. Winter slows the rivers and lakes until they freeze solid. These are the months when you hear the rip and roar of snowmobiles echoing off the distant fells. As the sun stays hidden under the horizon, the night sky above frozen Lake Kilpisjärvi erupts with the green fires of the Northern Lights. Snowmobile riders often go to the middle of nowhere just to park and watch nature’s silent fireworks. Local fell guides are happy to lead you to the most attractive places, hidden in the wilderness. During spring, when the days are long, fishermen try their skill and luck by boring holes into the rivers and lakes. And teams of huskies, with so much energy, yearn to pull your sledge across unbroken snow on trips lasting 10 minutes all the way up to 8 day Arctic expeditions. You’ll likely pass cross-country skiers, gliding across snow 2 meters deep. Enontekiö has more than 300 kilometers of ski trails, and skiers can enjoy the long days and warm weather sometimes as late as June in Kilpisjärvi. Blueberries, buffets and a bed by the border Food might never taste the same again, after you spend a week sampling Arctic delicacies from Enontekiö. The ingredients come from the purest soil, water and air, and the long Midnight Sun creates strong tastes. Every autumn, wild mushrooms, sweet blueberries and cloudberries are carried from the forests and fields to the dining table. You can watch your reindeer cooked over open fire, or grab homemade pastries with Arctic berries on your way to another adventure. Or just enjoy fresh fish year-round from some of the cleanest waters in the world. Saana fell, Enontekiö The snow blankets Saana fell, usually beginning in November, and lasting for months. During the polar night, when the sun can’t be bothered to crawl out of bed, the distinctive white hill takes on shades of pink and orange and the ever-pervasive blue. As night falls over Kilpisjärvi, there’s a good chance your view of the sparkling Milky Way will be blocked by the silent dance of the Northern Lights. Hi gain and long shutter speeds are a must!