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How to spend three days in Kilpisjärvi – Finland, from Tromsø

Embark on an unforgettable journey from the vibrant city of Tromsø, Norway, to the serene beauty of Kilpisjärvi, Finland. An adventure that takes you to a land where the sky dances with vibrant hues, where you can simultaneously stand in three countries, and where the wilderness whispers ancient tales.

Day 1: From Tromsø to the picturesque Kilpisjärvi

Morning: The Arctic Route Bus

Begin your journey by hopping on the Arctic Route bus from Tromsø. As you travel 2.5 hours away from Tromsø along picturesque fjords and breathtaking mountain passes, prepare to cross the border into Finland. Do remember that there’s a one-hour time difference, with Finland being +1 hour.

Afternoon: Snowmobile adventure

A man and a woman on a red snowmobile wearing winter thermal suits and helmets surrounded by snowy mountains and forests

Arriving in Kilpisjärvi, or Kilpis as locals call it, gear up for a thrilling snowmobile tour. A highlight of this adventure is the 3-border point, a unique spot where Sweden, Finland, and Norway meet.

Evening: Check-in and indulge in Arctic Finnish cuisine

Cahkal Hotel mid winter

After an action-packed day, check into the Cahkal Hotel. We recommend the View Room, which offers impeccable views over the lake.

Once settled, indulge in the Arctic Finnish cuisine. Try delicacies such as reindeer, freshwater fish, and berries.

Night: Aurora hunting

As night falls, step outside. Look up and you might catch the Northern Lights dancing in the sky. Kilpisjärvi is an ideal spot for aurora viewing thanks to its cold and dry climate.

Day 2: Exploring Kilpisjärvi

Morning: Relax and recharge

Begin your day with a leisurely morning and a hearty breakfast at the hotel.

Afternoon: Snowshoeing near Saana mountain

In the early afternoon, get ready for a snowshoeing adventure near the sacred Saana Mountain. This winter activity will bring you closer to the untouched beauty of the Arctic landscape.

Evening: Scandinavian sauna experience

Back at the hotel, unwind with a traditional Scandinavian sauna experience. This mindful relaxation method is a must-try when in Finland.

Day 3: Reindeer farm visit and return to Tromsø

Morning: Reindeer farm visit

Start your day with a visit to Kilpisjärvi Reindeer .This unique experience allows you to get up close and personal with these majestic animals.

If you have your own transport, you can visit Arctic Land Adventure reindeer farm.

Afternoon: Return to Tromsø

In the afternoon, make your way back to Tromsø. The Arctic Route bus provides a comfortable and scenic journey, and you will be back to Tromsø around 19:30 (Norwegian time).

Evening: Enjoy Tromsø's vibrant nightlife

Once back in Tromsø, enjoy the lively vibe of the Arctic Capital. The city offers a wide range of restaurants, bars, and cultural attractions, ensuring an enjoyable end to your Arctic adventure.

Accommodation options in Kilpisjärvi

While Cahkal Hotel offers a luxurious stay with its rooms, you have other options to consider as well:

Santa Hotel Rakka

Santa Hotel Rakka has recently won several awards for its excellent service. They offer delicious Arctic tapas and a wide range of à la carte Finnish dishes. For more information, visit their official website.


If you fancy staying in an igloo completed with a private sauna and an incredible view, Tundrea is your go-to place. For more details, visit their official website here.


Your journey from Tromsø to Kilpisjärvi is not just a trip, but a life-changing experience that allows you to embrace the magic of the Arctic in its purest form. And remember, when in Finland, don’t forget to say “Kiitos,” which means “thank you“.

Please note: This is a sample itinerary. The actual journey might vary depending on the travel dates and specific travel needs.

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