Fin-Nor skiing expedition
FINLAND - NORWAY SKIING EXPEDITION
Welcome to this great cross country skiing expedition through the Finnish and Norwegian Lapland - 230 kilometres – ending up at the northernmost cliff of the European continent – Cape Nordkyn Position 71°08¢00² northern latitude. Experience the forests of Finland through the white desert of the Norwegian mountain plains and the panorama view of the Barents Sea! Luggage and food transported by our guide with snowmobile. The skiing guide takes You safely through this enormous mountain area.
A good skiing technic is demanded to be able to follow the long day distances of this expedition. Daily distances varies from 25 to 40 kilometres. The temperatures, however, are not going to fall beyond -5 to -15 degrees but in case of strong winds or storms, the progress of the expedition can become very hard.
Cross country skis, ski wax, (neverwax skis is a good alternative), shoes with covers, wind proof outer clothing, woollen socks, skiing gloves, extra mittens, extra fleece or woollen pullover, extra socks, sun glasses/cream, small torch, sleeping bag, towell, soap, and alpine googles.
RENT OF EQUIPMENT
Cross country skis, sticks, shoes, alpine googles, and sleeping bag can be rented from Nordic Safari AS.
LUGGAGE & BACKPACK
Bring personal luggage in a solid bag. Max weight 15.kg. The luggage will be transported on the sledge of the service snowmobile to each overnight cottage.
During the skiing day You can carry a light backpack with your personal small things needed for the day. Thermo bottle, chocolate, extra windjacket, camera etc.
1. Day Kirkenes - Sevettijärvi
Arrival by plane to Kirkenes airport, Norway. Transfer by minibus, crossing the border to Finland, ending up to border village Sevettijarvi, the starting point of the expedition. A good traditional dinner will be served. During the evening, detailed information about the expedition will be given. Overnight in camping cottages
2. Day Sevettijärvi - Tsaarajärvi
After breakfast, we will start skiing towards Tsaarajärvi mountain cottage The landscape changes from frozen lakes, like open spaces, in the dense forests of pine trees and birches. With a little bit of luck, You might see the reindeers. Outdoor lunch with warm soup bread, coffee and tea, will be served every day of the expedition. The night will be spent in an not served, wooden cottage by lake Tsaarajärvi. In addition to the cottage we will have a heated Sami tent for sleeping.
Parts of the day we will ski by rope, pulled by our service snowmobile. Total distance 40 km.
3. Day Tsaarajärvi - Nuorgam
Breakfast in the cottage Today's skiing distance will be the same distance as yesterday. The pine trees have certainly given space to small size birches and open spaces . The terrain is beautiful with panoramic view over the small mountains in this remote area of Finland. After a delicious outdoor lunch, the terrain falls down to lake Pulmankijärvi with the length of 8 kilometres. Because of several small climbs, our route will reach a higher altitude before arriving at Nuorgam, the northernmost village of Finland, situated on the border between Finland and Norway. The official border between the two countries is marked in the middle of Tana river, the most productive wild atlantic salmon river of Europe. A warm tradidional sauna bath, will be waiting for us upon arrival. Traditional dinner served in the restaurant and overnight in confortable cottages.
Day distance partly pulled by rope after the service snowmobile, 40 km.
4. Day Nuorgam - Dun Kratt
Welcome to Norway, the country of our norwegian guide Vidar the Viking. He is leading us from the finnish Lapland to Finnmark (northernmost region in Norwey). After having crossed the frozen river of Tana (altitude 57 metres), the journey will continue rising progressively between hills covered with birches, divided by a myriad of lakes before coming back to a open desert mountain area. Situated at the margin of the birch forest, the cabin of Dun Kratt (211 metres), rented from the local reindeer owners. Day distance 27 km.
5. Day Dun Kratt - Ifjord
Today, You will really explore the great, white desert, called the Ifjord mountain. Just white snow, absolute no vegetation as long as Your eyes ever can see. After lunch, the terrain descend down to the Sami village, Sjåvatn. Dinner and overnight in comfortable cottage From this day we have to be prepared for the risk of stormy weather will increase as we approach northwards to the coast of the Barents Sea. Today's distance is 35 km.
6. Day Ifjord - Laggo
This day will be one of the most varied of all. We will climb small mountain tops, descend down long valleys, ending up to the Laggo river. The frozen path of which we will follow until the Barents Sea welcomes us with the fjord of Langfjorden. The sight of Laggo, a small harbour, is fascinating with the first discovery of its amazing connection between the ocean and snow. The night will be spent in countryside cottages equipped with sauna and shower. Day distance 35 km.
7. Day Laggo - the Red Cross cottage
Cottage Early breakfast Skiing 2 kilometres to the harbour. We enter the catamaran boat, taking us to the harbour of Skjånes (an small fishing village). From there, we will start the skiing by a steep climb (400m of difference in altitude). Following frozen lakes that form successive levels finally taking us to the summit of Sandfjelle, 500metres above sea level. Great panoramic view from the summit. The rest of the route, will be a long crossing of the white desert plains of the Nordkyn peninsula. In the evening we reach the skiing refuge of the local Red Cross society of Mehamn. Situated 10 kilometres south of the fishing village Mehamn
Total distance 27 km.
8. Day the Red Cross cottage - the Cape Nordkyn
Depending on the weather condition,s we start out in the morning, heading for the great goal of the expedition - Cape Nordkyn! The nature is wild and we have to cross valleys, climb small mountain tops and descend steep hills, on the way out to this majestetic cliff, surrounded by the Barents Sea on all edges. Finally we reach the cliff, facing the Artic Ocean. A memory for lifetime! We will return to Mehamn, assisted by the service snowmobile, pulling us by ropes half of the distance. We enjoy a comfortable shower at the sports hall, sniffing at the athmosphere of Mehamn fishing village before we enter the luxury coast express ship. Day distance 35 km
During the night, we are cruising along the coast of eastern Finnmark, visiting 3 fishing villages and the capitol of Finnmark region, Vadsø.
9. Day Kirkenes - home
Breakfast onboard 10:30 Arrival at Kirkenes Transfer by minibus to the airport 12:50 Home travel - Departure by plane.
Welcome to join us for this unforgettable skiing expedition through the most beautiful and extreme nature in the northern Europe!
The price includes: accommodation, full board on expedition, transfers, boat tickets, guiding and transport of the equipments.
Price on request!
Group size 7-12 pers.