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Guided hike to the three countries border cairn - Adventure by Design

Book a guided hiking tour to the border cairn of Norway, Sweden and Finland. We travel with a ferry from Kilpisjärvi in Finland to Sweden, visit all three countries and hike back to Kilpisjärvi through Malla Strict Nature Reserve.

We start with a ferry trip from Kilpisjärvi in Finland through the Kilpisjärvi lake to Sweden from where we hike approximately 3 km to the three country border cairn. After visiting all the three nordic countries, we will enjoy a lunch and start our 11 km hike through Malla Strict Nature Reserve back to Kilpisjärvi. The hike is not very demanding, the terrain is fairly even arctic tundra. There are a few rocky or steep hills along the route. Your guide will tell you about the local history, geology as well as the flora and fauna - not forgetting the stories about the life today in the region. There are lynxes and wolverines, as well as some rare arctic plants in the region and your guide can show you some glacier buttercups or the leftovers of a wolverine's dinner. It is extremely rare to encounter with either of these predators. Protecting our fragile environment is important to us, so all our trips follow the leave nothing - take nothing but photos policy.
You need to bring good hiking shoes and wind proof clothing. Layered clothing is advised, as even in the warm summer days the weather can change suddenly. Also bring a water bottle and additional snacks if you wish. Guide will bring a packed lunch (for example a large sandwich and a fruit) and hot drinks. Make sure you let us know of any diet restrictions or possible injuries/medical conditions relevant to the tour.

Availability depends on the weather conditions. Trails are usually passable in June, but there often are some snow remains on the trail still in July. The ferry ride is also weather dependent, but we will always arrange another option in case the ferry is not running.

Departure: 9.30 am Finnish time
Duration: full day
Particpants: private group up 2-6 persons, prices for minimum of 2 adults per group
Included: private guide, ferry and lunch
Optional: pick up from Skibotn in Norway 30€/person extra on request
Required fitness level: average fitness level. This is a long day out but can be done by most people.

Adventure by Design has been arranging custom and private tours in Northern Norway and Finland since 2012. Gareth Hutton, the owner and lead guide, is an outdoors instructor and photographer from New Zealand. All our guides are outdoor guides with a passion for nature, physical activity and sharing the great outdoor experiences with you. We are committed to conserve the fragile nature for future generations and thus all our trips follow the leave nothing, take nothing but photos policy.

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