Wilderness Snowkite Expedition
Snowkite expedition in the wilderness of Lapland
With its almost completely treeless expanses, Finland’s biggest wilderness, Kaldoaivi, is the ultimate location for a snowkite adventure. This adventure is open to both guys and girls so feel free to bring your buddy or travel solo and make some new ones.
We follow in the footsteps of the Sami reindeer nomads during the day, and sleep in cosy cottages at night. In addition there will be some ice fishing and maybe (for the extremely brave) some snow bathing! All you need for this fun-filled trip is a sense of adventure and good winter clothing.
Cottages or Tents
6 max. guests
All Meals Incl.
Airport pick up & drop off
Guys & Girls
Rental Gear incl.
- A foil kite, harness, helmet (however, you’re welcome to bring your own equipment)
- Ground cloth/sleeping bag
- Thermal suit & snow shoes
- Headlight, Radiophone & a thermos flask
- Three delicious & organic meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Airport Transfers
…and what’s not
- Skis & ski boots
- Warm, breathable winter clothing (e.g. Goretex)
- Any additional snacks you may wish to have such as nuts, chocolate, energy drinks
- Insurances – It’s your responsibility to ensure that you have the appropriate insurance to cover you for all aspects of this trip, including cancellation
The Sámi peoples have inhabited northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Russian Kola peninsula since prehistoric times. Still to this day reindeer herding is one of their main livelihoods and a way of life that still determines most of the Sámi lifestyle. Theses indigenous people of the north have learned to survive in its challenging weather conditions and to make their living out of its resilient wildlife. This is the very lifestyle we will adapt during our trip – making the most of the wilderness of the Finnish Lapland.
We will follow their footsteps in Kaldoaivi, Finland’s biggest wilderness. Visiting the old reindeer round-up places and hunting the willow grouse (in March only) in traditional ways as well as ice fishing. In this vast untouched expanse, rarely visited by tourists you can expect clean air, pristine snow and a unique experience undisturbed by other groups. The only visitors are likely to be a heard of reindeer.
Due to its location, Nuorgam is one of the best places to view the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). There is zero light pollution and no clouds because of the cold weather. This makes it possible to see the Northern Lights on 60–70% of winter nights.
Depending on the conditions, you can expect a kite hike of around 30 to 50 km during the day, if the snow and wind conditions are not ideal in Kaldoaivi, we can cross the border into Norway. Temperatures will range from zero to -10 degrees Celsius, but we will provide all the needed gear to keep you as warm as possible during the expedition.
A beautiful river-side cottage in the village of Nuorgam will be your base camp during the week. Here you will have shared rooms and modern amenities. During the expedition, we will spend the night in either a cosy wilderness cabin complete with a saun or in winter tents. Imagine yourself in the snowy wilderness, beside a camp fire with the Northern Lights overhead.
All of our guides are experienced kitesurfers and wilderness survival experts with current first aid skills. You will get help or advice anytime you need it and a full briefing will be given. For everyone’s safety, a snow mobile will be present throughout the entire expedition and all specialist equipment is provided. So all you need for this fun-filled trip is a sense of adventure, a great camera and some warm winter clothing.
The itinerary is somewhat dependent on the weather so we can’t give an exact plan. But here is an example of what to expect.
Day 1: We will pick you up from the airport (Ivalo or Kirkkoniemi), after which we will make our way to the Karetörmä cottage. During the evening, we will check the weather forecasts and consider different route options. If you want to visit the local supermarket we can. The evening ends with a sauna and an evening meal.
Day 2: We will begin by familiarising ourselves with each piece of equipment and the emergency-release procedure for the kites, and go through what to do in special situations. During the first expedition day, we will travel 10–30 km according to the strength and direction of the wind. Depending on the route, we will stop for some ice fishing or for setting snares for willow grouse (only possible during March), and we will also visit an old reindeer round-up area. We will spend the night in either a wilderness cabin or in winter tents—hopefully under the Aurora Borealis (the northern lights).
Day 3: On the second day of the expedition, we will travel 30–50 km according to the strength and direction of the wind. We will aim to end up at the cabin beside Riekkojärvi Lake, where the sauna will soothe those hard-worked muscles, and the bravest can try some snow bathing. Using the cabin’s wood stove, we will prepare a reindeer dinner as well as smoked fish from our ice-fishing catch.
Day 4: We will aim to travel around 30-50 km kite skiing, depending on the direction and strength of the winds. There should be the opportunity to do some ice-fishing on a fell lake.
Day 5: We will trek 30–50 km according to the strength and direction of the wind, and stop to photograph places of interest. During the day, we will have the chance to go ice fishing. The evening’s program consists of learning arctic skills, such as fire-making without tools.
Day 6: Packing and return to the airport. On the way, we can visit the Sámi Museum Siida (in Inari).
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