Wilderness Snowkite Expedition

Kaldoaivi, Finland


Highlights

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.

Trip Characteristics

Cottages or Tents

Kaldoaivi, Finland

Snowkiting

6 max. guests

All Meals Incl.

From $1,800

Experienced

Airport pick up & drop off

6 nights

Guys & Girls

Rental Gear incl.

Winter wilderness


What’s Included…

  • A foil kite, harness, helmet (however, you’re welcome to bring your own equipment)
  • Sleigh
  • 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 Experience

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.

 

 


Itinerary

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).

Reviews

  1. 0 out of 5

    Just came back from an epic snowkite-expedition with Alma Arktika, and no doubt the was a great adventure into the wilderness, one everybody should do once (at least) in a lifetime. We started with 2 days practice (enough for a rookie like me) – and then 5 days into endless landscapes, we didnt meet any other people theese five days.
    Hannu and Reetta who runs the ALMA ARKTIKA, are wonderful people, well organized, with good rental gear and cozy cabins in Nuorgam. They are helpful in anyway and took good care of our group of 4 people. The scenery is out of this world, and the expedition took us through white valleys, snowblizzards, sleeping under the beautiful northern lights and compleeting this expedition, surely was a great pleasure (and hard work) – im hooked and i will come back.

  2. 0 out of 5

    We went on a wilderness expedition, which was an unforgettable experience! Experiencing the nature elements for several days and moving day to day with skis and kites was truly unique. The nature is as wild as it gets and we were glad it was respected and our expedition had minimal to no impact on it. Reetta and Hannu are extremely friendly and knowledgeable about the area. We are looking forward to return!!

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Any last questions? (FAQ)

Nuorgam is the northernmost village in the EU, far in the north, true Lapland above the tourism. ​It is located 500 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle, near to the Arctic Ocean and the Norwegian border.
lthough we are located basically in the middle of nowhere, it is surprisingly easy to get here. All you need to do is take the flight and we will take care of the rest. Click here to see where the closest airports are located in:
For a few helpful hints on what to pack, click here
All of our guides are experienced kitesurfers and at surviving in wilderness. They all have up to date first aid skills
You need to know how to handle a kite. If you can do this on the water then you can definitely do it in the snow. We are on hand to give guidance and advice on how to use the equipment.
Absolutely! A lot of our guests come by themselves, but there’s nothing more fun than getting to know new people on a holiday. You might feel a little awkward at first, but it’ll only take you a few hours to get to know the rest of the group and at on the plus side you all have at least one thing in common, so it shouldn’t be hard to find something to chat about!
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 wilderness cabin or in winter tents. Imagine yourself in the snowy wilderness, beside a camp fire with the Northern Lights overhead.
You need to wait until you have received confirmation of your booking from the Operator before you start to make your travel arrangements.
Yes, travel insurance is a MUST. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the appropriate insurance to cover you for all aspects this trip (remember that surfing is an action sport), including cancelation. Go fund me campaigns for people who have accidents abroad without insurance are becoming increasingly common and less supported!

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