Kaldoaivi is the ultimate location for a snowkite adventure. It is one of the largest wilderness areas in Europe and its vast expanse is almost completely treeless. Because tourism is minimal in this area, the snow here is pristine. It is something you should experience at least once in your lifetime. You won't see any other groups during the hike; our only company might be a passing herd of reindeer. As the old Sami nomads used to say: "The wind lives with the hills." It is seldom completely windless in Kaldoaivi. Often there is enough wind to travel 30 km to 50 km in a day. We can also snowkite on the Norway side of the border if there’s not enough wind or snow in the Kaldoaivi area. The temperature ranges from zero to -10 degrees Celsius, but we make sure that you won't be cold during the expedition. We provide all the needed gear.
Nuorgam is the northernmost village in the EU. It is located 500 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle, near the Norwegian border. Because tourism is minimal here, the natural surroundings are virtually untouched. It is something you should experience at least once in your lifetime. Due to its location, Nuorgam is one of the best places to view the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights. We have zero light pollution and there are no clouds because of the cold weather. This makes it possible to see the Northern Lights on 60–70% of winter nights. Although the location is remote, it is surprisingly easy to get here. There are several nearby airports and we are happy to pick you up. All you need to do is book your flight and we’ll take care of the rest. The closest airports are located in: - Ivalo, Finland - 200 km. Finnair flies daily from Helsinki. Norwegian flies seasonally from Helsinki. - Kirkenes, Norway - 150 km. Norwegian and SAS fly domestically within Norway.
If you handle a kite in the water, then you can definitely do it in the snow! Depending on the conditions, you can expect to travel by kite around 30 to 50 km during the day. In the evenings, you’ll learn arctic survival skills, such as fire-making with traditional tools. You’ll spend your nights in cozy cottages or winter tents. You’ll also have the opportunity to experience traditional Finnish sauna in our picturesque wilderness cabins. Additionally, your chance of seeing the Northern Lights during the expedition is extremely high.
All you need for this fun-filled trip is a sense of adventure and good winter clothing. All special equipment is provided. We serve local organic food, including wild salmon, reindeer meat, wild berries, and more. All of our guides are experienced kitesurfers and wilderness survival experts with current first aid skills. You will get help anytime you need it. For everyone’s safety, a snow mobile will be present throughout the entire expedition.
You will need to bring:
- Skis/snowboard, ski boots (rental gear available)
- Warm, breathable winter clothing (e.g. Goretex)
- Down jacket
- Thermal underwear, change of clothes
- Hat, gloves
- Any additional snacks you may wish to have such as nuts, chocolate, or energy drinks
- Travel insurance covering kiteskiing
After the wilderness expedition, you will have a full day which you can spend snowkiting at the local spot or you can choose from these activities:
- Husky Safari (optional)
- Visiting a reindeer herder
- Ice fishing
- Day trip to Norway
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 crackling fire with the Aurora Borealis streaming overhead.
Your Host: Reetta
Reetta is your host for this tours and will take care of everything during your trip. Furthermore the host knows everything about this trip and will provide you will all information needed.