4-Nights Expedition

1,200.00

Three countries in one go! This scenic expedition will take you through pristine nature in the border region of Norway, Russia, and Finland. Also, being a slow paced expedition, you will have an optimal opportunity to learn and practise the essential skills involved in ski expedition travelling.

Trip Profile

Duration
4 Nights
price
EUR 1,200
Location
Pasvik Valley
Grade
Intermediate
group size
6-10
Arrival
Kirkenes
Departure
Kirkenes
accomodation
Lodge & tents
meals
all inclusive
season
Jan-April

Trip Highlights

Winter camping mornings in the tent

Profile of guest & experience needed

No prior experience to skiing or winter camping needed. However, you should be able to comfortably walk 10km per day, and also keep in mind that being reasonably flexible and agile is an advantage when pitching the tent in snow and manoeuvring inside the tent.

What's Included

Itinerary

  • You will be picked up in Kirkenes at your hotel or at the airport before midday, and we proceed to the small village of Svanvik by the Russian/Norwegian border 40km away. Here we will check in at the cosy NIBIO Svanhovd, which is part of the NIBIO Research Institute that monitors and studies the unique biome of the Pasvik Valley.
  • After lunch we spend the afternoon with practical introductions, getting you comfortable with clothing, boots/skis, packing and pulling the ‘pulk’ (sled), tent pitching, digging out a kitchen in the tent, using a stove, etc.
  • After dinner it will be possible to use the sauna and visit the extensive exhibition on display featuring the unique environment, culture and history of the Pasvik Valley.
  • After a good breakfast we will finish packing our equipment, and are transported about 40km south to the small settlement of Hauge, where we start our expedition trip.
  • For an easy transition into back-country skiing, we will start off by following a well prepared snowmobile track that leads the way inland.
  • We set up our camp for the night near the Juomisjarvi lake or by the wood cabin of Lerkevannskoia.
  • After breakfast and breaking camp, we start making our way up to ‘Haglklumpel’ (literally translated meaning ‘The Lump of Hail’), by the Finnish border. At 338m above sea level, Haglklumpen is an elevated treeless plateau with a spectacular 360 degree view over the entire region.
  • We descend from Haglklumpen using a trail used by Finnmarksløpet, Europe’s longest dog-sled race of 1200km. With luck we may see a dog-sled team out practising.
  • Having descended from Haglklumpen, we will find a suitable spot to set camp.
  • By now, you will probably already experience breaking camp being much easier than the first time you toiled with the tent in the snow.
  • Continuing along the dog-sled trail again, we head towards the bus awaiting at our starting point, ready to take us back to the NIBIO Conference Centre – and a warm shower!
  • A nice farewell dinner will be served, and hereafter it will be possible to use the sauna.

After breakfast the bus will take you back to Kirkenes

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