Arctic Canoe Route
During a magic summer week we will, by canoe, explore the unique Lapland nature. From the mountains and tundra to the Taiga forest.
Different types of huts and tent.
Breakfast, lunch-package and dinner
The Lapland rivers Könkämä, Muonio and Torne, form one of the last free running and clean rivers in Europe. The total length of this Arctic Canoe Route is 520 km and we will do the first third of it.
The river/route starts at the tundra in Kilpisjärvi where the three Scandinavian countries Sweden, Finland and Norway meet. The river runs in the north trough total wilderness and continues later south along the Muonio river valleys, small villages and farming country all the way to the Baltic Sea.
The river consists of slow and shallow parts and a total of about 100 rapids, everything from easy Class I rapids to the more considerably more advanced Class V rapids.
The idea of Arctic Canoe Route comes from the well known competition ACR that where arranged during the 1980-90´s on the same river that we will follow.
We want to point out however that the main goal for Arctic Canoe Route is not to arrange any competition.
Our main goal is to get the magnificent river well known again for its clean waters and amazing canoeing and give people the opportunity to paddle it. This in an organized and safe way together with our certified guides that have long experience of the waters.
Our tours will be “all included” that means that we will pick you up at the train station or airport. The 2 guides will have the canoes + all euipment ready for you and also accommodation and arranged breakfast, lunch-packages and dinner for you each night. Guiding in English. A program certified as sustainable tourism.
Pickup at the airport and transfer to Rajamaa. We start with meeting up the group and the guides at the Rajamaa camp before we head for the dinner. A briefing about the week after the dinner.
Kilpisjärvi to Keinovuopio (17 km)
Breakfast, then transfer to Kilpisjärvi where the three Nordic countries, Sweden, Finland and Norway meet. The very first day of the adventure starts from the higher treeless fell plateau. The adventure has started! We will encounter the first bigger rapid called Kilpisluspa which we may have to go by portaging the gear and the canoes. We will run several rapids along the way, but some we pass portaging. For the guides safety goes first. We stay for the night at the old Sami village of Keinuvuopio on the Swedish side of the river where the dinner is waiting for us.
Keinuvuopio to Iitto (23km)
Along this beautiful approx. 23 km long canoeing passage the group will take on several (10-12 running rapids all class 1-3). There will also be wider and clear lake areas for easier going once in a while. That is if the wind is with us! We will find a place for the night on the Swedish shore after we passed the rapids.
Before you go
The guests should bring proper clothing for outdoor, walking boots, rain clothes, a simple sleeping-bag and small ruck-sack. A head-lamp for the evening and an extra towel for the sauna are also needed.
You need a fresh appetite for adventures, and to be prepared to take part in the building and breaking of camps and preparing of meals.
No vaccinations needed, but please bring Your European Health Insurance Card.
Included in the price
Transfer to/from airport or train-station.
2 man canoe + all equipment needed.
Accommodation in huts and tent, and full-board according to program ( Breakfast, lunch packages, dinner ).
2 guides during all of the days.
A program certified as sustainable tourism.
Dates & Prices
Dates for 2021 not set yet. Please send an request!