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 chalets along the way
Breakfast, lunch-package and dinner
Arctic Canoe Route is a paddling route and has a total length of 520 km, the route is following the Könkämä, Muonio and Torne Rivers that together combined is one of the last free floating and clean rivers in Europe. The total length of the Arctic Canoe Route is 520 km and it´s divided in to 2 different parts and a total of 11 sections.
The river/route starts at the tundra in Kilpisjärvi where the 3 Scandinavian countries Sweden, Finland and Norway meet. The river floats 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 and the end in Haparanda/Tornio
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 1980-1990´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 competitions.
Our main goal is to get the magnificent river well known again for its clean waters and amazing paddling opportunities it gives and give people the opportunity to paddle it in a organized and safe way together with our certified guides that have life 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 that you will have during your stay by us will have the kayaks + all euipment ready for you and also accommodation and breakfast, lunch-packages and dinner for you each night.
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, 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. 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 many rapids along the way but there also will be several big rapids where we are portaging. Us guides take the activity safety first. The adventure has started! We stay for the night at the old Saami village of Keinuvuopio on the Swedish side of the river where the dinner is waiting for us.
Keinovuopio to Ropinsalmi 40 km
Along this beautiful approx. 40 km long canoeing passage the group we receive several (10-12) running rapids, all class 1-3. There also will be wider and clear lake areas for us to take it easily once in a while, if the wind is co-operative with us! At Ropinsalmi we will find a suitable place to put up our camp for the night. The night will be spent in” Tipi-Tents” where we together prepare the camp and the dinner for the night.
Accommodation & Meals
On an island in the mighty River Muonio, overlooking two countries, You will find Rajamaa. Rajamaa consists of a main building, with reception, dining-room and sauna. Close by are our hotel-chalets, and around us the vast Taiga forests of Lapland. Except for the small village with 7 inhabitants, there is only wilderness. Here You will enjoy the calm of the Lapland nature, sleep like a log, and eat home cooked food.
Typical Swedish wooden chalets, as always, red with white corners. Lots of wood inside these comfortable, fully equipped hotel-chalets. All of them have been totally renovated during 2018. The smaller ones have 2 beds for twin or double. The bigger ones have two bed-rooms with 2 beds for twin or double and one big living room with two beds. Totally 6 with the extra beds. All chalets have ready-made hotel beds, shower/WC, mini-kitchen and electrical drying closet. And a view over the river and two countries!
The dining room
All meals, if not eaten outside in the forest by a fire, will be enjoyed in our dining-room. The splendid view over the river will increase the appetite. All the food has been prepared in our kitchen from start, and the bread is also baked there. As much as possible we use Lapland produced, such as moose, pork and beef, and fish from mountain-lakes or the Arctic Sea. Blue-berries, cloud-berries and lingon-berries are picked in the forests around. Depending on season, vegetables are partly grown in our garden and partly from the region. Bon appetit!
Dates & Prices
Dates for 2020 not set yet. Please send an request!
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. 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 and full-board according to program ( Breakfast, lunch packages, dinner ).
2 guides during all of the days.
A program certified as ecological tourism.
Drinks and personal expenditure (souvenirs...) and all any extra expenses not mentioned before.