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Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing is a fun, safe and easy way to get around in snow. The technique is basically like normal walking, but you have a larger footprint and "claws" that enable you to walk on snow easily, even uphill and downhill. Our snowshoeing tours can be modified to different fitness levels. So weather you are looking for a relaxed, slow walk in a snowy, silent forest, or an active, arctic adventure on the fells, contact us to experience snowshoeing in the beautiful wilderness of Utsjoki!

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Paistunturi is a large wilderness area in Northernmost Lapland in Utsjoki. In this 1500 square kilometer large wilderness area, stunning sceneries after another are exposed, as the gentle rolling fells are crossed by deep carved river valleys. From the highest fell tops, you get a great view over the entire wilderness area, as far as to the fells in Norway. Paistunturi wilderness area has only a few marked trails and wilderness cabins. Paistunturi is reindeer-herding area of the indigenous Sámi population, and more than 6000 reindeer graze in Paistunturi area.

 

From November to April, Paistunturi wilderness area is covered with snow. We use snowshoes to get around on the fells, as otherwise our feet would sink too deep in the snow. Snowshoes are special outdoor gear designed to enable walking on snow. Walking with snowshoes is very similar to normal walking, so using them is easier than skiing. The spikes on the bottom of the snowshoes ease moving up and down on the hills. 

 

Our snowshoeing tours can be modified according to fitness level and wishes of participants. We can do an easy walk in a snowy forest or by a frozen river, or a more demanding and longer hike on the fells. We might see some willow grouse, red fox, hare, reindeer, hawks or even footprints of a wolverine during our walk. If we see any people, it will probably be a local reindeer herder or a fisherman doing his work. We will enjoy the silence of the uninhabited and roadless wilderness.

 

The tour includes pick-up maximum 10 km from Utsjoki village, hot drinks and rental snowshoes. Snowshoes are attached to your normal winter boots with straps, so just make sure your boots are warm. If you need any extra clothing for the tour, let us know and we can arrange this. Pick-up should also be scheduled at least the previous day of the tour.

If you are travelling with children, we have a special fjellpulken for the smallest guests. We also have snowshoes in children´s size. Let us know well in advance if you have children coming along, so we can arrange the right gear for the snowshoeing and safety seats for the minibus!

We normally do snowshoeing activities in the day time, but from October to February, from about 10th to 18th each month, when the moon is the brightest, you can request for a snowshoe walk late evening, under the moonlight! When we turn off our headlamps, you see how it is never completely dark with the moonlight reflecting from the white snow. 

Snowshoeing, easy

Duration: 2 hrs

What is included: Pick-up max 10 km from Utsjoki village, snowshoes, hot drinks and snacks, 2 hour guided snowshoeing.

What to bring: Warm winter boots and warm clothing. Send us email prior to tour if you need extra clothing to borrow. 

Price: 80 euros (children under 12 yrs -50 %)

Availability: 1.11.2024-30.4.2025

Snowshoeing, fell tour

Duration: 3-4 hrs

What is included: Pick-up max 10 km from Utsjoki village, snowshoes, hot drinks and small snacks, 3-4 hour guided snowshoeing.

What to bring: Warm winter boots and warm clothing, own snacks, water bottle. Send us email prior to tour if you need extra clothing to borrow.

Price: 120 euros (children under 12 yrs -50 %)

Availability: 1.11.2024-30.4.2025

 

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