I have been hiking for many years now, mainly in Finland, and I have visited many beautiful trails from down South to far North. One trail stands above all the rest for an all-around hiking experience.

The best hiking trail in Finland is way up North in Lapland

I have been hiking for many years now, mainly in Finland, and I have visited many beautiful trails from down South to far North. One trail stands above all the rest for an all-around hiking experience.

My favorite hiking trail is located in Lapland, Finland. Every year I go hiking in Lapland during summer with some friends or family. There are a lot of great hiking trails in Lapland, some of which I haven’t even hiked yet, but I have already managed to find the most favorite one, which I love to go to again and again.

The best hiking trail in Finland

In my opinion, the best hiking trail in Finland is the Kilpisjärvi-Halti trail. This trail is located in Lapland, Finland, and is 110 kilometers long. The trail starts from the village of Kilpisjärvi and goes to the highest point in Finland, which is the Halti mountain in Lapland.

Mount Saana

Mount Saana is a well-known landmark in Finland as the main starting point for the Halti hike in the village of Kilpisjärvi.

I have visited the Kilpisjärvi-Halti trail twice as of writing this article, once with a friend of mine and once with my family. The trail is a one-way trail from Kilpisjärvi to Halti, so you walk the same 55-kilometer path twice in the opposite directions if you decide to go it.

On my first visit to the Kilpisjärvi-Halti trail, I went to the top of Halti and back. This hike took my friend and me six full days to complete. We spent half of the nights sleeping in our tent and half the nights sleeping in some wilderness cabins located throughout the hiking trail.

Reindeer in Lapland, Finland

The terrain in the wilderness of Käsivarsi is quite rough, and there are barely any trees.

The highest point in Finland

The highest point in Finland can be visited when making the Kilpisjärvi-Halti hiking trail. The other end of the trail starts from Kilpisjärvi village and ends at the top of the highest point in Finland, which is Mount Halti. This highest point is 4,357 feet (1,328 meters) above sea level.

Mount Halti in Lapland, Finland

The highest point in Finland is located in Mount Halti. It is a bunch of rocks, but the view is majestic.

We climbed Halti on our fourth hiking day on my first trip to the Kilpisjärvi-Halti trail. We were fortunate to have clear weather and could see far into the wilderness of Finland and Norway.

Hiking in Finnish wilderness

Kilpisjärvi-Halti trail is located in the wilderness of Käsivarsi, situated in the North-West part of Finland. When leaving the village of Kilpisjärvi, it doesn’t take too long before you arrive at the natural wilderness of Finland, where there grows little to no trees, and it is just pure Lapland desert.

Fishing in Lapland, Finland

Whenever I go hiking in Lapland, I always take my fishing gear.

There are wilderness cabins with dry toilets approximately 10 kilometers apart along the trail. Hikers can rest and stay overnight in these cabins if needed without any reservations. It is always good to prepare to stay in a tent overnight when hiking in the wilderness.

Halti cabin

Wilderness cabins are great places to rest and even spend the night if the weather is terrible or you don’t want to spend a night in a tent.

My favourite Hiking tent

Sometimes finding a good place for a tent can be challenging, so that a cabin can be a good option. I love spending nights in my tent.

When to hike in Lapland, Finland

I personally always time my hikes to Lapland, Finland, in the summertime. There can still be snow around June in some areas, so July is usually safe to hit the dry season. July-August usually brings a lot of mosquitos which should be gone by late Autumn.

Some areas tend to be so high above sea level, such as the Kilpisjärvi-Halti trail, that there are rarely any mosquitoes around, unlike many people fear. It varies a lot year in and year out.

Mount Saivaara

Some trails are high enough above the sea level that there are little to no mosquitoes.

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