Wilderness trip in Lapland
Wilderness trip in Lapland
Canoeing, hiking, fishing and drifting expedition on Kaitum river
In spring the white winter landscape is brought back to life by the midnight sun. The colourful Arctic fauna explodes, animals breed and clear water rivers begin running again. We explore the changing summer landscape, and there is amble opportunity to admire the wildlife that includes eagle, Arctic fox, moose, reindeer and superb fishing. Silently drifting downstream we have a fair chance to see animals on the riverbank, so besides your hiking boots do bring fishing rod and a good zoom.
We fly by helicopter to the grand Arctic mountain world of the Kaitum lakes. The entire route goes through deserted wilderness, and only at the very end we meet civilization again. We mostly do these trips with small groups, and this is the way to experience Lapland’s wildlife. The expedition north of the polar circle combines easy hiking, drifting and fishing with wilderness adventure. After a few days we forget the everyday life back home and a new day presents itself by being in the wilderness on its own terms.
A wilderness-expedition is not only for experts, by ajusting the daily distances, a experienced guide and using our expedition equipment, most people are able join us. The guide show how to move in the wilderness, and along the way we gather and capture some of our own food, gaining insight to which plants that are edible. At the campsite we cook over an open fire, and aim to make our primitive stay in the wild as comfortable as possible. This year we bring a Lavvu with fireplace, where we can sit, eat, stand upright and stay the night. We spend the night in expedition tents, for more privacy. The Kaitum expedition is a team effort.
Canoeing, hiking, fishing and drifting expedition on Kaitum river - price
Wilderness trip in Lapland - 14.200 DKK
Guide, helicopter, transfers, food, overnights, canoeraft and expedition-equipment.
Wilderness trip in Lapland. 10. August - 17. August 2013.
Wilderness trip in Lapland. 20. August - 27. August 2013.
Assistance with flight plans.
No experience of the wilderness is needed but you do need to be in normal, good shape for the trip. To some people this trip will be an experience for life - for others it might be slightly over the top. If it rains we will get wet, and in the Arctic climate the wind conditions on the large lakes can quickly change. Precautions must be made and there might be days where we will need to stay at the campsite, meaning that we must paddle far on other days. Subject to changes in the program – force majeure. The trip is made on the terms of the wilderness and as comfortable and flexible as possible.
At the campsite we aim to make our primitive days in the wild as comfortable as possible, so we bring a Lavvu with firepl
Day 1-2. Travel to Lapland
We recommend going by train, through the Swedish wilderness all the way to Lapland. Flights are also avalible
Day 3. Helicopter transfer into the wilderness - short hike and campfire evening
At arrival at the airport the group gathers, and we drive directly to the helicopter base. The transfer takes us up to the unique mountain world north of the Kaitum lakes, from where we hike approximately 4 km to our first campsite. There will be time for fishing for arctic char along the way and at the end of the day, we set up camp and enjoy each other´s company at the campfire under the polar sky. The fresh ingredients we cook over the open fire are the ideal accompaniment to our fish, and in river we have the finest drinking water. We spend the time doing everything that comes with being in the wilderness and next morning new experiences wait ahead.
Day 4. Hiking in mountain and arctic char fishing
This will be a long day packed with exciting experiences and lots of physical activity. We get up early and hike down to Kaska Kaitumjaure, where the helicopter has offloaded our canoe-rafts with supplies and the equipment we need for the rest of the trip. Here at the trip’s second step we help each other getting the gear ready, before we paddle the first distance along the mountain lake. When we reach our campsite we cook the fresh ingredients over the open fire, relax and enjoy the grand view. The weight of the equipment can be reduced a lot by using the fresh ingredients from nature, giving the adventure level and meals a kick.
Day 5-6. Crossing the Kaitum lakes in the grand mountains
In the mountain scenery of the Kaitum lakes, we paddle through with a night’s stay between the lakes at the easily paddled rapids of Tirtjam. At the river inlet we pass by Tjounajokk and continue down the clear water river Kaitum. During the entire Kaitum trip you can take short hikes together or on your own with the fishing rod or camera. It is an exclusive adventure to be on the upper Kaitum river trip, and sharing the wilderness creates close friendships for the future.
Day 7-9. Rafting down Kaitum river
The trip’s third step is on the deserted route of the river down to Killinge. On the way we go ashore to make lunch, fish and plan routes through the easy to medium grade rapids. On this part of the Kaitum river we will pass three mighty rapids; two of them we line the rafts along the banks and the third rapid have approximately 400 meters portage. The trip is done at the end of the season, where the water flow is usually pretty low, and the rest of the paddling route is easy to light-medium grade. If you are a beginner, this trip is perfect because the difficult parts are passed using lines or are being instructed, and because we use two-people canoe-rafts that require absolutely no experience. If there are rapids that you prefer not to paddle, it´s alright - they will then be paddled by the guide.
Day 7-9. Evening program. Campfire - explore and photograf - fishing trouts and grayling
After the adventures on the river a swim in the cool water is very refreshing. We set up camp and cook campfire meals near perfect views and fishing spots. Here north of the polar circle in the midnight sun, the moose come down to the river to drink while the fish find insects. The cool and late evening hours are a good opportunity to sneak along the river on a photo-safari or to go fishing. Before we settle down for the night, we enjoy each other’s company at the campfire with something warm to drink.
Day 10-11. Last day padling, sauna and flight back home
After the last night in the wilderness we paddle 9-10 km. We meet civilization at the trip’s first gravel road and in the small village, where we end the trip with a delicious lunch after a well-deserved bath and a hot sauna. After a long drive back to the airport, we bring the wilderness experience and the reindeer antlers we may have found back home with us.