Longer or More Challenging Arctic River Journeys:

Könkämäeno / Tornionjoki / Muoniojoki Border River

This river, which runs un-dammed for 560km between the Arctic Ocean and the Baltic Sea and forms the natural border between Sweden and Finland, is Europe's longest wild river. It became well known in kayaking circles in the 80s and 90s as the location of the historic Arctic Canoe Race. Flatwater sections are interspersed between exciting rapids and there are many put-in and take-out options along its length. Hence, there are a wide number of journey options. However, since the river drops 473m along its length and contains 124 classified rapid water sections, some sections are fairly demanding. Despite this, it is still suitable for families with a local guide.

Detailed route descriptions and rapid water section classifications are available.

The whole length can be completed in one week by experienced paddlers paddling c.80km days. Alternatively, one company offers a more relaxed two-week journey down its length, most summers from Lake Kilpisjärvi to the Gulf of Botnia.

Our 21km one-day guided journey on this river puts in at Palojoensuu and takes out at Saivomuotka. There are no major rapids along this section.

1-day Guided Journey Price: Adults €185
2-day Guided Journey Price: Adults €250

1-day Facilitated Journey Price: Adults €65
2-day Facilitated Journey Price: Adults €90


Ounasjoki River

For those interested in a one-day journey which is slightly shorter than the Palojoki and Käkkälöjoki river options, there is an accessible 22km route on the gentle Ounasjoki river from Periläjärvi to Ketomella. (There are also open shelters at either end - a lean-to shelter on the shore of Lake Periläjärvi, and a campfire site and Sioskoski day-trip hut before the village of Ketomella.) The Näkkäläjoki flows into the Ounasjoki at the eastern end of Lake Periläjärvi and a few kilometres after this it widens and becomes the quiet waters of Joentekiäinen pool where it is also joined by the Vanhajoki river.

If there is sufficient water flow, you may choose to put in, rather, at the east end of Lake Ounasjärvi, 5 km from the centre of Hetta. In-between this put-in and our standard put-in at Lake Periläjärvi is a 400m long section of shallow and rocky rapids called the Periläkoski rapids. These are only enjoyable in high water.

Longer journeys (for which we can determine taylored prices) are obviously also possible on this mighty river since it runs undammed all the way to Rovaniemi, c. 300km in the South. It is actually the longest river which is completely within Finland’s borders and is very popular with long distance canoeists. Round rocks which have been shaped by moving ice and water and which are difficult to spot from upstream are characteristic of the river. The rapids along the river vary in classification from I to III. The most difficult rapids along the route are Kurkkio, Köngäs and Molkoköngäs.

If you want to canoe down the entire river from Hetta all the way to Rovaniemi, you should take into account that the trip will take at least 2 weeks. There are 30 sets of rapids along the route and altogether this equals to a drop of 200 metres. There are villages by the river, but also long stretches which are uninhabited. From Ketomella to Rovaniemi a road runs beside the river.

1-day Guided Journey Price: Adults €185
1-day Facilitated Journey Price: Adults €65

For more information about this river and its tributaries, see: http://www.ounasjoki.fi/


Lätäseno River: 115km

Experienced paddlers in search of a true wilderness adventure can opt for a helidrop (by hydroplane or helicopter) to the head of the completely wild Lätäseno river (or arrange to have your kayak taken out there in winter and hike out to it in summer!). Of course, you can also pack in an inflatable and it is worth noting that this river is a dream route for fly-fishing enthusiasts.

The put-in is normally at either Skadjajärvi or Porojärvi Lake and from there, the river drops 253m during its descent to the take-out at Markkina. Detailed route descriptions and rapid water section classifications are available.

Duration: 4 days including 1st helicopter transfer day
Guided Journey Price: Adults €925
Facilitated Journey Price: Adults €575