Snowshoeing and Nordic skiing
In Utsjoki area the first snow usually falls in October, sometimes even in September. A permanent snow cover is expected in November and April and May are still snowy months. There is often a bit of it left even in early June.
The vast wilderness areas of boreal forest, and the fells of the tundra, create fairytale landscapes that are perfect for outdoor activities all year round. During Winter, a thick blanket of snow allows visitors to explore these wilderness areas by Nordic skiing, snowshoeing or perhaps snowkiting.
Skiing is permitted in the Utsjoki area and the tracks left by snowmobiles and the tightly-packed snow of the fells bear the weight of skiers well, even outside the maintained ski trails. You are allowed to ski from 16 October – 30 April throughout Kevo Strict Nature Reserve’s fell area.
In winter Utsjoki’s quiet wilderness areas offer an excellent destination for wilderness treks. The varying weather conditions and forces of nature in the inhospitable environment offer challenges and new situations even for experienced skiers. The area’s snowmobile tracks can help a skier when the snow elsewhere gives way underfoot due to sudden changes in weather conditions.
There are no marked snowshoe trails in the area. When the snow is packed tightly by the wind, it is easy to hike on in snowshoes, but stream beds and other places where snow collects in drifts, can cause hikers to sink deep into the snow. Ask the locals for the best places nearby to go.