Things to Do and See in Kilpisjärvi Visitor Centre

During a forest fire warning (, fire is only allowed at covered campfire sites that have a flue or in fireplaces at huts, but only with extreme caution. The one who lights the fire is always responsible for its safety. Making a fire at campfire sites can be banned locally.
The flood destroyed the Vuomakasjoki bridge on the Nordkalott Trail and a new one will be built in 2022. You have to wade across the Vuomakasjoki River.

Exhibition about the fell nature in the Kilpisjärvi visitor centre.

On the Edge of the Caledonides 

The visitor centre's exhibition introduces life in Yliperä and the natural world of the Käsivarsi high-fell area, which is unique in Finland. The fell nature in Kilpisjärvi is especially diverse. The history of Kilpisjärvi Village has been eventful, and the Lappish War still leaves its mark on the area to the present day. The Sámi people of the Käsivarsi area continue to maintain a strong reindeer-herding tradition.


  • Saana Fell (26 min)
    • A video of the nature and landscape of the Saana Fell
    • Audio: Finnish, English, and French.
  • Pallas, Ylläs, and Levi Fells (29 min)
    • A video of the nature of and hiking on the fells.
    • Audio: Finnish, English, and French.
  • To See the Fells and to Live (20 min)
    • Lapland trips made by Kaarina Kari.
    • Audio: Finnish.
  • Wilderness River (37 min)
    • An adventure in the Käsivarsi Wilderness Area.
    • Audio:  Finnish.
  • A Story Day in Sinimäki (15 min)
    • Children's movie.
    • Audio:  Finnish.
  • A Competition Day on Lintusaari Island (14 min)
    • A children's movie.
    • Audio:  Finnish.
  • The Finnish Arctic Winter (58 min)
    • A nature and hiking movie about Lapland in winter.
    • Audio:  Finnish, English, and French.
  • The Finnish Arctic Lapland (55 min)
    • A nature and hiking movie about Lapland.
    • Audio:  Finnish, English, and French.
  • Finnish Arctic (53 min)
    • 64 bird species
    • Audio: Finnish and English.

Library corner

The visitor centre's library corner includes a wide range of books on nature and culture.

Children's Play Corner

The visitor centre includes a play corner for children with nature-themed books. At the play corner, children can draw, colour colouring pages, and play.

Hiking and Ski Trails

The Nordkalott Trail (800 km) that spans over three nations as well as the hiking trail (9 km) via Lakes Tsahkaljärvi and Saanajärvi can be accessed directly from the parking area of Kilpisjärvi Nature Centre.

An old row boat by the shore of lake Tsahkaljärvi, with the Saana fell in the background.

In winter, a ski trail to Lake Saanajärvi and further on to Kilpisjärvi Hiking Centre ( can be accessed directly from the yard of the nature centre.

Outdoor Etiquette

1. Respect nature.

2. Mainly use marked trails.

3. Camp only where it is allowed.

4. Light your campfire only where it is allowed.

5. Do not litter.

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