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Kilpisjärvi


Kilpisjärvi is a small village in Enontekiö, on the top of Finland's "arm", and it's the only real alpine village in Finland. Many important sights are located in Kilpisjärvi or nearby.

Halti is with its 1328m the highest mountain of Finland. It's a popular destination among hikers and it's only possible to reach by foot. It's situated some 50 km north from the nearest village Kilpisjärvi. Also the famous Saana fell and the Three-Country Cairn are popular sights and great destinations for hikers.

Kilpisjärvi is served by regular busses from Rovaniemi and by line taxi from Hetta. Santa's Chalets Rakka provides well-equipped accommodation in a great location in Kilpisjärvi.


The legend of Kilpisjärvi

According to legend, many years ago Kilpisjärvi was inhabited by giants. The sullen giant Saana fell in love with the graceful maiden Malla. At their wedding, where they were to be married by the sharp-minded wise man Paras, the jealous rival suitor Pältsä summoned the wicked witches. Suddenly, the wedding ceremony was interrupted by fierce glacial winds, which brought enormous masses of ice. At the last second, Saana whisked his bride into his arms before they were frozen in place. The grieving bride’s tears formed the lake that is now Kilpisjärvi.

Many centuries later, the masses of ice melted and the giants were freed. Saana had become even more sullen than before, and the round-faced Malla jumped into her mother’s arms, their tears forming the Kitsi waterfall. Memories of Saana and Malla’s wedding appear in Kilpisjärvi every autumn in its beautiful seasonal colours – the church clothes of the wedding guests had been ripped apart and blown away by the wind into the the hills and valleys. The youngest giants can still be seen at the bottom of the lakes, thousands of years later, in the skeletons of the giant pine trees.

Our accommodation in Kilpisjärvi:

Santa's Chalets Rakka


+358 16 321 3227
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Hotel Santa Claus
Korkalonkatu 29
FI-96200 Rovaniemi

Tel +358 16 321 321

+358 400 102 170
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Igloos Arctic Circle
Joulumaankuja 8
FI-96930 Arctic Circle

Tel +358 16 321 321

+358 16 321 3227
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Hotel Rudolf
Koskikatu 41-43
Rovaniemi

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Hotel Santa Claus

Tel +358 16 321 321

+358 400 102 200
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Hotel Aurora
Luppokeino 1
FI-99555 Luosto

Tel +358 400 102 200

+358 16 681 501
saariselka@santashotels.fi

Hotel Tunturi
Lutontie 3
FI-99830 Saariselkä

Tel +358 16 68 111

+358 16 321 3227
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Chalets Rakka
Urpiaisenkuja 4
FI-99490 Kilpisjärvi

Tel. +358 400 230 011

+358 8 469 2500
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Resort & Spa Hotel Sani
Jukupolku 5
FI-85100 Kalajoki

+358 8 469 2500