This over night trip up to Christmas Mountain is suitable for everyone. The 4 km walk takes you from small border village Näätämö through various forests and waters with rich wildlife all the way up on top of the Christmas Mountain. It is really common to see wild reindeers on the way and you have a professional guide with you to ensure your safety. You get to do fishing, berry- and mushroom picking, bird watching etc. We set up tent camp at suitable place and make open fire to cook food. Must do hike when visiting Higher-Lapland. Price includes food and drinks(no alcohol), fishing gears, tent, sleeping bag, thin tent mattress and guiding.
We start around 10 a clock am from Näätämö, Finland. The first part of the hike goes on lower grounds in pine and birch tree forests. Then we reach Anna Greta Lakes and can do some fishing. We are already half way to the mountain. There is no rush so we take it calm and enjoy every moment on the way. Possibly make fire at the lake side, have some coffee and drink the fresh lake water. In the autumn the lake sides are filled with blue berries. The hike continues into older pine tree forest, over a small bridge and into the tundra. Vegetation changes thinner and shorter and we see the mountain in front of us. The climb is easy and doesn't require any special skills or gears. There is a fire place made out of old reindeer fence where we get to eat while watching the views. The mountain is on the Norway-Finland border and you can also visit the Norwegian side. From on top you can see also into Russia and Vätsäri wilderness. Depending to the weather, we find good camp site and set up the tents. Tents are suitable for two adults+one children. In the later Autumn it is possible to see northern lights and the temperature can drop below zero. The evening goes on the camp fire and if you wish to make the experience more extreme, the guide can leave you alone in the wilderness for over the night. In the morning when you wish to get up, we go gather berries, make a fire and cook breakfast. Make tee and coffee and watch the nature waking up as well. If the weather has forced us to make the camp at lower grounds, we visit the mountain top once more before starting the hike back to Näätämö village. On the way we do more berry and mushroom picking and fishing. We try to be back in the village before 6pm.All the berries, mushrooms and perches you find you can have with you after the excursion. Still they need to be checked by the guide.There can be ready tents already at the mountain. All the camping gears are brought to a near by pickup point by ATV so we don't need to carry them more than few hundred meters. You need to have out door clothing. We would recommend a warm beanie, gloves, scarf, three layers of clothing at your upper and lower body, warm socks and also spare pair, at least splash proof shoes but also rubber boots are good.Everyone should also bring their own mosquito repellent and sun lotion.Ready, set, welcome.