Anders Gustafsson


The cairn which divides Sweden, Norway, Finland

In order to reach the northernmost point in Sweden it becomes necessary to have a great deal of time. The total distance from Kiruna to Kilpisjärvi is approximately 300 km by road, and from Kilpisjärvi to Treriksröset another 11 km by foot. It is possible to reduce the walking distance to 3 km by catching a boat over the lake “Övre Kilpisjärvi”.

There are departures by bus from Kiruna to Karesuando, a trip which takes about 3.5 hours (180 km). The following day the bus continues from Karesuvanto – 1 km across the border, on the Finnish side – to Kilpisjärvi. The bus ride takes about 1.5 hours (110 km).
During the summer, boats depart from Kilpisjärvi. The ride takes about 45 minutes and the departures start around Swedish midsummer and until the middle of September. During the high season, which lasts from the beginning of July until the middle of August, the boats depart three times daily. The total length of the trip is estimated to 3 hours.

If there is time for a stop in Karesuando, it is possible to visit the Laestadii log cabin which is a historical monument named after the founder of Laestadianism, Lars Levi Laestadius. The church, constructed out of timber, should also be paid a visit. The magnificent view and the midnight sun are best seen from the top of the mountain Kaarevaara which is reached by a short hike, with or without a guide.

Karesuando Tourist Office: +46 (0)981-202 05

Boat departures and prices during the summer of 2013.

Returnfare: Adults 25 € (ok to pay in SEK).

Boats to Treriksröset:
Swedish time:
9 am
1 pm
5 pm

Boats back from Treriksröset:
* Finnish time = one hour ahead of Sweden.

Swedish time:
11:30 am
3:30 pm
7:30 pm
(With reservation for time- and price changes).

Minimum 6 passengers, if less passengers the fares will increase.

For further information please contact:
Kalle Mannela, phone: 00358- 400 669 392.

Davvi Hotell (in Finnish Kaaresuvanto):
+358 16 522 101

Karesuando Camping:
+46(0)981-201 39

Hotell Karesuando/Youth Hostel:
+46(0)981-203 30

Lapland Hotels Kilpisjärvi:
00358 16-537 761

Kilpisjärvi Hiking center (youth hostel):
00358 16-537 771

Public transportation:

Bustimes in Norrbotten:
+46(0)771-100 110,

Bustimes in Finland:
00358-16-3422 160,