Three-Country Cairn Hiking Trail

Jump between Norway, Sweden and Finland

  • The Three-Country Cairn.

    The Three-Country Cairn. Photo: Stefano Zaccaria

  • Along the trail.

    Along the trail. Photo: Marie Angelsen

  • Along the trail.

    Along the trail. Photo: Marie Angelsen

  • Boardwalk out to the cairn.

    Boardwalk out to the cairn. Photo: Stefano Zaccaria

  • The boat across the lake.

    The boat across the lake. Photo: Peter Ferm

Essential info

  • Destination: Lyngen Alps
  • Season: June-September
  • Difficulty: Demanding
  • Distance: 20.7 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
  • Elevation Gain: 260 meters
  • Duration: 5-7 hours

About Three-Country Cairn

This is the world’s northernmost three-country cairn (Treriksrøysa). The cairn marks the point where the borders of Norway, Sweden and Finland meet. It is also the only such place in Norway where you can walk freely between the three countries.

The suggested route begins in Finland, near Kilpisjärvi.

Getting there

From Skibotn, on the eastern side of the Lyngenfjord, head south on route E8.

Cross the Finnish border and park at the large car park just north of Kilpisjärvi.

Trail description

The trail is clearly marked. The trail follows relatively flat terrain, but the long distance makes the hike demanding.


In summer there is a scheduled boat across Kierakasvuopio Lake. The boat leaves from Kilpisjärvi and sails for 30 minutes to Koltaluokta. From there, it is a 20 minute hike along a marked path to the cairn. The boat waits for two hours before returning to Kilpisjärvi.


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By Visit Lyngenfjord

Visit Lyngenfjord is responsible for the promotion of tourism in the Lyngen region in Northern Norway.

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