At Meekonjärvi, we held a short pow wow and evaluated our options. As we were late to set out, we were running out of time. We decided to cut the day short at Meekonjärvi and turn back the next day.
We got to enjoy some clear views of the Meeko valley, but the next day the weather again turned seriously windy. Our trusty snow mobile goggles were again put to good use.
We ski'd from Meekojärvi back to Saarijärvi, where we stayed the night at a rather full hut. The last day was a few hours' skiing from Saarijärvi to Kilpisjärvi and we set out to enjoy a sauna and prepare for the drive back to Southern Finland.
As we were pressed for time and first time in the area, we made good use of the open wilderness hut system , which is seriously good on the Kalottireitti. Staying on Kalottireitti and in the huts means you get to meet people. Mostly this did not bother us, a hut only became crowded on the last night. In Meekonjärvi we had the hut to ourselves and the Kuonjarjoki hut was plently large enough to accommodate the four of us staying there.
Afterwards, we have discussed our decision to turn back at Meekonjärvi. It is possibbe that we could have reached Halti and gotten back within our time limit. But we do know there was also some seriously bad weather after we left, so we still consider it a wise decision. Halti is not going anywhere, but we surely will be skiing to Halti in the future.