Wild Christmas

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Spend an unforgettable Christmas in Finnish Wilderness! Guaranteed departure from Dec 23 to 30, 2017.

Wild Christmas

This winter adventure takes you to the new Hossa National Park where you can enjoy the extreme peace of nature and snow-covered landscape far away from tourist crowds. During the week you will try cross-country skiing and ice-fishing, build igloos and meet reindeer. The overnight snowshoeing tour will take you into the wilderness and a night in the basic but cosy cabin without electricity will surely be memorable. Every night you can relax in the sauna and with some luck you may admire the magical Northern Lights on the night sky.

Programme information

Dates
Dec 23-30, 2017
Duration
8 days/7 nights
Persons
Guaranteed departure without minimum number of participants, max. 14
Place
Hossa National Park, Suomussalmi
Joining point
Kajaani airport (please see "good to know" -section for further details)
Price
1125 €
Included in the price
*Accommodation in log cabin on days 1–3 and 5–7 (1–4 persons/room) and on day 4 in wilderness cabins (dormitory type bunk beds) *Breakfast, lunch/picnic lunch and dinner daily *Airport transfers and local transfers according to the program *Luggage transport on days 4 and 5 *Activities according to the program *English speaking guide *Sauna daily (except on arrival night) *Bedlinen
Supplements
*Winter overall rental (including boots and mittens) 40 € * Husky safari on day 7 (availability and price to be confirmed locally)

Detailed program

Day 1: Arrival
Arrival at Kajaani airport where your guide will welcome you. A 2,5 hour transfer to Jatkonsalmi log cabin located on the shore of Lake Jatkonjärvi in the heart of Hossa National Park. Check-in and dinner at the cabin.

Day 2: Cross-country skiing
After breakfast an introduction about the area and week’s program. Then you step on skis and learn cross-country skiing which is one of the most popular hobbies in Finland. You will be taught the basics of technique and then you will test your ski-skills on a circular tour through the flat pine forest and over the lakes near the cabin. Reindeer are a common sight in the area and during skiing we may spot them as well as their tracks.
It is said that there’s nothing more Finnish than sauna and at night we can relax in the steaming hot, traditional lakeside sauna and dip in icy water. Believe it or not, not only sauna, but the ice-swimming as well leaves you feeling fantastic and refreshed. Don’t miss the experience!

Day 3: Fatbiking
Cycling in the snow may sound weird and exhausting but today you will find out how fun and easy it can be! Fatbikes are the new fascinating way to explore snowy forests. These easy-to-ride mountain bikes with oversized tyres move on snowy tracks with ease and wide tyres offer a great grip. You will first get used to bikes cycling on the road and then head off-road along snowy trails.

Day 4: Snowshoeing
Today you set off on an overnight snowshoeing tour to the wilderness hut. You follow a trail through beautiful snow covered pine, spruce and birch forest and halfway you will stop for a picnic lunch around an open fire. Before dusk you will arrive at Huosiusjärvi and Iikoski wilderness cabins where you spend the night. There’s no electricity in the cabins but they are heated by a wood-burning stoves. The candle light will guarantee a nice atmposhere. In the evening it is again nice to warm up in the lakeside sauna.

Day 5: Snowshoeing
After breakfast you will go on snowshoeing along the ridges and on the lakes. The surrounding forests are home to many animals such as elks, wolves, lynxes and hares but unfortunately they are seldom seen. Bears also inhabit the area but will be hibernating. The lunch will be taken again outdoors around an fire and your snowshoeing excursion will be completed on arrival at the basecamp Jatkonsalmi.

Day 6: Reindeer farm and igloo building.
This morning you will visit a nearby reindeer farm where you will learn about the reindeer husbandry in Finland and have a chance for a short reindeer sledge ride. Afterwards, you will have lunch at the farm.

The afternoon is for igloo building. By shovels and spades you make a big pile of snow which will be hollowed out afterwards. If you want, you can also sleep in the igloo. Wrapped in warm sleeping bags on thick mattresses you stay warm in your cool “hotel”, no matter how freezing it is outside.

Day 7: Optional activities
Today is a free day to enjoy optional activities. You can choose between cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and ice-fishing or you can opt to book a husky safari (subject to availability). In the evening a delicious farewell dinner will be served.

Day 8: Return
Breakfast and transfer to Kajaani airport for a flight to Helsinki.


Good to know

* We reserve all the rights to change the order of the activities or the content of the programme if necessary due to the weather or snow conditions.

* The single-timed group transfers will be organized from/to Kajaani airport coinciding with these Finnair flights:
23.12.2017 HEL-KAJ AY415 15.55-17.15
30.12.2017 KAJ-HEL AY414 13.35-14.55

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Kiviniementie 59, FI-87850 Paltaniemi, +358 40 733 9262, www.upitrek.com
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