Dip into the Pure Finnish Nature in Hossa National Park
Hossa National Park, FinlandDuration:
3 days, 3 nightsPersons:
EasyIncluded in the price:
*Transfers from and to the airport and in Hossa *Accommodation in shared double rooms *3 x Breakfast, 3 x lunch, 3 x dinner *English speaking guide *Boat trip to the Canyon lake
Best of the Finnish nature: clean air, silence and forests gifts. This guided 3-day autumn dive into Hossa National park and surroundings will leave you feeling calm and lifted.
The ancient forests of Hossa will let you touch, feel, taste, see and hear all the treasures of the Finnish wilderness. Pick berries, bathe in traditional smoke sauna and dip into a crystal clear lake – if youre up for it!
In a guaranteed small group (4-8 persons) your guide Saija Taivalmäki will gently lead you to the wonders of the wild Finnish taiga in the latest addition to the vast Finnish family of national parks. Activities like hiking and canoeing let you be surrounded by the never ending wilderness. On our trips Saija will tell you stories going even 8000 years back in time, when our ancestors first inhabited the area. Yoga, sauna yoga and forest yoga will rebalance both body and mind after the days activities.
When the nature permits, we can admire stars and be amazed by the northern lights on the sky. Breathe in the spectacular autumn colour palette of our surroundings and watch a pack of reindeers pass by.
“The atmosphere on our trip to Hossa was amazing and emotional!” Masami Kanari, Japan
“I enjoyed finnish nature totally.” Miki Aoki, Japan
“This tour has very much succeeded because we had a wonderful guide, Saija! She led us sometimes in ancient times, spiritual world and in silence.” Yukie Tonuma, Japan
Day 1 – Welcome day
Arriving in Kuusamo airport. Your guide Saija will pick you up and welcome you to Northern Finland. Well have a vegetarian lunch spiced up with Finnish wild herbs before heading to Hossa by a charter bus (approx. 1h).
After settling into our accommodation in Rajakartano, well take a short introductory hike. Later in the evening well enjoy a welcoming dinner in the Hossa reindeer park accompanied by an open fire and shaman drum, which will lead you to stories about the history of the Hossa area.
After having classical Finnish delicacies for breakfast, well head off to the Hossa National Park. Together well hike to the mysterious Värikallio rock paintings which are over 4000 years old. On the trail, Saija will tell you stories of the ancient times and the way people use to live in connection with nature. Well stop for a session of yoga in the forest and eat a traditional picnic lunch by open fire in the nature. On the way you can stop your thirst just by drinking from the refreshing and crystal clear natural spring!
Later in the day well get to know the Finnish sauna by a gentle sauna yoga exercise after which you can continue to bathe freely. The smoked fish dinner will be completed with pancakes by the fire – the Finnish style, of course.
Well start the day with an invigorating morning yoga. During a short hike in the national park area we have the opportunity to pick berries and mushrooms, which well use as our lunch ingredients.
After lunch you can simply sit back and relax. Or, if youd rather try rowing, canoeing, fishing or mountain biking, all can be found near to our lodging in Rajakartano.
In the evening well dip deeper into the Finnish sauna tradition by a guided sauna evening.
Youll have the possibility to experience the old-world smoke sauna, dip into the hot outdoor bath and the rather cooling natural lake under the darkening skies.
Our final evening together will be topped off with delicious dinner.
After breakfast well head back to the Kuusamo airport. On our way well stop for a boat tour in the impressive Julma Ölkky which is Finland´s biggest canyon lake. In Kuusamo youll have the chance to shop for Finnish souvenirs before arriving at the airport.
Photo credits: Suomussalmen kunta/Hannu Huttu
Good to know
Bring your own outdoor clothes and good hiking shoes. At extra cost: extra night in Hossa, rental of mountain bikes, fatbikes or kayaks, traditional peat treatments and massage, fishing guide, visit or overnight stay in other National parks close: Riisitunturi, Syöte or Oulanka. Recommendations can be provided.
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