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Äksyt Ämmät

From guesthouse to guesthouse cross country skiing tour

Price / person
starting from

1150 €

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Set out for a tour by ski to the idyllic countryside of North Karelia. Snow, white forests and frozen lakes; February and March are the best times of the year for skiing in North Karelia. The sun is shining, the snow glistens, the frozen lakes and hills are covered with a thick coat of snow.

Programme description

Daily skiing tour is between 15 and 30 km and 6 to 8 hours with breaks. You should already be able to ski and have a good condition, you also get fitter every day! We´ll eat sandwiches and chocolate and drink hot tea or berry juice on the breaks. Please bring your own rucksack and thermos flask with you.

It is quiet in the forests. Sometimes you can see hare footprints or even elk footprints crossing our ski track.

In the evening you can have a sauna and cool-off in the snow. You also get to know typical Finnish homemade delicacies and after a good night sleep you are fit to ski again.

Programme information


25.2.-4.3.2023, fully booked!
4.-11.3.2023, 2 bookings
11.-18.3.2023, fully booked!




8 days, 7 nights




1190 €/person

Price Solo:

20 €/person/night

Price Includes:

On the arrival day, Saturday; one group transfer; about 1,5 hours from airport Kuopio at 18.00. Return on Saturday one group transfer; about 1,5 hours to airport Kuopio at 12.00 (for the flight of 14.30). (All extra transfers from/to airport 320 EUR).

Accommodation at various guesthouses (Puukarin Pysäkki, Laitalan Lomat and Pihlajapuu) in double rooms, full board, sauna every day, luggage transport, guidance. The group is an international group. The guidance will be in English and in German! One or two guides per group.

Detailed programme

1. day
Arrival at Karelian Guesthouse Puukarin Pysäkki, in Valtimo (about 150 km transfer from airport Kuopio). Dinner and getting to know the fellow-skiers.
2. day
Getting to know the skies, skiing tour around Paalajanvaara in the afternoon, 6 km. Accommodation in Puukarin Pysäkki.
3. day
Starting the tour by skiing through forests and fields and along lakes, 22 km. We grill sausages by the campfire on our pause. Accommodation in Laitalan Lomat.
4. day
The house ski track of Laitalan Lomat, 15 km. Accommodation in Laitalan Lomat.
5. day
Skiing along variable terrain to Guesthouse Pihlajapuu, 25 km.  Accommodation at Pihlajapuu.
6. day
Skiing in the surroundings, 15-25 km. Accommodation at Pihlajapuu.
7. day
We make a short skiing tour to Nälkömäki (10 km). In the evening smoke sauna at Minna’s and dinner (glow-fried salmon) at Pihlajapuu.
8. day
Group transfer to aiport. Time to say hei, hei!

Good to know

Physical condition needed:
Skiing experience and good condition to ski max. 30 km/day. We advice you to ski in your home country or elsewhere before you take part in our skiing tour. A lot of team spirit!

Our skiing track is a nature track made by snowmobile. So in case of a hard wind and snow storm we cannot guarantee the track stays open all the time. Sorry about the inconvenience! We reserve the right to changes in the program due to weather conditions.

Please note, that because we are saving nature, we take the bed linen with us from the first guesthouse to be used in all the other guesthouses, too. The bed linen bag will be carried by the luggage transfer. You will get clean towels in every guesthouse.

Rental skiing equipment:
80 €/person
Please, give your shoe size, height and weigth. You can also bring your own ski boots but please, remember to inform the ski binding so that we can reserve you the right skis.

Additional days:
77 EUR with full board and skies, transfers not included.
Transfer to airport 320 EUR.

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