Join us on an adventure in Finland celebrating midsummer and nightless nights in Kuhmo and great and iconic artist Touko Laaksonen aka Tom of Finland and Pride Festival in Helsinki.
Welcome to Finland. On this amazing journey you will experience the beautiful white nights, take part in ancient Finnish midsummer and sauna traditions. You will participate in activities you will never forget: canoeing on the lake and enjoying the nightless night on water and bear watching in the Wild Taiga.
After five days in Lakeland you will explore Helsinki, the beautiful capital of Finland. First walking in the footsteps of Touko Laaksonen (aka Tom of Finland) and later enjoying Helsinki from the sea aboard the beautiful sailing ship Ingeborg. The Helsinki experience will end on the island of Lonna. You can also feel the Pride atmosphere in Helsinki.
All the hotels and service providers are educated on LGBTQ travel as Gay Travel Finland partners or certified We Speak Gay companies.
This Gay holiday is hosted by Hannu and Raúl Medina, lifeof2men bloggers and your local guides to the Finnish LGBTQ community.
2022 dates coming soon
We will announce 2022 dates & prices soon. Below you can see 2021 itinerary.
Transfer from Kajaani airport to Kuhmo.
Welcome dinner at “kota” teepee on the beach.
24.6. HUSKY TREKKING & MIDNIGHT CANOEING
After breakfast it’s time to start husky trekking tour. Every hiker will get an own dog to get familiar with. You will be provided with special husky trekking gear. When the dogs have their harnesses on we are ready to go and explore the nature. Sauna time, dinner.
Just before midnight 2 hour canoe tour on lake. Enjoy the nightless night on water.
25.6. MIDSUMMER EVE
In Finland the Midsummer celebration starts on Midsummer Eve. First you build a bonfire for the night together with a guide.
Afterwards you will seek and pick wild herbs and birch branches together with our sauna therapist. From the branches tie a birch whisk for the traditional cleansing ritual.
After Midsummer dinner the bonfire is lit. Evening continues with DJ Tero through the nightless night.
26.6. MIDSUMMER DAY
Time to rest or book optional activities.
In the afternoon transfer close to Russian borderline for bear watching evening. On the arrival to the main lodge, information about the hides and bears and also other animals which are possible to observe. Short walk from bear centre to a brand new Bear House. Please notice that smoking, alcohol and making noise are not allowed during the night.
Back to the hotel, late dinner
27.6. RELAXING AND OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
After breakfast time for optional activities or resting.
We recommend rafting down the rapids tour or hiking tours in beautiful Finnish forests.
Sauna time, dinner.
28.6. GOODBYE HOTEL KALEVALA
Breakfast, transfer to Kajaani airport. Arriving to Helsinki and Hotel Klaus K.
Afternoon is free for relaxation and we will have a welcoming drink at the Hotel Klaus K Sky Terrace in the evening.
29.6. TOM OF FINLAND DAY
After breakfast we will walk the streets in Helsinki once wandered by Touko Laaksonen, better known for his artist name Tom of Finland. During the walk we show you his city and tell about the change of society in Finland after the days of Tom of Finland. In the afternoon we will experience the Helsinki Archipelago aboard a old ship with Tom of Finland drinks. The evening will end on the island of Lonna with a dinner enjoying locally sourced, organic tasty delicacies.
30.6. GOODBYE FINLAND
Breakfast and transfer to Helsinki Airport. Goodbye Helsinki and Finland.
In standard double room 1399 €
In standard single room 1559 €
In superior double room (for 2) 1479 €
In suite (for 2) 1639 €
Kuhmo + Helsinki
In standard double room 2179 €
In standard single room 2509 €
In superior double room (for 2) 2269 €
In suite (for 2) 2539 €
– Return transfer from Kajaani airport to Hotel Kalevala
– Full board
– Evening saunas, indoor and outdoor jacuzzi daily
– Guided activities: midnight canoeing tour, bear watching, husky trekking
– Midsummer celebration and traditions
– Free use of summer games, wifi
– Return transfer from Helsinki airport to Hotel Klaus K
– Guided activities: Tom of Finland walking tour and cruise on the sea
– Drinks and snack on the ship and dinner on Tuesday
– Wifi in hotel Klaus K
– Optional activities: exciting rapid swimming, rafting down rapids, bike and hike tours
– Wellbeing treatments: relaxing massage, Finnish bone setting, infrared sauna, peat treatments.
Good to know
– Possibility to arrive earlier/depart later. Extra night starting from 59 €/p.p. incl.breakfast (in Kuhmo)
– Package price does not include personal travel insurance or flights. Arrival airport is Kajaani (KAJ).
– Equipment recommended: weather permitted outdoor clothing
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