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Off the trails -snowshoeing

Price / person
starting from

950 €

Season

Winter

Programme description

This guided snowshoeing tour takes you to explore the taiga forests of Hossa national park in eastern Finland. The remote area is absolutely a perfect place to enjoy the peace of nature. Our route goes mostly in the national park through snow white forests, along ridges and over frozen lakes. Each night you will accommodate in a wilderness cabin, some of them without modern facilities but however with cosy atmosphere.

The daily treks of approx. 6 hours will most probably be walked in deep soft snow in varied terrain with many short up- and down hills. The difficulty of the tour is easy to moderate. No previous experience on snowshoeing is needed but a moderate physical condition is required.

Tour highlights:
* Beautiful winter landscapes
* Overnights in wilderness huts
* Picnics around an open fire
* Evening saunas
* Pristine wilderness and remoteness

Detailed programme

Day 1. Arrival

Arrival at Kuusamo airport where you will meet your local guide. Transfer (approx. 1 hour) to Hossa where we will accommodate in Jatkonsalmi cabin for first three nights. The cabin is situated on the shore of Lake Jatkonjärvi in an isolated spot in the heart of Hossa national park.

Day 2. Russian border

After a brief introductory session on snowshoeing technique it is time to set off for the first day trip which takes us to explore the Russian border area. We go the first kilometers in the narrow gorge and then mostly on the lakes until the Russian border zone. It is strictly prohibited to step on the border zone but we follow it for a couple of kilometers southwards. In the evening, after snowshoeing for hours in the cold, it is nice to relax and warm oneself in the lakeside sauna.
Snowshoeing 7 km, 6 hours 

Day 3. Rock paintings

Today it is time to take a glance at the history. We will first take a short car transfer and then snowshoe to the Colour Rock to see its rock paintings dating back to 4000 years. The picnic lunch will be taken in a kota in the mid-way (Lappish tepee). Coffee will be brewed on an open fire and it will be taken with sandwiches. In the afternoon we will return to the cabin to spend one more night there.
Snowshoeing 7 km, 6 hours 

Day 4. Snow white forests, Jatkonsalmi – Peurapirtti/Hirvastupa

Today’s route goes along the top of a ridge between two frozen lakes through the beautiful snow covered pine, spruce and birch forests. It is more probable that we will meet some reindeer than human beings. After 7 km on snow shoes we will reach the northern shore of the lake Iso-Valkeinen and the cabins where we will accommodate for one night. Snowshoeing 7 km, 6 hours 

Day 5. Ridges and lakes, Peurapirtti/Hirvastupa – Huosiusjärvi/Iikoski

After breakfast we will go on snowshoeing along the ridges and on the lakes. The surrounding forests are home for many animals like elks, wolfs, lynxes and hares but unfortunately they are seldom seen. Also bears inhabit the area but in winter they hibernate. Halfway we will take the picnic lunch around an open fire at a lean-to-shelter situated near a rapid. In the afternoon we will arrive at the last cabins where we will stay in, called Huosiusjärvi and Iikoski situated 200 metres apart from each other. Snowshoeing 8 km, 6,5 hours

Day 6. End of snowshoeing and reindeer farm Huosiusjärvi/Iikoski – Jatkonsalmi

The last day of snowshoeing takes us back to the start point. Following ridges we will reach the Hossa Visitor Centre where we will have lunch and it’s also possible to visit a small souvenir shop. Our snowshoeing tour will be completed on arrival at the cabin. At night we will visit a local reindeer farm where we learn about reindeer herding today and enjoy a delicious farewell dinner.
Snowshoeing 5 km, 4 hours

Day 7. Return

Breakfast and transfer to Kuusamo airport.

Included in this programme

  • accommodation: on days 1, 2, 3 and 6 in rooms for 2–4 persons in log cabin, on days 4 and 5 in log cabins (mostly dormitory type)
  • 6 x breakfast, 4 x outdoor lunch, 1 x lunch, 5 x dinner, snack on arrival night
  • English speaking guiding
  • single-timed airport transfers from/to Kuusamo airport (See 'Good to know' for further information.)
  • luggage transportation between the accommodations
  • 5 x evening sauna, 3 x ice-swimming
  • bed linen and bath towels
  • sleeping bags and mummy liners (2 nights)

You will need

- outdoor equipment
- leisure time clothing
- warm winter boots (possible to hire)
- snowshoes and poles (possible to hire)
- rucksack (15-20 l)
- thermos flask
- head lamp / torch

The full gear list will be sent after booking. 

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