Finland is a winter wonderland and on this tour you will experience the best of it. The base of this active week is Kylmäluoma hiking area 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 ride a husky sled. The overnight snowshoeing tour will take you into the wilderness hut. The night in the basic but cozy cabin without electricity will surely be memorable.
If you are lucky and conditions are right, you might even witness the spectacle of the Northern Lights. A myriad of colours dancing across the clear northern skies.
• Peaceful nature and pristine snow-covered landscape of east Finland
• Husky sledding, Nordic skiing, igloo building etc.
• Overnight snowshoeing expedition to the remote wilderness cabin
• Chance of a sauna at the end of each day
Day 1. Arrival
Arrival at Kuusamo airport and a 45 minutes’ group transfer to Kylmäluoma hiking area where you will be met by your guide. Check into cabins and dinner.
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 have the opportunity to test your ski-skills on a short tour through the flat pine forest and on the lake near the cabins. Reindeer are a common sight in the area and during skiing we may spot them as well as their tracks.
Day 3. Snowshoeing
Today you set off on an overnight snowshoeing tour to the wilderness hut. After a short introduction you will follow the trail through beautiful snow covered pine, spruce and birch forest and halfway you will stop for a picnic lunch around an open fire. In the afternoon you will arrive at the Hukantupa wilderness cabin where you spend the night. There’s no electricity in the cabin but it is heated by a wood-burning stove and the candle light will guarantee a nice atmosphere. It is said that there’s nothing more Finnish than sauna and at night you can relax in the steaming hot, traditional Finnish sauna.
Day 4. 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, 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 cabins.
Day 5. Igloo building
Today you build igloos. 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 6. Optional activities
Today is a free day to enjoy optional activities. It is possible to do some more cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or try ice-fishing, equipment for these activities is available free of cost. You could also rent skishoes (“Altai skis”) or fatbikes, mountain bikes with wide tyres, and do a cycling excursion on snowy roads and trails. Snowmobile safaris are available as well, departing straight from your basecamp.
Prices: Snowmobile safaris (3 h) from 140 €/person. Fatbike hire 3 h / 25 €, 1 day 50 €. Skishoe hire from 25 €. Prices for 2024 to be confirmed. Bookings and payments locally.
Day 7. Husky sledding
Today's activity is one of the week’s highlights – a husky safari. After breakfast there will be a 1 hour transfer to the husky kennel. On arrival at the kennel you will be greeted by the owner who will explain about the life and training of the huskies and give you a sled driving lesson, then it’s off into the wilderness! You’ll drive through snow-white forests and frozen lakes, enjoying the pure nature and tranquility. Two people share a sledge with 4-6 dogs and can take turns to drive the sledge or simply sit back and enjoy the scenery. During the safari you will stop to have lunch outdoors. (Duration of the activity 4–5 hours, driving 20-30 km). In the evening the last chance to enjoy the sauna and then a farewell dinner will be served.
Day 8. Return
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to airport for a flight to Helsinki.
Included in this programme
- Accommodation in log cabins on days 1–2 and 4–7, on day 3 in the wilderness cabin in dormitory rooms
- Full board: 7 x breakfast, 4 x lunch, 2 x picnic lunch, 7 x dinner (on arrival night snack on late arrival)
- Activities and local transfers according to the program
- Single-timed group airport transfers
- English speaking guide
- Hire of cross-country skis, snowshoes or ice-fishing gear for day 6
- Luggage transportation to wilderness cabin on day 3
- 6 x evening sauna
- Bedlinen and bath towels
- Sleeping bag and mummy liner (1 night)
You will need
- warm jacket and pants
- leisure time clothing
- winter boots
- rucksack (15-20 l)
- thermos flask
- head lamp / torch
The full gear list will be sent after booking.
Good to know
8 days / 7 nights
Other departures for groups on request. Season 20.12.-05.04.
1300 € p/p on twin sharing basis
1130 € p/p in cabin for 3 persons (Price requires 3 persons per booking.)
1070 € p/p in cabin for 4 persons (Price requires 4 persons per booking.)
1600 € p/p in single cabin (Note: Single room not available on day 3.)
Hire of winter clothes (overall, boots, mittens) 50 €
Hire of winter boots 20 €
Guaranteed departure without minimum number of participants. Max. 16 persons.
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY
All activities are suitable for beginners and no previous experience is needed. A moderate physical condition is required to cope well especially the overnight snowshoeing trek. Minimum age 14 years.
On days 1–2 and 4–7 accommodation is in log cabins. Solo travellers will be matched with one fellow traveller of the same gender. If you prefer the privacy of your own cabin, you can opt for a single cabin option. Friends/families of 3 or 4 persons can book a cabin for a special group rate. On day 3 accommodation is in a wilderness cabin in dormitory rooms with shared facilities (no single rooms available). In the wilderness cabin there is no electricity. Sauna in the separate building (no showers) and compost toilet.
Flights are not included in the tour price. If you have anything unclear regarding flights or transfers, please do check with us before booking flights!
The joining point for this trip is Kuusamo airport.
Single-timed group transfers are organized to meet the following Finnair flight from Helsinki.
22.12., 19.12., 04.02. 25.02. and 24.03.: HEL-KAO AY487 (arrival at 21-22)
Transfer time from Kuusamo airport approx 45 min.
Note: If you miss the scheduled group transfer on arrival and an extra transfer must be arranged to the starting point of the trip, the costs must be covered by you.To avoid this unpleasant situation it’s not recommended to book flights with short connection time (less than 1 hour).
Single-timed group transfers are organized to Kuusamo airport to the following Finnair flight to Helsinki:
29.12. and 05.01.: KAO-HEL AY486
11.02. and 03.03.: KAO-HEL AY482
31.03.: KAO-HEL AY490
Travel by bus/train
It is possible take a train from Helsinki to Oulu and then a bus from Oulu to Kuusamo. The schedule must coincide with above mentioned transfer schedule.
Deposit: 15 % of total amount will be charged at the time of booking.
Full payment: Due 14 days before the departure. The invoice for full payment will be sent by email.
It is essential that a passenger is covered by adequate travel insurance.
The tour is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility.
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.
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