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Winter season 2025

Winter in Wild Taiga is full of magic. This unique travel destination, located in Arctic Lakeland, a remote and wild corner of Finland, offers an authentic and off the beaten track experience for your winter holiday. Hear the crunch of snow under your feet, feel the coarse coat of a reindeer when you pat them, listen to soft melody of the Finnish zither, observe the wonders of wildlife and create unforgettable memories under the Northern Lights.

We have gathered a few ready-made holiday packages by Wild Taiga companies for winter 2025 below. Additionally, you will find other popular winter experiences on the page. Choose your favourite and start planning your trip today!

The easiest way to reach the Wild Taiga area is by flying to Kajaani airport, which is about 1-2 hours from most of our companies and destinations. In winter 2025, you can reach the region by direct flights from Germany as Eurowings will operate direct flights from Dusseldorf to Kajaani for ten weeks from January to March. Finnair flies from Helsinki to Kajaani daily. You can also use other airports – read more about arriving in the Wild Taiga area.

Choose your favourite weekly holiday package

Feel free as a bird as you arrive at the top of the hilltop and enter the Arctic Giant. During this week full of activities you will experience the arctic winter at its best. Guided tours include snowmobiling, northern lights tour, husky safari and snowshoeing, for example. According to your preference, the winter wonderland week package includes seven nights of accommodation in Birdhouse cabin, Aurora Birdhouse, Panoramic House, Arctic House, Luxury birdhouse room or Bird nest room. This winter package (7 nights/8 days) is available 21.12.2024-31.3.2025. Read more, see the detailed program and book your own adventure in Arctic Giant.

Spend an unforgettable winter holiday in the northern part of Arctic Lakeland. Experience local culture, meet the reindeer, feel the healing power of nature and jump into snowy adventures in Hossa National Park. This package includes full board accommodation for 7 nights, transfer from/to Kajaani airport and guided tours every day of the week, such as a visit to an authentic reindeer farm, traditional flat bred (“rieska”) baking workshop, a visit to the mysterious Silent People and nature activities in Hossa (snowshoeing, winter biking, ice swimming). Further information, enquiries and bookings: Spa Hotel Kiannon Kuouhut (tomi.holappa@kiannonkuohut.fi).

During snowy days, the snow reflects the light of the stars and moon and it never is completely dark. During the week in Bear Centre, there are very good chances to see a very rare animal, a wolverine. which is the largest marten animal. In addition, it is possible to see, for example, Wolf, Red Fox and Artic Hare. Wildlife Week includes 6 nights accommodation in a Luxury Cabin, breakfast and dinner, daily programs include: photography in snow & northern lights, nature walk in the taiga forests by snowshoes, winter bird excursion, animal tracks on snow program and survival day. Further information, enquiries and bookings: Bear Centre (ari.saaski@wbb.fi). Wildlife Week in Winter is available from February to April for 1-7 persons.

This exclusive wildlife photographing tour takes you to the most remote areas in Europe, to eastern part of Finland. Tour includes a lot of new experiences, day tours on the tracks of wolves and wolverines, other winter activities and optional nights in the gas heated photographing hides; your Nordic wildlife vacation is full of exciting moments! You will have also a good time enjoying the new tips, world class wildlife photos,  silence and rest during your wilderness holiday. Read more, see the detailed program and book your own adventure with Hikes’n Trails.

Looking for a little bit of luxury for your holiday? This package takes place at Villa Cone Beach in Kuhmo, nestled in wilderness by a private-like lake. Pioneer to discover the unbeaten region and its authentic winter life. Connect with nature’s silence and sounds, engage in activities, and enjoy the sustainable villa’s comforts. The package includes private airport transfers, full board accommodation for 7 nights and guided private activities such as wild forest reindeer search, snowmobiling and snowshoeing experiences, husky safari and ice fishing. In addition to included private tours, you can also choose from extra optional activities like smoke sauna experience, wolverine and northern lights watching, reindeer sleigh ride and brewery tour. Further information, enquiries and bookings: Arctica Estates (sales@arcticaestates.com).

More winter experiences

In addition to weekly packages, Wild Taiga companies offer many other memorable experiences for your winter holiday. Winter activities include snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, traditional sauna experiences, and unique regional specialties such as stargazing, wildlife watching and floating down the rapids in a rescue suit. Getting to know the local culture and traditions adds the finishing touch to a unique holiday.

NEW TOUR: Stargazing excursion - Discover the Wonders of the Finnish Arctic Lakeland Sky

NEW TOUR: Stargazing excursion - Discover the Wonders of the Finnish Arctic Lakeland Sky

Exciting floating down the rapis - exotic swimming experience in snowy scenery

Exciting floating down the rapis - exotic swimming experience in snowy scenery

Wildlife watching in winter - wolf, wolverine, eagles and more

Wildlife watching in winter - wolf, wolverine, eagles and more

Aurora Taiga Tour - Observe the Northern Lights with professional guide

Aurora Taiga Tour - Observe the Northern Lights with professional guide

LIFE IN BEARLANDS – INTRODUCTION TO FINNISH LIFESTYLE + NATURE TOUR with local guide

LIFE IN BEARLANDS – INTRODUCTION TO FINNISH LIFESTYLE + NATURE TOUR with local guide

Aurora Hunting Lesson - Learn to forecast and photograph the Northern Lights

Aurora Hunting Lesson - Learn to forecast and photograph the Northern Lights

Taiga snowshoe tracking and wolverine hut

Taiga snowshoe tracking and wolverine hut

Snowshoeing - Easy day trips and week-long adventures

Snowshoeing - Easy day trips and week-long adventures

Cross-country skiing - Easy day trips and week-long adventures

Cross-country skiing - Easy day trips and week-long adventures

Winter multiactivities - Try out different activities

Winter multiactivities - Try out different activities

Northern Lights hunting in Wild Taiga

The Arctic Lakeland region including Wild Taiga is located under the aurora oval, at the same latitude as Reykjavik, offering excellent chances for seeing the aurora borealis. Wild Taiga’s remote location and dark skies provide an excellent backdrop for this celestial spectacle. The lack of artificial lights in many of our destinations, offers better visibility and photography opportunities of the Arctic sky and the Northern Lights, if you’re lucky. The aurora in Wild Taiga can be seen as early as August and as late as April. Autumn time offers great chances of seeing the aurora with twists: reflecting on unfrozen lakes and viewing wildlife like bears under the Northern Lights.

Festivals & cultural experiences in Wild Taiga

Wild Taiga is not only a haven for nature enthusiasts but also a region rich in cultural heritage and traditional festivals. Home to one of world’s best chamber music festival in Kuhmo and ethno music festival, Sommelo; Wild Taiga is possibly the only place in the world where you can combine pristine wilderness with world class concerts. These festivals may take place in unique venues, such as wilderness stages, providing a distinctive cultural experience. Music performances are not limited to festivals either and thanks to a large network of musicians, performances can be arranged to groups all year round.

Kuhmo in Wild Taiga joined the prestigious list of UNESCO’s cities of literature in 2019 – the only city in Finland to be awarded such distinguished status. It is no surprise that Kuhmo has been acknowledged as a City of Literature – after all, it is here where Finland’s national epic Kalevala was defined and Karelianism, the Finnish Romanticism, found its inspiration from Kuhmo. Visitors can immerse themselves in literature at Juminkeko in Kuhmo, a cultural centre dedicated to Kalevala and Karelian culture.

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