Finland summer holidays

Finnish national parks self-drive

A self-drive itinerary from Kuopio to Rovaniemi on the Arctic Circle through sparsely populated taiga forests of north-eastern Finland. Five national parks within easy reach for great walks. Interesting wildlife watching options available.

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Finnish national parks self-drive

On this self-drive itinerary you’ll enjoy easy driving on traffic-free roads while travelling through the sparsely populated taiga forests of north-eastern Finland. There are even five national parks with their hiking, canoeing and fishing possibilities easily accessible from the route. Close to the Russian border you can participate in bear or wolverine observation tours which give you a unique chance to watch and photograph these animals safely. In an information centre you’ll get to know Finland’s large carnivores – bear, wolf, lynx and wolverine.

Accommodation varies from hotel rooms to apartments and cosy cabins. Each night you will get to enjoy local delicacies and the genuine Finnish sauna is also available daily.

Finland self-drive holiday highlights:
• Easy driving on traffic-free roads
• Walks in the national parks
• Wildlife watching
• Varied, small accommodations
• Interesting sights (winter war history, Finnish wildlife)

Note! This tour can be tailored according to your wishes.
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Programme information

May 1-Sep 30
8 days/7 nights
Min. 2
Kuopio (independent arrival)
Price 2017
750 €/person
Included in the price
*Accommodation in apartments on days 1, 2 and 4, in hotel rooms on days 3 and 7 and in a cabin for 2-4 persons on days 5 and 6 *Breakfast and dinner daily (except the dinner on day 7 is not included) *Sauna daily *Exclusive travel documentation package including personalised maps, itinerary and driving directions
Not included in the price
*Flights *Car rental *Lunches
*Overnight wolverine observation excursion (on day 2) 100 € *Bear watching (on day 4), prices 12-hour overnight safari 115 €, 6-hour safari 80 €. Please see good to know -section for further details!
Accommodation at Sokos Hotel Kuusamo instead of Ollila Holiday cottages (days 5 and 6), discount 50 €/person


Upitrek summer tours run from mid-May until late September.

You can choose from week-long hiking, cycling or canoeing tours or multi-activity weeks with a mixture of activities. Wildlife excursions are also available and amongst the most memorable of experiences.

If you want to explore a larger area, a self-drive program or a circular bus tour is a great alternative – both of which give opportunities to try various activity programmes.

Come and enjoy with us the long warm summer days and experience 24hrs light in the land of the midnight sun!