Upitrek Ltd, founded in 2000, is a nature travel company and registered tour operator whose clientele is mostly made up of international travelers.
The company specialises in guided week-long hut-to-hut trekkings and other activity holidays, in the Kainuu area of Eastern Finland.
Our first program in 2000 was a cross-country ski tour on the eastern border, which is still one of our most popular winter tours. Over the years visitor numbers have increased considerably and new itineraries are planned accordingly. However, the basic idea has remained the same: to offer un-motorised treks for small groups into the heart of Finnish wilderness and in complete harmony with nature.
Since the beginning we have offered guaranteed departure dates without a minimum number of participants. These tours are guaranteed to run from the moment they are booked and are also suitable for individual travellers. The maximum group size is usually 12 passengers, plus an expert tour leader. Groups are international consisting on average 4 - 6 nationalities. Guaranteed departures are provided for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and hiking tours, as well as for multi-activity tours. Outside of guaranteed departure dates tours are organised on request and they can be tailored to meet a group's interest and size.
Upitrek also operates as a DMC for the Wild Taiga tailoring packages which combine products from different companies in the Wild Taiga area. A customized package can include services such as; wildlife watching, activities, accommodation, transport, equipment hire and events.
A fully licenced tour operator
Upitrek ltd is registered in the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority's register of package travel companies and has lodged a security against advanced payments made by customers. Registration number 6093/11/Mj.
We are also a member of The Association of Finnish Travel Agents (AFTA)
Urpo Heikkinen is the founder and owner of the company. Outdoors and trekking have always been Urpo’s passion and after attending a wilderness guide course in 1999 he founded Upitrek. He utilises his skills, knowledge and love of nature to benefit visitors to the region. The first ski tours were organized in winter 2000. Urpo still guides some groups every season, but the busier the season means he has less time for guiding, as running the day to day business keeps him busy!
Niina Jämsén has been involved in some way with the family business since 2002 when she completed her tourism studies at Kajaani University of Applied Sciences. Along the way she gained valuable experience as secretary for several regional, national and also international sports events. In 2011 she made the move and began working full-time for Upitrek. Niina’s “world” is the office –sales, marketing etc – and she’s also manages Upitrek’s outgoing agency, Kunnon Lomat.
Upitrek has several guides, (some of which have been working with us for 10 years) leading our groups. They are extremely knowledgeable, proficient and professional and always get excellent feedback from the clients.