Off the trails -snowshoeing
Join a guided snowshoeing tour through snow-white forests, over frozen lakes and along ridges in new Hossa national park. Enjoy picnics around an open fire and nights at basic but comfy wilderness cabins. Guaranteed departures in January-March.
On this snowshoeing tour you will get to explore the 'taiga' forests of eastern Finland. The week in the remote, silent wilderness, still safely and comfortably, is a great escape from the hustle and hassle of daily life. Our route goes mostly in the Hossa hiking area, that will be a national park in June 2017, 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–moderate. No previous experience on snowshoeing is needed but a moderate physical condition is required.
Finland snowshoeing holiday highlights:
• Beautiful winter landscapes
• Overnights in wilderness huts
• Picnics around an open fire
• Evening saunas
• Pristine wilderness and remoteness
price / person
Jan 20-Mar 31
Guaranteed departures 2018
20.01.–26.01., 27.01.–02.02., 03.02.–09.02., 10.02.–16.02., 17.02.–23.02., 24.02.–02.03., 03.03.–09.03. and 10.03.–16.03.
Other departures for groups on request.
7 days/6 nights
Guaranteed departures without minimum number of participants, max. 13 persons.
Kuusamo airport, please see "good to know" for further information.
Included in the price
*Accommodation on days 1, 2, 3 and 6 in rooms for 2–4 persons in log cabins and on days 4 and 5 in log cabins (dormitory) *Breakfast, outdoor lunch and dinner daily *English speaking guide *Airport transfers *Luggage transportation between huts *Sauna daily (except on arrival night)
*Hire of snowshoeing equipment 40 € (snowshoes, poles) *Hire of winter boots 15 €
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 kilometres 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 kilometres 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 first reach the Hossa Visitor Centre where we will have a look at the exhibition on the area’s history and present day. 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.
Good to know
The joining point for this trip is Kuusamo airport. We organize single-timed group transfer so please check the transfer schedule with us before booking flights! On day 7 the transfer will be organized back to Kuusamo airport.
We reserve all the rights to change the itinerary (route, accommodation) if the group size is 3 persons or less or if necessary due to weather/snow conditions.
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY AND ROUTE
The difficulty of the tour is easy – moderate. The daily treks take are approx. 5–6 hours and the average speed is about one km per hour. In late January– early March the depth of the snow is normally 60–70 cm and you will usually walk in soft snow which makes the walking slow. If the track is harder it is possible to walk 3–4 km in an hour, in that case extra kilometers can be walked to make the duration longer. The duration includes also a lunch break which is about 1,5 hours.
The terrain is quite variable with many short up- and down hills but there are no long climbs. The route goes in the forests, along the ridges and on the lakes. The difficulty of the tour is easy – moderate. No previous experience on snowshoeing is needed but a moderate physical condition is required.