Backcountry skiing and winter camping
A guided, self-supported ski tour with sledges for those who want to get off the trails. Join us and find your "inner survivor" during camping in the wintry wilderness!
This ski tour is for those who want to get off the trails! You’ll ski on unprepared trails through forests, swamps and lakes pulling your own sledge. During camping in wintry wilderness you’ll surely find your little “inner survivor"! Together with other group members and guide, you set up the tents, collect firewood and prepare meals around an open fire.
A dinner outdoors, under the stars, will surely taste almost as good as a dinner in Michelin restaurant! In evenings you’ll spend time in Finnish style – chatting around the fire and gazing at the flames. But when the darkness falls don’t forget to take a look at the sky – with good luck you may witness Northern Lights’ dance.
The tour takes place next to Urho Kekkonen National Park in eastern Lapland, about 100 km north from village of Savukoski.
price / person
Feb 1-Apr 5
7 days/6 nights
Guaranteed departure without minimum number of participants, max. 8 persons.
Included in the price
*accommodation in rooms for 2–4 persons with shared facilities on days 1 and 6, on days 2-5 in tents *6 x breakfast, 5 x lunch, 6 x dinner *services of the English speaking skiing guide *single-timed minibus transfers from/to Kuusamo airport *evening sauna on days 2 and 6 *a sledge for each participant *camping gear
*ski equipment hire 60 €
Day 1: Arrival
Arrival at Kuusamo airport (time to be confirmed) and transfer (4 hours) to Kemihaara, where we will accommodate for the first night and have dinner.
Day 2: Preparation
On the first morning we practice a little packing the gear and skiing with the sledge. The food supplies and camping gear will be divided to participants and after the lunch we should be ready to begin the expedition!
Days 3–6: Expedition
Four full days of adventure in the wilderness. Everyone will pull an own sledge packed with all the equipment and food needed for the 5-day trip in the wilderness. We will sleep the nights in one or two large heated teepee-tents or in shelters by the fire. The firewood will be collected from the forest and water will be taken from rivers or it will be melted from the snow. Breakfasts and dinners will be taken together and everybody participates in preparations. Participants will also help the guide to collect firewood and set up the camps.
Daily skiing distances depend a lot on the snow and weather conditions and participants’ abilities. The daily routines take a plenty of time and skiing with a sledge is slow, so we won’t cover a great amount of kilometres during about 6 hours on skis daily. The route is flexible so we can tailor our plans, eg. where to overnight according to the group and weather conditions. Skis are 7 cm wide and 2 m–3 m long traditional Finnish skis for forest conditions.
The skiing tour ends at Kemihaara where we can enjoy a steaming hot traditional Finnish sauna – a great experience after the days in the wilderness!
Day 7: Departure
Breakfast and transfer to Kuusamo airport for an afternoon/evening flight (time to be confirmed).
See all our cross-country skiing tours here.