Finnish border hiking tour
Summer best seller! A guided hut-to-hut hiking tour in the wilderness right beside the Finnish eastern border. Guaranteed departures - ideal for solo travelers - in July-August.
Escape to the unspoilt nature of the Finnish ‘Taiga’ forest and join our guided hut-to-hut hiking tour. This ancient forest is in Kainuu, north east Finland. Kainuu is a region steeped in culture, wildlife and wilderness experiences, many of which you will enjoy on this tour.
The route we will take passes through the untouched wilderness and pristine nature, through primordial forests and mires, along ridges and shores of crystal clear lakes. You even get the chance to canoe on the same lakes and nearby rivers.
Accommodation varies from log cabins to guest houses.
The trail is mostly flat and easy to walk, therefore suitable for anyone of average fitness level.
Finland hiking holiday highlights:
• Pristine wilderness
• Glistening clear lakes
• Picnics around an open fire
• Lake-side saunas
• The new Hossa National Park
price / person
May 20-Sep 30
Guaranteed departures 2019
28.07.-04.08., 04.08.-11.08., 11.08.-18.08., 18.08.-25.08. and 25.08.-01.09.
Other departures for groups on request.
8 days/7 nights
Guaranteed departures without minimum number of participants, max. 13 persons.
Kajaani/Kuusamo airport, please see "good to know" for further information.
Included in the price
*7 nights accommodation in rooms for 2–4 persons with shared facilities. On day 3 no showers, only sauna and outhouse. *7 x breakfast, 5 x picnic lunch, 1 x lunch, 7 x dinner *Single-timed group airport transfers on arrival and departure *Luggage transportation between accommodations *English-speaking guide *6 x sauna *Canoe rental on day 6 *Bedlinen and bath towels *Sleeping bag with mummy liner (one night)
6-hour bear observation excursion on day 2, (not available on Aug 18th and Aug 25th departures), price 80 €
Day 1: Arrival
Arrival at Kajaani/Kuusamo airport where you’ll meet your local guide. Transfer (approx. 2 hours) to Martinselkonen Wilds Centre for dinner and overnight accommodation.
Day 2: Martinselkonen Wilds Centre–Arola 16 km
After a hearty breakfast we begin the tour by hiking through the Martinselkonen nature reserve towards Arola farm where we will be welcomed by our friendly hosts. The reserve has been set up to protect the Finnish wilderness, especially the swamp areas with its many birds and insects, from any encroachment of forest industry. Martinselkonen has watery mires, ponds and lakes, ancient forests and spruce trees draped in beard lichen. In the afternoon it is possible to join a 6 hour bear watching excursion which gives you the possibility to observe and photograph these majestic animals from the purpose-built log cabins. At the end of the day you will enjoy a special dinner made with the fruits of the forest and freshest local ingredients.
Day 3: Arola–Kovavaara 19 km
Today we head north along the Russian border. We follow the yellow pointers and there are several viewing points across to the other side. There is a picnic stop, (in front of an open fire with freshly brewed coffee) at one wilderness huts operated by the Finnish Forest and Park Service. Overnight accommodation will be in a rural cabin on the top of Kovavaara hill. Although there are none of the modern comforts, you get to experience 1950’s lifestyle in this living “museum”.
Day 4: Kovavaara–Hossa 18 km
After a short car transfer we set off on today’s hike. This wild landscape is home to a healthy wolverine population, and although these secretive predators are seldom seen, we may come across their tracks. Swans and cranes can be spotted on the lakes and mires as we pass by. There are many swamp areas, but they are easily crossed on sturdy wooden platforms. The surrounding forest has an abundance of vegetation such as blueberries, lingonberries and mushrooms. The blueberry season is at its best in August and can provide ready snacks for hikers.
Day 5: Hossa national park 13 km
The trek continues along the paths of the new Hossa National Park - the commemorative national park for Finland's 100th year of independence in 2017. Hossa is known for its crystal-clear lakes and pine heathlands. Trails, most of them easy to walk on, run through the handsome esker and lake scenery. We eat lunch at the Hossa Visitor Centre, and it’s also possible to visit a small souvenir shop. Accommodation for the remaining three nights is at Jatkonsalmi cabin, where the lakeside sauna will be heated every night.
Day 6: Canoeing
For a change from walking, we take canoes onto the lakes and rivers close to our accommodation. We will use open Indian canoes. All necessary equipment, such as paddles and life vests will be provided. The tour will be on still calm waters. Reindeer are a common sight in Hossa as well as the occasional elk. For those ones who prefer to stay on dry land, there are plenty of well-marked hiking trails for you explore.
Day 7: Värikallio rock paintings 16 km
Today we set on a mystical trip back in time! We will hike to see the Värikallio Cliffs with ancient, shamanistic rock paintings dating back 4000 years. The rock paintings are the largest prehistoric paintings in Finland and portray the life of people at a time when spirits and natural forces were present everywhere. A picnic lunch will be enjoyed around an open fire and after that we will hike through the beautiful pine and spruce forest back to our accommodation. Sauna and farewell dinner at the Jatkonsalmi cabin.
Day 8: Return
After breakfast transfer to Kajaani airport (approx. 2,5 hour).
Good to know
The path goes mostly in the forests and through the swamps. The terrain is fairly easy to walk and there are no big climbs on the route. The path is mostly quite narrow and there are roots and stones on the path so one must be careful and concentrate to not stumble.
We walk 13–19 kilometres daily, 3–4 km per hour. The longest days take about 6-7 hours including a lunch break and other shorter breaks. To participate in this tour a fair physical condition is required and participants shouldn't have any illnesses or injuries that affect walking. During the walking day you will only need to carry your usual daypack as your main baggage is transported by vehicle.
Single-timed group transfers will be organized for each group. Please check the transfer schedule with us before booking flights!
We reserve all the rights to change the itinerary (route, accommodation) if the group size is 3 persons or less.
This tour can be booked online here (a regional webshop at www.wildtaiga.fi).