Hossa national park canoeing week
A self-guided 8-day canoeing tour in Finland in Hossa national park.
This self-guided canoeing tour will bring you to the unspoilt waters of the new Hossa national park in East Finland. The tour leads along small rivers winding their way around eskers and through lakes where you can enjoy the typical Finnish landscape of lakes dotted with small islands.
Along the route small rapids offer diversity to the otherwise calm waterways. In the evenings you will be able to enjoy a camp fire before heading to your sleeping bag. This tour is particularly suitable for small groups.
price / person
Jun 1-Sep 30
8 days/7 nights
Medium, some previous experience on canoeing is required
Included in the price
*Rental of canoe, paddles, life vests, storage barrels *Transfer to start and from end point *Accommodation on first and last night at Karhunkainalo camp site *Lake side sauna at Karhunkainalo camp site on day 1, sauna on day 7 *Information package (incl. map, route description, etc)
Not included in the price
*Camping and cooking gear *Food (• (recommended to purchase prior to arrival at Hossa, only some supplies can be bought in Hossa)
*Tour equipment (camp cooker and fuel, crockery, cutlery, water canister, tent, mattresses, sleeping bags with liner) *Airport transfers
Day 1: Arrival
Upon arrival you will be welcomed by the stuff of the visitor centre and receive first introductions to the equipment. Accommodation will be in tents at the Karhunkainalo camp site next to the visitor centre where the sauna will be heated up.
Day 2: Canoeing
After breakfast you will be brought to the starting point of the tour together with your equipment and the canoes. After loading your canoes you are ready to start the first day along the Peranganjoki River. You will spend the night in an open wilderness hut at the shore of the Iso-Kukkuri Lake. If the group size exceeds 7 people tents will be used in addition to accommodate everybody.
Day 3: Canoeing
Today’s route crosses various lakes and passes several easy to moderate rapids. The several fire places along the shores invite you to stop by for frying some sausages in the traditional Finnish way over an open fire. Before you reach the campsite for the night you pass the Lounatkoski rapids which hold some log floating relics. The rapids have a built portage which also provides the opportunity to explore the historical buildings and relics. Accommodation is at the camp site of Jatkonjärvi in tents.
Day 4: Hiking
Today you have the opportunity to relax your arms and explore the area on foot. Right from the camp site starts a hiking route which leads you around the Jatkonvaara hill. When climbing on its top you can savour the landscape from another perspective. For lunch you can try your luck in catching your own food from the lakes as Hossa is commonly known as Fishermen’s paradise. You will spend another night at Jatkonjärvi camp site.
Day 5: Canoeing
After the last days in remoteness of Finnish wilderness you return to the civilisation for just this day. On noon you can stop at the Keihälampi launching point from where it is only a short way to the Hossa visitor centre. Here you can enjoy a lunch, visit the exhibition and also stock up your reserves of food and water. After passing the village of Hossa you follow the Hossanjoki River down to tonight’s shelter at the Kuikankoski rapids.
Day 6: Canoeing
On this day you return back to the untouched nature as the route winds along the river of Hossajoki. Here you will find total peace and silence only interrupted by the sound of wood grouse and thrush. You might also spot reindeer in the forests as they are a common sight in Hossa. Accommodation will be at the shore of the Tormuanjärvi Lake in a shelter or tents.
Day 7: Canoeing
The route today leads you once more through unspoilt wilderness before entering the waters of Lake Kylmäjärvi. Here you will land at the harbour of the village of Juntusranta. Here your transfer will wait to bring you back to the Hossa visitor centre, where you will spend another night at the Karhunkainalo camp site.
Day 8: Departure
After breakfast it is time to pack up your belongings to return home. However you are welcome to spend another couple of days in Hossa, exploring the excellent hiking facilities.
Good to know
- Kilometres covered during the tour: canoeing: 80 km during 5 days, hiking 19 km (roundtrip), shorter hiking routes also available.
- The distances have been specified according to the tour operator’s choice of the most appealing choice. It is, however, possible to alter the distances for most of the days. The itinerary can be tailored to individual requirements.
- Airport transfers available on request. The recommended airport for arrival / return is Kuusamo.