As a member of Quality 1Q00 and QualityNet we make regular customer satisfaction surveys. Here you can read some client testimonials.

Ski tour on the Russian border

A fantastic way to feel the wilderness and the life of the Finns. Great guiding, but it felt like my own adventure. Paul, England

A mini adventure! Well organized tour through a remote corner of Finland. Good accommodation, plenty of food (even for vegetarians) and lots of opportunities to learn about the history, culture and wildlife of this country. Skiing route was all on tracks, either through pine forests or crossing frozen lakes. Distances very manageable for an intermediate skier (not really suitable for beginners). Saunas in the evening help to relieve any aches and pains. Overall, a very enjoyable trip. Karen, UK

I had the most wonderful experience in Finland. The skiing was nice (and demanding) but the accommodation made it even more worthwhile. And especially caring staff, guide and scooter rider. What a wonderful experience once again. Veronique, Holland

The best of this tour is to stay at families like the family of Seppänen. This gave us a better understanding of life in Finland. Thank you! Female, Holland

Super trek dans d’excellentes conditions de neige et climat. Experience inoubliable de se plonger dans le lac gelé après un sauna. Nous avons gouté a -25 C avec soleil et temps calme mais j’ai eu beaucoup plus froid par -7 C avec liger vent. Je recommande vivement ce voyage. Patrice, France

Une formule bien equibrée entre l’effort, le reconfort et les rencontres. Vincent, France

Wunderbare Skiwoche mit vielen neuen Erlebnissen, das Eisloch nach der Sauna, entspannende Sauna nach jeden Skitag, Nordlichte und nach vieles mehr… Doreen, Deutschland

Für sportlich ambitionierte Läuferinnen und Läufer eine wunderbare, passgerechte Tour. Es stimmt das gesamt paket aus Sport, Erholung in der Sauna und kulinarischen Geniessen. Angela, Deutschland

After years of cross-country skiing in crowded Austria it was a real experience for us to ski in this beautiful part of Finland. We liked it so much that we decided to come back soon. Perfect conditions, friendly people, nice landscapes and very good food made this holiday perfect. Thank you so much for that! Marion & Andreas, Germany

Landscapes were wonderful, ski sessions excellent, food delicious but what we will most remember are exceptional skills and kindness of our guide! Philippe, France

I would highly recommend this trip to all my cross-country skiing friends – great landscape, great guides and service, wonderful hospitality and just the right length days that most can handle while enough to satisfy the more accomplished skiers. Connie, USA

The tour we took was flawless. Airport transfers went off without a hitch – the weather in late March was perfect; we had a mixture of clouds, snow + sun. The snow conditions were excellent and the guides & service exceeded our expectations. Go if you can! Lori, USA

-> 2014
Everything is well organized to make the stay nice and warm, even if the temperatures are below zero in March (- 15 C) we never suffered of the cold during skiing. The evenings were very pleasant. The food excellent. And the saunas always very warm. Male, France

Oli hienoa olla mukana ainoana suomalaisena retkellä, jossa muut osallistujat olivat Sveitsistä, Saksasta, Ranskasta, Englannista ja Belgiasta. Kelpaisi suomalaistenkin löytää nämä opastetut retket Kainuussa. Minulle tämä oli myös hyvä kielikurssi.

Kainuulaisten palveluntarjoajien ystävällisyys jäi erityisesti mieleen - ripaus savolaista lupsakkuutta siinä mukana.

Aluksi arvelin, että matka on kallis. Matkan jälkeen täytyy todeta, että hinta-laatu –suhde on kohdallaan. JK

Un viaje precioso, azul y blanco. La sensación de paz y tranquilidad es espectacular aquí. Una cosa especial para mi y que no esperaba: el especial sentido del humor de los fineses. Risas y chistes también. Pilar, Catalonia

The scenery was in its best winter looks; the sunny weather, the friendly accommodations, good food and fine travel companions made this an enjoyable skiing week. But the ideal guiding and the chance to stay overnight unexpectedly at the Teerilampi wilderness log cabin made it a very special event. Thanks for taking care of such a wonderful ski tour! Keep Finland natural and keep Finland original. Edvard, Amsterdam

Mitä parhain elämysmatka. Hieno kokemus. Melkein 150 km takana ja kunto kohillaan. Kaija

Daily distances were just right, one felt that had done some skiing, but not to the point of exhaustion! The scenery was awesome and the fact that we met so few people was a bonus too. Cooking in Domnan Pirtti and Arola was excellent. Petri’s knowledge was admirable, particularly about birds, animals, fish etc. Petri and Tommi both had a marvelous attitude, always calm and patient with my terrible skiing. Karen, Wales

Even better than last year – wonderful skiing, beautiful scenery, excellent food & accommodation and professional, friendly guides. Well done Upitrek! David, UK

Interessante Skilanglauftour der russischen Grenze entlang durch unberührte + ursprüngliche Landschaft + die gastfreundschaft des Einheimischen haben mich beeindruckt. Erwin, Schweiz

Wir haben besonders Glück mit unserer kleinen ausgenehmen Gruppe von 4 Personen. Alle waren freundlich und haben auf einander mitmachen konnten. Unsere beiden leiter/innen waren sehr hilfsbereit und kompetent. Die Kenntnisse von Jarno über die Natur waren besonders interessant, wir haben viel gelernt. In Arola haben wir uns besonders wohl gefühlt bei den freundlichen Wirtsleuten, die uns über die finnische Geschichte erzählt haben. Margie, Deutschland

Five days in wilderness, lunches around a fire place every day. Away from snowmobile and tourist places. Nice welcoming on evenings where we discovered the history of this land, and the love of its inhabitants for their country. Food is always good and more than enough. Florence, France

I have been on many tours around the world and would have to say that this was one of the best, made possible by an excellent partnership of the tour leaders (Pertti & Sabrina). – They worked well together and made a great tour for us all. THANKS! Ian, Scotland

It is a fantastic experience with a guided tour in beautiful surroundings. The landscape surprises me every day. The lunch with the fire to keep us warm is a part of a naturally way of exploring the forest and the frozen lakes. After the tour in the afternoon waited the tea, coffee and some cakes for us and last but not least: the sauna. Wilma, The Netherlands

Jos haluat stressitöntä huoltovapaata ulkoilua/kuntoilua Itärajan hiihtovaellus on sitä. Ystävälliset ihmiset, hyvä palvelu. Ei välttämättä tarvitse rehkiä rinkan kanssa Lapissa. RN

Kalevala ski tour

I believe that if you want to understand the real nature of cross-country skiing you have to do this trip. What we do normally in our countries on our tracks is sport/training. Here it's another thing. Stefano, Italy

It was so good I come back! Steffi

If you want to spend one week surrounded by beautiful nature, glide along on your skis on prepared tracks, savour delicious Finnish food and relax in comfortable accommodations with a sauna – this is your trip. Female, Germany

Pour amateurs de grands espaces blancs, adeptes d’efforts solitaires. La Finlande tient toutes ses promesses: paysages merveilleux, accueil chaleureux, cuisine excellent… et le sauna apres le ski est une vraie revelation! Florence, France

-> 2015
An unforgettable experience. Highly recommended to see Finland and ski an awesome tour. Ramón, Spain

We enjoyed a really tough ski tour. We had all kinds of weather, very good food and accommodation. All of our group (from France, Spain, Germany and Japan) can recommend this beautiful ski experience. Many thanks to our guide Petri, very funny, friendly and experienced wilderness guide. Frank, Germany

The tour started for us with a trip. The distance was 45 km which we never had trained. So the first day was hard for us. Second day and the rest of the week was the distance good. We loved to ski without other people, just on your own with all the environment at that moment. It was a great experience. Thank you and your staff for this trip. Heino, Holland

Backcountry skiing and winter camping

The trip exceeded all my expectations. Back-country skiing with a sledge carrying all we needed to live in the wilderness, the food, the sauna. Guide Petri was very knowledgeable and experienced. I will definitely come back! Summer time maybe. Thank you. Cedric, UK

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Off the trails -snowshoeing

Before coming on this trip I was very nervous, I was worried about travelling alone, about being with other people of different nationalities and whether I would be able to snowshoe. All of my fears were completely unfounded. The people were all wonderful plus our group leader Petri made us all feel like family. All abilities were catered for and it was a wonderful experience. All my hopes were fulfilled and exceeded. I have had the time of my life that I will never forget. Also Finnish food is fantastic! Kiitos paljon! Beccy, UK

Un magnifique voyage dans les paysages et la culture finlandaises. Un grand merci! Stephan, Belgium

On this trip we had an impressive experience of the rough taiga, the animals which live in it and how the life used to be for people without electricity and running water. Very nice, quiet and serene landscapes with dark nights and snow white days. Aleida, Netherlands

The tour is ideal for nature lovers who want to experience the beauty of Finland in winter. The combination of snowshoeing and sauna in the late afternoon make a great winter vacation. And of course not to forget the delicious food during the entire tour. Ulrike, Austria

This holiday exceeded our expectations. We walked over frozen lakes, through snowy forest whilst our excellent guide Markus showed us animal tracks and told us about the plants and trees. The outdoor lunches and fires, always in beautiful locations, were a highlight. We were even lucky enough to see the Aurora. I would recommend this holiday to anyone who wants some relaxed adventure as well as the opportunity to dip into an ice lake after sauna. Naomi and Reuben, UK

An excellent 5-day hiking trip. I really enjoyed the snowshoeing and the scenery. I had a very experienced guide who gave us a lot of interesting explanation about Finland, culture and nature. Thanks a lot! Male/The Netherlands

This trip to Finland has proved even more perfect than we had hoped. Our guide has been an important part of this, in showing us the beautiful aspects of his country, explaining facts about it, attributing each track to an animal… We also enjoyed saunas, the life in cabins without electricity nor running water, as well as the long walks in the snow of course. It’s going to be hard to leave. J.V., France

Thoroughly enjoyed the snowshoeing the scenery, Petri’s great leadership, knowledge and timeless efforts to make it an enjoyable and safe trip. James, Uk

-> 2014
I enjoyed the pristine wilderness and complete silence. The guide was so cheerful, knowledgeable and thoughtful. A complete break. Female, UK

Absolutely fantastic, relaxing ‘holiday’; a unique experience that will live long in the memory – thank you guides! Feel I’ve learned a lot about the heart of Finnish life. Female, UK

The tour was well organized and great fun from start to finish. It was unbelievably cold but that just made the saunas even better. The scenery was stunning but unfortunately no Northern Lights. Our guide was excellent, very well organized, patient and knowledgeable. Norman, Wales

This was a most wonderful trip, the scenery and environment was just stunning. What made is perfect was our fantastic guide, he was incredibly knowledgeable and so much fun. Would recommend this trip to everyone! Jane, England

Pristine landscape and extraordinary views. Our guide Petri was extremely knowledgeable. Wonderful trip - highly recommended. Female, Australia

This experience allows people of all abilities and with different aspects of life to be able to share a true wilderness experience in safety whilst still feeling at the edge of your own capabilities. Male, UK

The whole trip was excellent – this is the first time I have done anything like this and would definitely do something similar again. The whole experience has been fantastic with a fantastic variety of things to do to learn more about Finland. Female, UK

Throughly enjoyed every minute of the holiday. Thanks very much. Chris, England

We had an amazing week. The weather was great, nice and skilled tour guides and a recommendation for anyone who wants to experience Finland from a winter point of view. Loved it and made me want to go back to Finland another time for sure! DANK! Robert, The Netherlands

The snow shoe experience in Finland was something I had looked forward to for some time. The location and scenery is just stunning and the guides Tumppi and Ute made sure we were all looked after. The terrain at times is challenging but more than possible. Make sure to follow the advice as to clothing for the trip. This will ensure you make a fantastic experience. Andy, England

The walking was spectacular, the pace was good and level of challenge was comfortable. The scenery was fantastic and different every day. The lodges were very comfortable and the sauna quite an experience especially when by candlelight. The cold was quite a challenge but once you get moving it became an insignificant issue. Emma, UK

We had an excellent trip made possible by our very helpful guide. The accommodation and food were first class especially wilderness cabins – even though temperatures were – 30C! PD, UK

Antoisa elämys. JK

We came on the trip having had only a couple of hours experience snow walking. Everything was very well organized. We did a lot but were never hurried. The scenery was amazing and it showed us another way of life. We would recommend this trip to anyone. TN, Wales

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Winter fun in Finland

This has been our first experience of this type of holiday and it has been amazing from start to finish. The staff are very friendly and very knowledgeable at what they do. We were very well instructed in everything we did and there was no pressure placed upon us to do if we did not want to. A very enjoyable time was had by all. Thank you very much. Niall, Ireland

For someone who has never done any winter sports + activities before this trip this is a great way to try different sports, even though I now know that I cannot ski. However, thoroughly enjoyed the company, good guide with expertise and knowledge of the local area. Would recommend to anyone looking for something different, and given me the chance to try something new. Robyn, England

A very enjoyable week in Finland. Great for those new to winter sports / activities. A mixture of nationalities, friendly and knowledgeable staff and comfortable accommodation. I would recommend this to anyone between the ages 10 and 65. John, UK

Wonderful experience from start to end. Our tour guide was helpful and very knowledgeable about wild life. Food was fabulous! Well done to all.

I have had an amazing week. I can’t say enough good things about Pirjo (guide). She went beyond what possible to make our week perfect. Thank you! Female, Australia

-> 2014
Un programme trés varié et passionnant. Bloumentzweig, France

The multiactivity week was very varied and interesting. For me 2 days snowshoeing plus 2 days cross-country skiing was just enough. The other activities were interesting, ice fishing, igloo building, dog sledding and reindeer farm all made the activities very memorable. Overall a good week in winter wonderland. Mary, Ireland

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Finnish border hiking tour

It was a great experience: hiking, bear watching, sauna in Finnish style, swimming in the lake, inspiring guide! Every day I’ve discovered new things. I loved it. Mia, Belgium

Great experience in the wilderness. Clean air, clean waters, pure nature. Male, Italy

In one week I have experienced the culture of Finland, beautiful scenery and done all the things I enjoyed as a child, campfires, sleeping outdoors, wild swimming and hiking. Guided by our excellent guide this has been an experience I shall never forget and probably the best holiday I have ever been on. Meryl, UK

I don’t know how to encompass my view of this trek in a short piece. Scenery – stunningly beautiful. Trekking – a variety of challenges and some easier sections. Food – plentiful and tasty. Most days we saw only each other and reindeer – truly a wilderness adventure. Marcel, UK

Hiking in the Hossa national park is such a quiet experience. You understand how beautiful and impressive nature is. Paolo, Italy

Lontano dal rumore e nella tranquilità delle foreste, una vacanza per chi ama la natura e le cose semplici. Basta un po di legna, tanta acqua e un fuoco per essere felici! Female, Italy

I truly enjoyed every aspect of this tour! Imagined that I would get bored with forests and lakes but the unique landscape, vegetation and ambiance kept me enthralled for the week. Our guide was super. We met some very interesting people along the way and every day ended in the sauna followed by a swim in the lake. Mona, Ireland

Our trek through the bogs and birch/spruce forests of eastern Finland seeing reindeer, bears (from a hide), birds and all kinds of berries, flowers and plants was a once in a lifetime experience. We experienced Finnish life in a very close-up way: taking saunas the traditional way and then jumping into cold lakes, canoeing along shores whose splendid trees were reflected perfectly in the water, viewing Stone Age rock painting and eating delicious Finnish food for every meal. Our guides Antti and Sari couldn’t have made the trip better with their knowledge of the woods, Finnish history and even ancient stories. This is the tour to take if you want to remember what untouched nature still looks like. Beth, USA

I enjoyed the tour very much. The landscape is stunning. The accommodation very nice and typical and the guide very helpful. I also enjoyed being part of an international group. Chiara, Italy

This was my best group trip so far. The combination of participant nationalities and extremely competent and friendly tour guidance have resulted in a great overall experience. I’m looking forward to the next trip with Upitrek. Volker, Austria

It was my first walking holiday and I was travelling own my own – but it has been a most wonderful experience – great guide and great company. I will definitely be booking another holiday of this sort. Female, UK

Bella prova con se stessi. 100 km di impegno e piacere. Non sempre, ma ci sono panorami magnifici. Bell’esperienza se si ama la natura e non si cerca la comoditá e l’ozio. E bello arrivare stanchi alla sera e provarne il piacere per poi rinascere con la sauna che sono qui si puó scoprire cos'e davvero. Si deve sapersi adattare, ma e ben organizatto. Angelica, Italia

Die Woche in Finnland war sehr erholsam, die Natur wunderschön und die beiden Guides Petri und Jeremy sehr freundlich und hilfsbereit. Female, Italy

A must do -walking trip with excellent guide, amazing food and great walking trails. The bear watching trip is also a really good added extra that is definitely worth doing. Male, UK

The hiking tour was amazing. I was hoping to see different forest types and this tour did not disappoint. From bogs, to spruce forests, to fern covered deep woods, to tall pine hilltops this tour gives so much to nature lovers and photographers like myself. And I loved the saunas every night. Dave, USA

Bella esperienza! É stato tutto spontaneo: l’atmosfera e la relazione che sí e creata con la guida e i compagni di viaggio, lo stupore provato per la bellezza della natura, l’ospitalitá dei locali. Sarebbe bello tornare in autunno e in inverno. Grazie. Laura, Italia

I missed the Midnight Sun but managed to see roaming reindeer, bountiful bears, many mosquitoes, sweaty saunas and had lashings of “lakka”. Deborah, Hong Kong

This tour exceeded our expectations. Beautiful scenery, great accommodation, excellent guide and good company. We would recommend it to anyone! Marc & Loli, Catalonia

I can’t remember having a better holiday. Certainly lucky with the weather & my fellow trekkers but Kimmo’s professionalism, engaging personality & organization really made it special. Enormous thanks! Mike, UK

-> 2014
A truly memorable holiday with fantastic scenery and expert guide to point out the flora and fauna. 20 K a day was made easier by good food, chatting around the fire and Finnish sauna. It has been a wonderful week and I would recommend to anyone who loves outdoors. Victoria, UK

This trip lived up to all my expectations and more. The challenge of activities was perfect along with stunning scenery, great guide and a good understanding of Finnish culture. I would recommend this as a trip to people travelling alone or as a part of a group. Male, Ireland

Je recommande fortement ce séjours car on y découvre le trésors de la Finlande, à savoir: des forets immenses et majestueuses et des rennes, symbole de la Finlande. Male, France

Second time with Upitrek, very nice experience again. Very well organized (but not over organized). Good company, charming accommodations, excellent food, very knowledgeable guide with nice sense of humour. Male, Belgium

I can not praise this trip highly enough. From the genuine friendliness of everyone we have met to the thoughtful and well-organized programme, to the wonderful group leader for whom nothing was too much trouble. He has given us a wonderful insight into Finland and into the wonders of the wilderness. He has responded to the individual needs of the group members while balancing the need for safety as well as fun (lots of it).

The highlights have been beyond all my expectance – 4 hours of pure joy at the bear hide, sauna and lake, the beauty of the swamps, forests, lakes and sky in sunshine and in rain. A special thank you to Helena at Arola farm. What a wonderful mother! Irresistible home cooked food and a warm welcome! Charlotte, UK

Wunderbare meditative Wanderung durch die finnische Taiga. Endlose Wälder, unzählige tiefblaue Seen. Saubere Picknick-Plätze. Freundliche Menschen. Cornelia, Schweiz

Un viaje perfecto si lo que buscas es tranquilidad, renovación de cuerpo y mente y un poco de aventura. Los paisajes son espectaculares, los lagos maravillosos (sobre todo para refrescarse entre sesiones de sauna) y en los bosques parece que va a salir un gnomo debajo de cada seta entre los arándanos. Kiitos Tumppi & Laura ! Jara, Spain

Voyage superbe, magnifique expérience de plonger dans un lac (froid) aprés le sauna en pleine nature... Merci. Bernadette, Belgium

An excellent trip in every sense – well-planned, excellent walking, beautiful scenery, knowledgeable and friendly guides. Juditt, UK

This tour was beautifully put together. The guides were knowledgeable, friendly and fun. The party was about the right size that we could get to know each other. The countryside is beautiful, the air is clean, the water is fresh and the environment is peaceful. Altogether a great experience. Fiona, UK

Un paese fantastico, un organizzazone perfetta. Grazie! Fransesco, Italia

I have never done a trip like this before, so I didn’t quite know what to expect. Our guide was very re-assuring though and seemed to work non-stop to make everything run smoothly. The different nationalities of the other travellers made it more interesting and being in their company was for me the best part of it. Male, UK

Northern national parks

I brought 14 hikers from the USA to Finland to trek in three National Parks and I made all my group arrangements with Upitrek. Both Urpo and Niina were great to work with…they were responsive and prompt with email replies and knowledgable about everything to do with international travel groups. From start to finish, our 10 day trip was well planned, organized and ran smoothly. Niina included cultural and local events and people into our trip so in addition to hiking, we all felt we were able to learn about beautiful Finland. I would highly recommend Upitrek for any travel in Finland…five stars! Kiitos. Mary Chayka-Crawford

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The varied faces of Finland - bus tour

The whole trip was amazing. It was exactly what I was looking for when I booked the trip. I got to experience everything Finland has to offer in a in depth way. Heidi was the best guide possible for this trip and took her time to explain local history and customs to us in the different regions as well as making stops when possible for us to take pictures of the beautiful landscape. The size of the group was just perfect for such a road trip and the holiday was made even more special by the great people that were part of the tour. Overall it was a great adventure and I would certainly recommend the tour to others. Female, UK

A very well planned and executed trip. I covered a good selection of the country. The extras arranged by the guide made it even better. The vehicle was ideal for the size of group. Hotels were mostly good though I'd like thicker blinds to keep the light out at night! Guide/driver was excellent, always helpful, informative and friendly. Male, New Zealand

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The North circular tour

This tour is an excellent introduction to Finland. It includes countryside and city, lots of opportunities to enjoy Finnish activities and food. Staff at all venues were friendly and helpful. We recommend the Angry Birds centre for families with sporty children, spending time at Arola farm with the fantastic Helena, and time visiting museums in Rovaniemi. Niina and Urpo from Upitrek were fantastic before and during our trip, helping us out, contacting venues so they knew about dietary requirements etc, they ensured our holiday went smoothly. We couldn't hesitate to use Upitrek again. Suzy, UK

Finnish national parks self-drive

My husband and I have recently returned from this trip and are happy to report that it was one of our most successful holidays ever. We were very lucky to benefit from the warmest and driest spring for 30 years, so the country was looking at its best: wonderful scenery, a wide range of walks to choose from in the national parks, and plenty of fascinating history about the Winter War. The accommodation was generally very good; ditto the meals, with the possible exception of Metsäkartano - but that is only to be expected, given that it's an outdoor activity centre, not a 4-star hotel! The maps and directions to the overnight accommodation were very clear, and the range of suggested activities en route had something for every taste (even though a number had not yet opened for the summer season). We have no hesitation in recommending this trip! Liz and Guy, UK

The fly&drive was an excellent way to see Finland at its best. We saw some spectacular scenery, had close encounters with wildlife such as bears and eagles and had some of the best of Finnish cuisine. The people we met were helpful, proud of their country and went out of their way to make our experience as good as it could be. Rob and Susan, UK

This has been brilliant for us. We have seen lots of remote areas, lots of bears, wolverine, a fox and loads of birds. Both the accommodation and the hosts have been exceptional everywhere. Arnold, Australia

The trip ran very smoothly & was well planned. At our first hotel we received a folder with local national park maps & routes. That made it easy to plan. We found all the staff at our accommodation very warm & friendly. Language was a potential barrier in a few places we visited, but there was always someone who could help at so there was no issue. I can highly recommend this trip for walkers & wildlife enthusiasts. We have seen a selection of eagles, owls, hawks and grouse. Stepped aside from reindeer in the woods to let them pass and spent a night in a rather posher than expected hide to watch wolverines. Thank you! Couple, UK

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