Kalevala Ski Tour
Ski all day long on this guided hut-to-hut ski tour! Guaranteed departures in March. Places available on March 10th tour.
This ski tour takes you to the forests of Kainuu in northeast Finland, close to the Russian border. This is the land where the poems for the Finnish national epic, Kalevala, were collected. The nature along the route lays under a thick covering of snow making it a place of peace and spectacular beauty.
The route passes through the extensive nature reserve of Kalevala Park. The surrounding geography is dominated by hills, forests, mires, lakes and rivers. The accommodation is cozy, small, family-run lodges. Every night you get to enjoy a Finnish sauna, delicious dinners, as well as the hospitality of the local people.
Daily stages of the tour average 40 km, covering 230 km throughout the week. A good physical condition and previous experience of cross-country skiing is required to participate in this tour.
price / person
Feb 1-Apr 5
Guaranteed departures 2018
Mar 3-10, Mar 10-17
Other departures for groups on request.
8 days/7 nights
Guaranteed departures without minimum number of participants, max. 12 persons.
Kuusamo airport, please see "good to know" for further information
Included in the price
*Accommodation in rooms for 2–4 persons with shared facilities *Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily *Luggage transportation between accommodations *English speaking skiing guide *Services of the skidoo driver who transports the luggage during 5 days *Airport transfers *Sauna daily (except on arrival night)
Ski equipment hire 60 € (skis, boots, poles)
Day 1: Arrival
Arrival at Kuusamo airport from where the group transfers to Hossa, approx 1hr. Check-in at Rajakartano guest house located close to Hossa national park. Dinner and briefing about the week’s programme.
Day 2: Hossa national park 15–40 km
We start our skiing expedition straight from the accommodation. The circular route is along Hossa’s national park ski tracks. It is possible to choose between various routes of 15 to 40 km. Lunch will be served at Hossa Visitor Center, where you can also view an exhibition on the Hossa area. Accommodation for the second night will be in Rajakartano which was previously a border guard station but has since been renovated into a guest house. In the evening we will visit a local reindeer farm where we will enjoy a delicious dinner, and of course, see the reindeer and learn about reindeer herding today.
Day 3: Rajakartano–Arola 42 km
Today we head south through forests and across frozen lakes. Lunch is enjoyed in a rustic old house on the top of Kovavaara hill. After lunch, the route follows the border zone and we finish our day at Arola farm. Our hostess prepares a delicious dinner, made from fresh, local ingredients. Dinner is served in a traditional log house.
Day 4: Day tour from Arola 25–35 km
Today’s circular route passes through Martinselkonen nature reserve. We ski over open marsh and through spruce forests following the paths of the reindeer. Lunch will be enjoyed at the Teerilampi wilderness hut, which is operated by Finnish Forest and Park Service. We will prepare hot coffee and soup and a selection of sandwiches and enjoy them around an open fire. In the afternoon, we return to Arola for a second night to enjoy its cosy atmosphere and the warm hospitality of our hosts.
Day 5: Martinselkonen Wilderness Centre–Raate 47 km
In the morning there is a 30-minute car transfer to Martinselkonen, from where we start the longest day of the tour following the Russian frontier zone line which we are not allowed to cross. The zone is well marked with yellow markers on the trees. The proximity of the Russian border adds something rather mysterious and exotic, creating a unique atmosphere. In the evening, it is possible to unwind in the traditional Finnish sauna.
Day 6: Raate–Kuivajärvi 40 km
Today’s route takes us to the tiny village of Kuivajärvi, one of Finland´s last remaining Karelian villages. In the morning, we pass the frontier guard station in Raate. The area was the setting of some heavy battles during the Second World War. Malahvia nature protection area has some beautiful unspoilt swamps and some 15 km later Murhisalo offers old-growth forest and scenic waterways. Our accommodation is in the village of Kuivajärvi where orthodox and Kalevala culture are still practised.
Day 7: Kuivajärvi–Vartius 30 km
From Kuivajärvi we head south and cross the road and railway leading to Kostamus at the international border crossing point of Vartius. Lunch will be served at the half way stage around an open fire. Today's wild landscape is home to the biggest wolf population in Finland. Although these secretive predators are seldom seen, we may come across their tracks. Our skiing expedition is completed on our arrival at Hotel Wildbrownbear in Vartius. In the evening, we will relax in the sauna and enjoy our well-earned dinner.
Day 8: Return
Breakfast and transport to the Kajaani airport (approx. 2 h) for the flight to Helsinki
Good to know
SOME BASIC FACTS ABOUT THE TOUR
- Daily skiing distances are 37–50 km. Approx. skiing time is 6–7 hours daily including breaks.
- Good physical condition and previous experience on cross-country skiing are absolutely needed to participate this tour.
- The track is made by snowmobile.
- Only classical technique can be used on this tour.
- Nordic skis (width approx. 44 mm) are the best choice for this tour. Skis can be waxable or non-waxable.
- On guaranteed departures groups are international and guiding language is English. Maximum group size is 12 persons.
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 8 the transfer will be organized to Kajaani airport.
- Groups with 5 persons or less with only one guide (no skiing guide)
- 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.
See all our cross-country skiing tours here.