Ski tour on the Russian border
Winter bestseller - a guided cross-country skiing tour along Finland's eastern border. 100 km in five skiing days.
*Updated itinerary for the winter 2022*
This guided cross-country skiing tour takes you to beautiful Hossa national park and to remote Finnish-Russian border area. You will ski through a wilderness of pristine untouched nature on the trails where you hardly encounter any other skiers. To give you the best experience, the maximum group size is 12 skiers, plus an expert tour leader. If you are lucky, and conditions are right, you might witness the Northern Lights’ dancing in the night sky to top off your skiing week!
Finland ski tour holiday highlights:
• Pristine wilderness - a real escape to the nature
• Picnics around an open fire
• The snow-white landscape
• Evening saunas
• Hossa National Park
price / person
Feb 1-Apr 5
Guaranteed departures 2022
20.02.-26.02., 06.03.-12.03., 13.03.-19.03., 20.03.-26.03. and 27.03.-02.04.
Other departures for groups on request.
7 days/6 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
*6 nights accommodation in rooms for 2–4 persons with shared facilities (on days 3 and 4 some rooms with private facilities available) *6 x breakfast, 4 x outdoor lunch and 1 x lunch, 5 x dinner, snack on arrival night, 4 x afternoon coffee/tea with snack *English speaking skiing guide *Snowmobile guide who makes the track on days 3-6 (especially for this group) and prepares outdoor lunches *Luggage transportation between accommodations *Single-timed group airport transfers *5 x sauna, 1 x ice-swimming *Bedlinen and bath towels
Ski equipment hire 60 € (skis, boots, poles)
Day 1: Arrival
Arrival at Kuusamo airport where your guide will welcome you. Transfer (1 hour) to Rajakartano guesthouse located in close proximity to Hossa national park.
Day 2: Day tour in Hossa 17 km
After breakfast we start our skiing week along well-prepared tracks of Hossa national park whose nature is dominated by handsome pine heathlands, ridge-lines, small lakes and streams. We eat lunch at the Hossa Visitor Centre, and it’s also possible to visit a small souvenir shop.
It is said that there’s nothing more Finnish than sauna and on return at the accommodation you can relax in the steaming hot, traditional Finnish sauna. The more adventurous amongst us can even try ice swimming! To finalize the active day we will visit a local reindeer farm. Here we will enjoy a delicious dinner whilst learning about reindeer herding today.
Day 3: Day tour at Martinselkonen 17 km
This morning we will take a short car transfer (45 min) to Martinselkonen wilderness centre where we will accommodate for the next two nights. We start our circle tour towards north through Martinselkonen nature which has been set up to protect the Finnish wilderness, especially the swamp areas with its many birds and insects. Martinselkonen has mires, ponds and lakes, ancient forests and spruce trees draped in beard lichen. There is a picnic stop at one wilderness huts operated by the Finnish Forest and Park Service. After lunch we reach the Finnish-Russian border zone marked with yellow pointers. We follow the border zone for a couple of kilometres keeping in mind it is strictly prohibited to cross the border. The last kilometers take us back to our accommodation.
Day 4: Day tour at Martinselkonen 23 km
Today we make another day tour in Martinselkonen area, this time heading south. We will ski over frozen lakes and swamps and through forests covered in a deep, white, snowy blanket. The quietness around us is almost tangible - only the sound of skis and poles touching the snow pierce the silence.
Day 5: Martinselkonen–Arola 22 km
It’s time to say good bye to our hosts at Martinselkonen and head north through the nature reserve. These frontier forests are home to a brown bear population, however in winter they are hibernating. Also other Finnish large carnivores - wolves, lynxes and wolverines - inhabit the area but they are extremely timid and we may only spot their tracks in the snow. In the afternoon we will arrive at Arola guest house which is situated just a stone’s throw from the Russian border.
Day 6: Day tour from Arola 20 km
On this, our last day, we will take a day tour around Arola. At half-way we will once more enjoy hot soup and a selection of sandwiches around an open fire. In the afternoon we return to Arola to enjoy its’ cosy atmosphere and the warm hospitality of our hosts. There is a chance to have a final sauna, then after that, a well-deserved farewell dinner made from local ingredients will be served in the traditional log house.
Day 7: Return
Breakfast and transport to the Kuusamo airport.
Good to know
Book online at the regional webshop, click here (www.wildtaiga.fi).
Book by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. See the required information here.
SOME BASIC FACTS ABOUT THE TOUR
- Some previous experience on cross-country skiing and a moderate fitness is needed to participate in this tour.
- Daily skiing distances are 17–23 km. Approx. skiing time is 5–7 hours daily including breaks.
- The track is made by snowmobile especially for the group, it’s not a maintained track.
- 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 maximum group size is 12 persons.
- The tour is guided by an English speaking skiing guide throughout the tour. A snowmobile guide will be with the group from the morning of day 3 until the evening of day 6.
The joining point for this trip is Kuusamo airport. We organize single-timed group transfers so please check the transfer schedule with us before booking flights. On day 7 the transfer will be organized back to Kuusamo airport.
Note! All rights reserved to change the itinerary (route, accommodation) in case the group is max. 3 participants.
See all our cross-country skiing tours here.