Winter fun in Finland
An active multiactivity holiday in the heart of nature. The program includes a mixture of interesting winter activities from cross-country skiing to snowshoeing and husky sledding. Guaranteed New Year departure 28.12.2019-4.1.2020.
Finland is a winter wonderland and on this tour you will experience the best of it. The base of this active week is Kylmäluoma hiking area where you can enjoy the extreme peace of nature and snow-covered landscape far away from tourist crowds.
During the week you will try cross-country skiing and ice-fishing, build igloos and ride a husky sled. The overnight snowshoeing tour will take you into the wilderness hut. The night in the basic but cosy cabin without electricity will surely be memorable.
Every night you can relax in the sauna and with some luck you may admire the magical Northern Lights on the night sky.
price / person
Dec 20-Mar 31
Guaranteed New Year departure
Other departures for groups on request.
8 days/7 nights
Guaranteed departures without minimum number of participants. Max. 16 persons.
Kylmäluoma hiking area, Taivalkoski
Kuusamo airport, please see "Good to know" for further information
Easy-moderate. Minimum age 10 years.
Standard price 1190 € p/p
990 € p/p in a cabin for 4 persons (Price requires 4 persons per booking.)
1055 € p/p in a cabin for 3 persons (Price requires 3 persons per booking.)
1490 € p/p in single cabin (Single room not available on day 3.)
Included in the price
*7 nights accommodation (days 1–2 and 4–7 in log cabins (standard price = on twin sharing basis), day 3 in a wilderness cabin in dormitory rooms) *Full board (7 x breakfast, 3 x lunch, 3 x picnic lunch, 7 x dinner) *Activities according to the program *Airport transfers from/to Kuusamo airport *English speaking guide *6 x evening sauna daily *Bedlinen and bath towels
* Hire of winter overall, winter boots and mittens 40 € * A husky or snowmobile safari on day 6 (according to availability)
Day 1: Arrival
Arrival at Kuusamo airport where your guide will welcome you. A 45 minutes’ transfer to Kylmäluoma area, check-in at cabins and dinner.
Day 2: Cross-country skiing
After breakfast an introduction about the area and week’s program. Then you step on skis and learn cross-country skiing which is one of the most popular hobbies in Finland. You will be taught the basics of technique and then you will have the opportunity to test your ski-skills on a short tour through the flat pine forest and on the lake near the cabins. Reindeer are a common sight in the area and during skiing we may spot them as well as their tracks.
Day 3: Snowshoeing
Today you set off on an overnight snowshoeing tour to the wilderness hut. After a short introduction you will follow the trail through beautiful snow covered pine, spruce and birch forest and halfway you will stop for a picnic lunch around an open fire. In the afternoon you will arrive at the Hukantupa wilderness cabin where you spend the night. There’s no electricity in the cabin but it is heated by a wood-burning stove and the candle light will guarantee a nice atmposphere. It is said that there’s nothing more Finnish than sauna and at night you can relax in the steaming hot, traditional Finnish sauna.
Day 4: Snowshoeing
After breakfast you will go on snowshoeing along the ridges and on the lakes. The surrounding forests are home to many animals such as elks, lynxes and hares but unfortunately they are seldom seen. Bears also inhabit the area but will be hibernating. The lunch will be taken again outdoors around an fire and your snowshoeing excursion will be completed on arrival at the cabins.
Day 5: Igloo building
Today you build igloos. By shovels and spades you make a big pile of snow which will be hollowed out afterwards. If you want, you can also sleep in the igloo. Wrapped in warm sleeping bags on thick mattresses you stay warm in your cool “hotel”, no matter how freezing it is outside.
Day 6: Optional activities
Today is a free day to enjoy optional activities. You can choose between cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and ice-fishing or you can opt to book a husky or snowmobile safari (availability to be confirmed on spot).
Day 7: Husky farm
After breakfast visit to a husky farm located in close proximity to our cabins. On arrival at the farm, you will be greeted by the owner who will explain about the life and training of the huskies and give you a sled driving lesson, then it’s off into the wilderness! You’ll drive through snow-white forests and frozen lakes, enjoying the pure nature and tranquility. Two people share a sledge with 4-6 dogs and can take turns to drive the sledge or simply sit back and enjoy the scenery. During the safari you will stop to have lunch outdoors. Duration of the activity 4–5 hours. In the evening the last chance to enjoy the sauna and then a farewell dinner will be served.
Day 8: Return
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Kuusamo airport for a flight to Helsinki.
Good to know
The joining point for this trip is Kuusamo airport. We organize single-timed group transfer for each group, please check the transfer schedule with us before booking flights!
On last day the transfer will be organized back to Kuusamo airport.
We reserve all the rights to change the order of the activities due to organizational reasons or the content of the programme if necessary due to the weather or snow conditions!
This tour can be booked online here (a regional webshop at www.wildtaiga.fi).