Transfers to and from the airport are included in most of the packages. The meeting point is usually Kuusamo airport, in some few cases Oulu airport. Both Kuusamo and Oulu are operated from Helsinki by Finnair. Please check the joining point for the trip and transfer schedule from us.
By train & bus
Time in Finland is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Daylight saving time (DST) begins across the EU on last Sunday of March when clocks are moved forward an hour and it ends on last Sunday of October when clocks are put back an hour.
The electric current in Finland is 220 V (230 V), 50 Hz. A two-pin plug system, familiar throughout Europe, is used. Adapters are available in airport shops.
Finland’s currency is euro (€). Credit cards are also widely accepted everywhere. Please note that on most tours there’s no possibility for money change, not on arrival or during the week. However, most of our tours include all meals, activities etc. so you don’t necessarily need money during the tour. If you wish to buy some souvenirs, alcohol beverages etc. you’d better change money in advance in your home country or at the airport. During wilderness trekking tours the possibilities to spend money are few.
Most of our tours include full board or half board. Vegetarian, gluten-free etc. meals can be served. Please inform us in advance about any dietary requirements or allergies.
In Finland the tap water is good quality and drinkable even from the tap in the hotel bathroom.
Finland is one of Europe’s safest countries in terms of health and hygiene. No vaccinations or inoculations are required before arrival. Finnish pharmacies are well stocked with all the basic medicines, but note that some medicines that are available in stores and supermarkets in other countries – such as Aspirin and various ointments – are only available in pharmacies in Finland. Also please note that during our tours there is no access to a pharmacy (in a case of emergency of course).
Clients must take care of the travel insurance by themselves. We recommend applying for the European Health Insurance Card which is available free of charge for the citizens of EU/EEA and of Switzerland. The holders of the card are entitled to medical care while staying temporarily in an other EU/EEA country or in Switzerland (with same regulations and co-payments like the residents of the country). More information about the card is available here.
Tourists from most countries are not required an entry visa into Finland.
The website of Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs offers details of required travel documents by country, please see here.
As a rule, foreign nationals who require an entry visa are requested to apply for one from the diplomatic mission that represents Finland in their home country.
We have four distinctly different seasons that transform the white winter wonderland to a green summer in just a few months. Temperatures can vary from +30C to -30C and day light hours have just as great variations!
- Spring Mid-April to May – brown bears wake up, rapid turn towards summer
- Summer June to August – Midnight Sun in June
- Autumn September to October – bright colours of the nature in September (ruska)
- Winter November to Mid-April – Season for winter tours mid Dec – early April
Day temperatures in January–March vary normally between -5 and -20oC. However it is possible that the temperature rises until some plus degrees or falls to below -30oC. In March there can be a big difference between day and night temperatures and after a very cold night, the temperature normally rises quite rapidly when the sun rises up.
In the beginning of January there is only 6,5 hours of daylight (9 am–3.30 pm), in the beginning of February about 9 hours (8 am to 5 pm) and in the beginning of March about 12 hours (6.30 am–6.30 pm). In late March there is already about 15 hours of daylight (6 am–8.30 pm)
From late Feb onwards the amount of sunny days increases. Snowfalls can appear throughout the winter. The depth of snow is normally about 50–100 cm during these months.
An average day temperature in summer (Jun–Aug) is about +20°C but it can be anything from +10°C to +30°C. At night and on rainy days the temperature can be even under +10°C.
Summer days are long – in June there is about 20–21 hours of daylight and in August about 17–18 hours.
During the summer, mosquitoes are a nuisance in the countryside, especially in the north of Finland. The worst mosquito period is usually from 20th June until end of July. However, the situation varies each year so it is hard to say how it will be. During our hiking tours we are mostly in dry pine forests where mosquitoes are not a big problem. You can protect yourself from mosquito bites by using mosquito repellent (guide has repellent) and we recommend you to wear long sleeves and trousers and a hat or a scarf – this protects both from the mosquitoes and the sun.
If you are planning a winter visit, be prepared for low temperatures! The lower the temperature is, the more carefully you must dress up for the outdoor activity. Special attention must be paid to the nose, cheeks, ears, chin, toes and fingers that most easily get frostbitten.
In cold conditions layered clothing is relevant since the clothing must at the same time transfer moisture, provide warmth and protect from the wind. During the exercise it’s easier to keep your body warm but during breaks you’ll get cold easily. Layered clothing gives the opportunity to adjust the heat easily.
- Base layer: Choose wool, synthetic (polypropylene, polyester) or silk clothes. Skin-tight base-layer provides comfort by removing the moisture and keeping the skin dry. Cotton is not ideal as base-layer because it retains moisture and will make you colder.
- Midlayer: Mid-layer provides warmth. Use several layers if necessary. Fleece and woollen shirts/jackets and pants are ideal. Mid-layer clothing makes it possible to adjust the heat according to the weather and rate of physical activity.
- Outer garment: Choose clothes according to the planned activity.
Husky sledding, ice-fishing and other “colder activities”:
Wear insulated and wind-proof coat and trousers (or overall). Clothes don’t need to be waterproof.
Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing:
Breathable and wind-proof cross-country skiing jacket and pants or similar are the best option. Insulated winter jackets and pants are usually too warm making you sweat (if you soak in your own sweat, you get cold easily once you stop). A ski waistcoat could be useful as well.
Wear a windproof beanie or knitted hat that protects ears as well. Remember to protect your face too, especially if it’s extremely cold or windy. A balaclava is useful.
Mittens are warmer than gloves. Thin, woollen gloves can be used under mittens or you can put another pair of big mittens over the others if necessary. For the cross-country skiing insulated skiing gloves or mittens are the best. For the extra warmth wear thin merino wool gloves under them.
Shoes: Wear well-insulated boots and pick a larger size of shoes to fit extra socks. Rubber non-slip soles will keep you on your feet. Insulated shoe covers are good to be used over skiing boots on cold weather.
Socks: Socks of wool mixtures are the best choice to keep your feet dry. Put knitted woollen socks over the other socks. Cotton sports socks are not a good option for cold conditions.
Spare clothes for the lunch break outdoors
It is essential to have extra clothes in your rucksack to be worn during a picnic outdoors.
- If you rent an overall from us, you could have a fleece shirt / pullover to be used under the overall. An extra pair of mittens is useful too.
- If you are wearing a sport jacket (skiing and snowshoeing tours), you should have a warm extra jacket for the breaks (down / soft shell etc).
For summer outdoor activity tours you should remember that the weather conditions can be variable. Be prepared also for cool weather and rain! Gore-tex® clothes are not essential as it’s not usually very cold and the route is not very windy, it is however necessary to carry some kind of waterproof jacket and trousers. Good hiking boots with leg are essential, preferably with Gore-tex® or similar. Jogging/training shoes are not sufficient as there will be some soft and wet sections.
You will also need a small rucksack for carrying lunch, rain clothes, water bottle, mosquito repellent etc.
You find the detailed gear list for each tour in the trip dossier that can be requested from us.
The traditional Finnish sauna is available almost daily on our tours.
Finnish people traditionally do not go in mixed groups or wearing swimming suits.
Sauna is thought to be a holy place where both body and soul are washed.
Wi-Fi is available in most accommodation places but not at wilderness cabins.
Tipping is not compulsory in Finland but if you feel that your guide did a great job for your, then it’s up to you if you decide to tip him/her and say thanks on that way.