Winter Fun In Finland
Guided | Individual | 8 days | 7 nights | From £1159 per person
Finland is a winter wonderland and on this tour you will experience the best of it.
The base of this active week is Kylmäluoma area in north-eastern Finland. There you can enjoy the extreme peace of nature and snow-covered landscape far away from tourist crowds. The program includes low-level activities like snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and a husky safari.
The overnight snowshoeing tour will really take you into the wilderness and a night in a basic but cosy cabin without electricity will surely be memorable. Every night you can relax in a genuine Finnish sauna. If you are lucky the dance of the magical Northern Lights on the night sky will top off your Finnish winter adventure!
Winter Fun In Finland Highlights
• Enjoy building an Igloo
• Relax in a Finnish sauna
• Enjoy a picnic lunch around an open fire
Day 1: Arrival
Arrival at Kuusamo (flight HEL–KAO AY397 16.30–17.45) airport where your guide will be welcoming you. A 45 minutes’ transfer to Kylmäluoma where check in at log cabins and dinner at the restaurant.
Day 2: Cross-country skiing
In the morning there will be an introduction about the area and the program. After lunch we will learn the basics of cross-country skiing which is one of the most popular winter hobbies in Finland.
Then we will test our skiing skills practically and make a short tour through the flat pine forest and over the lakes. We may see some reindeer which are a common sight here. The area offers a wide range of well-prepared ski tracks both easy and more challenging ones with ups and downs so after the tour together you can ski on your own as well.
Day 3: Snowshoeing
This morning we will set off for our overnight snowshoeing tour. After a short introduction we will start the excursion straight from the cabins.
The trail goes through the beautiful snow covered pine, spruce and birch forests. Halfway we will take a picnic lunch around an open fire. In the afternoon we will arrive at the Hukantupa wilderness cabin where we will accommodate for the next night.
In the evening it is nice to relax in the sauna heated with a wood-burning stove. Hukantupa does not have electricity and accommodation is in dormitory rooms.
Day 4: Snowshoeing
After breakfast we will go on snowshoeing along the ridges and on the lakes. The surrounding forests are home for many animals like elks, wolfs, lynxes and hares but unfortunately they are seldom seen.
Also bears inhabit the area but in winter they hibernate. A picnic lunch will be enjoyed around the fire. Our snowshoeing excursion will be completed when we return to the cabins.
Day 5: Igloo building
Today we build an igloo. By shovels and spades we make a big pile of snow which will be hollowed out afterwards. It is also possible to sleep in the igloo which you make!
Day 6: Optional activities
Free day for optional activities. Options include some more cross country skiing or snowshoeing. Winter fishing is also possible.
Day 7: Husky farm
After breakfast there is a transfer to husky farm. On arrival at the farm, we will be greeted by owner who will explain about the life and training of the huskies. He will also give us a sled driving lesson, and then it’s off into the wilderness!
We’ll drive a tour through snow-white forests and frozen lakes enjoying the pure nature and silence. Two people take it in turns to sharing driving their own sledge with 4 dogs unless they wish only to sit in the sledge and enjoy the scenery.
The lunch will be enjoyed during the tour. After the tour transfer back to cabins. On the way we can stop for shopping at the village of Taivalkoski. Farewell dinner will be enjoyed in the evening.
Day 8: Return
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Oulu airport for a flight to Helsinki (OUL–HEL AY354 11.05–12.05).
This activity holiday is based in Kylmäluoma.
The Winter Fun In Finland tour stays in 1-3 persons log cabins. On day 3 stay in the wilderness cabin in dormitory rooms.
- Accommodation in log cabins on days 1–2 and 4 – 7 (1–3 persons/cabin), on day 3 in the wilderness cabin in dormitory rooms.
– Meals: (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)
day 1: D, days 2–7: B, L, D (on days 3 and 4 picnic lunch), day 8:
– Activities according to the program
– Airport transfers and local transfers according to the program
– English speaking guide
– Sauna daily (except on arrival night)
Winter overall rental including boots and mittens
Multiactivity Week ▲▲
The program includes low-level activities like snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and a husky safari.
Transfers are organized to coincide with the following Finnair flights (www.finnair.com):
Arrival: 26.12. HEL-KAJ AY565 17.15–18.35 30.01.and 05.03. HEL–KAO AY397 16.30–17.45
Return: 02.01. KAJ–HEL AY564 13.35–14.55 06.02. and 12.03. OUL–HEL AY354 11.05–12.05
Please note that we organize only one airport transfer for each group on arrival and departure. Before making any flight reservations we advise you to check us the transfer schedules. Due to the remote location and distances, private transfers are very difficult and expensive to arrange.
If you arrive/depart on flights that do not coincide with these single timed group airport transfers, you should wait at the airport or in the town. It is also possible to book extra overnights if necessary due to the flight schedule.
Arrival by train & bus It is possible to take a train from Helsinki to Oulu and then a bus from Oulu to Kuusamo. On return, the bus going to Oulu airport can drop off people at Oulu railway station as well. Schedules and prices for trains at www.vr.fi and for buses at www.matkahuolto.fi Please note that the price of the train ticket depends on the date of purchase.
The accommodation will be in log cabins (1–3 persons / cabin) in Kylmäluoma outdoor centre every day except on day 3. Each cabin has 4 bunk beds, electricity, heating, refrigerator, hotplates, kitchenette, TV, sleeping alcove, toilet and shower. Sauna is available every night in the separate building.
On day 3 accommodation will be in Hukantupa wilderness cabin in dormitory rooms. Hukantupa has no electricity nor central heating but it is heated with a stove. Outhouse and sauna in the separate building.
All activities are suitable for beginners and no previous experience is needed. The duration of the husky safari on day 7 is 5 hours (riding time approx. 3,5 hours).
To book the suitable ski equipment for you we need to have your height, weight and shoe size in advance, preferably at the time of booking.
WEATHER AND TEMPERATURES
The 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 -30 oC. In April the temperatures are usually between + 5 and -10oC at daytime and between 0 and -15 oC at night time.
If a night is very cold, the temperature normally rises quite rapidly in March/April as the sun rises up. In December and January the days are short but get longer as the winter goes on. 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 (6.30–6.30 pm). In April there are already about 15 hours of day light (6 am–8.30 pm)
The weather in these months can be sunny or cloudy and snow showers can also appear. The weather can be windy as well. So as you see the weather conditions can vary a lot, but usually in winter in Finland the weather don’t change very rapidly.
The depth of snow is normally about 50–100 cm during these months. Ten day weather forecast can be seen: http://foreca.fi/Finland/Taivalkoski/tenday
To organize the appropriate skiing equipment for each client we should be informed the height, weight and shoe size in advance. The program includes optional activities on day 6. Equipment rental for that day is not included in the tour price and it must be paid on spot.
Breakfast and dinner will be served daily at the outdoor centre’s restaurant and the lunch is whether picnic lunch or it will be taken at the restaurant.
The clothing is a personal choice but everybody should be prepared for the cold weather. During the activities the body activity usually generates enough heat to keep your body warm but during the breaks you’ll get cold easily.
Therefore it is very important to have a warm coat or a waistcoat to wear during the stops. The best way to protect oneself from the cold is to wear a number of thin layers rather than a few thick ones. The outer garment should be windproof. Special attention should be paid to the feet, fingers and face.
Winter Fun In Finland, 8 days, 7 nights
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Holiday Price: From £1159
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