Start: Kuusamo

Your Itinerary


Snowshoeing in Eastern Finland
Guided | Individual | 7 days | 6 nights | From £939 per person

On this snowshoeing tour you will get to explore the ‘taiga’ forests of eastern Finland. The remote area is absolutely a perfect place to enjoy the peace of nature. Our route goes mostly in the Hossa hiking area through snow white forests, along ridges and over frozen lakes.

Each night you will accommodate in a wilderness cabin, some of them without modern facilities but however with cosy atmosphere.

Snowshoeing Tour Highlights
• Explore the wild taiga of Eastern Finland
• Walk through wilderness areas of untouched nature
• Have a picnic lunch in a kota

Walking Route Features
On this tour the daily treks take approx. 5–6 hours and the average speed is about one km per hour. In February and March the depth of the snow is normally 60–70 cm and the snow is usually soft making the walking slow.

If the track is harder it is possible to walk 3–4 km in an hour, in that case extra kilometers can be walked to make the duration longer. The duration includes also a lunch break which is about 1,5 hours.

The terrain is quite variable with many short up- and down hills but there are no long climbs. The route goes in the forests, along the ridges and on the lakes. The difficulty of the tour is easy – moderate. No previous experience on snowshoeing is needed but a moderate physical condition is desirable.

Difficulty Scale

Day-by-Day Walking Holiday Itinerary


Day 1: Arrival in Kuusamo

Arrival at Kuusamo airport where you will meet your local guide. Transfer (approx. 1 hour) to Hossa where we will accommodate in cabin Jatkonsalmi for first three nights. The cabin is situated on the shore of Lake Jatkonjärvi in an isolated spot in Hossa Hiking Area.

Day 2: Russian border

After a brief introductory session on snowshoeing technique it is time to set off for the first day trip which takes us to explore the Russian border area. We go the first kilometres in the narrow gorge and then mostly on the lakes until the Russian border zone.

It is strictly prohibited to step on the border zone but we follow it for a couple of kilometres southwards. In the evening, after snowshoeing for hours in the cold, it is nice to relax and warm oneself in the lakeside sauna.

Snowshoeing 7 km, 6 hours

Day 3: Rock paintings

Today it is time to take a glance at the history. We will first take a short car transfer and then snowshoe to the Colour Rock to see its rock paintings dating back to 4000 years. The picnic lunch will be taken in a kota in the mid-way. (Lappish tepee). Coffee will be brewed on an open fire and it will be taken with sandwiches. In the afternoon we will return to the cabin to spend one more night there.

Snowshoeing 7 km, 6 hours

Day 4: Snow white forests, Jatkonsalmi – Peurapirtti/Hirvastupa

Today’s route goes along the top of a ridge between two frozen lakes through the beautiful snow covered pine, spruce and birch forests. It is more probable that we will meet some reindeer than human beings. After 7 km on snow shoes we will reach the northern shore of the lake Iso-Valkeinen and the cabins where we will accommodate for one night.

Snowshoeing 7 km, 6 hours

Day 5: Ridges and lakes, Peurapirtti/Hirvastupa – Huosiusjärvi/Iikoski

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. Halfway we will take the picnic lunch around an open fire at a lean-to-shelter situated near a rapid. In the afternoon we will arrive at the last cabins where we will stay in, called Huosiusjärvi and Iikoski situated 200 metres apart from each other.

Snowshoeing 8 km, 6,5 hours

Day 6 End of snowshoeing and reindeer farm Huosiusjärvi/Iikoski – Jatkonsalmi

The last day of snowshoeing takes us back to the start point. Following ridges we will first reach the Hossa Visitor Centre where we will have a look at the exhibition on the area’s history and present day. Our snowshoeing tour will be completed on arrival at the cabin. At night we will visit a local reindeer farm where we learn about reindeer herding today and enjoy a delicious farewell dinner.

Snowshoeing 5 km, 4 hours

Day 7: Return

Breakfast and transfer to Kuusamo airport.

Map & Route Information

Route Profile
The terrain is quite variable with many short up- and down hills but there are no long climbs. The route goes in the forests, along the ridges and on the lakes. The difficulty of the tour is easy – moderate. No previous experience on snowshoeing is needed but a moderate physical condition is desirable.

Where is the starting point of the holiday?


Tour Route Map

Tour Information

Holiday Information

The Snowshoeing in Eastern Finland tour stays in 2-4 person log cabins. On days 4 and 5 stay in log cabins (dormitory)

Available services

- Accommodation: On days 1, 2, 3 and 6 in rooms for 2–4 persons in log cabins, on days 4 and 5 in log cabins (dormitory) – Breakfast, outdoor lunch and dinner every day
– English speaking guide
– Airport transfers
– Luggage transportation
– Sauna daily
– Bed linen

Not Included

- Hire of snowshoes and sticks, (must be booked in advance!)
– Hire of winter boots

Difficulty

Walking ▲▲
No previous experience on snowshoeing is needed but a moderate physical condition is desirable.

Star Star Star
Travel Information

The joining point for this trip is Kuusamo airport (or Kuusamo bus station). Transfers from Kuusamo airport to the first accommodation and from the last accommodation back to Kuusamo airport are included in the tour price.

Transfers are organized to coincide with the following Finnair flights (www.finnair.com):

Arrival: 23.01., 30.01., 06.02., 13.02., 20.02 and 27.02 HEL-KAO AY397 16.30–17.45

Return: 29.01., 05.02., 12.02., 19.02, 26.02 and 04.03 KAO–HEL AY396 13.45–14.55

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 nights 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.

Schedules and prices for trains can be seen 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.

Food

We pay a lot of attention to provide good food for the participants. The tour includes breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. Breakfast is served at the cabin (bred, cheese, ham, porridge, muesli, yoghurt, coffee, tea).

Lunch is served on a fireplace on the route and it consists of warm soup, bread, ham, cheese, sausages, coffee, tea and chocolate / biscuits. Dinner is the main meal of the day. There is usually meat or fish, vegetables, fresh salad, bread and dessert.

During the snowshoeing there is no other food served except the lunch so you can bring your own chocolate, muesli bars etc. if needed.

Breakfast is usually around 8 am, lunch at 11 am–12 am and dinner at 7–8 pm. Upon arrival at the accommodation, usually around 3 pm, there is a snack available.

Weather and Temperatures

These snowshoeing tours start to run at the end of January when there’s enough daylight for a full-day activity. In the beginning of February there are about 9 hours of daylight (from 8 am to 5 pm) and in the beginning of March about 12 hours (from 6.30 am until 6.30 pm).

The day temperature vary normally between -5 and -20oC. However it is also possible that the temperature rises until some plus degrees or falls until -35 oC. If the night is very cold, the temperature normally rises quite rapidly as the sun rises up especially in March.

The weather in these months can be cloudy or sunny (sunshine is more probable in March than in February) and there can be wind. Snowfalls can also appear.

Equipment and Clothing

Clothing is a personal choice but everybody should be prepared for the cold weather. During the snowshoeing 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 wind proof. Special attention should be paid to the feet, fingers and face.

Here is an example what the clothing could include: Underwear – Synthetic underwear (polypropylene, polyester), wool or silk is better than cotton. Skin-tight underwear removes moisture from the skin.

Mid-layer clothing – Eg. fleece or woollen garments. Mid-layer clothing makes it possible to adjust thermal insulation according to the weather and rate of physical activity. Outer garment – Windproof coat and trousers (it is not necessary to be waterproof like Gore-tex) Head – Windproof hat which protects the ears as well.

Remember to protect your face too, especially if it’s windy. A balaclava or a scarf may be useful. Hands – Windproof mittens protect your fingers better than gloves. For the breaks you can have another pair of big mittens to be put over the others. Feet – Socks made of wool mixtures are the best choice.

Cotton sports socks are not good for the cold weather! Winter shoes should have thick soles and be a size larger than your summer ones. Ideal shoes have enough space also for knitted woolen socks to be put over the other socks.

Star Star Star

Your Prices

Snowshoeing in Eastern Finland, 7 days, 6 nights

Walk2Walk Holidays is now part of Whereabouts Holidays and all up to date holiday information including dates and prices can be seen on the Whereabouts Holidays website.

To make a booking on the Snowshoeing in Eastern Finland holiday, please click here >> and you will be taken through to the Whereabouts Holidays website and booking system.

Holiday Price: From £939
Single Supplement: On Request

Click here to book now

Get ready to ramble…

0800 731 1631

Walking Holidays in the UK and Europe from Walk2Walk Holidays.
Registered in England 2207655 VAT: 480 3031 80