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Finnish Winter Adventure Family Holiday

from $2,749.00

See the Northern Lights in Finland

  • Reviews 17 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Guided
  • Activity Level Leisurely / Moderate
  • Group Size Small Group
    4 - 18
All about the Finnish Winter Adventure Family Holiday.

Oulanka is always a popular family destination, this is definitely a winter trip with a difference. The whole family can enjoy lots of exciting activities and wholesome home-cooked food rustled up by our small team of expert staff. Discover the beautiful wilderness of Finnish Lapland on snowshoes, cross-country skis, dogsled and snowmobiles. Our wilderness base is located at the edge of Oulanka National Park in a truly spectacular setting, perfect for this fun-filled winter holiday and with the very best conditions for seeing the Northern Lights, nature’s most spectacular light show!

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 7 dinners
* 7 nights at Basecamp Oulanka in comfortable and cozy accommodation in a stunning location
* All transport and listed mixed activities
* Tour leader throughout. Group normally 4 to 18, plus leaders. Min age 5 yrs.
* All Arctic winter equipment and clothing provided
* Arrival & departure Airport transfers (at designated times)

What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)

Highlights

• Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and dogsledding
• Beautifully remote wilderness location
• Chance to see the Northern Lights

  1. Day 1 Start Basecamp Oulanka

    Depending on the arrival time, during dinner, we have our welcome briefing where we discuss the week ahead and get an introduction to Basecamp and the local area.

  2. Day 2 Dogsledding instruction and tour of approx 10km (approx.)

    After sorting out all of your equipment needed for a week in arctic conditions there is then a free morning to try sledding around the areas of Basecamp, or enjoy a game of football or hockey in the deep snow. All games equipment are available free of charge from the front desk. After lunch, we head off for a husky safari in the neighbouring Riisitunturi National Park. We start with tuition on how to ride and drive on the sled and the importance of caring for the huskies correctly. We then continue into the woods where our teams of dogs eagerly await our arrival, ready to take us on our 10km mushing adventure. Our route takes us deep into the national park and up onto the surrounding fjell where we are rewarded with fantastic views. With the adults driving and the children sitting in the sled, you are able to really appreciate the serenity of this beautiful snow-laden landscape.

  3. Day 3 Gentle half day snowshoe walk, exploring the park; free use of snowshoes in the afternoon

    Today we explore the Oulanka National Park with a gentle half day snowshoe walk past frozen waterfalls and following the Kitkajoki River. There is a free afternoon for further snowshoeing, sauna or hot-tub. Alternatively, you might wish to try kick sledging; a metal frame sled you can use on your own or with your children and venture out around Basecamp.

  4. Day 4 Morning cross-country ski lesson. Free use of skis after the lesson

    Experience the Scandinavian-born sport of cross-country skiing. Heading down to the nearby Juuma Lake, our instructor will walk us through the basics of how to cross-country ski. There may be a few tumbles to start with, but in the soft snow, this is half the fun. After becoming more confident on the skis we then head out onto the lake, gliding through the virgin powder. In the afternoon, keep hold of your skis as there will be further opportunities to practise what you have learnt in the morning and have more fun.

  5. Day 5 Morning free in Ruka for optional activities; afternoon visit reindeer farm and museum with a ride on a reindeer sleigh

    We spend the day at the popular ski resort of Ruka. Your guide will take care of transfers and can book activities for you. Transfers are included only to the designated areas and are scheduled at specific times, it is advisable to check at reception before making your activities booking. Downhill skiing and snowmobile safaris are available. See the ’Optional excursions’ section below. Please note that due to operational reasons, the bookings for activities in Ruka need to be made by Tuesday. In the late afternoon, we visit the reindeer farm and museum where everyone will have the chance to ride on a reindeer sleigh. The evening then draws to a close with some hot drinks and some reindeer sausages round an open fire.

  6. Day 6 Free morning; afternoon children's snow games: sledging, building snow forts and snowmen

    This morning we have the chance to sleep longer and start the day at a more relaxed pace. After lunch the afternoon is spent in the children’s snow park, which is supervised by the Basecamp guides. Amongst other activities, here children have the opportunity to learn how to build an igloo and follow the ’snow trail’, which leads to a teepee where hot drinks and pancakes are served. Families can also have a go at making a snow sculpture.

  7. Day 7 Free day. Optional activities include ice-climbing, dogsledding or snowmobile tours

    Today is left free to spend as you like. Options include unguided cross-country skiing and snowshoeing having all Basecamp facilities at your disposal and many accessible roads to explore. Otherwise, you can enrol in one of the several optional activities available; downhill skiing at nearby Ruka (transport and skiing not included); or further dogsledding and snowmobile safaris. There is also a possibility to take on the challenge and exhilaration of ice wall climbing, suitable for all ages. Alternatively, kick sledging can keep you entertained.For the farewell celebration, we will eat dinner around a campfire.

  8. Day 8 End Basecamp Oulanka

    End Basecamp Oulanka. Lunch is included for clients booked on the group flights for departures from Dec. 24th to Feb. 11th (included) due to a later inbound flight time. This extra time will give you the opportunity to venture on additional unguided snow shoeing walks, following one of the well marked trails around Basecamp.

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Where you stay

Basecamp

You will spend 7 nights at Basecamp Oulanka, this wilderness camp is a lovely complex of wooden buildings offering cozy accommodation overlooking a pristine lake and bordered by the Oulanka National Park. All rooms are moderately sized family rooms with a bathroom, twin beds for adults and a mezzanine floor for 2 children. Family of two – All family groupings of two will be put into either one or twin room. You will have to pay a supplement for twin occupancy of USD$171 per room. Family of three or four – Unless you request otherwise we will reserve a twin room (with a mezzanine – 4 beds in total). Family of five or more – For larger families, we will provide 2 twin rooms.

While we will do our very best to ensure that families are roomed close together, we can’t guarantee this. Most family holidays occur during peak season and we sometimes have little to no control over where you will be put. You need to come prepared for this.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 7 evening meals are included.

The food at Basecamp is a delicious range of local produce that is prepared on site by the in house chef.
Starters consist of a salad buffet with 3-4 different choices. The main courses consist of wild game such as elk, chicken and salmon. There is also the option of vegetarian food. Dessert consists of lingon berries, blueberries and cloud berries that have often been picked by the chef herself. It is refreshing to know that what is viewed as superfoods in our supermarkets grows locally to Basecamp. These berries are served with a selection of quark curd, cream, ice cream, cakes and pan cakes. Lunch normally consists of hot soup with elk, salmon or a vegetarian option.

Level 2 – Leisurely/Moderate

This trip is graded leisurely/moderate, which means that no previous experience required.

A mixed activity week for families, with a good selection of guided activities and free time for independent activities or relaxation. None of the activities require previous experience but please note that the exposure to cold weather can be quite tiring. The free time will give the opportunity to tailor your pace according to your preferences.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

Finnish Winter Adenture

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The most inspirational moment on my trip was learning downhill skiing which I had never done before. It is now one of my favourite sports and I hope to do it again!
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Annika was very nice and got involved with the group. She was really easy to get on with and made everyone laugh and have a good time.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Yes don't over pack, its all provided!
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    No

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

A wonderful winter family adventure

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Driving the husky sleigh into the magical national park. We felt like we were in Narnia
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Tessa and the whole team at Basecamp were inspirational. Tessa was an excellent leader, passionate about conserving the environment she lives and works in and her enthusiasm, experience, clarity and humour helped create a really positive experience for the group.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take snacks or food if you don't want to have lunch or buy extra food at base camp - there isn't an easy local alternative. also - make sure you budget for optional activities - the cost of these can add up quite quickly, but when you are there you will want to do them.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Relax and enjoy every moment

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

Exceeded all expectations

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The scenery brings out rare emotions ... Whilst standing alone in a clearing in the pine and birch forest on a bridge over an almost completely snow covered stream watching the water flow over ice crystals, the water making the only noise audible, the mind clears and emotions flow. By way of contrast the biggest impediment to getting up once you fell into the snow was ... uncontrollable laughter!
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Henri was fantastic ... nothing was too much trouble, instructions and guidance was clear, with a very wry sense of humour. All the staff were great especially the cooks who produced such tasty food.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    A buff or neck warmer will be very useful There is no tea/coffee facility in the room so bring you own if you like a cuppa before donning several layers to start the day.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This is a very special holiday ... had a great time

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

FINNISH WINTER ADVENTURE - FAMILY HOLIDAY

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The setting of Oulanka National Park is breathtaking.  The landscape is monocrome - our bright coloured clothes the only colour in the black and while wilderness.  The sound of the husky dogs barking - so eager to be off is unforgettable.  Then whooosh we were off - very fast.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    The staff were relaxed and friendly.  They couldn't do enough for us.  We really appreciated how relaxed they were about us changing our equipment for dry or additional.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    You lucky things.  Don't worry about warm clothes - just base layers for adults will be all you need as everything is provided.  Although I was pleased to have brought my welly bobs for walking between our room and the dining hall.  I bought the blueberry syrup from reception and it is delicous and a lovely souvenir.  Don't be too disappointed if you don't see the Northern lights - we were pleased not to have such cold weather which usually comes with clear skies.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The food is great and plenty of games provided in the dining hall although good to bring some of your own too.

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
4/5

Beautiful Finnish wilderness holiday

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The campfire meals at the husky sledge and the reindeer farm, and the last night evening meal under the stars. Very low-key and relaxed, with no rush to get through anything - the leaders looked as if they were having as much fun as the guests.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    There is a high ratio of staff to guests, which makes for great service on the trip and meals too. They were all excellent.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    As mentioned by others, you don't need to bring much gear! The clothing and gear they provide is excellent and warm (though you need a scarf/neck warmer). But it all looks the same, so a handy hint if you want to spot your child among 8 identical children milling around a reindeer is to bring your own hat!
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    So if it was so good, why just 4 stars? It's because of the price of the extras and the overall cost. Yes, it's expensive and I knew that before booking. The programme is actually quite limited - just a few outings spread over the week, with most of the time at the lodge. That was fine for us - we enjoyed just snow shoe walking, sledging and cross-country skiing from the lodge (all that equipment is freely available at any time) - but given the limited outings the price is high. But the snow was great, food great, and service great, so that's fine, really. However, if you don't want to just stay at the lodge then the price of the optional extras is incredible - a family of five for an extra husky day would have been well over £1,000, and other outings just like guided walks were very pricey. I guess it's a pricey country, so be prepared for that or - as I say - it is actually OK to keep yourself occupied at the lodge. Also, as a family of 5 we were split into two rooms that weren't connected and were in separate areas of the lodge. Again, no problem for us, due to the age of our children, but just something else to be aware of.

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