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Snowshoeing in Finland

from $1,879.00

5 days snowshoeing in the stunning wilderness of Finland

  • Reviews 7 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Guided
  • Activity Level Moderate
    5/8
  • Group Size Small Group
    4 - 12
All about the Snowshoeing in Finland.

Nestled in the heart of the Finnish wilderness lies the beautiful Oulanka National Park, a vast expanse of snow-laden pine trees, frozen lakes and waterfalls. There is no better way to explore this stunning setting than by strapping on a pair of snowshoes and heading out to break new trails. In the company of our expert leader, we take varied day tours in the surrounding area, including a visit to the spectacular Riisitunturi National Park.

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 Basecamp Oulanka; roms with en suite bathrooms in two separate buildings (see accommodation section)
* All transport and listed activities (5 walks snowshoeing)
* Local tour leaders throughout. No previous experience required.
* Airport transfers (at designated times)
* Snowshoes and poles

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

Highlights

  • Break in new trails in an idyllic winter landscape
  • Explore 2 national parks
  • Stay in cozy accommodation in beautiful wilderness location with sauna and outdoor hot tub
  • Try downhill skiing and snowmobile safaris
  1. Day 1 Start Basecamp Oulanka.

    Our trip starts at Basecamp Oulanka, a complex of cozy wooden buldings located in a remote, unspoiled location overlooking the Juuma lake and backing into Oulanka National Park.

  2. Day 2 Introduction to snowshoeing with easy hike in national park.

    In the morning we are provided with all of the equipment needed for a week of snowshoeing in arctic conditions, before heading straight out onto into frozen Juuma Lake for an easy walk as an introduction to snowshoeing. Our route will lead us through snow-caked trees and along the river Kitka, passing an old flour mill by the Myllykoski rapids. The afternoon is free for a self guided snowshoeing trip or just to relax at Basecamp with the sauna or hot-tub.

  3. Day 3 Snowshoe walk over suspension bridge around Lake Jyravajarvi and Castle Rocks.

    Today’s walk begins over a long suspension bridge that hangs across the Niskakoski rapids. We then head to the pristine frozen lake of Jyravajarvi where we can have the real snow showing experience in an atmosphere of total silence. This brings us to Pyöreälampi where we will stop for a snack. After the rest we walk across the secluded area to Linnakallio Castle Rocks, a beautiful wall of rock standing isolated on the banks of the river. Then we will be passing by Jyrävä, the biggest waterfall of the national park and the Aallokko rapids. Along the path you can also admire beautiful lichens hanging from the trees when we snowshoe across the powder snow. On our return to Basecamp we cross a second suspension bridge over the Myllykoski rapids.

  4. Day 4 Transfer to Riisitunturi National Park; walk through a unique landscape to viewpoint.

    We transfer to the neighbouring Riisitunturi National Park. Although geographically they are not far apart, the differences between the two national parks are highly noticeable. What makes this area so special is the incredible effect that the heavy snow has on the trees as you climb higher into the clearings of the fjell. Twisted, bent and covered in thick white powder, it is almost as if you are passing by hundreds of snow creatures. This memorable walk then culminates in a hike to the top of the fjell for a fantastic view of this wonderful alien landscape.

  5. Day 5 Day in Ruka; visit local reindeer farm with optional reindeer sledding

    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. There will be the opportunity to visit a family-owned reindeer farm with a chance to ride on a reindeer sleigh and to feed the reindeers too! Downhill skiing and snowmobile safaris are available as well. 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.

  6. Day 6 Long snowshoe tour in Oulanka National Park following the 'Little Bear Trail'.

    Today is the longest day of snowshoeing as we head deep into Oulanka National Park. Our guide takes us on what is known in the area as the ’Little Bear Trail’, which encompasses some of the most spectacular scenery in the park. The trail takes us to the south side of the River Kitka and then up to the Kallioportti viewpoint, where we survey the vast snow-covered surroundings. On the return to Basecamp we head over another suspension bridge in Harrisuvanto before taking a well-earned rest in the sauna or the outdoor hot tub.

  7. Day 7 Optional activities including ice climbing and snowmobiling; Oulanka by night.

    Today we have several options to make the most of the magical Finland wilderness. Some of the activities available are: unguided cross-country skiing and snowshoeing and dogsledding. Don’t get too tired as in the evening, after dinner, we will take a walk into the forest. We will experience the special atmosphere and feelings that walking in the dark in this remote location will inspire. We will then follow the stars back to Basecamp. (approx 1 hours)

  8. Day 8 End Basecamp Oulanka.

    Our trip ends at 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.

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Where you stay

Basecamp Oulanka

Basecamp Oulanka is a superb self-sustaining wooden complex that takes immediate inspiration from its wilderness location. Twin rooms with en suite bathrooms are in two separate buildings. The third building is a cozy restaurant and bar, with a log fire, sauna and outdoor hot tub. The heating system used throughout the complex relies totally on nature using special wood pellets for fuel. Winners for outstanding accommodation in the VESTAS 2011 awards is proof of Basecamp’s dedication towards quality.

Please be aware that multiple Breakaway trips are running at Basecamp at the same time and you might share the room with a member of a different group.

Please note that there are other family groups at Basecamp during school holidays.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 7 dinners included.

The food at Basecamp is a delicious range of local produce (Finnish food) that is all prepared on site by the in-house chef. Starters consist of a salad buffet with 3-4 different choices. The main courses consist of chicken, salmon and wild game such as elk. Dessert consists of lingonberries, blueberries and cloudberries that have often been picked by the chef herself.  These berries are served with a selection of quark kurd, cream, ice cream, cakes and pancakes. Lunch normally consists of a hot soup with elk, salmon or vegetarian option.

The breathtaking Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) are visible from September to late April on most clear nights at latitudes close to, and above the Arctic Circle. They can be seen further south, but will be less spectacular and less frequent. Solar activity is greater around the equinoxes (September and April), and at lower latitudes this can be the best time to see them. Inside the Arctic Circle, they tend to be just as good in any winter month, and on a seven-night trip you would be unlucky not to see the Northern Lights at all.

Level 3 – Moderate

This trip involves snowshoeing over flat or undulating terrain. There are no big-drops and very steep terrain is rare. No snowshoeing experience is necessary however a good level of fitness is required as we do climb to viewpoints and you can expect to be snowshoeing between 3 and 6 hours a day at a moderate pace. Variables such as depth of snow can and do affect this.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 12/12/2019
5/5

Finland, snowshoeing - superb

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I think there were at least two particularly memorable ones, though every day was inspirational: The two that for me stand out the most were: in the middle of the night when one of the gang was yelling and shouting outside the huts - the Aurora Borealis was performing - absolutely wonderful; the other was looking down at a fierce fierce waterfall covered by a shelf of ice......and meeting some lovely people who enjoyed the outdoors and the sense of adventure....not to mention the introduction to hot chocolate laced with mint liqueur (bottle purchased at Helsinki on return trip and still being enjoyed!)
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    In a word, fantastic. Most of the leading was undertaken by Tessa, who was so very knowledgeable about the wildlife, tracking, and leading us through some dramatic scenery. Always cheerful, friendly and encouraging she was great to be with.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go for it! You'll not regret it....and make sure you pack a spare battery/batteries for your camera plus charger
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Only to say a huge thank you to everyone for making this such a fabulous break. I'm now looking at this coming winter's options....

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Fabulous Finland

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The unexpected moments can be the best.Lunch stop on the little bear trail proved a treat.We had some leftover porridge bread from lunch and stood with our hands open as we heard some bird calls above us.Our guide said they were SIberian jays and a curious bird.They swooped down and took the food from our outstretched hands again and again,an unscripted moment and quite wonderful.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Cheery,unflappable,knowledgable and full of stories.He was willing to flex and work with our questions and concerns.Unfortunatly he was unable to supply a view of the aurora borealis as parting the clouds was not covered in his Wilderness training so we did not see the skies light up!
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    My one piece of advice would be to budget well you may have more free time then you expect. I had expected to be outdoors for lunch as we were snowshoeing but that was not the case always and as a result the afternoons were free.There is lots to do from the reindeer farm visit to huskies to cross country sking but come expecting to pay extra and budget accordingly.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If you have the time and money I really recommend the full day with the huskies!To mush across 30 km with these dogs was fun so long as you used the break!

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Snowshoeing in Finland

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There are many - lunch at a camp fire, the peace out on the fjell, dog sledding, and meeting a friendly group of people. All wonderful!
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Tessa Kokkonen was a brilliant leader. She gave us info about Finland, it's history, and about the wildlife. Tessa was full of enthusiasm, helpful and had a great sense of humour. Nothing was too much trouble for her. Excellent!
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The outdoor clothing provided is very good so save the space in your cases.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    First winter activity holiday I have been on and it has given me the bug to do another.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Snow Shoeing and Much More

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were so many. Probably the dog sled day, but sitting round a crackling fire outdoor in an light snowfall whilst toasting packed lunch sandwiches and drinking hot chocolate (laced with a shot of whisky) was hard to beat.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Our guide, Tessa Kokkonen, led us with confident knowledge and expertise, breaking up the long walks with frequent halts to talk about Finland and its wildlife, forest, history and folklore. She included traditional stories and identified the animal tracks we found in the snow.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Save your luggage space by not taking outdoor clothing, skis, boots, etc that you think you will need as everything is provided. On the other hand, if you think you might need to replace something you run out of or break, require medicines, another book, etc. take these as there is not much in the way of shops outside the airports.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Base Camp Oulanka was a superb experience and one to repeat. I am now a fan of winter holidays.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

snow shoeing in finland

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    going to the fairy land like riisitunturin kansallispuisto national park with the most amazing snowy trees and great lake views
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    one of the best i have had - effiencent , polite ,nothing was too much trouble and he was very enthusisatic
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    do go , it was a lovely trip

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