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Finnish Summer Family Adventure

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Overview
The Finnish Summer Family Adventure tour starts in Basecamp Oulanka and ends in ure. The Finnish Summer Family Adventure is a Family tour that takes 8 days taking you from Basecamp Oulanka to ure and through other destinations in Europe.

Finland’s vast tracts of Arctic tundra, lake and forest are cloaked beneath an all-enveloping layer of snow and ice for seven months of the year but, with the first spring thaws, they’re relieved of their white shroud and the landscape positively springs back to life. Wildflowers carpet the meadows, salmon leap up the river and - in mid-summer - the sun simply refuses to set. You’ll enjoy paddling on the sparkling lakes, rafting on the waters of the River Oulanka, swimming in the clear spring water and even an optional brown bear watching trip. Oulanka is always a popular winter family destination, now we are offering the chance to experience it during summer!Our wilderness base is located at the edge of Oulanka National Park in a truly spectacular setting, perfect for outdoor adventures and enjoy exciting activities together, throw in a daily sauna and...this is the life!

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. There is also the opportunity to swim in the spring water lake and to use the sauna and enjoy the long, light summer night.
We start our adventure by learning wilderness skills that will come in use in the wilds of Oulanka National Park including making a fire, how to orienteer and basic first aid skills. After lunch we have an introduction to paddling. In this introduction our goal is to learn the basic skills for kayaking and/or canoeing. The introduction takes place near the shore in shallow waters. Once we have learned the basics we will paddle towards the Juuma village. We will have free time to use the kayaks/canoes after the trip.
Today our task is to travel from one check point on the lake to another following a map taking a picture at each location as proof. Once we have found all check points we will show the pictures to our guide to receive a prize. Canoeing is a great way to take in Finland’s picturesque scenery and it is always a good idea to keep an eye on the shoreline as you may spot some of the incredible wildlife of the area. The afternoon is free to further explore or swim in spring waters of lake Ala-Juumajarvi.

The Little Bear Trail starts from our doorstep. It is a 10-km-long trail leading to the southernmost part of the national park. This scenic route is perfect for a day trip and offers a possibility to see the grand natural features of the Oulanka National Park: roaring rapids, sheer cliffs and dense forests. The wildlife along the trails is unique and versatile partially for the reason that there are northern and southern slopes to grow on. It includes red fox, hare, elk and reindeer. It's also possible to spot wolverine and wolves tracks.
During today's exhilarating rafting trip we get to experience 7 different rapids, from class I to class III. Before heading into the first rapid we’ll practise our rafting skills and how to work as a team on a lake. At first we get to explore class I rapids – this is a good warm up! In class II rapids we can test our teamwork skills and have fun. The final rapid - Harjakoski - is a class III and will give us good challenge and a nice refreshing splash of water. In the afternoon there is an option to try our climbing skills on adventure courses, to experience the excitement of high ropes and enjoy the scenery over Juuma Lake from the top of the climbing tower at Basecamp.
This day is free to enjoy a variety of optional activities on offer today including taking part in building and designing a traditional Lappish drum. These drums have been used by local communities in the old times to interconnect with spiritual life. In the evening there is an option to visit bear watching huts. This magical experience is located in the heart of Siberian taiga forest where you have the opportunity to see the king of forest from the safety of a comfortable "hide". Along with the activities, there will be the possibility to relax or pick one of the many self guided walks available around Basecamp. The leader will present all options for you to decide according to your preferences. 
We start our day with a short hike to Jyrävä waterfall along the famous Little Bear Trail. In calm waters, we practise safety procedures and our guide will give us a brief introduction including the instructions needed for the tour. On this route we get to experience the tranquillity of this remote part of Northern Europe, all the way down to the Russian border zone.  Along the scenic route we will encounter some gentler rapids and swift running waters while we will have the chance to explore the beautiful landscape of Oulanka National Park.  Cameras can be stored into a dry bag and brought with you. In the afternoon we transfer back to Basecamp in time to enjoy a delicious farewell dinner and a final chance to relax in the sauna and hot tub.
Our trip ends at Basecamp Oulanka.
what’s included
  • All breakfast
  • 6 lunches and 7 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
what’s excluded
  • International Flights
  • Any international flights to Basecamp Oulanka and from ure are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Finnish Summer Family Adventure tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 8 days
Tour Type Group Tour  
Minimum Participants 4 people
Age Requirement 8+ yrs
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends Basecamp Oulanka/ure
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Good to know Payment

A deposit of 207 USD is required to confirm this tour. For any departures within 14 March 2018 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The Finnish Summer Family Adventure tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

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For this Finnish Summer Family Adventure tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Cancellation No additional cancellation fees apply for this Finnish Summer Family Adventure tour. You can cancel the tour up to 57 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 56 days of departure.
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