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Finnish Wilderness Week

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  • Mixed activity week in a remote part of Finland
The Finnish Wilderness Week tour starts and ends in Kuusamo. The Finnish Wilderness Week is a Cross-country Skiing tour that takes 8 days taking you through Kuusamo, Finland and other destinations in Finland.

In the heart of Oulanka National Park sits Basecamp Oulanka, a self-sustained complex of wooden buildings in a truly stunning location. As the only accommodation for miles around, you are able to enjoy a variety of winter activities in this beautiful landscape and hardly ever see another soul. Dogsledding through the silent snow-caked forests of the nearby Riisitunturi National Park, you couldn’t feel more removed from the hustle and bustle of city life. Get back to nature this winter and head to Basecamp.
New for winter 2016/17 Oulanka by night Special departures: During your stay, the guides will take the group on a snowshoe evening walk in search of the Northern Lights. You will find out more about the science of the Northern Lights and you will hear some fascinating myths and legends the local people believed before science was able to explain this incredible natural phenomenon.
Day 1 Start Basecamp Oulanka.

Start Basecamp Oulanka.

Day 2 Snowshoe hike in national park; free afternoon.

In the morning we are provided with all of the equipment needed for a week of activities in arctic conditions. Strapping on a pair of snowshoes we head straight out into Oulanka National Park where we are taught the necessary skills for this activity. Our route today will take us through snow-caked trees and along the Kitkajoki River, passing an old flour mill that sits adjacent to the dramatic Myllykoski rapids (approx 2� hours). The afternoon is free for further exploration of the surrounding area or relaxation in the sauna or hot-tub.

Day 3 Cross-country skiing in the morning; free afternoon.

Today we experience the Scandinavian-born sport of cross-country skiing. Heading down to the nearby Juuma lake, our instructor will literally 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 is the option of further unguided skiing in the area.

Day 4 Half day dogsledding instruction and tour (about 10km); optional ice climbing.

After breakfast we take a short transfer to the nearby Riisitunturi National Park where we meet up with our dogsledding guide. The day begins with tuition on how to ride on the sled and the importance of caring for the huskies correctly. We then head off 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 a fantastic view. Travelling on your own sled, you are able to really appreciate the serenity of this beautiful snow-laden landscape. The afternoon is free to experience some of the optional activities that Basecamp has to offer such as ice-climbing (min 4 persons).

Day 5 Free day in Ruka; morning option of snowmobile safari; afternoon option of downhill skiing.

Free day in the popular ski resort of Ruka, transfers are included. Downhill skiing and snowmobile safaris are available. See 'Extra Expenses' section below.

Day 6 Wilderness skills including igloo building and fire-making; optional night in the igloo.

Today we are taught the ancient art of quinzee building. Issued with shovels and spades and in groups of four, we create a mound of snow, which is later hollowed out to make sleeping quarters (2-3 persons per quinzee). You have the option of sleeping in your construction, but the lodge is just a short walk away if you prefer the warmth of your room.

Day 7 Optional activities including ice-climbing, or snowmobiling; dinner in a traditional teepee.

Free day. Options include unguided cross-country skiing and snowshoeing; downhill skiing at nearby Ruka (transport and skiing not included); or further dogsledding and snowmobile safaris. As a farewell celebration, we have the option of eating dinner around a campfire, or in a tepee (Kota) on the edge of the National Park.

Day 8 End Basecamp Oulanka.

End Basecamp Oulanka.

what’s included
  • All breakfasts
  • 7 dinners
  • 5 lunches also included for winter 2017-18
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Local tour leaders throughout
  • All specialist equipment
what’s excluded
  • International Flights
  • Any international flights to/from Kuusamo 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 Wilderness Week 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 + yrs
guiding method Live guide/instructor
guide language English
Starts/Ends Kuusamo, Finland/Kuusamo, Finland
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customer reviews
4.9 - Excellent Based on 32 reviews
Finnish Wilderness Week
5 - Excellent
“An excellent trip.  With a variety of activities there was something for everyone and most things for everyone!”
A week full of unashamed laughter!!
5 - Excellent
“I booked this trip as a total novice in winter sports, and after spending a week experiencing a whole range of snow related activities, I’m completely hooked! I enjoyed fabulous scenery, I learnt new skills, I laughed out loud and had enormous fun, I ate great food, I met lovely people and I completely switched off from the stresses of work.”
Must do trip!!!!
5 - Excellent
“Don't hesitate, book book book!!! This was such a perfect trip. The food at base camp is amazing, the staff are fantastic and the activities are brilliant.”
Winter Wonderland
5 - Excellent
“Fantastic Finland! Cross country skiing over frozen lakes and forests, happy huskies!, snowshoeing through magnificent scenery, climbing the ice wall, snowshoeing in the forest at night, making quinzees, absailing...
A dream come true for me to be able to partake in so many activities...I just loved it!
The staff at Oulanka basecamp were wonderful, they definitely made the week with their extremely detailed knowledge of the area, the equipment and the activities we did...so much fun and laughter but always with safety as a priority.
The equipment used was well maintained and in good order. All outdoor clothing was provided together with base and mid layers, gloves, beanie hats and even socks if you wished! For anyone who hasn't done a winter holiday before, it saves a lot of expense and as previous clients have mentioned, there's no need to take much clothing with you.”
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