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Finnish Winter Adventure

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  • See the Northern Lights in Finland
The Finnish Winter Adventure tour starts and ends in Kuusamo. The Finnish Winter Adventure is a Winter Adventures tour that takes 8 days taking you through Kuusamo, Finland and other destinations in Finland.

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!
Day 1 Start Basecamp Oulanka.

Start Basecamp Oulanka

Day 2 Dogsledding instruction and tour of 10km (approx.). Adults drive with children sitting in sleds.

Half-day husky safari. After sorting out all of your equipment needed for a week in arctic conditions there is then a free morning to try sledging 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 the husky safari in the neighbouring Riisitunturi National Park. We start with a 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. 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.

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

Snowshoeing. Gentle half-day snowshoe walk in the Oulanka National Park past frozen waterfalls and following the Kitkajoki River.There is a free afternoon for further snowshoeing, sauna or hot-tub.

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

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 5 Morning free in Ruka for optional snowmobile safari or downhill skiing; Afternoon visit reindeer farm and museum with a ride on a reindeer sleigh. Enjoy hot drinks around open fire and eat reindeer sausages.

Explore Ruka and optional activities. Spend the day at the popular ski resort of Ruka. Your guide will organise transfers (included) and book activities for you. Downhill skiing and snowmobile safaris are available. See 'Extra Expenses' section below. In the late afternoon we visit the reindeer farm and museum where everyone will have the chance to ride on a reindeer sleigh, and try lasso throwing. The evening then draws to a close with some hot drinks and some reindeer sausages round an open fire.

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

Leisurely morning free to relax with afternoon children's snow games. 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. 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.

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

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. There is also a possibility for ice climbing for all ages. 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
  • All dinners
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Arrival & departure transfers
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 Winter 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 5+ 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 7 reviews
Finnish Winter Adventure
5 - Excellent
“An incredible trip, a real winter wonderland for adults & children alike!”
Fun, Fun, Fun in Finnish Wilderness!
5 - Excellent
“Arriving in Oulanka to a meal of Elk and quark
We slept in cosy lodges, peaceful in the dark
We snowshoed through the forest, skied across a lake
And tired to build a quiincee - really quite a lark!
The food was simply splendid, the huskie drive a treat,
Attempts to scale the ice wall, really quite a feat
Basecamp staff were brilliant, the wilderness sublime
This trip is one I'd be very happy to repeat!”
Finnish Winter Adenture
5 - Excellent
“It was great fun and interesting and I had a fabulous time. My guide was really nice and fun and I liked all of the activities. The days were packed with just the right amount of activities to do, and also with some free time to do what you like; most of the free time I got I spent with my mum and my friends.”
A wonderful winter family adventure
5 - Excellent
“An action packed snowy adventure enjoyed by mum, dad and 2 boys (11 and 8) in the stunning Finish countryside. This holiday gave us the opportunity to try shoe shoeing, cross country skiing, ice climbing, sledging, building snow homes, downhill skiing, exploring the countryside with huskies, learning about reindeer farming and sledging, in a wonderful environment with home cooked tasty food, new friends and a sauna and hot tub to relax in. Seeing the Northern Lights twice was a real bonus too.”
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Good to know Payment

A deposit of 191 USD is required to confirm this tour. For any departures within 19 August 2017 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The Finnish Winter 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.

Visa

For this Finnish Winter 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 Winter 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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