The wolf trail


If you have an "ancient nomadic instinct", it is in Hossa, in Eastern Finland, that a journey of absolute escape is waiting for you. Go for two days on the crunching pads of your dog sled pulled by the pack of Huskies and Greenland dogs. Then after a relaxing day with activities such as ice fishing, you leave for two intense days on your snowmobile. Finally, you go snowshoeing in the heart of the boreal forest. After this extraordinary adventure, the echoes of the “Grand Blanc” will be set for long time in your memory.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 Day 1: Journey and welcoming dinner

    Day 1: Journey and welcoming dinner Transfer by bus or by car to Hossa (about 1 hour), at the gates of the park. Settle down in your log cottage or in your hotel room. First night, our guides meet you at the restaurant upon a welcoming dinner. The order of the activities of the week will be given then.

    Accommodation: Hotel or Cottage

  • Day 2 Dog sledding safari

    Dog sledding safari First encounter with the dogs, each one leads a team of 4 to 5 dogs for adults and 2 to 3 dogs for children. Then we leave for about 10 km. In order to practice the activity gradually, some runs on lakes will give each participant more and more confidence into his dog’s team. Then the circuit becomes more forested and sometimes more technical. Picnic by the lake Jatkonjärvi. After lunch, we leave for a very varied circuit of about 25 km. Experienced at leading, one gets with pleasure into the Forest Park tracks. We reach our bivouac site, Peurapirtti, with its trapper cabin. The wood stove crackles, the camp is settled and our dogs are finally sleeping.

    Practice time: 4 to 5 hours
    Accommodation: Trapper cabin

  • Day 3 Dog sledding safari

    Dog sledding safari The tracks lead us to Lakkujärvi, about 30 km up to the North, in an area where it is usual to see herds of reindeer. We ride over many forest lakes that can have many different shapes which give ways to hidden paths in the woodlands. The wide track sometimes narrows and with your dog team you sneak into the heart of Hossa Park’s wild taiga. Later in the afternoon, we go back to the basecamp, where you will have to take care of dogs and equipment.

    Practice time: 4 to 5 hours
    Accommodation: Hotel or Cottage

  • Day 4 Snowshoeing with dogs and Discovery of Seipiniemi peninsula

    Snowshoeing with dogs and Discovery of Seipiniemi peninsula Your guide, a specialist of the Arctic area, will make you discover the mysteries of this wild territory. From April, there is an opportunity to observe many animals typical of Far North and you may see a moose or a bear.
    During this trip you will have the occasion to lead the group with your map and your compass in order to get deeper and deeper into the wild taiga forest.

    Practice time: 4 hours
    Accommodation: Hotel or Cottage

  • Day 5 Trapper’s day

    Trapper’s day During this day, we’ll discover old trapper’s way of life and we’ll initiate you to survival technics. You will find out essential technics for any polar explorer and learn how to set tramps, following tracks and ice fishing on frozen lakes. Drill you own hole, arm yourself with patience and with the advices of your guide you will most certainly catch one of the many perches that swim in the waters of the park. Then the guide will introduce you to the fish smoking tips. You will also learn how to build an igloo and shelters. Finally, we will visit our kennel to enjoy the company of our faithful companions. By the end of the day, you’ll have the occasion to visit a local reindeer farm.

    Practice time: 5 hours
    Accommodation: Hotel or Cottage

  • Day 6 Snowmobile safari

    Snowmobile safari Two persons on each snowmobile, your guide leads you away from civilization for a cocktail of freedom and excitement. The course presents no technical difficulty. Lunch with on the menu: grilled meat and invigorating Lappish soup. In the afternoon, you take some technical trails that lead you in the heart of the boreal forest. Settle down in the trapper cabin Iikoski for the night. It is time to share a moment of conviviality around a good meal cooked over a wood fire.

    Practice time: 4 to 5 hours
    Accommodation: Trapper cabin

  • Day 7 Snowmobile safari

    Snowmobile safari A great day ahead of us: 75 km of technical and wild trails to reach Hossa. Speed peaks on the big lakes of Kainuu. In early afternoon, you reach the canyon lake Julma Ölky, surrounded by rockfaces where a couple of shadow cats have taken up residence. You keep on driving to Varikalio rock paintings. 5000 years old, they have been one of the main reasons for the creation of Hossa Park.
    For dinner we will have a traditional Lappish meal: Käristus, or reindeer stew with cranberries.

    Practice time: 4 to 5 hours
    Accommodation: Hotel or Cottage

  • Day 8 Transfer

    Transfer Breakfast and transfer to Kuusamo airport.

Dates & prices

Departures for French-speaking groups:

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Departures for English-speaking groups:

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€1,485 Yes Book now!
€1,485 Yes Book now!
€1,815 Yes Book now!
€1,990 Yes Book now!
€1,485 Yes Book now!
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€1,485 Yes Book now!
€1,485 Yes Book now!
€1,815 Yes Book now!
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€1,815 Yes Book now!
€1,615 Yes Book now!
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€1,485 Yes Book now!
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Trip code: A1

Notes

INCLUDED

  • Airport transfers from/to Kuusamo airport
  • Accomodation: 5 nights in hotel and 2 nights in trapper huts
  • Full board from D1 dinner to D8 breakfast
  • Luggage transport
  • Activities supervised by professional guides  
  • The lending of a  sleeping bag for the nights spent in huts, a pair of boots against deep cold for the whole week, an extreme overall for snowmobiling and dogsledding.
  • Deposit to be paid on site. 

NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights to get to Kuusamo  
  • Extra transfers for arrival in another aiport
  • The reindeer farm visit (10€)
  • Children discount (contact us)
  • Your insurance (cancellation and repatrition): we do not offer insurance. We strongly advise to take out such insurance and bring your documents with you when travelling

OPTIONS

Single room at the hotel: 190 euros pp.

TO PAY ON SPOT

  • Personal expenses
  • Drinks
  • Deposit for snowmobile: 1500 euros / snowmobile / person (credit card)
  • Rental of some techincal gear
  • Deposit for material and provided equipment: 50 euros for the boots, 50 euros for the overall, 50 euros for the sleeping bag

Practical info

Staff

Activities supervised by artic specialist and English speaking guides. Ask for the availability of a guide who can speak your own language!

Food

Finland is not a land of gastronomy, even though some specialties are delicious! Because of weather conditions and our isolated location, fresh products are quite rare. During your stay we will offer you simple dishes which will fit your energetic needs. You will also have the opportunity to taste some Finnish specialties such as marinated or grilled salmon, salmon soup, reindeer stew or traditional cakes. A generous buffet breakfast will be served at the hotel restaurant, as well as dinners when you sleep at the hotel.

For the activity days :
  • For lunch, you will enjoy a picnic with wood-fire grilled food
  • For your nights in trapper cabin you will prepare and share a dinner together with your guide 

Accommodation

Our basecamp is located in the heart of Hossa Park, 100km away from any village or shop. Our conception of tourisme has nothing to do with mass tourism hubs like Rovaniemi, Ivalo or Kittila. No Santa Claus Village with us! There are 23 inhabitants around Hossa and most of them are reindeer farmers. Indeed, there are more bears living up there than inhabitants! We are living there in autonomy and are working in deep cooperation with the National Forrest Service which runs Hossa Park development. During your stay, you will not have many opportunities to meet local people since there are very few of them. You might meet some ice fishers or Nordic skiers.

During your stay, you will be accommodated for 5 nights in our hotel or cottages and for 2 nights in a trapper cabin:

- Hotel and Cottages : Our hotel is ideally located beside a conserved lake. The hotel has 25 rooms (single, double and triple). All rooms are equiped with a private bathroom with shower, practical storage units, a T.V with international channels. Bed linens and towels are provided by Norwide. Nearby your room, you have free access to our sauna. After an energetic sport day, you will enjoy relaxing in this wooden piece of peace !

- Here is another accommodation option: the cottages (on request, subject to availability) :
  • The « Classical » cottage, with an only room with living room/kitchen, twin or bunked beds, private bathroom and sauna
  • The « Premium » cottage, with a separated room with double bed, living room, kitchen, private bathroom and sauna

Bed linens and towels are provided by Norwide.

Trapper cabins:
These are log cabins just like mountain refuges. The comfort is basic. These accommodations consist of a single dormitory or a room for 4 to 6 people with one main living room. There is no running water or electricity. The room is heated by a wood-stove. Despite cold weather outside, the room is quickly warmed up by the stove and we easily get to fine temperatures inside. There are dry toilets outside. The cabins are all equipped with a traditional sauna. They are full of charm and that’s why we love them!

Transportation

2 dogsledding days, 2 snowmobiling days, 1 trapper day and 1 snowshoeing day.
This trip mixes day excursions and 2-day safaris, with two nights in trapper cabins in the heart of wild taiga, without electricity or running water. For each activity, the practice is progressive: first, you go through a theoretical stage, then easy practice and at last, you are introduced to every discipline’s technical nature All of our routes are drawn by our team and are exclusively reserved for your practice.

- 2 dogsledding days, solo driving : 1 person on each sled
The activity is led by specialized mushers. Your dog team is composed with 3 to 6 dogs. Group size: up to 5 persons

- 2 snowmobiling days, duo driving: 2 persons on each snowmobile
The activity is led by arctic specialized guides. You share your snowmobile with another person from the group and drive successively. Group size: up to 10 persons Our vision of snowmobile is more “practical” than “mechanical”. This form of travel is only used for a full discovery of the park : it allows the group to go further and see other interest points. Therefore, this snowmobiling practice is not aimed at “performing” fast and dangerously.

- 1 trapper day and 1 snowshoeing day :
For those two activities you use snowshoes and walk for around 4 to 5 hours a day, without any difference in level.  This is an opportunity to hike in extremely snow-covered areas and to discover the wild nature with discretion and apart from beaten tracks.
Group size : up to 12 persons

Vital equipment

  • High protection sunglasses
  • Mask
  • Personal medicine kit
  • Sun-cream (from the end of February)
  • Vaseline or waterfree mosturising cream
  • A headlamp
  • A thermos, in order to always have some hot beverage with you while practicing the activities. For lunch, the guide will provide you with hot beverages.

  • Boots (type SOREL) are issued on arrival and are yours throughout the week
  • For snowmobile safaris : overalls and helmet
  • For dogsledge safaris : winter jacket for extreme cold and leather mittens
  • For each bivouac night spent in a trapper cabin: sleeping bag

Helpful equipment

« The three layer system » :
Extreme conditions need extrem level of protection. For your clothing, the multilayer method is the best. You will have to wear several layers of clothing. The closest layers to your body let it sweat easily. The other layers keep your body warm and protect it from extreme weather conditions.
- Base / Inner Layer Close-fitting articles of clothing:  polypropylene, polyester, capilene, wool or silk baselayer thermals. .
- Insulating / Middle Layer Warm pull-over or fleece jacket. .
- Shell / Outer Layer Goretex, or a comparable ski jacket is strongly recommended for this layer for its excellent water and wind resistant properties.

You will need the following:
  • Waterproof shoes, winter hiking shoes, sports shoes or snow boots (for evening wear)
  • Woolen socks
  • Warm winter jacket (ski jacket or down jacket
  • Ski trousers or ski overalls
  • Warm pull-overs or fleece jackets
  • Warm baselayer thermals : very important.  Thin technical fibers as Carline or Polartec are extremely efficient.
  • Expedition waterproof mitten/gloves and fitted silk gloves
  • Woolen hat
  • Hool, Balaclava
  • Scarf
  • Swimming suit (sauna)
  • Microfiber towel (sauna)

Personal effects that you must bring with you:
  • A sleeping bag linr for each overnight in trapper cabin (it goes into the sleeping bag that we lend you, for hygienic reasons)
  • Your driving licence (compulsory when you drive a snowmobile)
  • A credit card : we make a copy of it that is used as a deposit for all the equipment provided 

Luggage

Your belongings must be distributed into 2 bags :
1- A suitcase or flexible travelling bag (max. 20kg)
2- A backpack (30 to 40L) for your usual belongings that you will bring with you while practicing the activities