Snowshoeing in Hossa

Discover the amazing Hossa  National Park in winter, equipped with snowshoes. This old way of hiking, inspired by “large-paws animal”, will help you hiking easily and discretely in vast snow forest.

At the edge of the Arctic Circle, and a few steps from the Russian border, you will get to discover varied landscapes like frozen lakes and rivers, boreal taïga or ridges and small mountains. The two nights you will spend in trapper cabins enables you to enjoy an itinerant trapper trip.
A perfect week in the middle of Lapland silence with the beauty of this unspoiled area.


Itinerary

  • Day 1 Journey and welcoming dinner

    Journey and welcoming dinner Transfer by bus or by car to Hossa (about 1 hour), at the gates of the park. Settling in your log cottage or in your hotel room. First night, our guides greet you at the restaurant upon a welcoming dinner.

    Accommodation: Hotel or Cottage

  • Day 2 Warm-up in Seipiniemi peninsula

    Warm-up in Seipiniemi peninsula Your guide introduces you to the Park and to the activity. You go for your first hike in order to gently get used to the arctic climate, to the equipment, and to start enjoying the wonderful landscapes By the end of the day, return to the hotel to prepare the equipment we will take for the first trek.

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

  • Day 3 Hossa Park Trek

    Hossa Park Trek We start a two-day trek in the heart of the park where it is not rare to see herds of reindeers. We walk on many forest lakes that can have many different shapes which offer ways to hidden paths in the woodlands. Settle down in our trapper cabin for the night. It is time to share a convivial dinner cooked on the wood fire.

    Practice time : 5 to 6 hours
    Accommodation: Trapper Cabin

  • Day 4 Hossanjärvi

    Hossanjärvi We reach Hossanjärvi across a range of extraordinary landscapes between ridges and river banks. Again we walk on many frozen lakes and you get clear view on the boreal forest. You may be lucky enough to spot an elk or a bear ! Picnic in a lovely fireplace and way back to Hossa in late afternoon for a well-deserved sauna.

    Practice time : 4 to 6 hours
    Accommodation: Hotel or Cottage

  • Day 5 Jatkonvaara Hill (alt: 300m)

    Jatkonvaara Hill (alt: 300m) Equipment and dogs preparation for the trek. For your second trek, you head up to Jatkonvaara hill. After a 15mn car transfer, we arrive down the hill. Some huskies help us pulling our essential belongings placed in some pulkas. The view point on the top of the hill is magical. From there we will have a wonderful view over the surrounding landscapes and we will measure how vast are the Lappish snowy stretches. Because of the altitude and thus because of the wind, the trees are weighted down under the whitest snow: it gives an impressive and mystical aspect in addition to the timeless heart of the boreal forest atmosphere. After lunch at the top, we keep on hiking and reach our accommodation for the night: a trapper cabin.

    Practice time : 5 hours
    Accommodation: Trapper Cabin

  • Day 6 Snowshoes on ridges

    Snowshoes on ridges Way back to Hossa. We walk on frozen lakes and the trail leads us to some ridges that punctuate our last hike and enable us to get a diving view on those vast Lappish snow stretches. We arrive in the late afternoon to the basecamp where you can relax with a well-deserved sauna.

    Practice time : 5 hours
    Accommodation: Hotel or Cottage

  • Day 7 Free Day – Optional activities

    Free Day – Optional activities This day is dedicated to relaxing: you will enjoy sauna and snowballs fights! For those who wish, there will also be the possibility to practice an optional activity among dogsledding, snowmobiling, reindeer farm visit, cross country skiing, Nordic skiing or our 150 dogs kennel visit. On request, only on site and subject to availability.
    For dinner we will have a traditional Lappish meal: Käristus, or reindeer stew with cranberries

    Optional activities : On request, only on site, and subject to availability.
    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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€940 Yes Book now!
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€970 Yes Book now!
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Departures for English-speaking groups:

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€940 Yes Book now!
€940 No Book now!
€1,060 No Book now!
€970 Yes Book now!
€970 No Book now!
€940 No Book now!

Trip code: R1

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

- 5 snowshoeing days:
This trip is the opportunity to discover Hossa park by using one of the most ancestral mean of transport for humans in this kind of northern areas: snowshoes. Built up to be accessible to all, this trip combines unique activity days and two-day safaris. Therefore, you will have the opportunity to experience 2 nights in trapper cabins in the heart of the wild taiga, without water or electricity. You walk for around 4 to 6 hours a day, with very little differences 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. The activity is introduced progressively, by offering routes with crescendo evolving difficulty. This activity is sporty without backing you into a corner:  you'll probably feel grief about taking off your snowshoes to get back into your dress shoes!
Group size : up to 8 persons

- 1 free day, multiple-choice about the activity/form of travel:
During the week, one day without any activity is planned. This is the opportunity for you to discover a new form of travel/activity like dogsledding, snowmobiling, or back-country skiing (subject to availability, on site). This is also the opportunity for you to rest and relax, enjoying sauna or finishing homework for your children, before being back to reality !

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