Snowshoeing in Hossa

At the edge of the Arctic Circle, a few steps from the Russian border, there lies a winter wonderland of frozen lakes, snow laiden boreal forests and impressive ridges... venture into the taïga and uncover the secrets of this silent unspoilt area. A Finnish winter walking adventure in the heart of the stunning Hossa National Park with snowshoes and loyal huskies.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 Welcome to Finland

    Welcome to Finland Transfer by bus or car to Hossa (about 1 hour) and time to get settled in your cottage or lodge. Tonight, our guides will meet you at the restaurant for a welcoming dinner and briefing.

    Accommodation: Hotel or Cottage

  • Day 2 Seipiniemi peninsula

    Seipiniemi peninsula Today is a chance for your guide, a specialist of the Arctic area, to introduce you to Finnish snowshoeing techniques and to the mysteries of this wild region. This first hike is a chance to get used to the arctic climate, the equipment, and to start enjoying the wonderful landscapes here. This afternoon we return to our accommodation to prepare the equipment we will will need for our first trek.

    Activities: 4 to 5 hours of snowshoeing
    Accommodation: Hotel or Cottage

  • Day 3 Hossa Park Trek

    Hossa Park Trek Today we begin a two-day trek in the heart of the National Park where it is not rare to see herds of reindeer. We will walk on frozen forest lakes of different shapes and sizes which reveal hidden paths in the woodlands. Tonight we sleep in a hidden trappers and share a filling meal cooked together on the wood fire.

    Practice time : 5 to 6 hours
    Accommodation: Trappers Cabin

  • Day 4 Hossanjärvi

    Hossanjärvi We journey to Hossanjärvi across a range of extraordinary landscapes between ridges and river banks. Again we will walk on many frozen lakes and search for clear views of the beautiful boreal forest. If we are lucky we will spot elk and perhaps even a bear! We will enjoy a picnic at a lovely fireplace and head back to Hossa in the late afternoon for a well-deserved sauna break.

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

  • Day 5 Jatkonvaara Summit (300m)

    Jatkonvaara Summit (300m) Today we set off on our second snowshoeing trek, some huskies join us and help by pulling our essential belonging for us in pulks. Our trail leads us through the mystical boreal forest to the top of the parks highest peak, Jatkonvaara. From here we can enjoy wonderful views of the surrounding landscapes and observe just how vast this snowy wilderness really is. Tonight we sleep in a hidden trappers cabin near a lake.

    Activities: 5 hours of snowshoeing (+/- 300m)
    Transport: 15 minute car transfer
    Accommodation: Trapper Cabin

  • Day 6 Snowshoeing on ridges

    Snowshoeing on ridges Today we head back to Hossa via an incredibly scenic route. We will walk on frozen lakes and explore some impressive ridges, a real highlight for our last hike with views of the vast Lappish snow stretches. We will arrive back in the late afternoon with time to relax in the sauna and reflect on our adventures.

    Activities: 5 hours of snowshoeing
    Accommodation: Hotel or Cottage

  • Day 7 Free Day – Optional activities

    Free Day – Optional activities Today is a day to relax, a day to enjoy the saunas and to have snowballs fights! Perhaps you would like to try an activity like Nordic skiing... There are lots of possibilities for your last day here. For dinner we can enjoy a traditional Lappish meal all together: Käristys, or reindeer stew with cranberries.

    Activities: Various optional activities
    Accommodation: Hotel or Cottage

  • Day 8 Transfer

    Transfer Breakfast and transfer to Kuusamo airport.

Please note that this itinerary, including walking distances and times, is indicative. Our guides aim to provide the adventure that is best suited to the weather, your interests and the demands of the group. Please be aware that in order to achieve this, changes to the programme may be made.

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Dates & prices

Departures for French-speaking groups:

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Trip code: R1

Included

  • Airport transfers to/from Kuusamo airport
  • 5 nights in hotel or cottage accommodation
  • 2 nights in trappers huts
  • Full board from day 1 dinner to breakfast day 8
  • Activities supervised by professional guides
  • All technical equipment needed including cold weather clothing (see 'practical info' / 'equipment' for details)

Not included

  • Flights

Additional Options

Please let us know if you would like to reserve any of the following optional activities/supplements:
  • Single room at the hotel: 190 pp.
  • Nordic skiing: prices vary, please book in advance

Notes

Comfort: 3/5 Various

Some of our trips involve a mixture of accommodation options. This trip includes 2 nights in trappers huts and 5 nights in hotel/cottage accommodation


Level: 3/5 Challenging

You should be in good physical shape to join our more challenging adventures. You should have a sense of adventure, a positive attitude and be prepared for a full-on action packed programme including 6+ hours of activity per day. Please note that our difficulty ratings may vary depending on the weather.

Minimum age: 14

International flights

Flights are not included but this trip includes airport transfers to/from Kuusamo airport - please contact us if you require transfers to/from somewhere different.

Insurance

Practical info

Staff

You will be welcomed at the airport by a representative from our friendly team and accompanied for the duration of your holiday. Armed with an abundance of experience and a wealth of knowledge our professional Finland team know the country inside out. All activities are lead by our qualified guides who are English speaking outdoor practitioners with a passion for everything Finnish. It is possible that your group could be international, therefore several languages might be spoken by your guide.

Food

This trip includes full board from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 8. You will have the chance to try some traditional Finnish meals like smoked fish, salmon soup, reindeer stew and traditional cakes - please be aware that fresh fruit and vegetables are rare in our isolated northern location.
  • Hotel/cottage: Generous buffet style breakfasts and  dinners are provided at your accommodation
  • Lunches: Picnic lunches are provided on our activity days including hot food cooked on wood fires
  • Trappers huts: We like when the whole group work as a team to cook a traditional style dinner with their guide during our nights in the cabins - it creates a pleasant atmosphere as we reflect on the days adventures together.
Please let us know about any dietary requirements when you book the trip and we will work with you to cater for your needs.

Accommodation

Our basecamp is located in the heart of Hossa National Park, more than 60 miles (+100kms) away from a village or shop - no mass tourism hubs or Santa Claus Village here with us! There are 23 inhabitants in and around Hossa, most of them are reindeer farmers and yes, there are more bears here than people! We live here peacefully and we work closely with authorities to protect and preserve this stunning National Park. During your stay, you will not have many opportunities to meet local people since there are very few of them but you may cross paths with ice fishers or Nordic skiers and visit local reindeer farms.

This trip includes 5 nights in our cottage and 2 nights in trappers huts. Bed linens, sleeping bags and towels are provided by Norwide.

  • The Classic Cottage option has a living room/kitchen area with twin or bunk beds plus a private bathroom and sauna. 

  • Trappers huts: We love our back to basics no frills accommodation options which enable us to get close to nature - these traditional log cabins are just like mountain refuges, they are all equipped sometimes even with Finnish saunas and they are full of charm! They normally have a single dormitory for 4 to 6 people with one main living room. Generally there is no running water or electricity; dry toilets are found outside. Wood-stove heating warms the cabins quickly and efficiently even when it is cold outside.

Budget & exchange

The currency in Finland is the euro. Please budget for the following:
  • Personal expenses and drinks
  • Any additional activities/supplements
  • Deposits may be required for various equipment provided: ie €50 for the boots, €50 euros for the overall & €50 euros for the sleeping bag

Supplied equipment

We will provide you with the following equipment for the duration of your trip:
  • Warm snow boots (Sorel)
  • Bedding - linen for hotel/cottage accommodation and warm sleeping bags for the trappers huts/log cabins
  • A warm jacket for the cold
  • A warm protective oversuit
  • Waterproof over mittens
  • Snowshoes
  • Pulks and a durable waterproof bag
Please be aware that upon booking you may be asked your size, height and weight in order to reserve the appropriate equipment in advance.

Vital equipment

You must bring with you:
  • A sleeping bag liner
  • Sunglasses (minimum UV 400)
  • A ski mask
  • Any personal medication
  • Good thermals - top & long johns
  • Sun-cream (not water based)
  • A head torch and spare batteries
  • A thermos flask

Material

We prefer that you do not wear any cotton clothing, including underwear, when participating in activities. When cotton gets wet from water or sweat it ceases to insulate and it does not dry fast. The best materials for outdoor activities are fast drying materials like polyester or materials which are warm when wet like wool. The most powerful materials against the wind and rain are 'breathable' materials like Gore-Tex or Nikwax.

Our advice for keeping warm

Winter in Finland can be very cold, please think carefully about what clothes you bring, although we will provide warm outer layers, the layers you wear next to your skin make the biggest difference. We recommend:
  • No cotton
  • Bring dry spares of everything, including underwear and gloves
  • Wear multiple layers including:
    1. A warm breathable base layer
    2. A second thermal layer
    3. Wind and waterproof protective out layer (we provide a quality jacket and over trousers for activities)

Helpful equipment

We recommend packing:
  • Warm (wool) socks
  • A warm wind and waterproof jacket
  • Suitable warm  trousers - windproof ski style, soft shell or fleece lined mountaineering trousers are ideal
  • Warm jumper(s) and jacket(s)
  • Warm baselayer thermals - very important! (Thin technical fibers as Carline or Polartec are extremely efficient)
  • Gloves - multiple pairs for under and over
  • A warm hat
  • Appropriate neck wear like a warm buff
  • Swim suit (sauna)
  • Travel towel (sauna)
  • Shoes for wearing in the evenings in your various accommodation options

You may also consider packing:
  • Wetwipes
  • Blister plasters
  • A camera (and suitable protective case)
  • Plastic bags for wet/dirty clothing

Luggage

You may bring a hold bag (up to 20kg) as well as a cabin bag.

For you hold luggage please bring a soft bag like a ruckack rather than a hard cased suitcase because it is more practical. We also recommend that you pack your clothes in plastic bags inside your rucksack so that they stay dry in the event of bad weather.

Do not forget to bring a small rucksack to use as a day bag (25/30L). You can bring this as hand luggage on the plane. You will carry your lunch, water, spare layers and any personal medication with you each day in this bag.

Medicine

Your guide is trained first aider and will carry a full appropriate first aid kit. We recommend that you bring with you a small first aid kit as well as any medication you may need with you such as inhalers, plasters and painkillers.

A vaild European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) will insure that you can access state-provided healthcare for free or at a reduced cost.

Passport

You will need a passport that is valid for at least three months after your return date.

Visa

UK passport holders do not require a VISA to visit Finland which part of the Schengen cooperation.

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland lists the accepted travel documents and visa requirements for every country.

Mandatory vaccines

There are no specific health risks

Weather

Winter in Finland is cold and dry, temperatures in Hossa can drop as low as -25°C (-13°F) but warm clothing, good food and an active lifestyle will keep you warm.

A thick layer of snow covers Finland from December, when it settles, to the end of April, when it melts. The dry cold preserves the snow and makes temperatures feel warmer than you might imagine.

During the winter months daytime is relatively short in Finland but thanks to the snow and the occassional displays of the dancing Northern Lights it is never completely black even in the regions where the sun does not rise at all - winter brings a beautiful blue light with a feeling of permanent dusk. In mid-April, the sun stays above the horizon for 14-16 hours so during March and April you can enjoy long glorious days of winter sports under a bright sun. Other winter days include 4 to 5 hours of a light called gray light, usually 10am to 2pm, with local variations.

The Northern Lights

The beautiful dancing lights are most likely to appear on black nights in February-March and September-October in the North of Finland. Statistics show that most are observed in Lapland, in the region of Kilpisjärvi. When the night skies are clear, the Northern Lights can be observed three nights out of four in Kilpisjärvi, every other night in the Sodankylä region and one out of four nights near Oulu-Kuusamo.

Electricity

Finland uses the standard Europlug socket with two round prongs (50Hz/230 volts)

Local time

Finland uses Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)+2 and observes Daylight Saving Time making it GMT+3 during the summer months

Topography

Area:+130502 square miles (+338,000 km2) which consists of around 10% water, 69% forest and only 8% cultivated land
Size: It is the seventh largest country in Europe,+720 miles (1160km) North to South and +335 miles (540km) East to West
Borders: Sweden, Norway, Russia and the coast
There are said to be 187888 lakes here in Finland and 179584 islands including a concentration of islands off the South West coast which forms the largest archipelago in Europe.

Sustainable tourism

As adventure and wilderness travel experts who run trips to some of the most remote parts of the world, we take responsible tourism very seriously.

Here in Finland we work in partnership with Metsähallitus to protect Finnish waters and forests - an exclusive agreement which enables us to use the roads of Hossa National Park. Our kennel is cleaned daily and subject to regular veterinary and we work with MyClimate to offset all carbon emissions produced by snowmobiling activities and transfers.

We respect the ‘Leave No Trace’ outdoor ethical code and try to explore this beautiful location whilst causing minimal environmental damage.

The Leave No Trace policy can be summarized in 7 simple steps which we hope you will follow during ourtrip...
  1. Be prepared
  2. Stick to trails and camp overnight right
  3. Stash your trash and pick up waste
  4. Leave it as you find it
  5. Be careful with fire
  6. Respect wildlife
  7. Be considerate of other visitors

Over the years we have built up good relations with our local suppliers and we are keen to support local businesses as much as possible. We are a small company and we pay our local partners and suppliers directly insuring fair rates. Our small group sizes not only provide a more intimate adventure but also cause less impact on the environment and local communities.

We expect all who travel with us to support and uphold our Sustainable Tourism philosophies.

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Region
Hossa
Activity
Hiking Snowshoeing Winter
Duration
8 days
Group
3 to 8 people
Code
R1
Price
From €900
Level
3/5
Comfort
3/5
Language(s)
French / English

Strengths

  • The alternation between nights in our luxury hotel accommodation and nights in traditional trapper cabins
  • Explore the stunning winter wonderland of Hossa National Park accompanied by our loyal huskies
  • Our experienced professional guides and high quality equipment will keep you warm and safe

Required level

This trip is for anyone in good health with a sense of adventure and a positive attitude. We will do 4-6 hours of activity per day, no previous snowshoeing experience is necessary - 'if you can walk you can snowshoe!' Please note that your help with tasks like cooking is much appreciated and expected during our adventure - this is a participative trip, we want you to be part of our team.
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