Snowshoe trek in Finland

This itinerant snowshoes trek takes you to the heart of the boreal forest in Hossa Park. This is the most traditional way to move on the Finnish thick snow layer.

After a warm-up day, you will go for a four-day trek in absolute autonomy with dogs. To complete the authenticity of the experience, you will spend three nights in trapper cabins, into the wild, and will then perfectly understand the old trappers’ way of life. An unforgettable experience in Far North.

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. Settle down 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 for the day in order to gently get used to the arctic climate, to the equipment, and to start enjoying the wonderful landscapes. We hike back to the basecamp in order to have some time to prepare carefully our belongings for the trek. We meet the dogs that will be also part of the adventure and prepare the equipment we need in our practical pulkas. It’s time to enjoy a restorative night before the big departure.

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

  • Day 3 Itinerant snowshoes trek in autonomy

    Itinerant snowshoes trek in autonomy Let’s go for a four-day snowshoes trek in the heart of the park, as an old trapper. Hike in total autonomy. The trek presents several stages through which you will discover every day a new arctic ecosystem. You hike on trails and you open some new paths in deep snow. Your belongings are in the pulkas that you pull, and the dogs pull you in order to help moving.
    All the participants can successively open the trail being first in the raw and participate to navigation…

    Practice time : 5 to 6 hours
    Accommodation: Trapper cabins (last night in hotel or cottage)

  • Day 4 Itinerant snowshoes trek in autonomy

    Itinerant snowshoes trek in autonomy Initiation to ice fishing, and survival technics. Arm yourself with patience and under the advice of your guide you will most certainly catch one of the many perches that swim in the waters of the park.

    Practice time : 5 to 6 hours
    Accommodation: Trapper cabins (last night in hotel or cottage)

  • Day 5 Itinerant snowshoes trek in autonomy

    Itinerant snowshoes trek in autonomy Our guide will also introduce you to fish smoking methods. Every day, picnic lunches by lovely fireplaces on the snow

    Practice time : 5 to 6 hours
    Accommodation: Trapper cabins (last night in hotel or cottage)

  • Day 6 Itinerant snowshoes trek in autonomy

    Itinerant snowshoes trek in autonomy The nights are spent in trapper cabins, heated by a wood stove. The cabins are equipped with wood-fire saunas. Their locations, on lakesides and in the middle of the woods, enable you to enjoy the wonderful sunsets or to admire the starry sky. Unforgettable nights in company with our dogs which howl as wolves as northern lights show up (this phenomenon is quite frequent in the heart of arctic winter).
    On day 6, way back to Hossa in late afternoon for a sauna time.

    Practice time : 4 to 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 to, 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.
    Accomodation: Hotel or Cottage

  • Day 8 Transfer

    Transfer Breakfast and transfer to Kuusamo airport.

Dates & prices

Departures for French-speaking groups:

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€985 No Book now!
€985 No Book now!
€1,030 No Book now!
€1,030 Yes Fully booked
€1,030 Yes Book now!
€1,005 No Book now!
€985 Yes Book now!

Departures for English-speaking groups:

From To Price per person Guaranteed Booking
€985 No Book now!
€985 No Book now!
€1,030 No Book now!
€1,030 Yes Fully booked
€1,030 Yes Book now!
€1,005 No Book now!
€985 Yes Book now!

Trip code: R2

Notes

INCLUDED

  • Airport transfers from/to Kuusamo airport
  • Accomodation: 4 nights in hotel and 3 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€)
  • 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 for those who have a taste for adventure and challenge, this itinerant raid is conducted independently and you will have the opportunity to experience 3 nights in the heart of the wild taiga, sleeping in trapper cabins full of charm, without water or electricity. The snowshoeing practice goes progressively: A first day of apprehension of polar environment is led by your guide. First hike and back to the base camp in the evening. After getting used to the environment (adaptation to climatic conditions, knowledge of the clothing you should or shouldn’t wear), you can relax and recover in your comfortable room at the basecamp. This first day is also an opportunity to prepare, under the supervision of your guide, the equipment you will need during your hike and meet the dogs which will go along with you. After this necessary warming up necessary, a 4 day hike will follow. Helped by the dogs and pulkas, you will carry all necessary equipment for this little expedition. According to the group wish, supplies can also be delivered by us so that you don’t have to carry all the equipment for 4 days.
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