Between lakes and Taiga

This trek in autonomy in Hossa will allow you to spend active hollidays away from mass tourism in a wild nature area and a preserved traditions territory. You will explore the boreal forest on foot in total autonomy. Thus you will discover the riche fauna and flora of the Finnish landscape. You can also bivouac along the many lakes and rivers that run through the park. Nature lovers, outdoors persons and trekers, this trip is for you!

Itinerary

  • Day 1 Arrival in Kuusamo

    Arrival in Kuusamo Once you arrive in Kuusamo airport, board your coach and transfer to Hossa village at the entry of the National park (about 1 hour drive). You will be dispatched to your accommodation

    Accommodation : hostel

  • Day 2 Departure for trek

    Departure for trek This morning we will distribute your trek equipment and then, departure for your first day hiking. You will explore Hossa National Park at your own pace through the many hiking trails.
    For the first step we recommend you to start the trek from the hotel and go to the fireplace of Jatkonjärvi. You can bivouac at the water's edge and enjoy a nice evening by the fire.

    Accommodation : tent

  • Day 3 Trek

    Trek Today, let’s go to Ala-Valkeinen ! You will have the opportunity to observe along the paths many wild birds and animals such as ptarmigan, red squirrels and mountain hares. The forest is also a great place for picking lovers. You will find plenty of arctic berries and blueberries !

    Accommodation : tent

  • Day 4 Trek

    Trek Today, why not hiking from Ala-Valkeinen to Laukkujärvi. You will be refueled by our team in the day at the crossroad of Peurapirtti (the schedule will be to specify at your departure from the hotel)

    Accommodation : tent

  • Day 5 Trek

    Trek By leaving Laukkujärvi you can go up to Varikalio and then Julma-ölkky. At Varikalio you can observe rock paintings dating from 3000 BC. All along the way you will walk along many lakes of all sizes. Feel free to get some rest at the water's edge and enjoy the quiet surroundings..

    Accommodation : tent

  • Day 6 Trek

    Trek Now, feel free to hike around the Canyon lake at Julma Olkky! A must see landscape of the Hossa national park, it also a real viewpoint on the vast Russian taiga: a perfect setting for the last day of this trek. Our team will collect you by car at the end of this loop.

    Accommodation : hostel

  • Day 7 Free day

    Free day Today, enjoy a day of relaxation. In option, you can take part in a bear-watching tour. For this activity there will be a small transfer in car towards the south of the boreal forest, close to Russia. This area is the most inhabited by brown bears in the whole Europe. The condition of watching are really good but you still have to be patient if you want to be as close as possible to this majestic animals. You will have a lookout evening in observation posts arranged for this purpose. Then, transfer back to the hostel at night. For those who do not want to take part to this activity they will enjoy a full day at leisure.

    Accommodation : hostel

  • Day 8 Flight back

    Flight back Board your coach and transfer to Kuusamo airport for your flight back.

Period & budget

When to travel?

The best period for travelling is during the following months:

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Notes

INCLUDED

  • Transfers from/to Kuusamo airport
  • Accomodation: 3 nights in hotel and 4 nights in trapper huts or tents
  • Full board from D1 dinner to D8 breakfast
  • Trek equipment : ultra-light tent for 2 persons + ultra light mattress + sleeping bag + cooking equipment (plastic dishes + stove)
  • Transfer from Julma Ölkky to the basecamp

NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights to get to Kuusamo  
  • Extra transfers for arrival in another aiport
  • Your cancellation / repatriation insurance: we do not offer insurance against cancellation and / or repatriation. We strongly advise you to subscribe to this kind of insurance and bring your documents with you while traveling.

OPTIONS

Single room at the hotel: 190 euros pp.

TO PAY ON SPOT

  • Personal expenses
  • Drinks 
  • The evening and the dinner at the reindeers' farm: 40 euros/pers.
  • Rental activities on the day at leisure
  • Bear watching

Practical info

Staff



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 trek days :
  • You will enjoy meals with wood-fire grilled food

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.


Transportation

In 4X4 vehicle, hiking.

Vital equipment

  • High protection sun glasses
  • A kit of personal pharmacy
  • A headlamp with spare batteries and bulbs (from August)
  • A knife
  • Toilet paper + lighter
  • Sunscreen (face and lips)
  • A flask of 1 liter minimum, light and isothermal
  • Plastic bags for sealing the your belongings or a waterproof bag
  • A sleeping bag linr for each overnight in tents
  • Anti mosquitos spray and soothing cream
  • A Notepad
  • A camera
  • Anti mosquitos net.

  • Waterproof bags for sealing
  • Mattress, tent and sleeping bag during safaries activities

Helpful equipment

The clothes from head to toe:
  • A pair of walking shoes. They must join three qualities: solidity, held ankles and impermeability. Choose shoes with nonskid soles, with cleats and relatively rigid, although they must cling to field
  • A pair of rubber boots or neoprene booties to cross rivers
  • Pairs of wool socks
  • Mountain jacket or a good waterproof jacket
  • A down jacket (optional) The most efficient jackets against the wind and rain are Gore-tex or Micropore,"breathable" matter which allows fast wicking away of respiration
  • Warm sweater or polar fleece. The latter has the advantage of being resistant, warm, lightweight, quick-drying with a soft touch. Most appropriate, well known to mountaineers are Polartec, Carline and Ulfrotté fibers.
  • Warm wool shirt or carline
  • Underwear top and bottom. This is the first insulation you have, take care of it. Fine technical fibers such as Carline or Polartec are very efficient, warm, soft, comfortable and light. They dry very quickly.
  • Waterproof trek pants
  • A swimsuit
  • A hat or cap
  • A hike short
  • T-shirts: avoid cotton and favor breathable and technical matters which dries quickly.
  • Under sweater
  • Polar fleece
  • A towel for sauna
  • Outerwear at night
  • A pair of gloves or glove liners and wool cap
  • Slippers or sneakers for the cottage 

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