Escape in Finland's wilderness

Escape for a week from your day to day life to discover Finland's wilderness by snowshoeing, skiing, snowmobiling or dog sledding. A full week of activity for discover the new Hossa National Park in the north-east of Finland, in one of the wildest regions of Europe. With two nights in trappers huts in the National Park, we will be able to immerse ourselves totally in this white immensity. We will join this huts during snowshoe and dog sled raids.
A complete program, rich in adventure, which will enable  to discover the Finnish Wild East.



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 log cottage or hotel room. Tonight, our guides will meet you at the restaurant for a welcoming dinner and briefing to confirm the order of the activities for the week.

    Accommodation: Hotel

  • Day 2 Skiing day

    Skiing day After a short initiation with your guide, we are going to discover the national Park by skiing. This discreet mode of movement, is the best way to enjoy the quiet and wild nature. After few kilometers, we will stop for a invigorating meal next to a fire place. In the late of the afternoon, we will return at the hostel to relax in the sauna.

    Accommodation: Hotel
    Activities: 4 to 5 hours of skiing

  • Day 3 Snowshoe Trek

    Snowshoe Trek Time to strap on our snowshoes and head into the park for a two day hiking adventure. Walk over the frozen lakes, explore the boreal forest and discover deep untouched snow. Snowshoeing is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in this beautiful, silent wilderness. Tonight we sleep in a trappers hut and share a traditional style meal prepared and cooked together over a wood fire.

    Activities: 4 to 5 hours of snowshoeing
    Accommodation: Trapper cabin

  • Day 4 Snowshoe Trek

    Snowshoe Trek Another day exploring the taïga - today we head back to basecamp via the crests trail which has stunning views of Hossa’s boreal forest. Perhaps we will spot moose or a bear or a wolf! We will share lunch over a lovely open fire place and arrive back in the late afternoon in time for a well deserved sauna session. Dinner tonight is a traditional Lappish meal: Käristus, or reindeer stew with cranberries.

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

  • Day 5 Snowmobile safari

    Snowmobile safari Two people per snowmobile, we head away from civilization into the heart of the National Park on a thrilling safari adventure. A lunch of grilled meat and Lappish soup is on the menu and an exciting day flying through beautiful Finnish scenery awaits us.

    Activities: 4 to 5 hours of snowmobiling
    Accommodation: Cottage or lodge

  • Day 6 Dog sledding safari

    Dog sledding safari Today we head into the forest on dog-sleds! In the morning we will meet the dogs, each sled is lead by a team of 4 to 5 dogs (2 to 3 dogs for children). We will journey through the stunning forest scenery in style to Peurapirtti (about 6 miles/10km). Here we find a hidden trappers cabin - our accommodation for the night - the wood stove crackles as the camp settles and our dogs finally doze off...

    Activities: 4 to 5 hours of dog-sledding (1 person per sled)
    Accommodation: Trapper cabin

  • Day 7 Dog sledding safari

    Dog sledding safari Todays track takes us Northwards to Lakkujärvi, an area where it is usual to see herds of reindeer. We will ride over forest lakes of many different shapes which give way to hidden woodland paths. The wide track sometimes narrows and our dog teams sneak into the heart of Hossas wild taiga. This afternoon, we arrive back at our basecamp where we will look after our loyal dogs and equipment.

    Activities: 4 to 5 hours of dog-sledding (1 person per sled)
    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.

Dates & prices

Departures for French-speaking groups:

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Departures for English-speaking groups:

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€1,640 Yes Book now!
€1,640 Yes Book now!
€2,290 Yes Book now!
€2,620 Yes Fully booked
€1,640 Yes Book now!
€1,640 Yes Book now!
€1,640 Yes Book now!
€1,730 Yes Book now!
€1,840 Yes Book now!
€2,070 Yes Book now!
€2,210 Yes Fully booked
€2,070 Yes Book now!
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€1,810 Yes Book now!
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Trip code: A7

Included

  • Airport transfers to/from Kuusamo airport
  • 5 nights in hotel/cottage accommodation
  • 2 nights in trapper hut accommodation
  • Full board from day 1 dinner to brunch day 8
  • Luggage transport
  • Activities supervised by professional guides
  • A two day dog-sledding safari adventure
  • A two day snowshoeing safari adventure
  • An Inuit winter walking day with dogs
  • All technical equipment needed and 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 (depending on availabilities):
  • Single room at the hotel:  220€ pp.
  • Reindeer farm visit: 10€

Notes

Comfort: 4/5 Comfortable


Well-equipped accommodation options like basic hotels or charming guesthouses are rated 4/5 for comfort. Please note that depending on the destination this does not necessarily guarantee private bathroom and kitchen facilities - this trip includes hotel or cottage accommodation and two nights in trappers cabins.


Level: 2/5 Moderate


In general no previous experience in the specific activity is required but you should be in good physical shape and prepared to participate in 4-6 hours of activity per day. You should have a sense of adventure and a positive attitude. Please note that our difficulty ratings may vary depending on the weather.

Minimum age: 14 (please contact us for more information)

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.

Terms and conditions

Booking conditions

Booking a trip with us implies acceptance of the terms and conditions of sale. Each customer is required to complete a registration form and, subject to availability at the time of registration, travellers are expected to pay a deposit of 30% of the total price to complete their booking. Payments can be made online or by bank transfer. You will receive an e-mail with your booking confirmation.

Invoice procedure

Once your booking is confirmed you will receive an invoice by e-mail. The full balance of the trip must be received at least 35 days before your departure date.

For Polar Cruises, we require a deposit on the day of registration, 30% of the balance 3 months before departure and the full amount at least 45 days before departure. If registration is less than 35 days before departure then an invoice will be attached to this travel contract and the full amount must be paid upon registration. If registration is less than 15 days before departure, payment is only accepted by credit card or cash. If registration is less than 8 days before departure you may be charged an additional free for sending your ticket. If the full balance of the trip has not arrived 35 days before departure, Altai Norwide reserves the right to cancel your registration without compensation.

Cancellation policy

If for any reason you have to cancel your trip we require a written confirmation of your decision so please contact us by e-mail, fax or letter.
The money you have paid will then be refunded according to the following deductions:
  • Cancellation received more than 30 days before the departure date: 15% of trip price will be retained
  • Cancellation received 30 to 21 days before the departure date: 45% of trip price will be retained
  • Cancellation  received within 20 days of the departure date: 100% of trip price will be retained

If we have to cancel a departure due to an insufficient number of participants, you will be informed no later than 21 days before departure and a full refund will be issued, you will not be entitled to further compensation. We reserve the rights to cancel departures due to exceptional circumstances which may impact the safety of participants. Such circumstances may include those amounting to 'force majeure' in which case participants will receive a full refund but they will not be entitled to any compensation.

Changes to travel contract

If you wish to make a change to your booking please contact us in writing. If your change is requested after our confirmation has been issued and more than 30 days prior to the departure date, your change will be subject to an amendment fee of 45€. If you request a change within 30 days of departure it will be treated as a cancellation of the original booking and will be subject to cancellation charges.

Pricing

The prices on our website are updated regularly and all of the prices we advertise are accurate when published. We reserve the rights to make changes to any of these prices. Before you make a booking we will give you the up-to-date price of your chosen holiday including any supplements, upgrades or additional activities you may have requested. If the number of travellers is fewer than the indicated number of participants on the website, a small group surcharge may be applied. For all of our trips we include details of services, prices and what is/is not included but please be aware that changes to the prices may be necessary in accordance with exchange rates or price changes of various components of the journey.

Contract transfer

If you are unable to travel for any reason, you can transfer your booking to another person, subject to the following conditions:
a) you must notify us in writing
b) the transferee must fulfil any conditions that apply to the booking
c) Change and cancellation fees apply
Both the transferor and transferee will be jointly and severally liable for payment of the total holiday price and other associated expenses. Some airline carriers treat name changes as cancellations and you may be required to pay for the cost of a new ticket.

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.
  • At the Hotel: A generous buffet breakfast is served at the hotel restaurant each morning and three course dinners are provided in the evenings.
  • Lunches: Picnic lunches are provided on our activity days including hot food cooked on wood fires
  • In the trappers cabins: 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 hotel or cottage accommodation options and for 2 nights in trapper cabin accommodation. Bed linens and towels are provided by Norwide.

Our hotel: found beside a beautiful lake and our hotel has 25 rooms (single, double and triple). All rooms are equipped with a private bathroom, shower, practical storage units, and a T.V with international channels. You will also have free access to our sauna, after a full day of activities it is the perfect place to unwind and reflect...

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

Trapper cabins: 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 with Finnish saunas and are full of charm! The cabins normally have a single dormitory for 4 to 6 people with one main living room. There is no running water or electricity, dry toilets are found outside. Wood-stove heating warms the cabin 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
  • Deposit for snowmobile: 1500€ / snowmobile / person (credit card)
  • Deposit for material and provided equipment: 50€ for the boots, 50€ for the over suit and 50€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 cabins
  • A warm jacket for the cold
  • A warm protective oversuit
  • Waterproof over mittens
  • A balaclavaA durable waterproof bag

Please be aware that upon booking you will 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:
  • Waterproof shoes, winter hiking shoes, sports shoes or snow boots (for evening wear)
  •  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 overA warm hat
  • Appropriate neck wear like a warm buffSwim suit (sauna)
  • Travel towel (sauna)

You may also consider packing:
  • WetwipesBlister 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.


Moreover, Norwide has decided to compensate its CO2 emissions made by the use of our vehicles and our heating necessities.
This is why we have implementend the use of gethermal activities in our new rooms in order to limit our impact on the environment. Since September,2018 we are now unde the label "Myclimate".
For more information do not hesitate to contact us directly !


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Region
Hossa
Activity
Dog sledding Skiing Winter Winter Multi-activities
Duration
8 days
Group
1 to 10 people
Code
A7
Price
From €1,640
Level
3/5
Comfort
4/5
Language(s)
French / English

Strengths

  • Two overnight adventures in trapper hut accommodation: a dog-sledding safari and a two day snowshoeing trip
  • Discover a remote wilderness area, unspoilt and far away from everything
  • Our comfortable hotel accommodation in the heart of Hossa National Park with sauna access
  • Our experienced guides and high quality equipment will keep you warm and safe

Required level

This trip is accessible to 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 experience of the various activities is necessary. Please note that your help with tasks like cooking is much appreciated and expected on our overnight adventures - we want you to be a part of our team; not just a sheep!
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