Finnish wilderness


We set off on an adventure in Hossa Park, in the style of ancient polar explorers.
You will take you first steps in the park with huskies hiking with you. You will get two know with the dogs even better during a two days experience upon a dogsledding safari, in the middle of the boreal forest. You will then discover a traditional reindeer farm and olden days trapping technics. After this, you will leave for two days snowshoeing in the heart of the taiga; and you will discover the mysteries of the forest. Finally you can relax in a traditional wood-fired sauna. A complete and perfect week for nature lovers, with no mechanical mean of transportation…

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. Our guides greet you at the restaurant upon a welcoming dinner. The order of the activities of the week will be given then.

    Accommodation: Hotel or Cottage

  • Day 2 Hike with dogs

    Hike with dogs Today, we experience a new kind of hike in Hossa Park, with a pair of snowshoes and a dog. Like the Inuit people used to do in the past, we put on a belt tied to one of our friendly huskies' harness. The dog, with its great energy, will help you walk forward into the wild and deep snow of the boreal forest. A wonderful experience of sharing and trust between man and dog. The hike inside the taiga will lead us through the crests of the park, its frozen lakes and wild forests. For your comfort, the hike will involve fewer dogs than participants, so you can relax and walk more slowly from time to time during the day.

    Practice time : 5 hours
    Accommodation: Hotel or Cottage

  • Day 3 Dog sledding safari (1 p. per sledge)

    Dog sledding safari (1 p. per sledge) First encounter with the dogs, each paricitpant leads a team of 4 to 5 dogs for adults and 2 to 3 dogs for children. We leave for about 10 km. In order to practice the activity gradually, some runs on lakes will give each participant more and more confidence into his dog team. Then the circuit becomes more forested and sometimes more technical. Picnic by the lake Jatkonjärvi. After lunch, we leave for a very varied circuit of about 25 km. Experienced at leading, one gets with pleasure into the Forest Park tracks. We reach our bivouac site, Peurapirtti, with its trapper cabin. The wood stove crackles, the camp is settled and our dogs are finally sleeping.

    Practice time : 4 to 5 hours
    Accommodation: Trapper cabin

  • Day 4 Dog sledding safari (1 p. per sledge)

    Dog sledding safari (1 p. per sledge) The tracks lead us to Lakkujärvi, about 30 km up to the North, in an area where it is usual to see herds of reindeer. We ride over many forest lakes that can have many different shapes which give ways to hidden paths in the woodlands. The wide track sometimes narrows and with your dog team you sneak into the heart of Hossa Park’s wild taiga. Later in the afternoon, we go back to the basecamp, where you will have to take care of dogs and equipment.

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

  • Day 5 Trappers’ day

    Trappers’ day During this day, we’ll discover old trapper’s way of life and we’ll initiate you to survival technics. You will find out essential technics for any polar explorer and learn how to set tramps, following tracks and ice fishing on frozen lakes. Drill you own hole, arm yourself with patience and with the advices of your guide you will most certainly catch one of the many perches that swim in the waters of the park. Then the guide will introduce you to the fish smoking tips. You will also learn how to build an igloo and shelters. Finally, we will visit our kennel to enjoy the company of our faithful companions. By the end of the day, you’ll have the occasion to visit a local reindeer farm.

    4-5 h of activity.
    Accommodation: Hotel

  • Day 6 Snowshoe Trek

    Snowshoe Trek Put on your snowshoes and leave with your guide for a two-day hike in the park. You will walk over the frozen iced lakes, the boreal forests and the deep snow. Snowshoeing is one of the best ways to enter and make one with this beautiful and silent nature. Overnight in a trapper hut. It is time to share a convivial dinner prepared on the wood fire.

    Practice time : 4 to 5 hours
    Accommodation: Trapper cabin

  • Day 7 Snowshoe Trek

    Snowshoe Trek Another day through the taïga. You will walk back to the basecamp following the crests trail, which will offer a plunging view on Hossa’s boreal forest. Maybe you will have the chance to catch sight of a moose, a bear or a wolverine! Lunch time by a lovely fire place and return to the basecamp in the late afternoon for a deserved sauna.
    For dinner we will have a traditional Lappish meal: Käristus, or reindeer stew with cranberries

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

  • Day 8 Transfer

    Transfer Breakfast and transfer to Kuusamo airport.

Dates & prices

Departures for French-speaking groups:

From To Price per person Guaranteed Booking
€1,400 Yes Book now!
€1,400 Yes Book now!
€1,580 Yes Book now!
€1,810 Yes Book now!
€1,400 Yes Book now!
€1,400 Yes Book now!
€1,400 Yes Book now!
€1,400 Yes Book now!
€1,580 Yes Book now!
€1,580 Yes Book now!
€1,580 Yes Book now!
€1,580 Yes Book now!
€1,470 Yes Book now!
€1,470 Yes Book now!
€1,470 Yes Book now!
€1,470 Yes Book now!
€1,400 Yes Book now!
€1,400 Yes Book now!
€1,400 Yes Book now!

Departures for English-speaking groups:

From To Price per person Guaranteed Booking
€1,400 Yes Book now!
€1,400 Yes Book now!
€1,580 Yes Book now!
€1,810 Yes Book now!
€1,400 Yes Book now!
€1,400 Yes Book now!
€1,400 Yes Book now!
€1,400 Yes Book now!
€1,580 Yes Book now!
€1,580 Yes Book now!
€1,580 Yes Book now!
€1,580 Yes Book now!
€1,470 Yes Book now!
€1,470 Yes Book now!
€1,470 Yes Book now!
€1,470 Yes Book now!
€1,400 Yes Book now!
€1,400 Yes Book now!
€1,400 Yes Book now!

Trip code: A3

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

2 dogsledding days, 2 snowshoeing days, 1 trapper day and 1 hike with dogs.
This trip mixes day excursions and 2-day safaris, with two nights in trapper cabins in the heart of wild taiga, without electricity or running water. For each activity, the practice is progressive: first, you go through a theoretical stage, then easy practice and at last, you are introduced to every discipline’s technical nature All of our routes are drawn by our team and are exclusively reserved for your practice.

- 2 dogsledding days, solo driving : 1 person on each sled
The activity is led by specialized mushers. Your dog team is composed with 3 to 6 dogs. Group size: up to 5 persons

- 2 snowshoeing days, 1 trapper day and 1 hike with dogs :
For those three activities you use snowshoes and walk for around 4 to 5 hours a day, without any difference 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. Even though the form of travel is the same, those three activities are very different one from another. For example normal hiking and hiking with a dog are way different. About the latter, you go along with a sled dog, which is harnessed and hooked on your trek-belt : this experience provides you a lot of energy thanks to our dogs full of ardor. Group size : up to 12 persons

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