Multi-activities in the heart of the Taïga

This program is a real invitation to discover Lapland nature. Along the Russian border and the Arctic Circle, you fully become aware of the immensity of the taiga, the multitude of lakes, and the variety of Arctic landscapes.

Enthusiasts of the outdoor, of old and deep forests with magical atmosphere, this trip to the North East of Finland is for you! You will discover the typical activities of the region: canoeing and cabotage on Hossanjoki rivers and lakes with bivouacs in nature by the river, hiking and mountain biking in the wild Hossa Park, brown  bear watching, canirando with sled dog just like the trappers of the past.


Itinerary

  • Day 1 Flight to Kuusamo

    Flight to 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

    Dinner at the hostel
    Accommodation: hostel or cottage

  • Day 2 Hiking

    Hiking Today we will hike around the Canyon Lake of Julma Olkky. This lake is a real viewpoint on the gigantic Russian Taiga. It is the perfect place to enjoy at best this first day full of emotions.

    4 à 5 hours walk
    Overnight at the hostel

  • Day 3 Departure for a canoe raid on the Hossan Lake.

    Departure for a canoe raid on the Hossan Lake. Today, departure for a 4-days raid in canoe. You will enjoy sleeping in tents close to the river by the fire, a total immersion in the wild nature. You will see astonishing landscapes while paddling over water. This area is one of the last unspoiled natural areas in Europe. First, we will start the raid from the north of the park and see the cave painting of Värikallio and then we will paddle on the lakes until the Laukkujärvi cabin.

    Overnight: tents

  • Day 4 Canoe on the lake

    Canoe on the lake During the second day of canoeing, we paddle the peaceful rhythm of the river. Later, we will leave Lapland in order to enter in the big forests of Carélie inhabited by many brown bears and mooses. We will also see many varieties of birds along the river that allows an ornithological approach to this adventure.

    Overnight: tents

  • Day 5 Canoe on the lake

    Canoe on the lake Our canoe raid continues through the big lakes. Our numerous stops along the banks will allow us to discover the wildlife or simply, will let us relax and enjoy the present moment. We will set up the tents at the end of the day. For dinner: piking arctic berries and mushrooms as well as fishing trout will fill our plates. We will eat under typical trapper shelters or tents.

    Overnight: cabin or tents

  • Day 6 Canoe on the River

    Canoe on the River Today we will paddle trough many small lakes to finish this adventure on the Hossanjärvi Lake. Then, go back to the hostel to rest.

    Overnight at the hostel

  • Day 7 Free day

    Free day After four days of canoeing, enjoy a day of relaxation. In option you can fishing, swimming into the lake, hiking around, discover our kennel with our 164 lovely dogs or discover the traditional Finnish sauna before to step up into the water for a refreshing dip . Let's relax !

    Overnight at the hostel

  • Day 8 Dog walking

    Dog walking Today, departure for a dog walking day in the preserved natural park of Hossa. As Eskimos other times, one of our husky will pull you by the belt. This is an unforgettable experience and a real opportunity to learn more about these typical animals from the Far North. In the evening, enjoy a dinner cooked on a wood fire on the edge of the lake.

    4 to 5 hours walk
    Overnight at the hostel

  • Day 9 Day at leisure and Brown bears watching

    Day at leisure and Brown bears watching 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.

    Overnight at the hostel

    NB: There is no possibility to do Bear-watching after 15/08/16 (replacing activity: visit of a museum dedicated to predators with a lot of live animals)

  • Day 10 Mountain bike through the Taiga

    Mountain bike through the Taiga Today we will leave the hostel to go cycling in the Hossan Park with mountain bikes.
    After driving on the crests we will cycle along the translucent lakes on varied and accessible routes. We will have lunch on a fireplace and continue our way through the boreal forest.
    Mountain bike is one of the best ways to discover all the wild nature that is surrounding us.

    Overnight at the hostel

  • Day 11 Flight back home

    Flight back home Transfer to Kuusamo airport to take your flight back.

Dates & prices

Departures for French-speaking groups:

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Departures for English-speaking groups:

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Trip code: A4

Notes

INCLUDED

  • Transfers from/to Kuusamo airport
  • Accomodation: 5 nights in hotel and 2 nights in trapper huts or tents
  • Full board from D1 dinner to D8 breakfast
  • Activities supervised by professional guides and by english-speaking Finn for bears watch

NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights to get to Kuusamo  
  • Extra transfers for arrival in another aiport
  • Children discount (contact us)
  • 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.
  • The optional rental of a floor mat and a duve: 15 euros/item plus 50 euros deposit

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

In 4X4 vehicle, canoeing, 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