Gateway in Finland for families

During the summer, Finland loses its deep winter snowpack to let us enjoy its wonders and its wilderness. Discover the Hossa park, on the edge of the Arctic Circle through this ideal multi-family activity program.

During this entire week, you will be immersed in the atmosphere of the far north and its soothing calm. Sail the rivers of the park on your canoe, venture out on its many trails by cani-rando.

During this entire week, you will be immersed in the atmosphere of the far north and its soothing calm. Sail the rivers of the park on your canoe, venture out on its many trails cani-rando, or immerse yourself in the life of trappers of the past during a fishing and trapping day. Finally, you will enjoy a day off Finally, you can enjoy a free day, and will even have the opportunity to observe the brown bear, king of boreal forests. A stay full of adventure and experience.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 Flight to Kuusamo

    Flight to Kuusamo Transfer to Hossa (about 1 hour drive). The base camp is located at the border of the National Park.

    Dinner at the hostel
    Overnight at the hostel

  • Day 2 Hiking to the Julma-Ölkky canyon

    Hiking to the Julma-Ölkky canyon After a short transfer, we will hike today around the Julmä-Ölkky canyon. This canyon is well known for its spectacular gorges. It is a real view point on the lakes and the Taiga. For lunch, enjoy a picnic at a fireplace.

    Overnight at the hostel

  • Day 3 Canoe on the Hossanjoki River

    Canoe on the Hossanjoki River This morning, departure for a 2-days family adventure in canoe and tents. This easy stroll will take you to the calm waters of Finnish lakes and rivers. For this first day, we will go all the way to the famous colorful cliff of Värikallio, where you can observe cave paintings dated from 4000 BC. The river will take us to the east of the National park. Reindeers and mooses are numerous in this part of the park and we will have the opportunity to do some breaks to try and watch them. We will also have the opportunity to bathe as well as pick wild berries for dinner. You will spend the night in tents, like real trappers. Around a fire camp your guide will tell you trapper stories and you will also learn everything about the trapper tricks.

    Overnight: Tents

  • Day 4 Canoe on the Hossanjoki River

    Canoe on the Hossanjoki River After a good night sleep, we go back to the hostel in canoe and enjoy the sweetness of the end of this Finnish adventure.

    Overnight : hostel

  • Day 5 Free day

    Free day You can enjoy this day of relaxation. In option you have the possibility to fish, to swim into the lake, to hike around, to ride along the Russian border or discover the traditional Finnish sauna before to step up into the water for a refreshing dip !

    You can also visit the kennel and meet our lovely pack of hounds !

    Overnight : hostel

  • Day 6 Dog walking in Lavajärvi

    Dog walking in Lavajärvi 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 7 Day at leisure and Brown bears watching

    Day at leisure and Brown bears watching Today, spend the day at leisure. You will have the opportunity to spend time with your family enjoying various activities. You will be spoilt of choice: mountain bikes, hiking, canoe, bathing, fishing, or simply chilling on the edge of the Hossanjarvï Lake. In option, you will have the opportunity to have a lookout evening in observation post arranged for this purpose. For this activity there will be a small transfer in car through 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 of this majestic animals.

    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 8 Fishing and trapping day

    Fishing and trapping day Today we will be trappers for one day! We will discover their different techniques for moving, housing and feeding. We will then learn how to fish on the lakes. At lunch, time to land and learn how to start a fire and cook our catches. This afternoon we will visit the reindeer's farm. This will be the opportunity to learn more about these typical Finnish animals.

    Overnight at the hostel

  • Day 9 Flight back home

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

Dates & prices

Departures for French-speaking groups:

No departure for now

Departures for English-speaking groups:

No departure for now

Trip code: A5

Notes

INCLUDED

  • Transfers from/to Kuusamo airport
  • Accomodation: 6 nights in hotel and 1 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