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Immerse yourself in a land of taiga and lakes, a quiet wilderness where new hikes await you each day and welcoming fire pits greet you each
evening. This non-guided adventure is for nature lovers who want to experience
total autonomy in a breathtaking world of Finnish flora and fauna.
Day 1Arrival in Kuusamo
Transfer by bus or car to Hossa (about 1 hour) and time to get settled in to your hostel accommodation.
Accommodation : hostel
Day 2Departure for your trek
This morning we will provide you with all the equipment needed for your aventure. Then you will be free to explore Hossa National Park at your own pace following clearly marked hiking trails. For the first day we recommend starting from your accommodation and heading to a fireplace at Jatkonjärvi. Here you can camp by the water's edge and enjoy a peaceful evening by the fire.
Today we recommend hiking to Ala-Valkeinen - keep your eyes open for wild birds and animals like ptarmigan, red squirrels and mountain hares on this route! The forest is bountiful, you will find plenty of arctic berries and blueberries to snack on.
Today, we suggest hiking from Ala-Valkeinen to Laukkujärvi. Our team will meet and refuel you at the crossroads of Peurapirtti (meeting point to be confirmed with our team on Day 2 before departure)
From Laukkujärvi you can go up to Varikalio and then Julma-ölkky. At Varikalio you can observe impressive cave paintings which have been preserved since 3000 BC. Your journey through the magical taiga forest will take you past lakes of all shapes and sizes... a peaceful, isolated environment for you to relax and enjoy.
Today we recommend hiking around Julma Olkky Canyon Lake - one of Hossa National Parks 'must-sees'! With stunning views of the vast Russian taiga it is a perfect setting for the last day of your trek. Our team will collect you at the end of today in and transport you back to the hostel in their car.
Day 7Free day
Today is a free day to relax after your hike. We recommend joining a bear watching tour in the South of the boreal forest, close to Russia. This area has more brown bears that anywhere else in Europe and the bear watching conditions here are second to none! Please see 'Dates & Prices' for a full list of optional activities available today.
NB: Bear-watching is only available until mid-august
Day 8Farewell Finland
Coach transfer to Kuusamo airport
This itinerary, including walking distances and times, is indicative and fully flexible.
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Period & budget
When to travel?
The best period for travelling is during the following months:
Two people: From €665
The budget is an indication of the price per person, subject to availability. Your local agent will send you a customized quote with the exact price. The price can vary according to availability, level of services, period of travel, number of participants, booking time frame and other items.
Transfers from/to Kuusamo airport
3 nights in hostel
accommodation and 4 nights in trapper huts / tents
Please let us know if you would like to reserve any of the following options:
Single room supplement: from €220
Reindeer farm visit: €10 (+meal €40)
Canoeing: prices vary
Bear Watching: prices vary
Mountain biking: prices vary
Comfort: 2/5 Basic
This trip includes 3 nights in a
hostel and 4 nights in trappers huts of tents. We love our back to basics no frills accommodation options which enable us to
get close to nature. Examples of 2/5 comfort accommodation include mountain
huts and refuges with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities
Level: 3/5 Challenging
For our suggested itinerary you should be in good
physical shape. You should have a sense of adventure, a positive
attitude and be prepared for a full-on action packed programme including 6+
hours of activity per day. However, this is your adventure, you can choose how strenuous or how relaxing each day is. Please note that our difficulty ratings may vary depending on the weather.
Flights are not included, please contact us if you require transfers to/from destinations other than Kuusamo airport
This trip is a non-guided adventure. Armed with an abundance of experience and a wealth of knowledge our professional team know Finland inside out. We are here to ensure you have the best possible trip so ask us anything, we love sharing our local knowledge!
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 Hostel: Generous buffet style breakfasts and dinners with hot drinks and lots of options are served at the hostel
Whilst trekking: We will provide you with easy to cook light-weight food for your trek including food to be cooked on open wood fires. You will have the chance to forage for treats like fresh berries and mushrooms and to add to your meals.
Please let us know about any dietary requirements when you book the trip and we will work with you to cater for your needs.
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 hostel accommodation and nights in tents / basic trappers huts.
Hostel accommodation: shared kitchen and bathroom facilities, sauna access
Camping: we provide tents, mattresses and sleeping bags. We recommend always setting up camp
near a fire - an ideal way to get closer to nature and to enjoy this beautiful
Bedding and towels are provided by Norwide but we recommend that you bring an extra towel for use in the saunas.
This trip includes transfers by minibus / 4x4s / coach
Budget & exchange
The currency in Finland is the euro. Please budget for the following:
Personal expenses and drinks
Any additional activities/supplements
We will provide you with all technical equipment needed. We will supply you with the following for the duration of your trip:
Bedding and towels
we recommend bringing a small additional towel to use in the sauna
An ultra-light 2 man tent
A light thermal sleeping mat
A warm sleeping bag
Cooking equipment including plastic dishes & a stove
You must bring with you:
A sleeping bag liner
Sturdy walking boots
Sunglasses (minimum UV 400)
A headtorch with
spare batteries (from August)
A suitable water
bottle/flask (min 1L)
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:
Bring dry spares of everything, including underwear and gloves
Wear multiple layers including:
A warm breathable base layer
A second thermal layer
Wind and waterproof protective out layer (we provide a quality jacket and over trousers for activities)
We recommend packing:
A pair of rubber boots or water shoes for river crossings
A wind and waterproof jacket with a hood
A warm jacket
Suitable underwear and thermals
Suitable t-shirts, trousers & shorts
A hat or cap
A towel for the sauna
A pair of gloves
Slippers or comfortable shoes for in the cottage/hostel
Bug spray/mosquito net
You may also consider packing:
A camera (and suitable protective case)
Plastic bags for wet/dirty clothing
Toilet paper + lighter
A Notepad and pencil
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.
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.
Between early June and early August, temperatures reach +20°C (+68°F) in the day and sometimes even +30°C (+86°F) (37°C (98.6°F) in Joensuu in July 2010!).
The summer is relatively warm but also very bright - Finland enjoys long sunny days.
In the far north, the sun does not set from mid-May to the end of July.
In the center and the south, the summer sun shines for 18 to 20 hours.
The temperature of the lake water is between 18 - 24°C, the waters are shallow and warm up quickly with the long sunny days and the good Finnish summer temperatures.
The midnight sun is visible in summer in Lapland and in the regions above the Arctic Circle.
Finland uses the standard Europlug socket with two round prongs (50Hz/230 volts)
Finland uses Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)+2 and observes Daylight Saving Time making it GMT+3 during the summer months
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
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.
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...
Stick to trails and camp overnight right
Stash your trash and pick up waste
Leave it as you find it
Be careful with fire
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.