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Did you ever dream of travelling through the far North , riding on your dog sled between the immense trees of Lapland's deep forests, sliding over the frozen lakes ?
This condensed trip enables you to experience the intensity of the Scandinavian territories winter activities.
Loctaed in Hossa in the center East of Finland, unforgetable memorires and emotions are awaiting you through a environment full of snow and trees. A wilderness where footprints of sleeping bears stand next to your own, to the ones of your dogs, or next to a reindeer cattle.
In a preserved and beautiful lanscape, typical of Lapland's region, you will experiment full days of snowmobiling, dogsledding and an exepdition to discover the trapper's survival technics.
Day 1Welcome to Finland
Transfer by bus or car to Hossa (about 1 hour) and time to get settled in your cottage or lodge. Tonight, the staff will meet you at the restaurant for a welcoming dinner and briefing.
Accommodation: Cottage or lodge
Day 2Snowmobile safari
Two people per snowmobile, we head away from civilization into the heart of the National Park on a thrilling safari adventure. A lunch in the middle of Taïga forest, an exciting day flying through beautiful Finnish scenery awaits us.
For security reasons, the passenger’s size will be checked before the activity. Passenger must reach the snowmobile foot support (130cm). Thank you for your comprehension, an alternative activity will be proposed in the situation where the passenger can’t reach foot support.
Activities: 4 to 5 hours of snowmobiling
Accommodation: Cottage or lodge
Day 3Trappers day
Discover the art of the trapper lifestyle and ancient survival techniques essential for polar exploration. Learn how to follow tracks and try your hand at ice fishing - drill your own hole in the ice, arm yourself with patience and get ready to catch one of the many perch that swim in the waters here! Discover how to smoke your fish plus how to build igloos and shelters. Today we will also get the chance to visit a local reindeer farm and our faithful companions at the kennels.
Activities: 5 hours
Accommodation: Cottage or lodge
Day 4Dogsledding safari
Today we head into the wild taiga on dog-sleds! In the morning we will meet our musher guides and dogs, each sled is lead by a team of 4 to 6 dogs. After a quick introduction to basic mushing techniques we will set off, two per sled, across beautiful white lakes and into the forest.
Activities: 4 to 5 hours of dog-sledding
Accommodation: Cottage or lodge
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.
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Full supervision by our experienced professional guides
A snowmobile adventure
An Inuit bushcraft skills day
All technical equipment including quality cold weather clothing
Insurance deposit for the snowmobile : 2000 euros/ snowmobile/ person (deposit through a print of your credit card)
Please let us
know if you would like to reserve any of the following optional
Reindeer farm visit: 10€
Nordic skiing excursion: prices vary
Comfort: 5/5 Luxury
Our luxury trips include hotel accommodation with private rooms and en-suite
options. This trip uses lodge/cottage accommotaion in the heart of Hossa National Park with sauna access.
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: 7 (please contact us for more information)
Snowmobiles: you must be over 18 and hold a vaild drivers lisence to drive a snowmobile
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 a trip with Norwide 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.
Once your booking is confirmed you will receive an invoice by e-mail. The full balance of the trip must be received at least 30 days before your departure date. Norwide reserve the right to cancel your booking, free of charge, if this deadline is not respected.
If for any reason you have to cancel your trip, Norwide require written confirmation of your decision. The money you have paid will then be refunded according to the following deductions:
Cancellation received more than 30 days prior to the departure date: a sum of €50 per person will be retained
Cancellation received 30 to 21 days before the departure date: your deposit, 30% of the total trip price will be retained
Cancellation received 20 to 14 days before the departure date: 50% of the total trip price will be retained
Cancellation received 13 to 7 days before the departure date: 75% of the total trip price will be retained
Cancellation received less than 7 days before the departure date: 100% of the total trip price will be retained
Please note that, regardless of the date of cancellation or modification if you have agreed to pay for services such as hotel reservations, flights or additional activities, these services are usually non-refundable so additional fees may apply.
Fixed airfares: if your airline ticket was issued in advance, often done to avoid significant surcharges, you will be charged 100% of any non-refundable fees if you wish to change or cancel your flight plan.
Fixed in-country costs: early charges for firm bookings will be charged if you cancel or modify your trip.
Insurance costs: if you have taken out comprehensive or cancellation insurance, the cost of insurance is due and cannot be refunded.
Please note that fees apply according to the date we receive your cancellation or modification request in writing.
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 include those amounting to 'force majeure' in which case participants will receive a full refund but they will not be entitled to any compensation.
Modification du contrat
If you wish to make a change to your booking please contact us in writing; you will be expected to pay any fee which might arise from this change. In the event of unforeseen external events, Norwide may change some aspects of the travel contract. If any changes are necessary you will be informed as quickly as possible.
Prix et révision des prix
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.
Cession du contrat
If you are unable to travel for any reason, you can transfer your booking to another person in which case our modification conditions 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.
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.
This trip includes full board from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 5. 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.
Generous buffet style breakfasts and dinners are provided at your accommodation
lunches are provided on our activity days including hot food cooked
on wood fires
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 4 nights in lodge or cottage accommodation in the heart of Hossa National Park.
The apartments: shared double or triple rooms with lake views, private bathrooms and sauna access. Sheets, blankets and bath towels are provided - we recommend that you to bring a second towel for use in the sauna
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: 2000€ / snowmobile / person (credit card)
Deposit for other supplied equipment: 50€ for the boots, 50€ for the over suit
We will provide you with the following equipment for the duration of your trip:
Warm snow boots (Sorel). Please let us know if your shoe size is under 34 or above 50.
Bedding and towels (we recommend bringing an extra towel for the sauna)
A warm jacket for the cold
A warm protective oversuit
Waterproof over mittens
Please be aware that upon booking you will be asked your size, height and weight in order to reserve the appropriate equipment in advance.
You must bring
Sunglasses (minimum UV 400)
A ski mask
Any personal medication
thermals - top & long johns
A head torch and
Driver's license for snowmobile
Credit card for equipment diposit.
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)
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 over
A warm hat
Appropriate neck wear like a warm buff
Swim suit (sauna)
Travel towel (sauna)
You may also consider packing:
A camera (and suitable protective case)
Plastic bags for wet/dirty clothing
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.
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.
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.
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 this is a participative trip, we expect participents to drive their own dog-sleds and catch their own fish on our Inuit Bushcraft skills day - we want you to be a part of our team; not just a sheep! To drive a snowmobile you need to be at least 18 years old and hold a valid drivers lisence.