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Finnish Wilderness Week
FH-EXD-118942
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£1,199
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At a glance
Mixed activity week in a remote part of Finland
Trip Highlights
Start Destination
Kuusamo
End Destination
Kuusamo
What's included
  • All breakfasts
  • 7 dinners
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • All specialist equipment

All breakfasts and 7 evening meals are included. Packed lunches are readily available at Basecamp and cost approx. GBP11. The food at Basecamp is a delicious range of local produce that is all prepared on site by the in house chef. Starters consist of a salad buffet with 4-6 different choices. The main courses consist of wild game such as elk, chicken, salmon and vendace. There is also the option of vegetarian food if you so choose. Dessert consists of lingon berries, blue berries and cloud berries that have often been picked by the chef herself. It is refreshing to know that what is viewed as superfoods in our supermarkets, grows locally to Basecamp. These berries are served with a selection of quark kurd, cream, ice cream, cakes and pancakes. Lunch normally consists of a hot soup with elk, salmon or vegetarian.

Itinerary
1
Day 1
Fly to Kuusamo
Fly to Kuusamo; transfer to Basecamp Oulanka.
2
Day 2
Snowshoe hike in national park; free afternoon.
In the morning we are provided with all of the equipment needed for a week of activities in arctic conditions. Strapping on a pair of snowshoes we head straight out into Oulanka National Park where we are taught the necessary skills for this activity. Our route today will take us through snow-caked trees and along the Kitkajoki River, passing an old flour mill that sits adjacent to the dramatic Myllykoski rapids (approx 2� hours). The afternoon is free for further exploration of the surrounding area or relaxation in the sauna or hot-tub.
3
Day 3
Cross-country skiing in the morning; free afternoon.
Today we experience the Scandinavian-born sport of cross-country skiing. Heading down to the nearby Juuma lake, our instructor will literally walk us through the basics of how to cross-country ski. There may be a few tumbles to start with, but in the soft snow this is half the fun. After becoming more confident on the skis we then head out onto the lake, gliding through the virgin powder. In the afternoon, keep hold of your skis as there is the option of further unguided skiing in the area.
4
Day 4
Half day dogsledding instruction and tour (about 10km); optional ice climbing.
After breakfast we take a short transfer to the nearby Riisitunturi National Park where we meet up with our dogsledding guide. The day begins with tuition on how to ride on the sled and the importance of caring for the huskies correctly. We then head off into the woods where our teams of dogs eagerly await our arrival, ready to take us on our 10km mushing adventure. Our route takes us deep into the National Park and up onto the surrounding fjell where we are rewarded with a fantastic view. Travelling on your own sled, you are able to really appreciate the serenity of this beautiful snow-laden landscape. The afternoon is free to experience some of the optional activities that Basecamp has to offer such as ice-climbing (min 4 persons).
5
Day 5
Free day in Ruka; morning option of snowmobile safari; afternoon option of downhill skiing.
Free day in the popular ski resort of Ruka, transfers are included. Downhill skiing and snowmobile safaris are available. See 'Extra Expenses' section below.
6
Day 6
Wilderness skills including igloo building and fire-making; optional night in the igloo.
Today we are taught the ancient art of quinzee building. Issued with shovels and spades and in groups of four, we create a mound of snow, which is later hollowed out to make sleeping quarters (2-3 persons per quinzee). You have the option of sleeping in your construction, but the lodge is just a short walk away if you prefer the warmth of your room.
7
Day 7
Optional activities including ice-climbing, or snowmobiling; dinner in a traditional teepee.
Free day. Options include unguided cross-country skiing and snowshoeing; downhill skiing at nearby Ruka (transport and skiing not included); or further dogsledding and snowmobile safaris. As a farewell celebration, we have the option of eating dinner around a campfire, or in a tepee (Kota) on the edge of the National Park.
8
Day 8
Fly to London
Transfer to Kuusamo; fly to London.
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Finnish Wilderness Week 5/5

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You are supplied with full inter inner and outer clothing, including hats and gloves. You really only need clothes for the evening time and of course warm clothing for when you arrive and depart.

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