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5 days snowshoeing in the stunning wilderness of Finland
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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)
  • Snowshoes and poles

All breakfasts and 7 evening meals are included. Packed lunches are readily available at Basecamp and cost approx. GBP10. 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.

Day 1
Fly Gatwick to Kuusamo, transfer to Basecamp Oulanka (approx. 45 mins).
Day 2
Introduction to snowshoeing with easy hike in national park.
In the morning we are provided with all of the equipment needed for a week of snowshoeing in arctic conditions, before heading straight out into Oulanka National Park for an easy walk as an introduction to snowshoeing (approx 2½ hours). The afternoon is free for relaxation at Basecamp with a sauna or hot-tub.
Day 3
Snowshoe walk over suspension bridge and around Lake Jyravajarvi.
Today's walk (approx 3 hours) begins by taking us over a long suspension bridge that hangs across the Niskakoski rapids. We then head around the frozen lake of Jyravajarvi giving us a real experience of deep snow snowshoeing. On our return to Basecamp we pass over a second suspension bridge over the Myllykoski rapids.
Day 4
Transfer to Riisitunturi National Park; walk through a unique landscape of surreal, snowcaked trees to viewpoint.
Today we take a transfer out of Oulanka National Park and head to the neighbouring Riisitunturi National Park. Although geographically they are not far apart, the differences between the two national parks are highly noticeable. What makes this area so special is the incredible affect that the heavy snow has on the trees as you climb higher into the clearings of the fjell. Twisted, bent and covered in thick white powder, it is almost as if you are passing by hundreds of snow creatures. This memorable walk then culminates with a hike to the top of the fjell for a fantastic view of this wonderful alien landscape.
Day 5
Free day in Ruka; optional morning snowmobiling safari; optional afternoon downhill skiing.
This free day in the popular ski resort of Ruka gives you the opportunity to experience other winter activities. There is an optional snowmobile safari, which includes a lunch by a campfire en route, and a chance to hit the slopes with downhill skiing in the afternoon. There is also an option to experience dogsledding. See the 'Other Excursions' section of the trip notes.
Day 6
Long snowshoe tour in Oulanka National Park following the 'Little Bear Trail'.
Today is the longest day of snowshoeing (approx 4-6 hours) as we head deep into Oulanka National Park. Our guide takes us on what is known in the area as the 'Little Bear Trail', which encompasses some of the most spectacular scenery in the park. The trail takes us to the south side of the River Kitka and then up to the Kallioportti viewpoint, where we survey the vast snow-covered surroundings. On the return to Basecamp we head over another suspension bridge in Harrisuvanto before taking a well-earned rest in the sauna or the outdoor hot tub.
Day 7
Snowshoe walk to Linnakallio 'Castle Rocks', near Jyrava Waterfall.
This morning (approx 3½ hours) takes us to the incredible frozen Jyrava waterfall and to the Aallokkoski rapids. The skills that we have learnt will be put to the test today as we pass over challenging terrain on the north side of the River Kitka.
Day 8
Transfer to Kuusamo; fly to Gatwick.
Transfer to Kuusamo; fly to Gatwick.
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