Finnish Wilderness Week


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Trip Code: CFA
Region: Europe
Countries visited: Finland
Activities: Dogsledding, Snowshoeing, Winter Wilderness, Multi-activity, Cross-country Skiing
Duration: 8 Days
Difficulty: Moderate
Profile: No previous experience necessary but a reasonable level of fitness is required.
Meals: All breakfasts and dinners included.
Accomodation: Basecamp OulankaA superb base in a wilderness location, with excellent facilities; this self-sustaining wooded complex takes immediate inspiration from the surrounding wilderness. Twin rooms with en suite bathrooms are in two separate buildings. The third building is a cosy restaurant and bar, with a log fire, sauna and outdoor hot tub.
Group: Normally 6 to 20.

Holiday price from: to including flights.

Unspoilt wilderness location Special dogsledding departures All winter equipment included

Learning to cross-country ski at Basecamp Oulanka

In the heart of Oulanka National Park sits Basecamp Oulanka. Surrounded by pristine wilderness and overlooking a lake, this self-sustained complex of wooden buildings provides a comfortable and cosy accommodation in a truely stunning location. During the stay we include a varied programme of activities such as dogsledding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. After grasping the basics we will set off with our guides, exploring the beautiful Kitkajoki River and surrounding frozen waterfalls. We also enjoy a full day of wilderness skills with the opportunity to stay in your own quinzee (a Finnish igloo). A highlight of the trip is dogsledding through the silent snow-caked forests of the nearby Riisitunturi National Park. Free time can be spent using the cross-country skis or snowshoe equipment available at the lodge, or in the sauna and hot tub. The ski resort of Ruka is a 20-minute taxi ride away - for a snowmobile safari or a day of downhill skiing.  

Holiday Itinerary

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Day 1: Fly to Kuusamo, transfer to Basecamp Oulanka (approx. 45mins).Show detailed information

Day 2: Snowshoe hike in national park; free afternoon.Show detailed information

Day 3: Cross-country skiing in the morning; free afternoon.Show detailed information

Day 4: Half day dogsledding instruction and tour (about 10 km); optional ice climbing.Show detailed information

Day 5: Free day in Ruka; morning option of snowmobile safari including lunch by a campfire en route; afternoon option of downhill skiing.Show detailed information

Day 6: Full day of wilderness skills including igloo building and fire-making in teams of four; option to spend night in the igloo.Show detailed information

Day 7: Free for optional activities including ice-climbing, further dogsledding or snowmobiling and downhill skiing at Ruka; dinner in a teepee, cooked over an open fire.Show detailed information

Day 8: Transfer to Kuusamo; fly to London.Show detailed information

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