Daily stages are average 40 km, totally 250 km during the whole week. A good physical condition and previous experience of cross-country skiing is needed to participate in this tour.
Guaranteed international departures 2016: March 12-19 and March 19-26
Day 1 Arrival. Your guide will be waiting to welcome you at Kuusamo airport. Transfer (1 hour) to Jatkonsalmi cabin situated on the shore of Lake Lounaja in Hossa Hiking Area. Check-in and dinner.
Day 2 Jatkonsalmi – Rajakartano
We start our skiing expedition straight from the cabin. The first day of the tour will be skied along the well-kept ski tracks in Hossa Hiking Area. It is possible to choose between various routes, distances from 15 to 40 km. Lunch will be served at Hossa Visitor Centre, where we will also see an exhibition on the Hossa area. Accommodation in Rajakartano that previously housed a border guard station but has been renovated into a guest house.
Day 3 Rajakartano – Arola 42 km
We start the day straight from the accommodation by crossing the Lake Hossanjärvi. Lunch is enjoyed in a rustic old house on the top of the hill Kovavaara. After lunch the route follows the border zone towards south. Our skiing day is completed on arrival at Arola. Our hostess prepares a delicious dinner out of local ingredients and it will be served in a traditional log house.
Day 4 Day tour from Arola 25–35 km
Today we ski a circle route from Arola. The route passes through the Martinselkonen nature reserve over open marsh and through spruce forest following paths of reindeer. The lunch will be enjoyed at Teerilampi wilderness hut operated by Finnish Forest and Park Service. Hot coffee and soup will be prepared around an open fire to be served with sandwiches. In the afternoon we return to Arola for another night to enjoy its nice atmosphere and the warm hospitality of the hosts.
Day 5 Martinselkonen Wilderness Centre – Raate 47 km
In the morning a 30 minutes’ car transfer to Martinselkonen from where we start the longest day of the tour following the Russian frontier zone line which we are not allowed to cross. The zone is well marked with signposts and yellow paints on trees. The close proximity of the Russian border adds something rather mysterious and exotic to the atmosphere of the area. In the evening it is possible to refresh oneself in the traditional Finnish sauna.
Day 6 Raate – Kuivajärvi 40 km
Today’s route takes us until the tiny Kuivajärvi village, one of the Finland´s last remaining Karelian villages. In the morning we pass the frontier guard station in Raate. Raate area was a stage for some heavy battles during the Second World War. Malahvia nature protection area has some beautiful swamps in their natural state and some 15 km later Murhisalo offers old-growth forest and beautiful waterways. Our accommodation is situated in the village of Kuivajärvi where orthodox and Kalevala culture are still present.
Day 7 Kuivajärvi – Korkana 41 km
From Kuivajärvi we head south and cross the road and railway leading to Kostamus at international border crossing point at Vartius. The lunch will be eaten at the half-way at Café Rajakontti. Today's wild landscape is home to a biggest wolf population in Finland, and although these secretive predators are seldom seen, we may come across their tracks. Our skiing tour is completed when we reach Peuranpolku husky farm. In the evening we enjoy sauna and the well-deserved dinner.
Day 8 Return. Breakfast and transport to the airport (city and schedule to be confirmed) for the flight to Helsinki.
Price valid on guaranteed departures. Group prices on request.
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