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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 - 8 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 12 people
Destination(s): Finland  
Specialty Categories: Snowshoeing  
Season: January - March
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 840 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 880 Euro (EUR)

On this snowshoeing tour you will get to explore the wild taiga of eastern Finland in the region of Kainuu. The remote area is absolutely a perfect place to enjoy the peace of nature. Our route goes mostly in the Hossa Hiking Area through snow white forests, along ridges and over frozen lakes. Each night you will accommodate in a wilderness cabin, some of them without modern facilities but however with cosy atmosphere.

The daily treks of approx. 6 hours will most probably be walked in deep soft snow in varied terrain with many short up- and down hills. The difficulty of the tour is easy – moderate. No previous experience on snowshoeing is needed but a moderate physical condition is desirable.

Guaranteed international departures 2014: Feb 2, Feb 9, Mar 2 and Mar 9.

Itinerary
Day 1 Arrival
Arrival at Kuusamo airport where you will meet your local guide. Transfer (approx. 1 hour) to Hossa where we will accommodate in cabin Jatkonsalmi or Tolosenvirta for first three nights. Both cabins are situated on the lake-shore, in an isolated spot in Hossa Hiking Area.

Day 2 Russian border
After a brief introductory session on snowshoeing technique it is time to set off for the first day trip which takes us to explore the Russian border area. We go the first kilometres in the narrow gorge and then mostly on the lakes until the Russian border zone. It is strictly prohibited to step on the border zone but we follow it for a couple of kilometres southwards. In the evening, after snowshoeing for hours in the cold, it is nice to relax and warm oneself in the lakeside sauna. Snowshoeing 7 km, 6 hours

Day 3 Rock paintings
Today it is time to take a glance at the history. We will first take a short car transfer and then snowshoe to the Colour Rock to see its rock paintings dating back to 4000 years. The picnic lunch will be taken in a kota in the mid-way. (Lappish tepee). Coffee will be brewed on an open fire and it will be taken with sandwiches. In the afternoon we will return to the cabin to spend one more night there. Snowshoeing 7 km, 6 hours

Day 4 Snow white forests, Jatkonsalmi/Tolosenvirta – Peurapirtti/Hirvastupa
Today’s route goes along the top of a ridge between two frozen lakes through the beautiful snow covered pine, spruce and birch forests. It is more probable that we will meet some reindeer than human beings. After 7 km on snow shoes we will reach the northern shore of the lake Iso-Valkeinen and the cabins where we will accommodate for one night. Snowshoeing 7 km, 6 hours

Day 5 Ridges and lakes, Peurapirtti/Hirvastupa – Huosiusjärvi/Iikoski
After breakfast we will go on snowshoeing along the ridges and on the lakes. The surrounding forests are home for many animals like elks, wolfs, lynxes and hares but unfortunately they are seldom seen. Also bears inhabit the area but in winter they hibernate. Halfway we will take the picnic lunch around an open fire at a lean-to-shelter situated near a rapid. In the afternoon we will arrive at the last cabins where we will stay in, called Huosiusjärvi and Iikoski situated 200 metres apart from each other. Snowshoeing 8 km, 6,5 hours

Day 6 End of snowshoeing and reindeer farm Huosiusjärvi/Iikoski – Jatkonsalmi/Tolosenvirta
The last day of snowshoeing takes us back to the start point. Following ridges we will first reach the Hossa Visitor Centre where we will have a look at the exhibition on the area’s history and present day. Our snowshoeing tour will be completed on arrival at the cabin. At night we will visit a local reindeer farm where we learn about reindeer herding today and enjoy a delicious farewell dinner. Snowshoeing 5 km, 4 hours

Day 7 Return
Breakfast and transfer to Kuusamo airport (on Feb 8th to Oulu airport).

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price valid on guaranteed departures. Group prices on request.

Price Includes:
- Accommodation
- Breakfast, outdoor lunch and dinner every day
- English speaking guide
- Luggage transportation
- Airport transfers
- Sauna every night
- Bed linen

At extra cost:
- Hire of snowshoes and sticks, 40 eur

Supplier Information
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Location: Finland
Joined InfoHub: Sep 2008
Client Request Served: 86

M18623 is a nature travel company and registered tour operator whose clientele is mostly made up of international travelers. The company is specialized in guided week-long hut-to-hut trekkings and other activity holidays in Eastern Finland. For many programmes guaranteed departure dates are provided. Tours are also...

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