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Ski Tour On The Russian Border, Finland

offered by supplier M18623 (read about supplier)

Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 12 people
Destination(s): Finland  
Specialty Categories: Skiing & Snowboarding  
Season: February - April
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1010 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1010 Euro (EUR)

This tour is a perfect choice for your first cross-country skiing holiday in Finland! The guided hut-to-hut tour goes along the Eastern Border winter trail right on the Russian border taking you through wilderness areas with pristine untouched nature. The maximum group size is 12 skiers plus and an expert tour leader which makes the tour a nice small-group experience. If you are lucky the Northern Lights’ dance on the night sky will top off your skiing week!

Tour highlights:
• Pristine wilderness - a real escape to the nature
• Picnics around an open fire
• The snow-white landscape
• Evening saunas
• Hossa national park

Itinerary:
Day 1 Arrival
Arrival at Kuusamo airport where your guide will welcome you. Transfer (1 hour) to Jatkonsalmi cabin located in the heart of the new Hossa national park.

Day 2 Jatkonsalmi–Rajakartano 17 km
After breakfast we start the weeks skiing on the well-prepared tracks of Hossa national park whose nature is dominated by handsome pine heathlands, ridge-lines, small lakes and streams. We eat lunch at the Hossa Visitor Centre, and it’s also possible to visit a small souvenir shop. In the afternoon, we relax in a traditional Finnish sauna and the more adventurous amongst us can try ice swimming! In the evening, we visit a local reindeer farm. Here we will enjoy a delicious dinner whilst learning about reindeer herding today.

Day 3 Rajakartano–Kovavaara 25 km
This is the longest skiing day of the week. We start on the Hossa tracks, then follow the border guard’s trail in a southerly direction. On our journey, we will cross many small mires and ski through ancient forests. We have a break at Vieremäjärvi, which is just before our midway point, and enjoy a picnic lunch in front of an open fire. We will prepare and serve coffee and soup and a selection of sandwiches. Your accommodation for the night is in a rustic cabin on top of Kovavaara hill. There are no modern day amenities, but instead, the history and lifestyle of this 1950’s living museum.

Day 4 Kovavaara–Arola 19 km
The third skiing day follows the Russian border zone which is clearly signed with yellow border markers on the trees. At certain points along the trail, you can view the Russian side. In the afternoon, we arrive at Arola which is situated just a stone’s throw from the Russian border. Arola is famous for its delicious food made from local ingredients and served by our hostess. Dinner is served in a traditional log house.

Day 5 Arola–Martinselkonen Wilderness Centre 22 km
Today´s route passes through the Martinselkonen nature reserve through open marsh and spruce forests and follows the paths of the reindeer. We will have a picnic lunch at one of the wilderness huts operated by Finnish Forest and Park Service. The accommodation for the last two nights will be at Martinselkonen Wilderness Centre, a former border guard station renovated into a modern guest house.

Day 6 Day tour at Martinselkonen 17 km
On this, our last day, we will take a day tour in Martinselkonen nature reserve. We will ski across the wintry landscape – over frozen lakes and swamps and through forests covered in a deep, white, snowy blanket. In the evening, there is a chance to have a final sauna, then after that, a well-deserved farewell dinner.

Day 7 Return
Breakfast and transport to the Kuusamo airport.

Supplemental Tour Information:
Guaranteed departure dates 2019:
10.02.-16.02.2019
24.02.–02.03.2019
03.03.–09.03.2019
10.03.–16.03.2019
17.03.–23.03.2019
24.03.–30.03.2019
26.03.–01.04.2019

Member discount:
10% discount for InfoHub customer. Request a free gift certificate.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Accommodation
- Full board
- Services of an English speaking skiing guide
- Services of a skidoo driver who makes the track and transports the luggage
- Airport transfers
- Sauna daily

Note:
- Ski equipment rental at extra cost, 60 €.
- Price valid on guaranteed departures. Group prices on request.

About This Supplier
Location: Finland
Joined InfoHub: Sep 2008

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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