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Finland Adventure Tour

offered by supplier M18623 (read about supplier)

Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 6 - 13 people
Destination(s): Finland  
Specialty Categories: Multi-activity   Hiking & Trekking  
Season: June - September
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 850 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1040 Euro (EUR)

This multiactivity program consists of hiking, canoeing and cycling in the untouched taiga forests and on the beautiful waterways of north-eastern Finland. The first three days will make you familiar with the Hossa National Park – famous for clear lakes and ponds, ridges and beautiful pine forests. In evenings you will get to enjoy local food delicacies and of course, the traditional Finnish sauna.

Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrival.
Arrival to Kuusamo airport and transfer (1 hour) to Jatkonsalmi cabin located inside Hossa National Park. Check-in and dinner.

Day 2: Hiking - Canyon lake Julma-Ölkky.
The week starts with a visit to Julma-Ölkky canyon lake where we will do a half an hour boat trip to look at the cliffs. Then we will hike 4 km to see the “Colour Rock” with ancient rock paintings dating back to 4000 years. A picnic lunch will be enjoyed around an open fire and after that we will hike 8 or 14 km through the beautiful pine and spurce forest back to our accommodation. Hiking 12 km or 18 km.

Day 3: Canoeing - Hossa.
Today we take the paddles and make a canoeing trip on the lakes and rivers nearby our accommodation. We will use open Indian canoes and all the necessary equipment, such as paddles and life vests will be provided. The tour will be on water on a couple of lakes linked by small rivers. Reindeer are a common sight in Hossa and occasionally elks can also be seen. For those who prefer to stay on dry land there are plenty of well-marked hiking trails to explore in the area. Accommodation, sauna and dinner at the cabin.

Day 4: Canoeing - Hossa.
The second canoeing day takes us along beautiful waterways to Hossa Visitor Centre where we will enjoy lunch. After lunch we still have about 5 kilometers paddling to Rajakartano guesthouse which will be our accommodation for the next night. Canoeing 12 km, walking 2 km.

Day 5: Cycling, optional bear watching excursion
Today it is time to jump in the saddle and cycle from Hossa to Arola. The route goes on an asphalt road in the forest through the village of Juntusranta where we can pop in a local grocery shop and enjoy the picnic lunch. In the afternoon we arrive at Arola which is a farm located very close to the Russian border. In the afternoon it is possible to join a 6 hour bear watching excursion which gives you the possibility to observe and photograph these majestic animals from the purpose-built log cabins. At the end of the day you will enjoy a special dinner made with the fruits of the forest and freshest local ingredients. Cycling 38 km.

Day 6: Hiking – Martinselkonen nature reserve
After a hearty breakfast we carry on the tour by hiking through the Martinselkonen nature reserve towards Wilderness Centre. The nature reserve has been set up to protect Finnish wilderness, especially swamp areas. This area is important for many birds and insects as the normal Finnish forest industry does not reach these nature reserve areas. Martinselkonen has watery mires and small lakes, old growth forests and spruce trees draped in beard lichen. We accommodate in a former frontier guard station for the next two nights. Hiking 16 km.

Day 7: Hiking - Russian border.
On the last day of the tour we hike east along the Russian border. The close proximity of the Russian border adds something rather mysterious and exotic to the atmosphere of the area. The border guard towers, the border zone, and the view over the Russian side are an experience in itself. In the evening we enjoy the traditional Finnish smoke sauna and the final dinner. Hiking 12 km.

Day 8: Return.
Breakfast and transfer to Kajaani airport.

Supplemental Tour Information:
Departures for groups on request. The tour can be tailored to meet each group's wishes.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

The tour cost mentioned, is a rough estimated price. Exact price depending on the group size.

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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