Mixed activity week in a remote part of Finland
This adventure is a chance to relax and explore the Finnish wilderness. Basecamp Oulanka since in the heart of Oulanka National Park and is a truly remarkable location.
You’ll stay in a self-sustained complex of wooden buildings – the only structures for miles around. Spend the week taking advantage of a variety of winter activities where you’ll hardly ever see another soul. It’s a perfect way to remove yourself from the business of city life.
Spend a half day dog sledding in Riisitunturi National Park. This day also includes optional ice climbing. Enjoy a snowmobile safari, downhill skiing, quinzee building and fire making training, cross country skiing around Juuma lake, and more. There will also be plenty of time to explore the towns of Ruka and Kuusamo.
Basecamp Oulanka takes its inspiration from its wilderness surroundings. It is complete with a restaurant and bar, log fire, outdoor hot tub, and sauna. It’s the perfect way to end a day of activity. Relax by the fire and enjoy great company in this remote and peaceful setting.
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Why We Love This Adventure
- Enjoy a host of winter activities in magical surroundings
- Stay in fantastic lodge accommodation
- Experience an evening Northern Lights snowshoe
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Our trip starts at Basecamp Oulanka, a complex of cozy wooden buildings located in a remote, unspoiled location overlooking the Juuma lake and backing into Oulanka National Park.
In the morning we are provided with all of the equipment needed for a week of activities in arctic conditions. Strapping on a pair of snowshoes we head straight out into Oulanka National Park where we are taught the necessary skills for this activity. Our route today will take us through forests and along the Kitka River, passing an old flour mill that sits adjacent to the dramatic Myllykoski rapids (approx 2½ hours). At the end of the walk, depending on timing, there will be the chance to do some further exploration of the surrounding area or relax in the sauna or hot tub.
Today we experience the Scandinavian-born sport of cross-country skiing. Heading down to the nearby JuumaLake, our instructor will literally walk us through the basics of how to cross-country ski. There may be a few tumbles to start with, but in the softsnow this is half the fun! After becoming more confident on the skis we then head out onto the lake, gliding through the virgin powder. In the afternoon, keep hold of your skis as there is the option of further unguided skiing in the area. Alternatively, you might wish to try kick sledging; a metal frame sled you can use on your own and venture out around Basecamp.
After breakfast we take a short transfer to the nearby Riisitunturi National Park where we meet up with our dogsledding guide. The day begins with tuition on how to ride on the sled and the importance of caring for the huskies correctly. We then head off into the woods where our teams of dogs eagerly await our arrival, ready to take us on our 10km mushing adventure. Our route takes us deep into the national park and up onto the surrounding fjell where we are rewarded with a fantastic view. Travelling on your own sled, you are able to really appreciate the serenity of this beautiful snow-laden landscape. The afternoon is free to experience some of the optional activities that Basecamp has to offer such as ice climbing (min 4 persons). This evening we head out for nighttime snowshoeing, in search for the Northern Lights.
We spend the day at the popular ski resort of Ruka. Your guide will take care of transfers and can book activities for you. Transfers are included only to the designated areas and are scheduled at specific times. It is advisable to check at reception before making your activities booking. Downhill skiing and snowmobile safaris are available – see the 'Optional excursions' section below. Please note that due to operational reasons, the bookings for activities in Ruka need to be made by Tuesday. Otherwise, there's the option to stay at Basecamp, having the equipment, snowshoes, cross-country skis etc. at your disposal, with accessible routes to explore.
Today we are taught the ancient art of quinzee building. Issued with shovels and spades and in groups of four, we create a mound of snow, which is later hollowed out to make sleeping quarters (2-3 persons per quinzee). You have the option of sleeping in your construction, but the lodge is just a short walk away if you prefer the warmth of your room.
Today we have a free day with several options on offer to make the most of the magical Finland Wilderness. Some of the activities available include unguided cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, dogsledding or snowmobile safaris. As a farewell celebration, we have the option of eating dinner around a campfire on the edge of the National Park.
End Basecamp Oulanka. Lunch is included for clients booked on the group flights for departures from Dec. 24th to Feb. 17th (inclusive) due to a later flight time.
- All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 7 dinners
- All accommodation (see accommodation section)
- All transport and listed activities
- Local tour leaders throughout
- Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
- All specialist equipment
Trip Duration8 days
Start LocationBasecamp Oulanka
End LocationBasecamp Oulanka
Average Group Sizemin 6
All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 7 evening meals are included. The food at Basecamp is a delicious range of local produce (Finnish food) that is all prepared on site by the in house chef. Starters consist of a salad buffet with 3-4 different choices. The main courses consist of wild game such as elk, chicken and salmon. Vegetarian options are also available. Dessert consists of lingonberries, blueberries and cloudberries that have often been picked by the chef herself. These berries are served with a selection of quark kurd, cream, ice cream, cakes and pancakes. Lunch normally consists of a hot soup with elk, salmon or vegetarian option.
This adventure can also be booked with UK return flights by the operator – to get prices, dates and availability for the flight option please complete an enquiry form today and mention your flight interest in the message section. Thanks!
Dates & Availability
- 09 Dec 2018 – 16 Dec 2018
- 16 Dec 2018 – 23 Dec 2018
- 23 Dec 2018 – 30 Dec 2018
- 30 Dec 2018 – 06 Jan 2019
- 06 Jan 2019 – 13 Jan 2019
- 13 Jan 2019 – 20 Jan 2019
- 20 Jan 2019 – 27 Jan 2019
- 27 Jan 2019 – 03 Feb 2019
- 03 Feb 2019 – 10 Feb 2019
- 10 Feb 2019 – 17 Feb 2019
- 17 Feb 2019 – 24 Feb 2019
- 24 Feb 2019 – 03 Mar 2019
- 03 Mar 2019 – 10 Mar 2019
- 10 Mar 2019 – 17 Mar 2019
- 17 Mar 2019 – 24 Mar 2019
- 24 Mar 2019 – 31 Mar 2019
- 31 Mar 2019 – 07 Apr 2019
- 21 Apr 2019 – 28 Apr 2019
- 08 Dec 2019 – 15 Dec 2019
- 15 Dec 2019 – 22 Dec 2019
- 29 Dec 2019 – 05 Jan 2020
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