A week lasting summer package designed for those who want to do things the local way, enjoy/connect with nature and the Northern wilderness and get to participate in the most enjoyable and recreating outdoor activities including hiking, canoeing, observing wildlife, fishing and camping in the forest.
By this tailor-made tour, you´ll truly get a glimpse of the way of life as you will be visiting a private reindeer farm and see the newly born calves and their mothers close-by, you´re guided by a local person from the Hossa village and spend the first 4 nights at the rustic and off-grid Wilderness Lodge (detailed info here), truly enjoying the simple, Finnish cottage life.
Visiting the must see-natural wonders of the Hossa National Park area, enjoying the traditional wood-heated sauna and tasting some local wild foods are integral parts of this trip.
Families, couples, groups of friends and individual passengers will find this a nice combination of private comfort and spending time together as a group, because while there’s a daily group activity/dinner included, there´s plenty of time to do your own thing and relax by yourself if you wish. Longest daily hikes are about 18 km, so a certain level of physical condition is required. Here´s your tailored proposal that can also be fixed to meet your personal needs!
Arrival to Kuusamo or Oulu airport and transfer to Hossa. We´ll enjoy a welcoming dinner at the Wilderness Lodge, settle in and get familiar with the surroundings and how everything works in such a rustic and authentic place like this, where we carry the water from a natural spring and heat the bedrooms with wood. Depending on the schedule, we might take the fish traps to a nearby lake or pick some wild foods from our surroundings. Warm wood-heated sauna in the evening welcomes you to Finland.
After breakfast it´s time for our first hike. After a 20min transfer south by car, we will start our hike on the Eastern border hiking trail. This 17 km walk through vast mires and old forests is a very nice part of the trail with versatile views. We´ll be observing nature and enjoy a picnic lunch around open fire. We will reach the Wilderness Lodge about 4pm, start heating up the traditional sauna right away and have delicious local dinner later in the evening.
This morning after breakfast we will make a 40min transfer to Hossa National Park, where we´ll be doing a circular walk around a beautiful canyon lake and visit the must-see wonder of the Hossa National Park, the 4000 years old rockpainting made by the Stone Age hunter-gatherers. Here you´ll learn about the Finnish mythology and the shamanistic and animalistic world view of these ancient people.We will have a picnic-lunch around open-fire during the day with the total walking distance being 18km on terrain, that is rather challenging at times. Sauna and dinner again back at the Wilderness Lodge.
Today we´ll take it a bit easier after the two hikes and practice/learn some fishing. At first you´ll learn how to fish with a spinning reel, practice casting the lure and get to know the rest of the equipment, then it´s time to head to the lakes of the area by car to try our luck with the fish; perches and pikes being the main target. We´ll be fishing from a small boat and from the shore and enjoy some refreshments on the way. Observing nature and wildlife on these remote lakes is an experience in itself. The possible catch will be cooked for dinner in the evening, amongst other seasonal wild foods that we have picked and collected along our days spent outdoors. In the late afternoon we´ll head back to our cabins, enjoy the sauna and have dinner for the last time here at the extremely remote Wilderness Lodge.
On day 5 we´ll start our combined 2-day canoeing, hiking and camping trip right at the heart of the Hossa National Park. After breakfast we pack our bags and leave the Wilderness Lodge behind. After a 30-minute car transfer, we are at our starting point where we´ll learn the basics and safety issues of canoeing and then off we go! Route is mainly paddling on lakes with two small rivers in the beginning. We´ll stop for a picnic lunch on the way and after 13 km of paddling, we still have 5km of hiking on the beautiful pine-covered ridges of the Hossa National Park before we reach our campsite for the night. We´ll set up our tents (no need to carry these or your luggage) and have dinner outdoors by a beautiful lake. Swimming in the lake, fishing, picking berries or taking a walk in the surrounding forest is possible. Sitting by the campfire in the evening, enjoying the blissful solitude of the wild and sleeping under the northern sky will make this night a very special one.
Waking up in a tent or a hammock, having slept well after an active day outdoors is a good start for a day. We´ll prepare our own light breakfast, dismantle the tents, pack our belongings and start our 11 km hike. We will be taking a different route than yesterday, maybe try a little fishing on the way back and have lunch at Hossa Visitor Centre after the walk. In the afternoon we´ll jump on the canoes once more and paddle to the accommodation for the last two nights (your luggage waiting for you) where you are back with the civilization and have all the moderns comforts after a while. Here we will heat up the sauna by the lake and you can go for a refreshing swim, dinner in a local restaurant.
Last full day is an optional day and it can include going canoeing, another walk in the vast forests of the Hossa area or with an extra cost, watching and photographing brown bears in their natural habitat (possible on every trip until the trip departing on the 3th August). All activities for the last day are light and enjoyable to ensure your smooth landing from this active outdoor holiday deep in the wilds of Finland. Last dinner in a very special, reindeer restaurant right at the heart of the Hossa area, after enjoying the sauna for the last time of course.
Transfer to the airport and time to say goodbye!
What’s included in my trip price?
4 nights at the Wilderness Lodge, 1 night camping, 2 night in accommodation with modern comforts, all meals, all forms of transport, luggage transfers, equipment rentals, sauna daily, admissions and the expertise of your local guide from the welcome till the farewell. *accommodation for the nights 6 and 7 is confirmed in detail when making the booking, but there´s a guarantee for a comfortable and cozy cabin/apartment by a lake.
We reserve the right to make changes to the itinerary.
NOT INCLUDED: Flights, personal travel insurance
All the departures are meant for individual passengers and couples so anyone can participate. Families and groups of friends can also request a tailored proposal. Individual passengers are put together with the same sex in accommodation and groups are filled in order of the bookings.
After receiving the booking, you need to pay a service fee of 100€/person and it needs to be paid within 7 days to confirm you´re place on the tour. This is done by a bank transfer, payment and other details will follow in a message you receive within 48 hours.
Passenger may cancel the tour without special reason as follows:
– No later than 14 days prior to departure by paying the service fee 100€
– Later than 14 days but no later than 48 hours prior to departure by paying 50% of the total price .
– If the tour is cancelled later than 48 hours prior to departure, the tour operator has the right to charge the full price of the tour.
There´s separate guidelines for a cancellation due to a major occurrence, which are listed in the Consumer agency´s ”General term for package tours”. Hossa Travel complies with these terms and conditions.
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