The midsummer time is a unique time of year that passes by quickly, this is why many Finnish people spend their holidays in June and July and escape to a peaceful cottage somewhere, to enjoy the simple ”cabin and a sauna” -lifestyle and to be surrounded by nature at its most greenest. Fishing, cooking outdoors and throwing darts are integral parts of this ”mökki” -experience to mention a few. Making the most out of this time is definitely worth it, as those long summer days and bright summer nights that never seem to end, don´t last for long.
Two weeks ago we were able to start our summer adventures and capture and share this midsummer fever with a group from Holland as we did our ”Deep in the Wilds of Finland” -tour in collaboration with Sherpa Reizen. First four nights spent in cabins at the Wilderness Lodge, taking care of our beloved reindeer, exploring the surrounding forests by foot and fishing on a beautiful lake after the hiking days worked well in getting our guests inside the local way of life right from the start. The traditional setting and all those small tasks like carrying the water and lighting up the campfires sure makes you participate in the Finnish cottage lifestyle more deeply and discover something completely different.
Moderate or slightly demanding physical excercise during the day, time spent outdoors in peaceful nature and the traditional wood-heated sauna in the evening made sure that we slept extremely well, no matter it doesn´t get dark at all during night time at this time of year.
Our week continued with two days of combined canoeing/hiking and spending one night camping in the Hossa National Park. The weather was a bit unstable but we didn´t let the short showers of rain ruin our expedition in this beautiful area, where sceneries vary from lakes and pine-covered ridges to small creeks and deep turquoise ponds. After the last active day it was great to return to civilization if you can say, and spend the last two nights in the heart of the Hossa village with a bit more comfort in the apartment/cabin.
After having wandered over 77km through versatile landscapes by foot and canoe along the week and feeling very relaxed yet energetic after all the long summer days spent outdoors in the northern wilderness, it was time to say goodbye for now. But there was one thing left; our guests wished to go see brown bears on the optional day, so the last evening was spent in remote hides by the Russian border, observing the majestic king of the forest in its natural habitat…
Check out the video filmed during our adventurous week together and remember to enjoy the outdoors!
We have two open weeks for summer 2016 with availability, tours departing Fridays 26th August and 2nd September.
Summer 2017 is open for bookings; the all-inclusive 8-day tour for 2-8 people starts every Friday between 26th May – 1st September 2017.