An ideal winter holiday package for those who want to experience the northern winter, do things the local way, get to know the culture, possibly witness the dance of the Northern Lights and be active surrounded by the winter wonderland. This trip is tailored for small groups with the max. of 8 people, in order to provide a truly unique and intimate travel experience away from the crowds.
Three nights spent at the remote and authentic Wilderness lodge and our reindeer that you´ll be feeding and taking care of one day, provide a deeper glimpse and help you discover the Finnish way of life, along spending an active yet leisured holiday in the backwoods of Finland. Snowshoe hikes take place in and around the Vieremänsuo protected old growth forest and marsh reserve and on the beautiful and versatile forests of the Hossa National Park.
Winter activities you have the chance to participate by this winter holiday in Hossa include meeting and feeding our reindeer of course, three day trips with snowshoes, dog-sledding safari with your own team of huskies, ice-fishing, driving a snow-mobile and practice some survival skills by digging a snow-cave. Sleeping outside in this self-made snow cave / igloo is possible and of course you´ll be enjoying the Finnish sauna on a daily basis during your stay.
Observing wildlife and their tracks during the days is a solid part of this trip, as well as enjoying the blissful stillness of the wild. You´ll do fine with moderate physical condition as the walks and the challenge will be suited according to the group, thanks to the versatile possibilities of the Hossa National Park area. A certain level of fitness is required for the walks nevertheless. Program is suited for families, groups of friends and individual passengers.
Arrival to Kuusamo, Kajaani or Oulu airport and transfer to Hossa. During the transfer you´ll get the idea how remote and sparsely-populated this area truly is. 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 ourselves and heat the bedrooms with wood. Depending on the schedule and the weather, we might take a short snow-shoe hike on the frozen lake located nearby in search for the Northern Lights. Warm, traditional wood-heated sauna in the evening welcomes you to Finland.
After breakfast we´ll head on an exploration in the protected forests and marshes around our basecamp. We´ll start the walk right from our doorstep at the WIlderness Lodge with the total distance of our circular walk being around 8,5 km. Sceneries today vary from vast open marshes and frozen lakes to dense old forests, not many people but plenty of wildlife here. We will have a picnic-lunch around open fire on the way. Dinner and sauna at the Wilderness Lodge in the evening.
This morning after breakfast we will make a short transfer to Hossa National Park , where we'll be doing another circular walk but in a very different surroundings as the sceneries here are dominated by a grand ridges covered in pine trees and old forests dominated by spruce trees beard covered in moss. Picnic lunch around an open fire again halfway of the walk. We will return by car to a different cabin for one night, from the where we will start a walk back to the Wilderness Lodge the next morning. Sauna and tasty dinner at the cabin in the evening. Let´s hope that there´s a chance for the Northern Lights later today as there is no better place to observe them than on these remote cabins with zero light pollution on sight!
Today we will make our last walk and head back to the Wilderness Lodge, have lunch by the fire on the way and walking distance being about 10,5 km. During today´s walk we will be crossing vast open mires, follow the Russian border for quite a while and in general all three of these hikes are planned so that they take you through versatile landscapes and get you exposed to the incredible silence and stillness of this remote wilderness. Making your way through the snow and observing nature&wildlife will take your mind off the everyday life for sure. After we arrive back to our wilderness cabin for one more night, we´ll finish/build a snowcave/igloo, heat up the sauna and have dinner. Sleeping in the igloo is possible, good-quality winter sleeping bags are available. 🙂
This morning we say goodbye to the Wilderness Lodge as we are tranferred 20 km to the heart of the Hossa village where we will stay in a nice cabin/apartment with all the comforts for the last two nights of the tour so it´s back to civilization! First thing in the morning we will visit our private farm where you can take a short sleigh ride with a big male reindeer trained for the job, drive a snow-mobile to go feed our main herd of up to one hundred animals and in general participate and learn new things about this special way of life that has been running in our family for centuries.
We will have lunch around open fire in a Lavvu, but before that, we´ll try our luck with the fish and the possible catch will be cooked as part of our dinner. After lunch we will fish a bit more and have fun with the snowmobiles on the frozen lake, later in the afternoon you´ll be taken to your accommodation close to our farm where you can enjoy the sauna and relax. Dinner will be served later in the Hossa reindeer park where you´ll get to taste reindeer meat and have a very traditional and delicious Finnish dish in this very special restaurant.
Today after breakfast, we´ll head to a dog-sledding trip on one of the nearby kennels. After being transferred to a local husky-farm (max.1,5h transfer), you´ll learn the basics of dog-sledding and after that mush your own team in pairs for app. 30 km/4h, stopping en route to swap drivers if you wish. Dog-sledding through the snowy forests is an unforgettable experience! If we have time after the safari we can visit the Ruka ski resort or some of the souvenir shops nearby in Kuusamo. After the safari / possible Ruka visit it´s transfer back to the accommodation in Hossa, sauna for once more and then it´s time to have the last evening dinner together.
Breakfast, transfer to the airport and time to say goodbye!
NOTICE! Open weeks for winter 2019 are as follows:
13th January – 19th January
17th February – 23rd February / 6 places open
24th February – 2nd March
10th March – 16th March
17th March – 23rd March
*** Other departures on request
What’s included in my trip price?
3 nights at the Wilderness Lodge (Sunday, Monday, Wednesday), one night in a home stay farmhouse with comforts (Tuesday), two nights in modern cabin / apartment in the Hossa village (Thursday, Friday), all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner); all transfers and airport pick up/drop off, equipment rentals (sleeping bags, snowshoes/walking sticks), admissions and the expertise of your local guide from the welcome till the farewell. Couples have a private room and individual passengers stay by themselves or share a room with the same sex, depending on the final group size.
Requests concerning special diets/allergies are fulfilled when given well before the trip. The food that is served is strongly relayed on local ingredients and many times the dinners consist of potatoes cooked in different ways and served with seasonal local fish, vegetables or meat. Pasta and rice is commonly on the menu too and salad is always served on the side. Coffee/tea is available on all meals.
Breakfast includes fruit, yoghurt, muesli, berries, jam, eggs, bread with cold-cuts, cheese and tomato/cucumber + coffee and tea of course. Lunches are served mostly outside by the fire and they include soups, sausages, pastries and sandwiches with varying options.
You will have the chance to buy soft and alcoholic drinks during your stay.
Tour leader has some additional thermal clothing (boots / overalls) but a whole set of winter clothing ( mittens / gloves, woolly hat, thermal boots / isolated hiking boots and overall ) can be rented at the arrival for 50 € / week. Please ask in advance!
We reserve the right to make changes to the itinerary due to weather and snow conditions
NOT INCLUDED : Flights, personal travel insurance
All the guaranteed departures are meant for individual passengers, couples, families and groups of friends so anyone can participate. All you need to do is to book yourself a suitable flight/bus/train ticket to the agreed meeting point (booking needs to be confirmed before buying the tickets!), we come pick you up from there and take care for the rest.
We want to encourage you to book more people all at once and give a discount as follows:
- When booking 4-5 people, you pay 1255€/person
- When booking 6-8 people all at once, you pay 1215€/person
How do I pay?
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 preferably by 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 of 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 canceled later than 48 hours Prior to departure, the tour operator has the right to charge the full price of the tour
There’s a 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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