Group snowshoeing in Oulanka NP, Finland

Snowshoeing in Finland

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Trip code: 
CFO
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group Adventure Holidays, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Winter Holidays
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–12

Unparalleled natural beauty

Nestled in the heart of the Finnish wilderness lies the beautiful Oulanka National Park, a vast expanse of snow-laden pine trees, frozen lakes and waterfalls. There is no better way to explore this stunning setting than by strapping on a pair of snowshoes and heading out to break new trails. In the company of our expert leader, we take varied day tours in the surrounding area, including a visit to the spectacular Riisitunturi National Park.

Highlights

  • Break in new trails in an idyllic winter landscape
  • Explore 2 national parks
  • Stay in cosy accommodation in beautiful wilderness location with sauna and outdoor hot tub
  • Try downhill skiing and snowmobile safaris

Key information

  • 7 nights Basecamp Oulanka: twin rooms with en suite bathrooms in two separate buildings
  • 5 days snowshoeing
  • No previous experience necessary
  • Reasonable level of fitness is required

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 7 dinners
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Local tour leaders throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Snowshoes and poles

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Basecamp Oulanka.

    Our trip starts at Basecamp Oulanka, a complex of cozy wooden buldings located in a remote, unspoiled location overlooking the Juuma lake and backing into Oulanka National Park.

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Introduction to snowshoeing with easy hike in national park.

    In the morning we are provided with all of the equipment needed for a week of snowshoeing in arctic conditions, before heading straight out onto into frozen Juuma Lake for an easy walk as an introduction to snowshoeing. Our route will lead us through snow-caked trees and along the river Kitka, passing an old flour mill by the Myllykoski rapids. The afternoon is free for a self guided snowshoeing trip or just to relax at Basecamp with the sauna or hot-tub.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Snowshoe walk over suspension bridge around Lake Jyravajarvi and Castle Rocks.

    Today's walk begins over a long suspension bridge that hangs across the Niskakoski rapids. We then head to the pristine frozen lake of Jyravajarvi where we can have the real snow showing experience in an atmosphere of total silence. This brings us to Pyöreälampi where we will stop for a snack. After the rest we walk across the secluded area to Linnakallio Castle Rocks, a beautiful wall of rock standing isolated on the banks of the river. Then we will be passing by Jyrävä, the biggest waterfall of the national park and the Aallokko rapids. Along the path you can also admire beautiful lichens hanging from the trees when we snowshoe across the powder snow.

     On our return to Basecamp we cross a second suspension bridge over the Myllykoski rapids.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Transfer to Riisitunturi National Park; walk through a unique landscape to viewpoint.

    We transfer to the neighbouring Riisitunturi National Park. Although geographically they are not far apart, the differences between the two national parks are highly noticeable. What makes this area so special is the incredible effect that the heavy snow has on the trees as you climb higher into the clearings of the fjell. Twisted, bent and covered in thick white powder, it is almost as if you are passing by hundreds of snow creatures. This memorable walk then culminates in a hike to the top of the fjell for a fantastic view of this wonderful alien landscape.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Free day in Ruka; visit local reindeer farm with optional reindeer sledding

    This free day in the popular ski resort of Ruka gives us the opportunity to experience other winter activities including visiting a family-owned reindeer farm with a chance to ride on a reindeer sleigh and to feed the reindeers too!

    You also have the option to experience a day dogsledding trip please refer to the 'Other Excursions' section of the trip notes for more information.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 6

    Long snowshoe tour in Oulanka National Park following the 'Little Bear Trail'.

    Today is the longest day of snowshoeing as we head deep into Oulanka National Park. Our guide takes us on what is known in the area as the 'Little Bear Trail', which encompasses some of the most spectacular scenery in the park. The trail takes us to the south side of the River Kitka and then up to the Kallioportti viewpoint, where we survey the vast snow-covered surroundings. On the return to Basecamp we head over another suspension bridge in Harrisuvanto before taking a well-earned rest in the sauna or the outdoor hot tub. 

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Optional activities including ice climbing and snowmobiling; Oulanka by night.

    Today we have several options to make the most of the magical Finland Wilnderness. Some of the activities available are: unguided cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, dogsledding or snowmobile safaris. Don't get too tired as in the evening, after dinner, we will take a walk into the forest. We will experience the special atmosphere and feelings that walking in the dark in this remote location will inspire. We will then follow the stars back to Basecamp. (approx 1 hours)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    End Basecamp Oulanka.

    Our trip ends at Basecamp Oulanka. 

    Lunch is included for clients booked on the group flights for departures from Dec. 24th to Feb. 11th (included) due to a later inbound flight time.

    Meals included: Breakfast
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Essential Info

Visas

Finland

No visa required for UK passport holders visiting Finland.

Vaccinations

Finland

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

 

All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 7 dinners 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 4-6 different choices. The main courses consist of wild game such as elk, chicken and salmon. 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.

Weather

In the regions close to the Arctic Circle temperatures during the season range from -30ºC to +5ºC. Christmas will normally be the coldest (usually below -20ºC), but the temperatures rise as the days lengthen, and early April can see temperatures around -10ºC to +5ºC. Recent years have seen massive fluctuations in the space of a few weeks with lows of -40ºC and highs of +7ºC just a few days apart.
If the thought of such temperatures scares you, then think again. When dressed in the Arctic clothing provided, with insulated boots, woolly hat and large mittens, -20ºC can actually feel very pleasant. The Arctic cold is a dry cold, there is usually no wind, and remember, we will keep you active.


Daylight hours
Remember that at extreme latitudes the days shorten and lengthen much faster. So while in mid-winter (December/January) the sun remains just below the horizon, by April there are more daylight hours than in the UK, and the midnight sun is only a matter of weeks away. Even in midwinter it is not dark, as the sun is just above the horizon and there is plenty of light reflected off the snow.


Northern Lights
The breathtaking Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) are visible from September to late April on most clear nights at latitudes close to, and above the Arctic Circle. They can be seen further south, but will be less spectacular and less frequent. Solar activity is greater around the equinoxes (September and April), and at lower latitudes this can be the best time to see them. Inside the Arctic Circle, they tend to be just as good in any winter month, and on a seven-night trip you would be unlucky not to see the Northern Lights at all.

Is this trip for you?

Level 3 - Moderate

This trip involves snowshoeing over flat or undulating terrain. There are no big-drops and very steep terrain is rare. No snowshoeing experience is necessary however a good level of fitness is required as we do climb to viewpoints and you can expect to be snowshoeing between 3 and 6 hours a day at a moderate pace. Variables such as depth of snow can and do affect this. 

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Accommodation

Basecamp Oulanka

Basecamp Oulanka is a superb self-sustaining wooden complex that takes immediate inspiration from its wilderness location. Twin rooms with en suite bathrooms are in two separate buildings. The third building is a cosy restaurant and bar, with a log fire, sauna and outdoor hot tub. The heating system used throughout the complex relies totally on nature using special wood pellets for fuel. Winners for outstanding accommodation in the VESTAS 2011 awards is proof of Basecamp's dedication towards quality.

Please be aware that multiple Exodus trips are running at Basecamp at the same time and you might share the room with a member of a different group.

Please note that there are Exodus family groups at Basecamp during school holidays.

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  • Reviewed March 2017
    Nicholas Hooke

    Delightful trip to a peaceful place

    The remote forests of Finland are a very peaceful place, and tramping through them in snowshoes is an ideal way to immerse yourself in their tranquillity. The trees are laden with snow and you cannot hear a thing. It feels like a scene from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - you half expect to come across a lamppost and a fawn. The centre is well run, and the guides are absolute enthusiasts and keen to pass one their passion for the trees and the wildlife. At night the stars are bright, and the Northern Lights make an eerie appearance. All in all, a magical place. The UK seems very busy when you get home.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The completely monochromatic appearance of the trees, lakes and snow on cloudy days. Rolling in the snow after the sauna

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Heli was lovely - she had real enthusiasm for the environment. I have never before hugged a tree, but now know we need to say thank you to them! She was also very organised and kept a subtle eye on all the party, to make sure no one got left behind or had difficulty.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Trust the gear provided - we did take our own base layers, socks and buff - but that was all you needed. Their gear was all fine - 3 layers for top and bottom / gloves and mitts / hat / backpack / torch etc.
  • Reviewed April 2016
    Stella Zealand

    Snowshoeing in Finland

    This was an excellent holiday at the cosy and warm Oulanka Basecamp. We were provided with clothing that kept us toasty and boots that were very comfortable. The food was locally sourced as much as possible, tasty and filling. Overall, I cannot fault this holiday.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There are many - lunch at a camp fire, the peace out on the fjell, dog sledding, and meeting a friendly group of people. All wonderful!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Tessa Kokkonen was a brilliant leader. She gave us info about Finland, it's history, and about the wildlife. Tessa was full of enthusiasm, helpful and had a great sense of humour. Nothing was too much trouble for her. Excellent!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The outdoor clothing provided is very good so save the space in your cases.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    First winter activity holiday I have been on and it has given me the bug to do another.
  • Reviewed April 2016
    Paul Zealand

    Snow Shoeing and Much More

    Finland is beautiful and Oulanka Basecamp a superb place to spend an active week. The facilities, equipment, food, activities and above all the staff - for whom nothing was too much trouble and who all clearly loved their work - were first-rate. The room accommodation was comfortable and the communal lounge, bar, sauna, hot tub and dining area in a separate building a few seconds walk away. We wanted and expected cold weather - which we got - but were never cold because everywhere was well heated and the winter clothing and boots provided were of the best quality (and all in with the price). The Basecamp is in the middle of nowhere - again, wanted and expected - in an area of forest, lakes, rivers (aka Finland!) but also unexpected hills and, at times, steep climbs. What I liked best? Pretty much everything and there were not enough hours in a day to do all I wanted. Also being wonderfully tired every evening after a hard day of snow shoe walking, cross-country skiing, snowmobile and/or dog sledding were a great aid to a good night/s sleep. Highlights major and minor - in no particular order - were: 1. The food. Loads of it and delicious, including the packed lunches and special energy bars. (We burned a lot of calories). 2. Eating lunch around camp fires at wilderness shelters in a gentle snowfall. 3. My first time on skis. (We haven't laughed so much in ages). 4. Falling a lot. (Yes, I'm serious. I fell off everything - snow shoes, skis - level and downhill - snowmobile and dog sled), and once nearly ended up in a river, but only hurt myself a bit a couple of times.) 5. Dog sled day. A marvellous experience and enough to turn this dog-phobe into a husky fan. 6.The company of like-minded strangers to add to wife and two good friends. Lowlights: Not a thing, other than we didn't get the Northern Lights, but that's beyond the Basecamp's control, and I couldn't do everything. We'll have to go back! The rooms are of two types. The upper rooms are a bit bigger, have a small mezzanine for storage or to sleep in and a balcony. All heating and hot water comes from a wood pellet-burning boiler and a wood-burning fire in the lounge. All clothing and gear is provided to reduce luggage weight - a small detail ,but a nice idea - and almost all food provided sustainable and locally sourced.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were so many. Probably the dog sled day, but sitting round a crackling fire outdoor in an light snowfall whilst toasting packed lunch sandwiches and drinking hot chocolate (laced with a shot of whisky) was hard to beat.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our guide, Tessa Kokkonen, led us with confident knowledge and expertise, breaking up the long walks with frequent halts to talk about Finland and its wildlife, forest, history and folklore. She included traditional stories and identified the animal tracks we found in the snow.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Save your luggage space by not taking outdoor clothing, skis, boots, etc that you think you will need as everything is provided. On the other hand, if you think you might need to replace something you run out of or break, require medicines, another book, etc. take these as there is not much in the way of shops outside the airports.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Base Camp Oulanka was a superb experience and one to repeat. I am now a fan of winter holidays.
  • Reviewed March 2016
    Sally Ann Nortcliffe

    snow shoeing in finland

    this was a great week in the finnish wilderness at a very comfortable lodge with great food, the clothing we got was great quality and kept us warm. there was a huge range of things to do dog sleding , night snow shoeing which was quite an experience and sauna yoga to mention a few.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    going to the fairy land like riisitunturin kansallispuisto national park with the most amazing snowy trees and great lake views

    What did you think of your group leader?

    one of the best i have had - effiencent , polite ,nothing was too much trouble and he was very enthusisatic

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    do go , it was a lovely trip
  • Reviewed March 2016
    Caroline Simmonds

    Snowshoeing in Finland

    A fabulous week in a wonderful place. We were lucky enough to have sunshine and clear skies, so good views of the Northern Lights several nights running. The accommodation is warm and cosy and the food almost too good!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Two things stick in my mind - the realisation on the first evening that we were actually going to get to see the Northern Lights. That had almost everyone jumping up and down with excitement. And the optional husky sledding on the last day - swooshing along through the beautiful landscape with a team of enthusiastic and friendly dogs. Wonderful!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Martti is a great guy with an endearing sense of humour. He spent 15 minutes on the first day earnestly describing how we should behave if we came across a hibernating bear in the forest, only then to confess that he had never actually seen one himself. He also managed to get the whole group hugging trees...! I also felt by the end of the week that I had learned a lot about Finland.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    As previous reviewers have mentioned, the physical activity side of this holiday was a little less intensive than we have previously experienced on snowshoeing holidays, so go prepared either to strike out on your own or just chill at Base Camp. Having said that, the walks undertaken were varied and very scenic, so well worthwhile. There are also a number of optional activities (see above re Husky Sledding) that can really be recommended, even though they are on the expensive side!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Don't worry about changing too much money in advance - you can pay for pretty much everything on a credit card at the end of the holiday.
  • Reviewed March 2016
    Deborah French

    Snowshoeing in Finland

    A relaxing week spent in glorious Finland. If you like snow to feature in a holiday then you cannot beat Finland. The people are lovely, the venues calm and relaxing and the activities can be as full on as you want them to be. This trip can be very relaxing and had less guided walks than I had anticipated but you can participate in many optional extras or take as many unguided walks as you like. If that doesn't appeal then sit and relax by the fire and eat plentiful and delicious food.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing the northern lights four times in one week.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Martti was a charming host and a great advert for Finland. He clearly shares the ecological ethos of Basecamp Oulanka.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you want a very active week be prepared to take unguided walks or optional extras. Don't forget your driving licence if you want to snowmobile.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Don't stress about buying special cold weather kit. They will provide everything and it is well laundered. If you realy want to take your own stuff, base layers are all you need.
  • Reviewed March 2015
    Shirley Lockhart

    Fabulous Finland

    Where in the world can you snowshoe in a forest looking like it is peopled by snow trolls,eat by an open fire by a frozen lake or learn to distinguish otter tracks from elk.Our guide Marti showed us how to tell from strange indentations in the snow which direction an artic hare was hopping.We were in the most magical and remote wilderness I had ever seen.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The unexpected moments can be the best.Lunch stop on the little bear trail proved a treat.We had some leftover porridge bread from lunch and stood with our hands open as we heard some bird calls above us.Our guide said they were SIberian jays and a curious bird.They swooped down and took the food from our outstretched hands again and again,an unscripted moment and quite wonderful.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Cheery,unflappable,knowledgable and full of stories.He was willing to flex and work with our questions and concerns.Unfortunatly he was unable to supply a view of the aurora borealis as parting the clouds was not covered in his Wilderness training so we did not see the skies light up!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    My one piece of advice would be to budget well you may have more free time then you expect. I had expected to be outdoors for lunch as we were snowshoeing but that was not the case always and as a result the afternoons were free.There is lots to do from the reindeer farm visit to huskies to cross country sking but come expecting to pay extra and budget accordingly.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If you have the time and money I really recommend the full day with the huskies!To mush across 30 km with these dogs was fun so long as you used the break!
  • Reviewed February 2015
    David Newman

    Snowshoeing in Finland

    Wonderful base in beautiful part of the world. Excellent facilities and equipment provided. Superb guides. Delicious locally sourced and home-cooked food.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    My wife nearly stepping on a huge male capercaillie sheltering in the deep snow - flew off with loud wing beats - not sure who was more startled!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent; wealth of knowledge, enthusiasm and gentle encouragement

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you like the big outdoors, want a change from the standard ski-type winter holiday, why not try this.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Would be interested in a visit at other times of the year; such an idyllic place.
  • Reviewed July 2014
    David Butterworth

    Finland, snowshoeing - superb

    This was my first holiday with Exodus, but I knew of the Company by reputation and word of mouth. I was not disappointed. From start to Finish (!) this was a well organised trip with people who knew what they were doing. The accommodation was excellent, the staff and leaders were very knowledgable and helpful and the other participants were great company. Food was wholesome, filling and tasty. The snowshoeing started with an easy and fun introduction and soon progressed to longer day outings in stunningly beautiful scenery. I've massive numbers of photos to show what a wonderful holiday this was.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I think there were at least two particularly memorable ones, though every day was inspirational: The two that for me stand out the most were: in the middle of the night when one of the gang was yelling and shouting outside the huts - the Aurora Borealis was performing - absolutely wonderful; the other was looking down at a fierce fierce waterfall covered by a shelf of ice......and meeting some lovely people who enjoyed the outdoors and the sense of adventure....not to mention the introduction to hot chocolate laced with mint liqueur (bottle purchased at Helsinki on return trip and still being enjoyed!)

    What did you think of your group leader?

    In a word, fantastic. Most of the leading was undertaken by Tessa, who was so very knowledgeable about the wildlife, tracking, and leading us through some dramatic scenery. Always cheerful, friendly and encouraging she was great to be with.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go for it! You'll not regret it....and make sure you pack a spare battery/batteries for your camera plus charger

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Only to say a huge thank you to everyone for making this such a fabulous break. I'm now looking at this coming winter's options....
  • Reviewed February 2014
    Anonymous

    SNOWSHOEING IN FINLAND

    Another fantastic Exodus trip. 7 great days at a very special location with a lovely group of people. I was a bit concerned about how I would cope with the very low temperatures but need not have worried because the gear provided keeps you warm and cosy. Snowshoeing is great fun and I would recommend this trip to anybody who loves being out in spectacular scenery.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Every day was special but if I had to choose I would go for the visit to Riisitunturi National Park. We were blessed with blue skies and sunshine. It was like arriving in Narnia!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Bjorn was a great leader, friendly and sociable around the Group and very knowledgeable and passionate about Finland and its traditions. All the staff at Base Camp Oulanka were extremely helpful and friendly. 

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go for it and have a wonderful experience

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