Oulanka National Park: a sprawling, 270 square kilometre haven of wilderness in the north of Finland. This is prime adventure territory, so it should surprise no one that this environment has been enchanting and thrilling Exodus folk for over a decade.
1. The Guardian put it in their Top 10 European National Parks.
According to The Guardian, who listed Oulanka as one of their Top 10 European National Parks, this place “looks stunning all year round.” We couldn’t agree more. But it is in winter that the park truly comes into its own, as the snow falls and transforms the scene to white.Oulanka National Park in winter
2. 270sq km of fairytale forest at your fingertips
You can discover 270 square kilometres of wilderness and wildlife amongst the ancient pine trees, a rare protected boreal forest nestled on the brink of the Arctic Circle.Snow-laden trees of Finland
3. Learn to ski on a frozen lake
Lake Juuma freezes each winter, creating a thick, smooth surface dusted with soft, powdery snowfall – ideal conditions to try cross-country skiing for the first time.
Cross-country skiing in Finland
4. Race across the wilderness with your new best friends
Your own team of huskies? Enough said.
5. Your own traditional log cabin
Finns may be famous for their summer cabins, but Basecamp Oulanka’s tranquil wooden cabins hold their own in the snow too, with eco-friendly underfloor heating. Combining a modern approach to sustainability with a traditional feel, they’re built using lumber from the forest on your doorstep.
Basecamp Oulanka cabin
6. Snuggle up by the fire
Who can resist the lure of the cosy communal fire, as outside the snow falls and the temperatures drop, whilst you eat reindeer stew and put your feet up after the day’s adventuring… bliss.
Roaring cabin fire
7. Build (and sleep!) in your own igloo
Well, ok, not an actual igloo. The quinzee is a tiny ice shelter built from compacted snow. After creating your own on the shores of the lake, you can bed down for the night like a bona fide survivalist.
Fun in the snow building a quinzee
8. Relax in the sauna and outdoor hot tub
Finns invented the sauna, so there is nowhere better to unwind after a day in the snow… except perhaps the outdoor hot tub, with a beer, watching the snowflakes lazily fall onto the pine trees surrounding the cabin.
9. Snowshoe where feet alone won’t take you
Snow stops nothing here – in fact, it gives new opportunities for adventure! Clip into snowshoes and a whole landscape suddenly becomes accessible, including areas you couldn’t get to even on a sunny day in August.
There’s never been a better time to visit Basecamp Oulanka in winter. View our trip to Finland in more detail below.