Walks Europe Finland Forests of the Midnight Sun

Forests of the Midnight Sun / Group Tour

8 days | From £1050 | Guided Group Departures

The location for this wilderness adventure, just beneath the Arctic Circle and a stone's throw from the Russian border, adds a certain mystery to the atmosphere. The forests and lakes of the Taiga are one of Europe's last great wilderness areas and home to a variety of wildlife, including wolves, lynx, bears, wolverines, pine martens, elk and reindeer.


8 days | From £1050 | Guided Group Departures

  • Trek along the border of the 'Russian Bear'
  • Have a sauna - Finnish Style
  • The wilderness of the Taiga Forests and Lakes
  • See a variety of wildlife such as wolves, bears and reindeer

This special adventure is all about exploring this remote area on foot, but the real fun will be had in isolated, cosy log cabins, most with atmospheric saunas to enjoy before a dip in the lake!

There may be an opportunity to visit a bear hide one evening. For those who really want to get away from it all, this trip is hard to beat.

Finland Forest of the Midnight Sun Map
Day 1. Arrive Oulu via Helsinki and transfer to the Wilderness Centre
Depart UK. Arrive Oulu (via Helsinki).
Day 2. Walk to Arola and Martinselkonen Nature Reserve
Head off on foot in the company of your guide through the Martinselkonen Nature Reserve to Arola Farm, a delightful working farm renowned for its delicious local food and great swimming.
Day 3. ong the Russian border to Kovajarvi
Heading northwards through marshland along the Russian border there are constant views into the mysterious lands beyond. One of the highlights of the tour is spending the night in a simple guesthouse in Kovavaara, where the only source of heating and lighting is from the stove and candle lit.
Day 4. Into the wild Hossa region
The landscape becomes increasingly wild and wolf tracks may be spotted along the way. Ultimately you emerge onto a forest road, which leads to Hossa, a tiny village 60 kilometres south east of Kuusamo.
Day 5. Trek through lakes country to Tolosenvirta
The trek continues through the Hossa recreational area known for its crystal-clear lakes and handsome pine heath land. It is known locally as a fisherman's paradise.
Day 6. Canoeing through Reindeer country (or walk)
Today you can try your hand at some gentle canoeing along some of the small lakes and rivers near your cabins using two-man open Canadian canoes.
Day 7. Boat to Canyon Lake and hike to "Colour Rock"
A short boat ride across Julma-Olkky Lake precedes a hike through forest wilderness to reach 'Colour Rock' and it's 4,000 year old rock paintings.
Day 8. Transfer to Kajaani for return flight to UK
Morning transfer to Oulu Airport. Arrive UK (via Helsinki).

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  • Trip grade: B - Moderate
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Trip code: TFIN
  • GROUP SIZE : 4 - 12
  • Max Altitude: Low (Under 1,000m)
  • Accommodation: Guesthouses x 2, forest log cabins x 5
  • MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 evening meals included
  • Departs: July and August
  • OVERSEAS JOINING AND DEPARTING POINT : Oulu Airport (via Helsinki)
  • IMPORTANT : Make sure your chosen holiday is guaranteed to run before you purchase your air tickets and make any other travel arrangements

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