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.
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.
Fly from the UK to Oulu* (via Helsinki) and transfer to Martinselkonen.
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.
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.
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.
The trek continues through the Hossa recreational area, known for its crystal-clear lakes and handsome pine heathland. It is known locally as a fisherman’s paradise.
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.
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.
Morning transfer to Oulu Airport* for your return flight to the UK.
You should note: *Depending on flight schedules, you may fly to/from an alternative airport in Finland such as Kuusamo or Kajaani.
Price and Other Information
- Duration and price excluding international flights: 8 days from £1,149 per person
- Duration including flights from/to UK: 8 days Price available on request
- Single room supplement: On request
- Walking grade: Moderate
- Guiding: Guided Group
- Max alt: Low
- Group size: 2-12
When to go: View Dates & Prices
- Guesthouse x 2 nights, forest log cabin x 5 nights
- 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
- Experienced English speaking guide
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