Oulanka is always a popular family destination, this is definitely a winter trip with a difference. The whole family can enjoy lots of exciting activities and wholesome home-cooked food rustled up by our small team of expert staff. Discover the beautiful wilderness of Finnish Lapland on snowshoes, cross-country skis, dogsled and snowmobiles. Our wilderness base is located at the edge of Oulanka National Park in a truly spectacular setting, perfect for this fun-filled winter holiday and with the very best conditions for seeing the Northern Lights, nature’s most spectacular light show!
All accommodation, All listed activities, All transport, Tour leader (on guided trips), Some meals (details available on request)
* 7 nights at Basecamp Oulanka in comfortable and cosy accommodation in a stunning location * 5 days mixed activities * Group normally 4 to 18, plus leaders. Min age 5 years * All Arctic winter equipment and clothing provided
See the Northern Lights in Finland
Days : 8
Price : From AED 7,462*
*Per person twin sharing and excluding flights
Trip Style : Classic
Trip Type : Individuals
Physical Grading : 2
Depending on the arrival time, during dinner, we have our welcome briefing where we discuss the week ahead and get an introduction to Basecamp and the local area.
After sorting out all of your equipment needed for a week in arctic conditions there is then a free morning to try sledding around the areas of Basecamp, or enjoy a game of football or hockey in the deep snow. All games equipment are available free of charge from the front desk. After lunch, we head off for a husky safari in the neighbouring Riisitunturi National Park. We start with tuition on how to ride and drive on the sled and the importance of caring for the huskies correctly. We then continue into the woods where our teams of dogs eagerly await our arrival, ready to take us on our 10km mushing adventure. Our route takes us deep into the national park and up onto the surrounding fjell where we are rewarded with fantastic views. With the adults driving and the children sitting in the sled, you are able to really appreciate the serenity of this beautiful snow-laden landscape.
Today we explore the Oulanka National Park with a gentle half day snowshoe walk past frozen waterfalls and following the Kitkajoki River. There is a free afternoon for further snowshoeing, sauna or hot-tub. Alternatively, you might wish to try kick sledging; a metal frame sled you can use on your own or with your children and venture out around Basecamp.
Experience the Scandinavian-born sport of cross-country skiing. Heading down to the nearby Juuma Lake, our instructor will walk us through the basics of how to cross-country ski. There may be a few tumbles to start with, but in the soft snow, this is half the fun. After becoming more confident on the skis we then head out onto the lake, gliding through the virgin powder. In the afternoon, keep hold of your skis as there will be further opportunities to practise what you have learnt in the morning and have more fun.
We spend the day at the popular ski resort of Ruka. Your guide will take care of transfers and can book activities for you. Transfers are included only to the designated areas and are scheduled at specific times, it is advisable to check at reception before making your activities booking. Downhill skiing and snowmobile safaris are available. See the 'Optional excursions' section below. Please note that due to operational reasons, the bookings for activities in Ruka need to be made by Tuesday. In the late afternoon, we visit the reindeer farm and museum where everyone will have the chance to ride on a reindeer sleigh. The evening then draws to a close with some hot drinks and some reindeer sausages round an open fire.
This morning we have the chance to sleep longer and start the day at a more relaxed pace. After lunch the afternoon is spent in the children's snow park, which is supervised by the Basecamp guides. Amongst other activities, here children have the opportunity to learn how to build an igloo and follow the 'snow trail', which leads to a teepee where hot drinks and pancakes are served. Families can also have a go at making a snow sculpture.
Today is left free to spend as you like. Options include unguided cross-country skiing and snowshoeing having all Basecamp facilities at your disposal and many accessible roads to explore. Otherwise, you can enrol in one of the several optional activities available; downhill skiing at nearby Ruka (transport and skiing not included); or further dogsledding and snowmobile safaris. There is also a possibility to take on the challenge and exhilaration of ice wall climbing, suitable for all ages. Alternatively, kick sledging can keep you entertained. For the farewell celebration, we will eat dinner around a campfire.
End 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. This extra time will give you the opportunity to venture on additional unguided snow shoeing walks, following one of the well marked trails around Basecamp.
|Title :||A wonderful winter adventure...!|
|Summary :||An awesome holiday that found the balance between being a holiday and an adventure. There was enough inclusive activities, both guide-lead and self-lead, to keep us busy with something everyday. For those who wanted to bolster their holiday with extras, then there were plenty to do so with. Accommodation was great. Food was good and the staff went above and beyond.|
|Title :||Beautiful Finnish wilderness holiday|
|Summary :||We had a really good time with a family of 5. The setting is beautiful - a low-key lodge in the forest, on the edge of a frozen lake. There are lovely walks from the lodge and cross country skiing. The trips were great, with authentic experiences with reindeer herders and husky owners. Children were entertained constantly by the deep, deep snow! Equipment very good, and food excellent too.|
|Title :||Perfect winter trip for February half term.|
|Summary :||A beautiful location in the middle of the Finnish wilderness. Lots of activity in the outdoors. Healthy food with unexpectedly excellent vegetarian options. Great staff. Seeing the northern lights twice was a huge bonus. The family and adventure groups who were at base camp that week were some of the nicest people we have met.|
|Title :||Winter Wonderland|
|Summary :||Expectations were high for this trip and I have to say they were met and exceeded. Never been away at Christmas before or done the skiing this - so we were nervous beforehand. The week was great - just the right level of activity - something new every day, with enough time to go off independently and practice snow showing or cross country skiing. Christmas Day was very different from being at home but no less special - standing on a frozen lake watching for signs of the northern lights is no something we would do at home. Kids 10, 15 and 17 all enjoyed it- Husky Dog ride being a highlight.|
|Summary :||I am a grandmother of 56 who went on this trip with my 7 year old grandson. It was brilliant, my grandson played in the snow all day when not on other activities. He build his own igloo, sledged and generally messed about in the snow. It is a really safe environment for children and he was never bored. Any optional excursions that he was a bit young for (snowmobiling) they catered for him by coming up with a safe alternative without us having to miss the activity i.e. The main man pulled a sledge behind his snowmobile which was safe for my grandson and also fun for him and this allowed me to take part in the snowmobiling (which was great).|
|Title :||Excellent introductory week to winter activities for a family.|
|Summary :||Overall this is an excellent introductory week to winter activities in the beautiful frozen forests, lakes, and rivers of northern Finland.|
|Title :||Family Finnish Winter Adventure|
|Summary :||Fantastic week in a wonderful setting. Accommodation is warm and comfortable, food is great, and the setting is just spectacular. Great mix of activity, and you can choose to do as much or little as you want, although it would be a shame to miss out... Great fun sledging, kick sledging, learning about huskies and reindeer and much more. I wish we could have spent longer there.|
|Title :||Finnish Winter Adventure|
|Summary :||This was a very special family holiday, which we hope to repeat. We had an amazing time together with our girls age 7 and 11. We loved the excitement of each day, learning new winter activities and enjoyed being in a beautiful and peaceful place. Our group leader, and our other staff were brilliant - friendly, fun, flexible and great with children. . At Basecamp Oulanka absolutely nothing was too much trouble. We had an amazing week making friends, learning new skills and we left with very happy memories!|
|Title :||Finnish Winter Adventure|
|Summary :||An incredible trip, a real winter wonderland for adults & children alike!|
|Title :||Fun, Fun, Fun in Finnish Wilderness!|
|Summary :||Arriving in Oulanka to a meal of Elk and quark We slept in cosy lodges, peaceful in the dark We snowshoed through the forest, skied across a lake And tired to build a quiincee - really quite a lark! The food was simply splendid, the huskie drive a treat, Attempts to scale the ice wall, really quite a feat Basecamp staff were brilliant, the wilderness sublime This trip is one I'd be very happy to repeat!|
|Start Date - End Date||Availability||Price|
*Per person twin sharing and excluding flights
|2018-12-23 - 2018-12-30||0||AED 8,389|
|2018-12-30 - 2019-01-06||8||AED 8,595|
|2019-02-10 - 2019-02-17||8||AED 7,720|
|2019-02-17 - 2019-02-24||2||AED 7,720|
|2019-04-07 - 2019-04-14||8||AED 7,462|
|2019-04-14 - 2019-04-21||8||AED 7,462|
|2019-12-22 - 2019-12-29||8||AED 8,492|
|2019-12-29 - 2020-01-05||8||AED 8,750|