In the heart of Oulanka National Park sits Basecamp Oulanka, a self-sustained complex of wooden buildings in a truly stunning location. As the only accommodation for miles around, you are able to enjoy a variety of winter activities in this beautiful landscape and hardly ever see another soul. Dogsledding through the silent snow-caked forests of the nearby Riisitunturi National Park, you couldn’t feel more removed from the hustle and bustle of city life. Get back to nature this winter and head to Basecamp.
All accommodation, All listed activities, All transport, Tour leader (on guided trips), Some meals (details available on request)
* 7 nights Basecamp Oulanka: twin rooms with en suite bathrooms in two separate buildings * 5 days mixed activities * Group normally starting from 6, plus leaders. Min age 16 years * All Arctic winter equipment and clothing provided
Mixed activity week in a remote part of Finland
Days : 8
Price : From AED 6,947*
*Per person twin sharing and excluding flights
Trip Style : Classic
Trip Type : Individuals
Physical Grading : 3
Our trip starts at Basecamp Oulanka, a complex of cozy wooden buildings located in a remote, unspoiled location overlooking the Juuma lake and backing into Oulanka National Park.
In the morning we are provided with all of the equipment needed for a week of activities in arctic conditions. Strapping on a pair of snowshoes we head straight out into Oulanka National Park where we are taught the necessary skills for this activity. Our route today will take us through forests and along the Kitka River, passing an old flour mill that sits adjacent to the dramatic Myllykoski rapids (approx 2½ hours). At the end of the walk, depending on timing, there will be the chance to do some further exploration of the surrounding area or relax in the sauna or hot tub.
Today we experience the Scandinavian-born sport of cross-country skiing. Heading down to the nearby JuumaLake, our instructor will literally walk us through the basics of how to cross-country ski. There may be a few tumbles to start with, but in the softsnow 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 is the option of further unguided skiing in the area. Alternatively, you might wish to try kick sledging; a metal frame sled you can use on your own and venture out around Basecamp.
After breakfast we take a short transfer to the nearby Riisitunturi National Park where we meet up with our dogsledding guide. The day begins with tuition on how to ride on the sled and the importance of caring for the huskies correctly. We then head off 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 a fantastic view. Travelling on your own sled, you are able to really appreciate the serenity of this beautiful snow-laden landscape. The afternoon is free to experience some of the optional activities that Basecamp has to offer such as ice climbing (min 4 persons). This evening we head out for nighttime snowshoeing, in search for the Northern Lights.
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. Otherwise, there's the option to stay at Basecamp, having the equipment, snowshoes, cross-country skis etc. at your disposal, with accessible routes to explore.
Today we are taught the ancient art of quinzee building. Issued with shovels and spades and in groups of four, we create a mound of snow, which is later hollowed out to make sleeping quarters (2-3 persons per quinzee). You have the option of sleeping in your construction, but the lodge is just a short walk away if you prefer the warmth of your room.
Today we have a free day with several options on offer to make the most of the magical Finland Wilderness. Some of the activities available include unguided cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, dogsledding or snowmobile safaris. As a farewell celebration, we have the option of eating dinner around a campfire on the edge of the National Park.
End Basecamp Oulanka. Lunch is included for clients booked on the group flights for departures from Dec. 24th to Feb. 17th (inclusive) due to a later flight time.
|Title :||Fabulous Trip|
|Summary :||Fabulous week in the snow in the Finland. The week exceeded all expectations - helped by the fact we saw the Northern Lights on night one on the way from the airport. Had a great mix of different activities and stunning scenery. Also food was really good. Lunch was always a filling soup and dinner great home cooked Finnish dishes.|
|Title :||Superb Week in Wintry Finland|
|Summary :||Brilliant week of deep snow, sunshine, stunning scenery, amazing activities, great food and comfortable accommodation.|
|Title :||Finland wilderness week|
|Summary :||A fantastic location, the hut was lovely cozy & warm. The staff, particularly the leader Ana were really friendly and helpful. The kit provided was of good quality with top name brands, and kept you very warm, even at -30 for the evening walk. Each day was different, so made it intresting and allowed you to try a range of activities. Would highly recommend.|
|Title :||Spectacular trip!|
|Summary :||A great escape from everyday life with the opportunity to try out many different snow activities plus free time to relax or experience optional activities. We were lucky enough to see the Northern Lights on 4 of our 7 nights 18-25 February 2018. Very tasty food and plenty of it. Comfortable rooms with underfloor heating. Overall a wonderful holiday.|
|Title :||Like going on holiday to Narnia!|
|Summary :||An amazing holiday in a beautiful landscape. It was like being in a Christmas card.|
|Title :||Outstanding trip in Finland|
|Summary :||Superb trip! loved every minute of it. The activities, accommadation, food and staff were all excellent. Cannot fault a single part of the trip and would really like to do the whole thing again!|
|Title :||Finish Wilderness Week - Amazing adventure. Perfect.|
|Summary :||From start to finish this trip was a dream. If you are thinking about booking it - stop thinking and just do it. You will not regret it. The transfers, location, wilderness, activities, staff, comfort, rooms, food, activities, clothing - everything was perfect.|
|Title :||A fantastic trip!|
|Summary :||This review is for the week of 14th-21st January 2018 The whole week was truly amazing. Our hosts Martii and Tiia were fantastic and ensured we had the best holiday possible. Everyone's dietary requirements were taken care of and all of the activities were so much fun. For me the Husky dog sledding was a memory that will last me a lifetime. The Northern Lights made an appearance on the plane ride home which was the perfect end to a fabulous trip. If you want to know about it in more detail please feel free to click on the below link which is a my blog for the week! Enjoy! https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=4016466253369531842#editor/targ...   https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=4016466253369531842#editor/target=post;postID=5310183189617508352;onPublishedMenu=publishedposts;onClosedMenu=publishedposts;postNum=0;src=link|
|Title :||A unique and fabulous experience|
|Summary :||We have done several Exodus trekking trips and this caught our eye as an opportunity for a completely new experience and we were not disappointed. I have been raving about this trip to all who will listen ever since I came back. The scenery was beautiful and the environment offered a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of city working life. We got to try some new experiences in a relaxed way with Basecamp Oulanka staff who you could feel safe with and made some like-minded friends within the group. If you enjoy adventure and new experiences, I cannot recommend this trip enough.|
|Title :||Finnish Wilderness Week|
|Summary :||An absolutely spectacular trip with some of the best scenery ever. Although we did not see the Northern Lights we were not disappointed, nobody can control Mother nature. The activity's, ( included and optional ) were all incredible.|
|Start Date - End Date||Availability||Price|
*Per person twin sharing and excluding flights
|2018-12-09 - 2018-12-16||2||AED 7,205|
|2018-12-16 - 2018-12-23||8||AED 7,205|
|2018-12-23 - 2018-12-30||0||AED 8,492|
|2018-12-30 - 2019-01-06||3||AED 8,492|
|2019-01-06 - 2019-01-13||8||AED 7,205|
|2019-01-13 - 2019-01-20||8||AED 7,205|
|2019-01-20 - 2019-01-27||4||AED 7,205|
|2019-01-27 - 2019-02-03||8||AED 7,205|
|2019-02-03 - 2019-02-10||8||AED 7,462|
|2019-02-17 - 2019-02-24||7||AED 7,462|
|2019-02-24 - 2019-03-03||8||AED 7,205|
|2019-03-03 - 2019-03-10||8||AED 6,947|
|2019-03-10 - 2019-03-17||8||AED 6,947|
|2019-03-17 - 2019-03-24||8||AED 6,947|
|2019-03-24 - 2019-03-31||8||AED 6,947|
|2019-03-31 - 2019-04-07||8||AED 6,947|
|2019-12-08 - 2019-12-15||8||AED 7,462|
|2019-12-15 - 2019-12-22||8||AED 7,462|
|2019-12-29 - 2020-01-05||8||AED 8,750|