Head into the winter wilderness on this activity-filled family adventure in Finland. Along with a group of like-minded families and accompanied by experienced and knowledgable wilderness guides, you'll have the chance to try a host of winter activities as you explore the beautiful Hossa National Park.
- Learning to walk with snowshoes and hiking 'off piste'
- Picnics in the snow around a campfire
- Cross-country skiing through the forest and over frozen lakes
- Building an igloo
- A husky sled ride
- Learning about reindeer herders at a reindeer farm and going for a sleigh ride
- Learning winter survival skills
- Searching the night sky for the wonderful Northern Lights
Age guide: 8 years+
This trip is offered on select dates in the Christmas and February half-term holidays.
Take a husky-sled ride through the forest - adults can drive if they want.
Stay in a semi-detached Hossa Forest House, which sleeps up to 6. They are located throughout an area of woodland, up to about 15 minutes walk from the Adventure Centre. Each house is well-insulated and has the following facilities:
- Log burner
- Heated cupboard for drying outdoor clothing
- Private ensuite electric sauna
- Ground floor bedroom with 2 single beds
- Open-plan mezzanine with 3 single beds
- Lounge area with dining table and chairs, sofabed and TV. There is also Wi-fi.
Alternatively, there is the option of apartments.
All meals are included during your stay and will be served in the restaurant at the Adventure Centre or as picnics when out on activities. On arrival, there will be a hot meal or sandwiches, depending on the arrival time.
Learn about life as a reindeer herder and go on a sleigh ride.
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Stay in comfortable forest houses or apartments with room for up to 6.
Day 1: Arrival
Fly from London Heathrow to Kuusamo via Helsinki. Transfer to Hossa National Park, where you will meet your Finnish wilderness guide and settle into your Hossa Forest House or Apartment.
Day 2: Snowshoeing
After a leisurely start and breakfast, you will be fitted with snowshoes before joining your guide for an 'off-piste' walk into the surrounding forest, perhaps heading out onto a frozen lake too. Lunch will be a picnic around an open fire before heading back to the Adventure Centre.
Day 3: Cross-country Skiing & Igloo Building - Stage 1
Your chance to try the Finnish national sport of cross-country skiing. Once fitted with ski shoes and collecting your skis, you'll watch an instructional video before heading outside to practice. Once everyone is comfortable, you'll head out into the forest with your guide, along some of the many routes in the park.
In the afternoon you'll have spades and shovels to help make big piles of snow. Batons are inserted and the piles are left to harden overnight, ready for stage 2.
Day 4: Husky-sledding & Igloo Building - Stage 2
Today you have an early start as it takes about 1.5 hours to get to the farm from which you'll go husky sledding. After a briefing on how to control the sledge, the calls the huskies respond to and the hand signals to alert the guides, you will be allocated your sledge - adults driving if they want, children in the sledges. You then head out on a 45-60 minute loop through the forests and alongside the frozen lakes before returning to the farm for lunch.
Back at Hossa National Park you're ready to start hollowing out the snow piles to make igloos - teamwork is required!
Day 5: Snowshoeing
Today you have another chance to go snowshoe walking, heading up to the ridge area of the forest. Look out for wildlife, or at least their tracks in the snow. Lunch is usually a picnic again, around an open fire, before heading back to the Adventure Centre. In the afternoon there may be time for some tobogganing.
Day 6: Reindeer Farm & Winter Wilderness Skills
This morning you head to a nearby reindeer farm to learn about the life of a reindeer herder, try some lassoing and enjoy a short reindeer sleigh ride. To get to the farm, you may have to option of hiring fat-bikes (approx. €30 per bike/day), walking there with snow shoes or even cross-country skiing to get there.
In the afternoon you'll learn some winter wilderness skills such as fire making, orienteering, animal tracking and (if conditions are safe) ice fishing!
Day 7: Free day with your choice of activities
Today is a free day so that you can opt for more of your favourite activities - whether that is cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, or you can try something new such as tobogganing or fat-biking (fat-bike hire is extra).
This evening there is a farewell dinner with the group together and your guides from the week.
Day 8: Time to go home
After breakfast, join the group transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Please note: for the 26th December 2022 departure, the trip is for 7 days. Please ask for the full itinerary for this shorter duration.
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