Snowshoeing vacation in Finland

“Week long guided snowshoeing vacation in the far north of Finland, based in the heavenly Hossa National Park and Kainuu region. Traveling in a small group and staying in wilderness cabins. ”

Highlights

Five days of snowshoeing in Kainuu | Hossa National Park | Lake Jatkonjärvi |Lakeside sauna |Hossa Värikallio rock paintings | Picnics around an open fire | Wilderness cabin accommodation | Reindeer farm

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Small group vacations
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travelers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your vacation time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travelers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your vacation.

Solo travelers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those traveling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travelers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travelers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travelers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Meet a group leader
As well as taking care of all the day-to-day practicalities, your group leader is the one who will turn your trip into an adventure. Leaders are extraordinary characters – the kind of person who has spent 14 Christmas days on the slopes of Mount Everest, runs marathons wearing tiger suits to raise funds for their conservation and thinks nothing of leading an overland trip in Sudan or Afghanistan. Fearless and inspiring, group leaders are as important as the destination itself.

Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure. As well as doing crazy things like climbing Kilimanjaro 100 times, they also donate their time to local projects supported by travelers – such as rebuilding Sri Lankan villages following the 2004 tsunami.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Snowshoeing vacation in Finland

Environment

When we started this business back in 2000 our aim was to run tours where no motors would take part. Now the company is a little bit bigger but the same standards are still valid. Our group sizes are small (max. 13 persons) and we believe that being in a small group causes less harm for the environment – and it is also good for the traveler.

The wilderness huts on the tour are wood heated, Finland is full of wood and it is the traditional way to warm up the houses. The car transfers are short on this tour, the travelers will mostly use their own legs.

A well-balanced connection with nature is the foundation of all our operations. Thus considering the environment constitutes an essential part of our business philosophy and is also of utmost importance to the success of the whole operation. The basic business idea of our company is to offer the tourist a range of products which are in concordance with Finnish nature. The products are specially designed to fuse into a harmonious whole with nature, special attention being paid to the immediate environment in which the activities take place.

We encourage our clients to show consideration for the environment: the visitors are offered a chance to take part in activities contributing to sustainable development. The adequacy of environmental activities is regularly assessed by means of collecting customer feedback and studying key parameters.

Community

By bringing visitors and organizing this tour we are bringing more welfare for the local people. The accommodation owners, cooks, reindeer farmers, local taxi drivers are benefiting from our tours. The food is local for as much as possible, fish, reindeer meat, elk and berries. We plan our tours in cooperation with the local people.

The land is maintained by the Forest and Park Service of Finland and we pay funds for them which they use for maintaining the area and the fireplaces, open huts and other services in the area which local people are using also.

Our company does not own any hotel, restaurant or buses for transportation. We buy all these services from the local operators. Also the guides of our tours are locals for as much as possible. So the money which we get from the clients goes for 70% for the local companies in the area and the guides.

In our purchases, we are committed to preferring durable, locally produced, high-quality products. Disposable products are avoided as far as possible. Ecologically sound products are acquired whenever possible. When selecting co-operation partners, preference is given to those having an environmental policy. In addition, subcontractors are informed of the firm's purchases policy.

Reviews of Snowshoeing vacation in Finland

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 28 Feb 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The entire week was an amazing experience, but I particularly liked the overnight stay in remote huts without electricity etc. Furthermore, seeing the Northern Lights was like a dream coming true

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Even though the walks are not really very long and you may expect a more challenging week, you will be tired in the evening. So the amount of walks seems pretty right to me. Furthermore, do not expect sunshine all the time. We were very happy to have a day of sunlight in the one week vacations. But it may as well be that it is cloudy weather all the time. However, even if the forecasts is very bad, you still may suddenly have a sunny morning or star night "coming out of nothing", so never give up hope!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes. We learned how to feel and respect the nature; our impact was very low as we took care of the environment.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent. I was really looking forward to this vacation, but my expectations were even exceeded.

Reviewed on 22 Feb 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


It is hard to point to one specific item. The overall experience was memorable; the scenery, the activity, the guide, the other participants and the 'rough' living.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Pay attention to the suggested list of clothing; it is cold and clothing will get wet.
Bring a bottle for both hot liquid and another for cold liquid. Croos-country ski pants better than down-hill pants.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes to all. The locals in this isolated area received compensation during this low
season for them. We respected the environment and came a way with a better sense of importance to preserve that environment,

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Great!!! One of my best.

Reviewed on 28 Feb 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The entire vacation was memorable & magical.
Our guide, Jarno, was superb in every way, including cooking up the best soups over the lunch time fires. He was expert at interpreting animal & bird tracks in the snow & helped us understand the environment & the way of life in that part of Finland, now & in the past.
The snowshoeing was great & the landscape of forests & lakes just beautiful.
The main accommodation was excellent, the wilderness cabins good fun & all the food good.
One night we stood out on a frozen lake & watched the northern lights flickering over the forest - unforgettable.
Last but not least, the saunas were the perfect way to pass an hour or two.


2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take (or hire) warm snow boots, carry an extra outer layer & have good gloves.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Superb.
The only reason I have not given it 5 stars is that other vacations have been as good - what about four and a half stars?
I am already planning to go back to Finland

Reviewed on 19 Mar 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Swimming in the icy lake after a nice hot sauna!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


If you look for a nice combination of being active during the day, relaxing in a sauna afterwards and meeting other open minded people just BOOK and GO!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes! guide who knows the area very well, use of local facilities and just enjoying the nature!

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


8.5.

Reviewed on 23 Feb 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Great weather even if cold. Great wilderness feel to the environment. Good sized group


2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be prepared for the cold....good gloves and footwear especially.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes, very much so. Local use of hotel, cabins and information centre for food.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


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