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Take the chance to ski through forests and over frozen lakes close to the border between Finland and Russia. The area is so remote that you will not find other skiers on your path.
- Return flight from either Gatwick or Heathrow to Kuusamo, airport transfers (for group flight only)
- All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
- 5 days guided cross-country skiing
- Cross-country skis boots and poles
- Explore national parks
- Ski private tracks through pristine wilderness
- Chance to see the Northern Lights
- Relax in a traditional Finnish sauna
- 5 nights wilderness lodge, 2 nights simple lodge with shared facilities
- 5 days guided cross-country skiing
- Group normally 6‐16, plus leader. Min age 16 years
- Cross-country skis, boots and poles included
- Cross-country ski grade 3 Intermediate
Day 1: Start Basecamp Oulanka.
Start at Basecamp Oulanka for the first briefing and to visit the kit room to collect all the clothing needed for a week of cross-country skiing in arctic conditions. Depending on the arrival time we may have dinner here or later when we arrive at the Logging Lodge in Oulanka National Park.
Day 2: Easy Introduction day to cross- country skiing.
Our first day is spent reacquainting ourselves with cross-country skiing. Before starting we get an introduction from the leader about what to expect skiing in the wilderness. We spend the day not far from the Logging Lodge, either practising on circuits cut for us in the forest or in a larger clearing on the edge of the forest. In summer this is used as a gravel pit, and whilst that may not sound hugely appealing, a healthy dose of snow in winter turns it into a wide open area with a few ups and downs, perfect for getting back into the swing of things.
Day 3: Ski east to the Russian border.
The goal today is the log cabin known as the ‘Russian End’, on the banks of the Oulanka River, close to the border. After the briefing, we set off through the forest enjoying the tranquillity of the Finnish winter landscape. On the way, we stop for a snack and a warm drink. Eventually, we come to the edge of the Border Zone with Russia, often a nice photo stop, before heading on to our cosy home for the next two nights.
Day 4: Return trip to a wonderful viewpoint at Saunavaara.
After a night in splendid isolation, we awake to a warm breakfast and prepare for our day tour. The route takes us first across the river and uses initially some forest roads, again skirting the border and eventually to the beautiful viewpoint which overlooks Lake Paanajärvi on the Russian side, a wonderful spot from which to admire the natural surroundings. Our way back takes us through forest inhabited by Elk so there is a high chance of seeing one. In the evening we can relax in the traditional Finnish sauna and head out to the frozen river for an amazing view of the night sky.
Day 5: Ski back through the forest to the Logging Lodge visiting the reindeer round-up place.
Today we pack up our kit for the return journey to the Logging Lodge then head out on the skis. We pass a Reindeer herders pen where we will stop and look for the reindeer which wander freely in the area before stopping for a hot drink and snack break. Once back at the Logging Lodge there is a free afternoon for relaxing in the sauna. Extra skiing opportunities may be available if we arrive ahead of schedule.
Day 6: Free day for optional activities.
Free day. There are a variety of optional activities on offer today including the new and increasingly popular winter activity – fat biking; explore the winter wonderland with specially made bicycles with ultrawide tires that can run easily on the snow at very low pressure. Alternatively, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are also available near the Logging Lodge. For those looking to go further afield why not try the Arctic Husky Safari.
Day 7: Return trip to Oulanka Visitor centre.
Today we set off into the wilderness for our longest day of the trip. Our route starts by heading north into the forest following a trail beneath the Juhtivaara fell. There are some undulations on this route, though the effort is well worthwhile! We explore the habitat of the Wolverine and Golden Eagle; if we are lucky we might even spot one.
Day 8: End Logging Lodge
The trip will end at the Logging Lodge. 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.
Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don't include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment's notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.
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