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Finnish Wilderness Week - Exodus Travels
Finnish Wilderness Week - Exodus Travels
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172 reviews
Starts
Kuusamo
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Kuusamo
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Highlights

  • Practice Snowshoeing in Oulanka National Park
  • Spend the day skiing Ruka resort
  • Dogsled the woods of Riisitunturi National Park
  • Build your own quinzee snow shelter
Age range
16 to 80 year olds
Max Group Size
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Start and end in Kuusamo! With the discovery tour Finnish Wilderness Week, you have a 8 day tour package taking you through Kuusamo, Finland and 2 other destinations in Finland. Finnish Wilderness Week includes accommodation as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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  • Finnish Wilderness Week reviewer 1
    Written on May 3, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A fantastic holiday really enjoyed all the activities especially the Huskys and the Quinze Building (felt like a real achievement to build and sleep in it). The surrounding area was beautiful and it felt like a real break to re charge batteries.  Accommodation and food were ideal and the guides were all really helpful, professional, good fun and along with all the other great people I met, made the holiday.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The Quinzee building day was great it was a real team effort and a real achievement to spend all day building it to then sleep in it even though it was -14 outside and -4 inside. You had to trust your building skills and the help from the guides. To wake up and see the sun rise on a frozen lake surrounded by beautiful views was amazing.What did you think of your group leader?Teddy was great fun, really helpful and great at instructing everyone. We appreciated his knowledge of the area and it came across that he enjoyed his job which allowed him to pass on his enthusiasm to us.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?We took a travel kettle which was great if we wanted to chill out in our room. If you want to see the northern lights properly you need a good quality camera and the guys all had tripods as you are waiting around a bit in the cold.Just get involved and try and do everything as some things could be daunting (ice climbing) however everything is set up for all abilities so worth a shot.Additional experiences are quite pricey so if you do want to do the extras best to save up some pocket money!

  • Finnish Wilderness Week reviewer 2
    Written on May 3, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A fantastic holiday really enjoyed all the activities especially the Huskys and the Quinze Building (felt like a real achievement to build and sleep in it). The surrounding area was beautiful and it felt like a real break to re charge batteries.  Accommodation and food were ideal and the guides were all really helpful, professional, good fun and along with all the other great people I met, made the holiday.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The Quinzee building day was great it was a real team effort and a real achievement to spend all day building it to then sleep in it even though it was -14 outside and -4 inside. You had to trust your building skills and the help from the guides. To wake up and see the sun rise on a frozen lake surrounded by beautiful views was amazing.What did you think of your group leader?Teddy was great fun, really helpful and great at instructing everyone. We appreciated his knowledge of the area and it came across that he enjoyed his job which allowed him to pass on his enthusiasm to us.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?We took a travel kettle which was great if we wanted to chill out in our room. If you want to see the northern lights properly you need a good quality camera and the guys all had tripods as you are waiting around a bit in the cold.Just get involved and try and do everything as some things could be daunting (ice climbing) however everything is set up for all abilities so worth a shot.Additional experiences are quite pricey so if you do want to do the extras best to save up some pocket money!

  • Finnish Wilderness Week reviewer 3
    Written on April 26, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Great week in the finish wilderness with so much snow. Eventhough we stayed at the same place for one week, there was no boredom: every day we did new activities and got to know the area from a different perspective! Perfect winterholiday, would recommend it to everyone.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?During the day of husky-sledding, warming up on a fire in the forest while it was snowing.What did you think of your group leader?Teddy was amazing! Great ambassador for Finnland and Exodus.

  • Finnish Wilderness Week reviewer 4
    Written on April 26, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Great week in the finish wilderness with so much snow. Eventhough we stayed at the same place for one week, there was no boredom: every day we did new activities and got to know the area from a different perspective! Perfect winterholiday, would recommend it to everyone.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?During the day of husky-sledding, warming up on a fire in the forest while it was snowing.What did you think of your group leader?Teddy was amazing! Great ambassador for Finnland and Exodus.

  • Finnish Wilderness Week reviewer 5
    Written on April 17, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Fantastic week in an absolutely stunning landscape. A great mix of winter activities - definitely something for everyone!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?I enjoyed the whole range of activities we did throughout the week. Husky dog sledding was a personal favourite and snowshoeing and cross-country skiing across the frozen lake were magical. We were also lucky enough to see the northern lights- a tick for the bucket list! The hot tub and sauna were a welcome activity at the end of the day and sitting in the hot tub watching the sun set and the stars come out was a great way to end the day!What did you think of your group leader?Teddy was a fantastic leader. He was skilled at all of the activities, made them all really fun (playing ultimate frizbee in snowshoes was a highlight!) and was very knowledgable about the local area. He was very patient in our repeated requests of "when can we see the northern lights?"! The other guides and staff at Basecamp were fantastic too.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?A brilliant trip and opportunity to try a range of winter activities in a stunning landscape. Highly recommended!Is there anything else you would like to add?Can't wait to go back!

  • Finnish Wilderness Week reviewer 6
    Written on April 17, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Fantastic week in an absolutely stunning landscape. A great mix of winter activities - definitely something for everyone!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?I enjoyed the whole range of activities we did throughout the week. Husky dog sledding was a personal favourite and snowshoeing and cross-country skiing across the frozen lake were magical. We were also lucky enough to see the northern lights- a tick for the bucket list! The hot tub and sauna were a welcome activity at the end of the day and sitting in the hot tub watching the sun set and the stars come out was a great way to end the day!What did you think of your group leader?Teddy was a fantastic leader. He was skilled at all of the activities, made them all really fun (playing ultimate frizbee in snowshoes was a highlight!) and was very knowledgable about the local area. He was very patient in our repeated requests of "when can we see the northern lights?"! The other guides and staff at Basecamp were fantastic too.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?A brilliant trip and opportunity to try a range of winter activities in a stunning landscape. Highly recommended!Is there anything else you would like to add?Can't wait to go back!

  • Finnish Wilderness Week reviewer 7
    Written on March 23, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A holiday that`s completely different-the furthest North I`ve ever been-close to Arctic circle, fantastic scenery and climate- great activities, aching in every muscle when i got home, so I know it`s been a good holiday!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Husky sledding up on a high fell.. surreal snowy blobs that are trees, fantastic golden light and sky, what a place to get to. and the only control needed for the dogs was to stand on the brake.Also really pleased I tried Ice climbing- excellent equipment, brilliant instruction, and i got to the top of all 3 routes! lovely to have reliable ice and snow to try all these things. And Not be cold!What did you think of your group leader?Different activities led by different staff members- consistently good teaching in use of equipment, techniques, humour and patience shown at all times-and by us!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Give it a go- it`s easier than you think Leave your everyday life behind- go out to play in the snow-the right gear and the right teaching-  and a truly fabulous environment- you can achieve anything if you tryIs there anything else you would like to add?Crikey I sound a bit positive ... but this holiday`s alright...!

  • Finnish Wilderness Week reviewer 8
    Written on March 23, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A holiday that`s completely different-the furthest North I`ve ever been-close to Arctic circle, fantastic scenery and climate- great activities, aching in every muscle when i got home, so I know it`s been a good holiday!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Husky sledding up on a high fell.. surreal snowy blobs that are trees, fantastic golden light and sky, what a place to get to. and the only control needed for the dogs was to stand on the brake.Also really pleased I tried Ice climbing- excellent equipment, brilliant instruction, and i got to the top of all 3 routes! lovely to have reliable ice and snow to try all these things. And Not be cold!What did you think of your group leader?Different activities led by different staff members- consistently good teaching in use of equipment, techniques, humour and patience shown at all times-and by us!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Give it a go- it`s easier than you think Leave your everyday life behind- go out to play in the snow-the right gear and the right teaching-  and a truly fabulous environment- you can achieve anything if you tryIs there anything else you would like to add?Crikey I sound a bit positive ... but this holiday`s alright...!

  • Finnish Wilderness Week reviewer 9
    Written on March 19, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    My holiday starts with the planning. I wanted an experience.

  • Finnish Wilderness Week reviewer 10
    Written on March 19, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Very varied trip. The chance to try out a variety of winter skills in stunning scenery. Oh! And Northern Lights.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The dog sledding trip through a wonderful forest was the highlight for me - even better than seeing the Northern Lights on 3 nights.What did you think of your group leader?We had several leaders - Bjorn and Martii - were the main ones. Both were excellent teachers and added quite a bit of humour to their lessons.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Take a travel kettle for your room. Best to take thermal underwear but all the other equipment was in excellent condition.Is there anything else you would like to add?I have done a fair bit of travelling but this is one of the best trips I have been on.

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  1. Day 1: Start Basecamp Oulanka.
  2. Day 2: Snowshoe hike in Oulanka National park walking through snow-caked trees and along the Kitkajoki River
  3. Day 3: Cross-country skiing in the morning heading down to the Juuma lake; free afternoon.
  4. Day 4: Half day dogsledding instruction and tour (about 10km) in Riisitunturi National Park; optional ice climbing.
  5. Day 5: Free day in Ruka; morning option of snowmobile safari; afternoon option of downhill skiing.
  6. Day 6: Wilderness skills including quinzee building and fire-making; optional night in the quinzee.
  7. Day 7: Optional activities including ice climbing, snowmobiling or unguided cross-country skiing; dinner around a campfire.
  8. Day 8: End Basecamp Oulanka.

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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 110 km.
    • Kuusamo (Finland)
    • 54 km
    • Oulanka (Finland)
    • 33 km
    • Ruka (Finland)
    • 23 km
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