Finland snowshoeing holiday
Optional single supplement from £350 - £370.
Minimum age 16.
Late availability on these dates: 26 Mar
Description of Finland snowshoeing holiday
This week long Finland snowshoeing holiday is a walk through winter wilderness. Based at Oulanka Basecamp in Oulanka National Park, you will trek through the serene landscapes of Finnish Lapland, where pristine forests that are laden with snow, lakes and waterfalls not only feel frozen by this far northern climate, but also by time.
Beginners are welcome on this snowshoeing holiday which is ideal for hikers who love the outdoors but don’t want to stop exploring in winter. You don’t have to be a winter sports expert to explore the white wonders of not just Oulanka but also Riisitunturi National Park, where the surreal sights of snow laden spruce trees are famously beautiful. This is also a culturally rich area, with Lappish reindeer herding, crafts and local food all playing a part in this winter holiday.
Indeed, this holiday has a very positive impact on the local economy, as we always employ expert guides locally, support the local reindeer farm, eat locally sourced food and make a donation to the Kärpäskelhä pasture land which had been neglected for decades, but now has herds of cattle and reindeer grazing there again.
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6 Reviews of Finland snowshoeing holiday
Reviewed on 10 Mar 2020 by Carys WilliamsI loved it! It was a lovely place to stay. The staff were friendly and helpful. The wilderness and silence when we went snowshoeing was wonderful. I would definitely go back to Finland. Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Feb 2020 by Hilda Wright-TurnerThe most memorable part of the holiday was hiking in the Gorges Read full review
Reviewed on 13 Mar 2019 by Brian CrathorneAn excellent holiday and we are already thinking of returning at a different time of year to see and experience Oulanka during the Spring or Autumn. Read full review
Reviewed on 20 Mar 2017 by Alison MitchellThe whole holiday was excellent. Superb organisation, wonderful location and caring and efficient staff. Excellent. Loved the whole experience. Read full review
Reviewed on 29 Feb 2016 by Jay SivellFantastic! Great landscape, wonderful guiding, excellent food, top-notch equipment and accommodation. Just perfect. Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Feb 2014 by Pauline HawesThe whole holiday was amazing, the location, the walks, skiing & husky sledding, the accommodation, the food & the wonderful staff who did their utmost to ensure that it was an unforgettable experience for us Read full review
PlanetAccommodation and Meals:
You will spend 7 nights at Basecamp Oulanka. This wilderness camp is a lovely complex of wooden buildings on the edge of Oulanka National Park and is renowned for its environmental and sustainability practices. They have won several awards including the VESTAS award as an ‘Outstanding Example of Accommodation’ and TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Gold Award. All energy used is renewable and all waste and water is recycled. The heating system used throughout the complex relies totally from nature using special wood pellets for fuel. Even the hot tub is run from an ingenious system that uses the excess heat generated from the sauna. Ingredients are sourced locally or at the very least produced in Finland, so guests can expect fresh elk, reindeer, salmon, vegetables and berries.
This trip is spent snowshoeing in the Finnish wilderness, so there is a very minimal effect on the environment from our activity. If possible, man-power is used over motors to minimise carbon emissions and there is constant attention to a strong ‘leave no trace’ policy. We also visit a reindeer farm and museum where everyone will have the opportunity to ride a reindeer and try some lasso throwing. The farm is part of a co-operative and is dependent on tourist visits like this as it is in such a remote place. Optional activities like snowmobile tours are also run through local people, who really benefit from our business.
Part of the trip cost is a contribution which goes towards wilderness protection and conservation of Oulanka National Park. This donation is used partially for the restoration of Kärpäskelhä- which is an old meadow area used for cows, sheep and reindeer to graze in. The meadow has been out of use since the mid 50’s and has since been growing freely, slowly losing its usual customers and instead becoming overrun with plants and insects. Now, with Basecamp Oulanka, clients can volunteer in Kärpäskelhä if they like and participate in conservation activities. Together with our local operators we have donated more than 60,000 Euros over the past 6 years to wilderness protection work.
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
PeopleLocal Craft and Culture:
Along with spending time with local people and visiting businesses (including the reindeer farm), we intend to share local culture by introducing clients to the varieties of handcrafts and local produce on offer here. Smoked elk is a traditional delicacy in these parts and can be purchased in the area, as well as traditional Lappish socks, hats, drums and Karhunkynsi tableware. By buying local crafts, we are contributing to the community and often encouraging customary craftsmanship which has lasted centuries. However, guides will remind clients not to purchase any products made with parts of endangered species whilst they are on the trip.
A Fair Deal:
All of our guides are local and live close to the camp, which has a positive effect on the very high unemployment levels in these rural areas. This also ensures that all generated income stays within the community and helps the village to function properly. Our staff work all year round and receive wages every month- despite our working season not covering the whole year. All staff is educated on responsible tourism issues and this should come across to clients in frequent briefings on current environmental and community issues. Their training extends to topics like flora and fauna, socioeconomic systems and sustainable tourism.
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.
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