Eastern Finland self drive tour

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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
The basic business idea of our company is to offer the tourist a range of products, which are in concordance with Finnish nature. A well-balanced connection with nature is the foundation of all our operations and it is very important for us to make all the possible to keep the impact to the nature as low as possible.

The sustainability is present in all our actions – in the office and out in the field. We only print when necessary, recycle as much as possible, keep the room temperature as low as possible and avoid all unnecessary driving. On purchases, we try to avoid bad quality items that don’t last long. What comes to group tours we eg. book vehicles according to group size, not too big ones, and all the transfers and movements are carefully planned which is extremely important due to long distances on the area where we operate.

The main objective of this trip is to relax in the nature and enjoy the well-being from the nature by various ways. The sparsely populated Finnish eastern border area is an ideal destination for such a break in the nature. There are national parks, nature reserves and other protected areas accessible from the route offering many services for hikers and at the same time ensure the sustainable usage of the land. With the tour information package visitors receive sufficient information on Finnish everyman's rights to understand how to behave in the nature.

The Finnish Forest and Park Service encourages hikers to help keep the Finnish countryside free of litter, and to recycle wastes whenever possible. Visitors are also informed about the “hiking without littering”. In other words hikers are asked to look after their own wastes, according to the principle that if you can manage to bring something into the forest, you can also manage to take it out again

When the clients are participating in the (optional) wildlife watching excursions, they get to know the wildlife of the area. This leads to a better understanding and therefore creates sufficient basis for protecting the environment, following the motto: “We protect only what we know".

This tour requires a hire car. We recommend visitors to choose a low-emission car and as appropriate as possible of size, not too big one. We also encourage visitors to drive as smoothly and eco-friendly as possible, to avoid idle and unnecessary driving.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

The trip is contributing mainly in economical means to the local community as all accommodations are run by local businesses. Therefore the visitors are also get involved in the daily life of the locals and can learn about the life in this remoted area. During the week there is plenty of optional activities available and the majority of them is organized by local one-man companies. Without foreign tourists it would be very difficult for them to make a living in their villages doing what they very much love – offer tourists services and excursions based on the fantastic nature on the area.

Moreover the route includes many spots which have long been honoured as traditional sites by local people, such as Juminkeko – the information center for the Finnish national epic Kalevala and Karelian culture and Raate Winter war museum. The interest of visitors supported the conservation and up keeping of these spots.

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