Finland winter activity holiday & Northern Lights
Optional single supplement from £305 - £315.
Minimum age 16.
Description of Finland winter activity holiday & Northern Lights
This eight day winter activity holiday in Finland provides travellers with every opportunity to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights with really remote, purpose-built accommodation within Oulanka National Park allowing for peace, tranquillity and perfect conditions for watching the sky at night.
A lack of artificial light and the eerie calm of the snow-covered wilderness always creates an unforgettable experience, close to the Arctic Circle, with small groups able to take advantage of cosy lodgings, always including a sauna, and a variety of winter activities without another soul in sight.
Cross country skiing, husky sledding and ice climbing offer ample excuses to get out and explore in places like Riisitunturi National Park, before heading back to base for hot food and a chat in the sauna prior to donning hats and gloves, once again, as you scan the skies for the Northern Lights.
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9 Reviews of Finland winter activity holiday & Northern Lights
Reviewed on 12 Feb 2019 by Alison RaynerAmazing. I would recommend it to anyone keen to get away from it all and be outdoors. More snow than you will ever have seen and you won’t get cold - 4 layers of clothes 4 pairs of socks and gloves and two hats toasty warm Read full review
Reviewed on 09 Jan 2019 by Adam ChoonaraExcellent range of activities, and good value when you look at what was included. The local guides were excellent. Would give more than 5 stars if allowed. Read full review
Reviewed on 01 Jan 2019 by Ian WilkesThe husky dog and the snow-mobile trips were the most exciting... Fantastic. Would recommend it to anyone who wants a bit of a winter adventure. Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Dec 2018 by Jasveet JagdevVariety of activities and new experiences. Most memorable and exciting activity was the 10k Husky ride!.. Magical adventure that is for anyone wanting a re-boot from city life. Read full review
Reviewed on 18 Dec 2018 by Zena JunekFantastic. The crew were excellent, very knowledgeable and caring whilst still treating us as adults. They were truly team leaders. The company from the other guests was great with a large age range, couples singles and family members, all mixing together. Read full review
Reviewed on 11 Jan 2018 by Rebecca HuangEverything was memorable. My favourites were the Riisitunturi National Park snowshoe, cross-country skiing by the lake, and husky sledding. Read full review
Reviewed on 06 Feb 2016 by Jackie DevaneyExcellent holiday in an idyllic location providing, fun and adventure. Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Jan 2015 by Viki DayHuskies. Location. Snowshoeing. Read full review
Reviewed on 30 Jan 2013 by Jonathan GilbertFantastic experience - the most enjoyable activity holiday I have ever done. 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 offers a number of environmentally friendly winter activities, including: dogsledding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, igloo building etc. 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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