Finland hiking holiday

“A guided hut-to-hut hiking tour into the unspoiled nature of the Finnish 'Taiga' forest, this is a summer holiday of culture, of wildlife and of beautiful wilderness.”


Martinselkonen Wilds Centre | Arola farm | Kovavaara | Hossa National Park | Full day canoeing | Julma-Olkky canyon lake | 'Colour Rock' ancient rock paintings

Description of Finland hiking holiday

This eight day guided summer Finland hiking holiday takes you into the far north eastern Kaiuuu region, famous for its stunning taiga forest terrain and superbly managed hiking trails in Hossa National park. Walking from one accommodation to the next with our expert local guides, you will experience Finnish wilderness at its finest, in a region that is not only renowned for its unique natural heritage but for culture too.

Walking between 13-19km every day, we enjoy most of the day out in the wilds hiking through ancient spruce forests of the Martinselkonen nature reserve, the pine covered heathlands of Hossa National Park, and across bird rich wetlands which we traverse on hiking friendly boardwalks. We swap boots for boats on one day, taking a boat trip across Julma-Ölkky Canyon Lake which is also home to the ancient Värikallio rock paintings and another day is dedicated for canoeing on beautiful waterways of Hossa. On one of the days, we offer an opportunity to go bear watching, as an optional extra, as this region is habitat for European brown bears which we can observe from wildlife watching hides.

Walking in groups of maximum thirteen people, we offer this hiking holiday during the months of July and August. Our accommodation will be in a mixture of hiking trail huts and locally owned guesthouses.

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Our top tip:
Good walking boots are essential.
Trip type:
Small group, 2-12 people.
Activity level:
Moderate. 6-7 hours hiking daily.
7 nights cosy log cabins and local guesthouses.
Solo travellers welcome. Single rooms unavailable.
Full board. All meals included.
Accommodation with shared facilities, transfers, English-speaking guide, daily sauna, canoe rental on day 6.

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.

Our company has the environmental policy which we follow. The land where we walk is mostly owned by government. We have the cooperation agreement with Forest and Park Service of Finland and we follow their principles of sustainable tourism. We only use marked hiking trails and designed spots for the campfires. We are paying a compensation for each visitor to the Forest and Park Service, which is responsible for the nature conservation and hiking areas visited.

We carry all the waste with us, nothing is left in the forest. The participants are told to carry the waste back and they are advised the recycling rules at the lodges. Disposable products are avoided as far as possible.
On the picnic lunch the coffee is brewed by the open fire which is a very natural and traditional way to prepare coffee in the country which is full of wood. Coffee is served in wooden cups instead of disposable coffee cups. Plates are usually re-usable plastic plates. Cutlery is disposable but eg. tea spoons are wooden which is eco-friendlier choice as plastic ones. Tap water is drinkable throughout Finland and we recommend participants to bring re-fillable water bottles. Then there is no need to buy bottled water which on the other hand is not even available in all the lodges.

This is not mass tourism. All the accommodation places are small with limited number of beds available and during walks we seldom see other hikers. On these tours the maximum group size is 13 persons. The departures are international and we often have a great mixture of different nationalities. "The record" is 8 different nationalities in a group of 13 persons. The small group size gives the participants the possibility to get know each other pretty well and the good group spirit is one of the things people usually mention in the feed-back.
We also believe that the small group size minimizes the environmental impact.

The Impacts of this Trip

By participating in any of our trips you will bring much needed work and income to the people in the rural area where the job opportunities are not so many. On our tours all the money goes straight to the area. We have many partners and they are all small local companies.

The role of the tourism as an extra source of income is important for many people in this area. A good example is a small reindeer farm that we visit during the tour. Reindeer herding has become very difficult to keep mainly because of the predators killing so much wild roaming reindeers. The reindeer farm we visit, started a few years ago to offer services for tourists - meals, reindeer sleigh rides and reindeer souvenirs. They are now getting most of their income from the travellers who visit the farm and therefore are able to keep up the traditional reindeer herding culture in the area.


12 Reviews of Finland hiking holiday

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 20 Aug 2019 by

Fantastic. Totally reached and surpassed my expectations. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Aug 2019 by

Seeing the bears, and the canoeing day, were highlights for me, but all of it was very enjoyable. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Aug 2019 by

Fantastic experience Read full review

Reviewed on 30 Jul 2018 by

We were fortunate to have great weather, the sunshine made the colours of the landscape even more beautiful. The places we stayed were simple but this just added to the atmosphere, superb food too and a sauna each evening followed by swimming in the lake on five nights. Read full review

Reviewed on 31 Aug 2017 by

Great walking. Sauna and swim in lake after walk. Everything went well. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Aug 2017 by

Everything ! :) Especially saunas and last hiking day with so amazing landscapes ! It was a wonderful trip ! Thanks :) I would recommend it to my friends :) Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Jun 2017 by

Beautiful landscapes! Wild and authentic nature. Beautiful landscapes , lakes, rivers, bogs... Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Aug 2016 by

Excellent, the whole group we were with hit it off from the start including our guide Read full review

Reviewed on 30 Dec 2016 by

Hiding with the huskies and 'attempting' to sleep in an igloo was the most memorable. Perfect in every way - exactly what was advertised, and what I expected. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Sep 2015 by

Exceeded expectation. Walking in pristine forest and seeing reindeer. Peace and tranquillity. Feeling my every need was considered by the enthusiastic and friendly guide, Kimmo. Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Aug 2015 by

Perfect holiday. We could not have wished for more! Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Aug 2015 by

It was a great experience! I loved the hiking, the landscape, the people and our guide, Joose. Read full review

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