Wild Taiga self drive holiday in Finland, Finnish NP

“Few people imagine that there are parts of Europe left which are this remote, this wild and this full of wildlife. Explore at your own pace on this self drive tour - and get up close to nature on foot, in a canoe or on a bike.”

Highlights

Kuopio | Tiilikkajärvi National Park | Hiidenportti National Park | Kalevala & Karelian culture | Kuhmo | War history at Raate | Hiking, canoeing or fishing in Hossa National Park | Hiking in Oulanka National Park | Ruka | Arctic Circle at Rovaniemi | Riisitunturi National Park | Korouoma Nature Reserve, relax at lakeside cabin | Optional: wildlife watching tours (wolverines, bears), reindeer park, rafting on Kiutaköngäs rapids, summer sledding, Father Christmas, and more

Description of Wild Taiga self drive holiday in Finland, Finnish NP

Northeast Finland is a fairytale landscape of dense forests, river valleys, sparkling lakes, steep gorges and marshland. It is sparsely populated – leaving plenty of space for five national parks, a nature reserve – and abundant wildlife, which includes large predators such as wolves, brown bears and lynx. A Wild Taiga self drive holiday in Finland allows you to truly appreciate the remoteness and stark nature of this region, as you travel up through the forests of Lapland and towards the Arctic Circle. Along the way you’ll encounter hiking trails, as well as lakes where you can canoe or fish and a river for rafting. You can also try a summer sled down a hill.

As you edge towards the Russian border on this Wild Taiga self drive holiday, you can join a wildlife guide in a small wilderness cabin, keeping an eye out for the bears who come to forage near the cabin. You’ll find more information on with wildlife of the Wild Taiga in a nearby information centre. There are also opportunities to discover the culture of Eastern Finland with visits to a Karelian village and a tour of a reindeer park – where you can try your hand at lassoing them.

There is a variety of hotels, apartments and cosy log cabins in the countryside – being Finland, there will almost always be a sauna available for you to warm up, relax and enjoy a truly Finnish experience each evening. You’ll also be able to sample local dishes at dinner.

This Wild Taiga self drive holiday in Finland is available from 1st May to 30th September.

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Departure information

This trip is tailor made and can be arranged to depart anytime between 1st May to 30th September to suit your requirements.
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Holiday type
Small group holidays
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Meet a group leader
As well as taking care of all the day-to-day practicalities, your group leader is the one who will turn your trip into an adventure. Leaders are extraordinary characters – the kind of person who has spent 14 Christmas days on the slopes of Mount Everest, runs marathons wearing tiger suits to raise funds for their conservation and thinks nothing of leading an overland trip in Sudan or Afghanistan. Fearless and inspiring, group leaders are as important as the destination itself.

Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure. As well as doing crazy things like climbing Kilimanjaro 100 times, they also donate their time to local projects supported by travellers – such as rebuilding Sri Lankan villages following the 2004 tsunami.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Wild Taiga self drive holiday in Finland, Finnish NP

Environment

A well-balanced connection with nature is the foundation of all our operations. Thus considering the environment constitutes an essential part of our business philosophy and is also of utmost importance to the success of the whole operation. The basic business idea of our company is to offer the tourist a range of products which are in concordance with Finnish nature. The adequacy of environmental activities is regularly assessed by means of collecting customer feedback and studying key parameters.

The main objective of this trip is to explore the wild taiga forests of Finland, which is best done in the versatile national parks, nature reserves and other protected areas in Finland. These areas offer 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 trip is contributing mainly in economical means to the local community as the accommodations are run by local businesses. Therefore the visitors are also getting involved in the traditional activities of the locals. 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 or the Värikalliot rock paintings in Hossa, which are the oldest rock paintings in northern Finland. The interest of visitors supported the conservation and up keeping of these spots.

Also traditional reindeer husbandry is supported by this trip as the arrangements of visiting a reindeer farm offers a new source of income to the reindeer herders and prevent them from quitting this traditional work.

Our company does not own any hotel, restaurant or buses for transportation. We buy all these services from the local operators. On guided tours the guides are locals for as much as possible. So the money which we get from the clients goes straight for the local companies and the guides.

4 Reviews of Wild Taiga self drive holiday in Finland, Finnish NP

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Reviewed on 23 Jun 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The bear watching and having a close encounter with a white-tailed eagle.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Bring along a good mosquito repellent. Try the Finnish Fazer chocolate - it is
really excellent!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


It was one of our favourite aspects of this holiday to meet so many local people
and to learn of their lives. The cottages we stayed in were mostly all locally
owned and managed so the farmers and fishermen who own them benefited directly.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent. We very much liked the mixture of all the accommodations and we felt
we really got a flavour of Finland.

Reviewed on 20 Jun 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Almost whole tour of ours was exciting as every mile / kilometer of our drive in FINLAND was mesmerizing and exciting. All the activities of sports was new and knowledgable for us.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Just have warm clothes enough. Otherwise everything was perfect. Even we were pretty much perfetcly warm, so do not underestimate weather in North Pole.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes and No. Yes beacause we did some shopping and had our lunches almost out on highways. No, we are not sure about environmental impacts.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


5 / 5,Cent Percentage

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you Nehal, great to hear that!

Reviewed on 22 May 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


seeing the wolverine, bears and willow grouse

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


communicate with the company organising the tour directly so that you are able to organise your itinerary for the period you are they. make sure you book the time you want in each hide in advance since there can be competing demands. The tour could also benefit from a briefing session on arrival.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


very much so

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


we had great time and would definitely go back

Reviewed on 21 Aug 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Seeing bears at Arola Farm. The bears appeared straight-away and were very close.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Finland is full of trees. Don't expect to see too much else unless you are at the coast or book animal viewing sessions at hides.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


In part. The summer season in Finland is short and we were the only visitors in some places.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


We saw bears and wolverines but not wolves. Helsinki was good with broad streets and plenty of green spaces. Three stars covers it. Good for seekers of solitude.

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