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.
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
Price
785To835 excluding flights
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Duration
8 Days
Type
Tailor made
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Price includes: 7 nights accommodation on twin/triple sharing basis, daily breakfast, 6 x dinner, sauna daily, travel documentation package (maps&tourist information).
Car hire and flights are not included. All excursions with supplement.
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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.

Price information

785To835 excluding flights
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Price includes: 7 nights accommodation on twin/triple sharing basis, daily breakfast, 6 x dinner, sauna daily, travel documentation package (maps&tourist information).
Car hire and flights are not included. All excursions with supplement.
Make enquiry

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

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Reviewed on 02 Jul 2019 by

Finland will stay with me for a long time and would love to return. Exceeded my expectations. Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Jun 2019 by

The night in the bear hide and the two days in Oulu bird watching were the most memorable parts of our holiday. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Jun 2016 by

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

Reviewed on 20 Jun 2013 by

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. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 May 2013 by

we had great time and would definitely go back....seeing the wolverine, bears and willow grouse Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Aug 2013 by

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. Read full review

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Planet

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.

People

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.

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