ARCTIC WOLF AND AURORAS - FACTS AND ITINERARY
Learning about the wildlife and wolves is always interesting. Also, skills of managing in the wilderness are included in this winter tour. A bit of luck is needed to see the magnificent Northern Lights and these timid wild animals. Sea eagles and golden eagles are living here, so it might be possible that you see these big birds gliding silently above the untouched white snowfields.
One of our unique skills is to make beautiful meals in nature. So, welcome and enjoy. Feel free to make contact and tell us about your expectations and needs. We will make your wilderness holiday dreams come true!
Place: Kuikka Base Camp in Kuhmo, Finland
Guaranteed departures: 14.-19.2.2022
Duration: 6 days, 5 nights
Number of participants: Min 4 persons, max 14 persons
Price: 1990 €/person when 4-8 persons, 1920 €/person when 9-14 persons
Price includes: Return transport from Oulu Airport to Kuhmo, activities due to the program, guidance, meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner), accommodation in double rooms, sauna, and shower every day. (Optional accommodation for two nights in wildlife hide)
The price doesn’t include flights.
Equipment: Participants have their own boots, winter clothing, warm underwear, etc. according to the cold weather. Please ask for the whole list of equipment after booking.
Equipment included in the price: Snowshoes, skis, sticks and skiing boots, and all other special equipment needed in the program.
By additional cost: Winter clothing, mittens, headwear, boots 90 €/set/person/week. Supplement for an extra night at a hotel in Oulu. Oulu is one of the biggest cities in Northern Europe and there is the second busiest airport in Finland. From Oulu, there are comprehensive connections from around Europe, for example, Norwegian Carrier's flights.
Payment: Invoice, cash, credit card
Tour level: Intermediate. Previous skiing and trekking experience is not required. Moderate physical condition is desirable.
Languages: Finnish, English, Swedish
Insurance: We require participants to have their own insurance for skiing and other outdoor activities in Finland and in arctic weather conditions.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TRIP
PEACE AND QUIET
On this tour you have time for yourself in peaceful nature atmosphere. Enjoy and have a good time!
True wilderness means a lot of space. You can enjoy clean air, unspoiled nature and clean water outside of cities without noise or light pollution.
Eastern Finland near the Russian border is one of the most richest wildlife areas in Finland. This is natural habitat for our four biggest predators: Wolf, wolverine, lynx and brown bear.
Kuikka base camp is an old log cabin which has been renovated in few past years. You have all the amenities that you need in Kuikka Camp.
Arrive at Oulu Airport, where you meet your guide. Transport to Kuhmo town and Kuikka Base Camp by car with low emissions. Transporting time with two coffee breaks is approximately 4,5 hours.
Kuikka Base Camp is a cozy old log house on the Russian Border, and the house works for us as a base for this unforgettable wildlife adventure. There is homemade dinner waiting for us on the table with different local delicacies! Program briefing. To have a friendly and safe experience, we’ll have basic info about clothing, accommodation, and safety instructions for the week. Evening meal in the dining room and accommodation in double rooms in bunk beds. Sauna, fantastic dip to the ice hole, and hot tub on a shore of the ice-covered lake available! Welcome to your Arctic holiday!
Breakfast in the dining room, the introduction of the area. They were making fire to the shore and ice fishing trip with snowshoes to the lake ice. The trip will take us to a remote wilderness lake which gives much small fish to silent and calm ice-fishers. Enjoy the sound of silence. A peaceful hiking trip with snowshoes after ice fishing takes us to the campfire. Picnic lunch by the open fire. Hiking back to Base Camp. After relaxing and hot drink, you will hear the unique stories of the famous nature photographer and author Lassi Rautiainen. Photo exhibition and possibility to buy some books with an autograph. Sauna, dinner, and accommodation in double rooms in bunk beds.
After breakfast, we take wide backcountry skis and start the excursion to the Elimyssalo Nature Reserve area. Elimyssalo is the biggest, most remote, and most wildlife area in Wild Taiga. It is the home of the four biggest predators in Finland. We probably find the tracks of wolves, wild reindeers, elks, and wolverine and might see the rare lynx tracks also. Skiing in the old forests and on frozen bogs is really amazing experience. Here you can feel the real wilderness and quiet nature. Lunch at the shelter, laavu, by an open fire. Transport back to Kuikka Base Camp. Dinner and sauna.
4th and 5th day:
Breakfast at the Base Camp. Make a picnic lunch and transport to the wildlife hide. Photographing and wildlife watching. Opportunities to see wild wolves, wolverines, and eagles. Sauna, dinner, accommodation. Optional night in the hide in winter sleeping bag.
Departure day. Breakfast and transfer to the airport.
We reserve all the rights to change the order of the activities or the content of the program if necessary due to the weather or other conditions.