ARCTIC WOLF AND AURORAS - FACTS AND ITINERARY
Learning about the wildlife and wolves is always interesting. Also skills of managing in wilderness includes in this winter tour. A bit of luck is needed when we try to see the magnificent Northern Lights and these extremely shy 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 white untouched snowfields.
One of our special skills is to make wonderful meals in the nature. So, welcome and enjoy. Feel free to take 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 two person’s rooms, sauna and shower every day. (Optional accommodation for two nights in wildlife hide)
Price doesn’t include flights.
Equipment: Participants have their own boots, winter clothing, warm underwear etc. according to the cold weather. Please ask 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 program.
By additional cost: Winter clothing, mittens, headwear, boots 90 €/set/person/week. Supplement for extra night at 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 the 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.
Arrival to Oulu Airport where you meet your guide. Transport to Kuhmo town and Kuikka Base Camp by a car with low emissions. Transporting time with two coffee breaks approximately 4,5 hours.
Kuikka Base Camp is a cosy old log house on the Russian Border and house works for us as a base for this unforgettable wildlife adventure. There is home made dinner waiting for us on the table with different local delicacies! Program briefing. To have a nice and safe adventure we’ll have basic info about clothing, accommodation and safety instructions for the week. Evening meal in dining room and accommodation in two persons rooms in bunk beds. Sauna, wonderful dip to the ice hole and hot tub on a shore of the ice covered lake available! Welcome to your Arctic holiday!
Breakfast in dining room, introduction of the area. Making fire to the shore and ice fishing trip with snowshoes to the lake ice. Trip will take us to remote wilderness lake which gives a lot of small fish to silent and calm ice-fishers. Enjoy the sound of silence. Peaceful hiking trip with snowshoes after ice-fishing takes us to fire place. Picnic lunch by the open fire. Hiking back to Base Camp. After relaxing and hot drink you will hear the amazing 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 two persons rooms in bunk beds.
After breakfast we take wide backcountry skis and start the excursion to Elimyssalo Nature Reserve area. Elimyssalo is the biggest, most remote and most wildlifeful area in Wild Taiga. It is a 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 old forest and on frozen bogs is really amazing experience. Here you can feel the real wilderness and quiet nature. Lunch at the shelter, laavu, by open fire. Transport back to Kuikka Base Camp. Dinner and sauna.
4th and 5th day:
Breakfast at the Base Camp. Making a picnic lunch and transport to the wildlife hide. Photographing and wildlife watching. Opportunities to see wild wolfs, wolverine 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.