Culture and wildlife by hiking and biking
Incredibly fresh air, blue lakes and varied easy paths invite you to South Lapland. Wellness and adventure meet in this nature-based holiday. On this tour you can also explore the rich Eastern Finnish food culture, taste fresh water straight from the pond or catch a fish and cook it on open fire.
Day trips are moderate and planned for people with the normal health condition.
Luggage will be transported by car to the next accommodation. Accommodation may vary from log cabins to luxurious apartments. During the trip, breaks will be held in beautiful locations and picnic lunch is served usually outdoors. Sauna, swimming in the lake and midnight sun are pure Finnish experiences!
Facts of the trip:
• Location: Syöte Nationalpark and Wild Taiga areas, Finland
• Availability: On request 1.6.-30.9.
• Number of participants: minimum 2 persons, maximum 8 persons.
• Duration: 7 days, 6 nights
• Languages: English, Finnish, Swedish
• Level: Intermediate
• Price: 1890€ / person when 2-4 pax, 1780€ / person when 5-8 persons
• Price includes: Guide services, accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, sauna / shower every evening, good quality bike, helmet, transportation from Oulu airport to starting point and back, luggage transportation between accommodations.
• By an extra charge: Accommodation in single room
Arrival to Oulu airport or railway station, where your guide is waiting for guests. Approximately two hour transport to Syöte National Park. Meeting a group and accommodation in nice double rooms. Welcoming dinner, short briefing, introduction of Syöte Nationalpark, maps and a week program after dinner. Safety issues and discussion about a sustainable tourism and how we put it into practice during our trip. Hot sauna and sweet dreams in peaceful and quiet South Lapland.
Tour begins from Syöte after a complete Finnish breakfast with all the local delicacies you can imagine! Short transport to Syöte Nationalpark visitor center to hear stories about the Ice age and the special features of the area. After the exhibition and presentation we start to explore the nature around us with nice and easy mountain fat-bikes. Route goes on beautiful hills and through the old pine forests. Terrain is very varied; route goes up and down in few square kilometers area.
Lovely picnic lunch at the wooden shelter by a beautiful lake. Circle route takes us back to our starting point. Transport back to accommodation, dinner together, hot sauna with a special wild herb treatment and refreshing swim in crystal clear water. Day's distance approximately 20 km.
After breakfast it is time to explore the Finnish nature and its special features with your local guide by foot! After few minutes transport we'll visit interesting Teerivaara which gives you learning experience about the Finnish geology and history of the local area.The trail goes on in quite easy terrain, mostly small forest paths. Visit to Teerivaara wilderness hut which is one of the most interesting nature sites in Syöte area because of it's beautiful views from the small balcony. When we get down from the hill it's best to approach the destination in peace and silence. There might be some birds and other animals to see and hear. A short hiking trip to highest point of the hill with a view to a bright wilderness lakes and wet lands. On the hill we will have a peaceful moment, a short mindfulness style exercise with the whole group.
For the picnic lunch, tasty salmon soup and a reindeer meat sandwich inside the old and very beautiful spruce forest. After the lunch walking back to visitor center. Local food dinner, luxurious sauna experience and accommodation in twin rooms. Today's distance approximately 10 km.
Soon after refreshing and tasty breakfast we arrive to Visitor Center and start the cultural day by hiking in beautiful pine forest scenery. It is said that here is the most cleanest air in the world. Tour continues to Rytivaara circular trail. Picnic lunch during the route. Tour continues to footsteps of Finnish tenant farmers, slash-and-burn agriculture and old wilderness traditions. Coffee break with a tasty local forest berry pie. A bit more hiking and transport to accommodation place. Day's hiking distance is approximately 10 km in 4 hours.
After a tasty breakfast transport to Hossa National Park for mountain biking day. Hossa is our newest National park near the Russian border and really a pearl amongst Finnish national Parks. Hossa is an excellent destination for hikers and bikers: The trails runs along pine heaths and invites you to for hiking and biking. The crystal-clear lakes are also perfect for canoeing and fishing enthusiasts. Rock paintings of biggest canyon lake in Finland called Julma-Ölkky and famous cliffs of Värikalliot depict stories of shamanism from thousands of years ago.
Picnic lunch is enjoyed during the day. Dinner and accommodation in wooden cabin in Hossa. Day's cycling distance is approximately 20 km in 5 hours.
After breakfast its time to start the most exciting day by travelling to east, to Russian border by car. Approximately 1 hour drive to Arola Farm. Short hiking to rapids and the old water mill, snack by the river
In the evening you have an unique opportunity to participate once in the lifetime experience, bear and wildlife observing trip! It's more than usual that you meet magnificent brown bears, king of the forest in its own territory. After visiting the hides celebration wild food dinner, accommodation in shared rooms. Sauna, midnight sun and swimming in wilderness lake available. Day's hiking distance approx. 5 km.
After a nice and nutritious breakfast transfer by car to the airport of Kajaani.
We reserve right to change content of the program if necessary due to weather or other reasons.
Local guides: Janne / Terhi from Hikes`n Trails
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