Cross-Country Skiing Guided Holidays
On the Russian Border, 100 km | 2022
Day 1: Arrival
Arrival at Kuusamo airport where your guide will welcome you. Transfer (1 hour) to Rajakartano guesthouse located in close proximity to Hossa national park.
Day 2: Day tour in Hossa, 17 km
After breakfast we start our skiing week along well-prepared tracks of Hossa national park whose nature is dominated by handsome pine heathlands, ridge-lines, small lakes and streams. We eat lunch at the Hossa Visitor Centre, and it’s also possible to visit a small souvenir shop. It is said that there’s nothing more Finnish than sauna and on return at the accommodation you can relax in the steaming hot, traditional Finnish sauna. The more adventurous amongst us can even try ice swimming! To finalize the active day, we will visit a local reindeer farm. Here we will enjoy a delicious dinner whilst learning about reindeer herding today.
Day 3: Day tour at Martinselkonen, 17 km
This morning we will take a short car transfer (45 min) to Martinselkonen wilderness Centre where we will accommodate for the next two nights. We start our circle tour towards north through Martinselkonen nature which has been set up to protect the Finnish wilderness, especially the swamp areas with its many birds and insects. Martinselkonen has mires, ponds and lakes, ancient forests and spruce trees draped in beard lichen. There is a picnic stop at one wilderness huts operated by the Finnish Forest and Park Service. After lunch we reach the Finnish-Russian border zone marked with yellow pointers. We follow the border zone for a couple of kilometres keeping in mind it is strictly prohibited to cross the border. The last kilometres take us back to our accommodation.
Day 4: Day tour at Martinselkonen, 23 km
Today we make another day tour in Martinselkonen area, this time heading south. We will ski over frozen lakes and swamps and through forests covered in a deep, white, snowy blanket. The quietness around us is almost tangible - only the sound of skis and poles touching the snow pierce the silence.
© Sandoz ConceptFresh tracks on the Kalevala Tour
© UpitrekSalmon and campfire
Day 5: Martinselkonen – Arola, 22 km
It’s time to say good bye to our hosts at Martinselkonen and head north through the nature reserve. These frontier forests are home to a brown bear population, however in winter they are hibernating. Also, other Finnish large carnivores - wolves, lynxes and wolverines - inhabit the area but they are extremely timid and we may only spot their tracks in the snow. In the afternoon we will arrive at Arola guest house which is situated just a stone’s throw from the Russian border.
Day 6: Day tour from Arola, 20 km
On this, our last day, we will take a day tour around Arola. At half-way we will once more enjoy hot soup and a selection of sandwiches around an open fire. In the afternoon we return to Arola to enjoy its’ cozy atmosphere and the warm hospitality of our hosts. There is a chance to have a final sauna, then after that, a well-deserved farewell dinner made from local ingredients will be served in the traditional log house.
Day 7: Return
Breakfast and transport to the Kuusamo airport.
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