We offer here a complete program to get to know with Finland and winter in the North.
Hossa is located in Eastern Finland, nearby the Russian border, on a land of forests, lakes and wooded hills. This is the wildest area in Europe, far from mass tourism and big resorts.
Get ready for a week of adventure including a snowmobile safari, a dogsledding safari, snowshoe hiking, ice fishing, a special hike with husky dogs or a reindeer farm visit. After this, you will relax during your free day, or practice one of our optional activities.
A “must-do” so you can cross it off from your bucket list!
Our basecamp is located in the heart of Hossa Park, 100km away from any village or shop. Our conception of tourism has nothing to do with mass tourism hubs like Rovaniemi, Ivalo or Kittila.
No Santa Claus Village with us! There are 23 inhabitants around Hossa and most of them are reindeer farmers. Indeed, there are more bears living up there than inhabitants!
We are living there in autonomy and are working in deep cooperation with the National Forrest Service which runs Hossa Park development.
- Airport Transfers (from/to Kuusamo airport)
- Accommodation: 7 nights in a hotel (see upgrades for Cottage)
- Full-board (from D1 dinner to D8 breakfast)
- Luggage transport
- Activities supervised by professional guides
- Lending of a sleeping bag for the nights spent in shelters, a pair of boots against deep cold for the whole week, an extreme overall for dogsledding (Deposit required for material and provided equipment: 50 euros for the boots, 50 euros for the overall, 50 euros for the sleeping bag)
Flights to/ from Kuusamo
Extra transfers for arrival in another aiport
Children discount (contact us)
Your insurance (cancellation and repatrition): we do not offer insurance. We strongly advise to take out such insurance and bring your documents with you when travelling
Clothes to take
« The three layer system » :
Extreme conditions need extrem level of protection. For your clothing, the multilayer method is the best. You will have to wear several layers of clothing. The closest layers to your body let it sweat easily. The other layers keep your body warm and protect it from extreme weather conditions.
. Base / Inner Layer
Close-fitting articles of clothing: polypropylene, polyester, capilene, wool or silk baselayer thermals.
. Insulating / Middle Layer
Warm pull-over or fleece jacket.
. Shell / Outer Layer
Goretex, or a comparable ski jacket is strongly recommended for this layer for its excellent water and wind resistant properties.
You will need the following:
Waterproof shoes, winter hiking shoes, sports shoes or snow boots (for evening wear)
Warm winter jacket (ski jacket or down jacket)
Ski trousers or ski overalls
Warm pull-overs or fleece jackets
Warm baselayer thermals : very important. Thin technical fibers as Carline or Polartec are extremely efficient.
Expedition waterproof mitten/gloves and fitted silk gloves
Swimming suit (sauna)
Microfiber towel (sauna)
Personal effects that you must bring with you:
A sleeping bag linr for each overnight in trapper cabin (it goes into the sleeping bag that we lend you, for hygienic reasons)
Your driving licence (compulsory when you drive a snowmobile)
A credit card : we make a copy of it that is used as a deposit for all the equipment provided
Equipment to take
High protection sunglasses
Personal medicine kit
Sun-cream (from the end of February)
Vaseline or waterfree mosturising cream
A thermos, in order to always have some hot beverage with you while practicing the activities. For lunch, the guide will provide you with hot beverages.
Equipment provided by Norwide :
Boots (type SOREL) are issued on arrival and are yours throughout the week
For snowmobile safaris : overalls and helmet
For dogsledge safaris : winter jacket for extreme cold and leather mittens
Your belongings must be distributed into 2 bags :
1- A suitcase or flexible travelling bag (max. 20kg)
2- A backpack (30 to 40L) for your usual belongings that you will bring with you while practicing the activities
During your stay, you will be accommodated for 7 nights in our hotel or cottages:
- Hotel and Cottages
Our hotel is ideally located beside a conserved lake. The hotel has 26 rooms (single, double and triple). All rooms are equiped with a private bathroom with shower, practical storage units, a T.V with international channels. Bed linens and towels are provided by Norwide. Nearby your room, you have free access to our 2 saunas. After an energetic sport day, you will enjoy relaxing in this wooden piece of peace ! One sauna is reserved for women, and another one is reserved for men.
Here is another accommodation option: the cottages (on request, subject to availability) :
The « Classical » cottage, with an only room with living room/kitchen, twin or bunked beds, private bathroom and sauna : + 120 € pp / week
The « Premium » cottage, with a separated room with double bed, living room, kitchen, private bathroom and sauna: + 140 € pp / week
Bed linens and towels are provided by Norwide.
Meals / Food
Finland is not a land of gastronomy, even though some specialties are delicious! Because of weather conditions and our isolated location, fresh products are quite rare. During your stay we will offer you simple dishes which will fit your energetic needs. You will also have the opportunity to taste some Finnish specialties such as marinated or grilled salmon, salmon soup, reindeer stew or traditional cakes.
A generous buffet breakfast will be served at the hotel restaurant
For lunch, you will enjoy a picnic with wood-fire grilled food
Dinners are served at the hotel restaurant
Activities supervised by artic specialist and English speaking guides. Ask for the availability of a guide who can speak your own language!
1 dogsledding day, 1 snowmobiling days, 1 snowshoeing day, 1 trapper and 1 hike with dogs.
This is a multiactivity-discovery trip. Thanks to this day-activity formula, you discover every day a new discipline and new forms of travel. The activities are sporty but perfect for beginners and you go back to your comfortable hostel basecamp every night.
All of our routes are drawn by our team and are exclusively reserved for your practice.
- 1 dogsledding day, duo driving : 2 persons on each sled
The activity is led by specialized mushers.
Your dog team is composed with 6 to 10 dogs. You share your sled and lead your dog team together with another person from the group. Both of you drive successively.
Group size: up to 10 persons
- 1 snowmobiing day, duo driving : 2 persons on each snowmobile
The activity is led by arctic specialized guides.
You share your snowmobile with another person from the group and drive successively.
Group size: up to 10 persons
Our vision of snowmobile is more “practical” than “mechanical”. This form of travel is only used for a full discovery of the park : it allows the group to go further and see other interest points. Therefore, this snowmobiling practice is not aimed at “performing” fast and dangerously.
- 1 hike with dogs
The form of travel used for this activity is once again snowshoes. But this time, you go along with a sled dog, which is harnessed and hooked on your trek-belt.
Hiking with dog is a new form of travel that you discover here and is very different form normal hiking: this experience provides you a lot of energy thanks to our dogs full of ardor.
Group size : up to 12 persons
- 1 free day, multiple-choice about the activity/form of travel:
During the week, one day without any activity is planned. This is the opportunity for you to choose the activity you like most during the week and practice it once again (subject to availability, on site).
This is also the opportunity for you to rest and relax, enjoying sauna or finishing homework for your children, before being back to reality !
Dogsledding, Snowshoeing, Snowmobile and Sauna
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