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Wildlife Viewing

Canoe, Hiking and Fishing with the Bears

Hossa, Finland

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This program is a real invitation to discover Lapland nature. Along the Russian border and the Arctic Circle, you fully become aware of the immensity of the taiga, the multitude of lakes, and the variety of Arctic landscapes.

An itinerant 4 day canoeing on the rivers Hossanjoki Oulankajoki with nights in the heart of nature will immerse you in the atmosphere of travel of yesteryear.

In addition, hiking in Hossa and Oulanka parks through the famous trek of the Bear will offer you a fresh approach to the Finnish vastness.

Eventually you will have during the free day the opportunity to learn more about the region and discover the park on your own.

An ideal stay for nature lovers.

Arrival location:

Kuusamo, Finland

Departure Location:

Kuusamo, Finland

Included in your experience:

Transfers from/to Kuusamo airport

Accomodation: 7 nights in hotel and 3 nights in trapper huts or tents

Full board from D1 dinner to D8 breakfast

Activities supervised by professional guides and by english-speaking Finn for bears watch

Accomodation

Our basecamp is located in the heart of Hossa Park, 100km away from any village or shop. Our conception of tourisme 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.

During your stay, you will not have many opportunities to meet local people since there are very few of them.

During your stay, you will be accommodated for 7 nights in our hotel or cottages and for 3 nights in a trapper cabin:

- Hotel and Cottages

Our hotel is ideally located beside a conserved lake. The hotel has 26 rooms (single, double and triple). All rooms are equipped with a private bathroom with shower, practical storage units, a T.V with international channels. Bed linens and towels are provided. 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 : + 150$ pp / week

The « Premium » cottage, with a separated room with double bed, living room, kitchen, private bathroom and sauna: + 170$ pp / week

Bed linens and towels are provided.

- Trapper cabins:

These are log cabins just like mountain refuges. The comfort is basic. These accommodations consist of a single dormitory or a room for 4 to 6 people with one main living room. There is no running water or electricity. The room is heated by a wood-stove. Despite cold weather outside, the room is quickly warmed up by the stove and we easily get to fine temperatures inside. There are dry toilets outside. The cabins are all equipped with a traditional sauna. They are full of charm and that’s why we love them!

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, as well as dinners when you sleep at the hotel.

For the activity days :

For lunch, you will enjoy a picnic with wood-fire grilled food

For your nights in trapper cabin you will prepare and share a dinner together with your guide

Guiding

Activities supervised by arctic specialist and English speaking guides. Ask for the availability of a guide who can speak your own language!

Transport

In 4X4 vehicle, canoeing, hiking.

Not included in your experience:

Flights to get to Kuusamo

Extra transfers for arrival in another aiport

Children discount (contact us)

Your cancellation / repatriation insurance: we do not offer insurance against cancellation and / or repatriation. We strongly advise you to subscribe to this kind of insurance and bring your documents with you while traveling.

To be paid on site :

Personal expenses

Drinks

The evening and the dinner at the reindeers' farm: 40 euros/pers.

The optional rental of a floor mat and a duve: 15 euros/item plus 50 euros deposit

Required Equipment:

Clothes to take

The clothes from head to toe:

A pair of walking shoes.

They must join three qualities: solidity, held ankles and impermeability. Choose shoes with nonskid soles, with cleats and relatively rigid, although they must cling to field

A pair of rubber boots or neoprene booties to cross rivers

Pairs of wool socks

Mountain jacket or a good waterproof jacket

A down jacket (optional)

The most efficient jackets against the wind and rain are Gore-tex or Micropore,"breathable" matter which allows fast wicking away of perspiration. warm sweater or polar fleece. The latter has the advantage of being resistant, warm, lightweight, quick-drying with a soft touch. Most appropriate, well known to mountaineers are Polartec, Carline and Ulfrotté fibers.

Warm wool shirt or carline

Underwear top and bottom. This is the first insulation you have, take care of it. Fine technical fibers such as Carline or Polartec are very efficient, warm, soft, comfortable and light. They dry very quickly.

Waterproof trek pants

A swimsuit

A hat or cap

A hike short

T-shirts: avoid cotton and favor breathable and technical matters which dries quickly.

under sweater

polar fleece

A towel for sauna

Outerwear at night

A pair of gloves or glove liners and wool cap

Slippers or sneakers for the cottage

Equipment to take

A warm sleeping bag (comfort temperature 10-15 ° C) for the nights in tents and bagsheet

Foam or self-inflating floor mattress

High protection sun glasses

A kit of personal pharmacy

A headlamp with spare batteries and bulbs (from August)

A knife

Toilet paper + lighter

Sunscreen (face and lips)

A flask of 1 liter minimum, light and isothermal

Plastic bags for sealing the your belongings or a waterproof bag

Anti mosquitos spray and soothing cream

A Notepad

A camera

Anti mosquitos net

Luggage

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

* Rental equipment is availabel, see 'Additional activities' for details
  • 1
    Cottage Classical
    Replace Hotel room by Cottage (Classical), price per week
    $150/pp
  • 2
    Cottage Superior
    Replace Hotel room by Cottage (Superior), price per week
    $170/pp
  • Day1
    Journey and welcoming dinner Transfer by bus or by car to Hossa (about 1 hour), at the gates of the park. Settling in your log cottage or in your hotel room. First night, our guides greet you at the restaurant upon a welcoming dinner.
    Accommodation: Cottage or hotel
  • Day2
    Start of the canoeing trip down the river Hossanjoki. Departure for an extraordinary 3 day canoe adventure with bivouacs by the fireplace and by the river every night. A total immersion where the landscape flows quietly pace of current and paddle strokes in one of the last preserved natural area in Europe. We'll start the descent from the north of the park to go to see the cave paintings of Värikallio and we'll cross many lakes to the hut of Laukkujärvi. Thus we'll leave Lapland to enter the great forests of Karelia populated bybrown bears and elks in high density. Many birds are also present along the descent, allowing us a bird approach of this water excursion.
    Accommodation: Trapper Hut | Breakfast Included
  • Day3 - 4
    Descent by canoe. Our canoe trip continues through the great lakes, which will allow us to meet wildlife or simply relax and enjoy the flowing time. At the end of the day, setting the camp on the shore, picking arctic berries, mushrooms and trout fishing will enhance our evening meal in traditional trapper shelter or tent. The following day, we will cross many small lakes to Lake Hossanjärvi marking the end of this adventure by canoe to return to the comfort of the inn.
    Accommodation: Trapper Hut (day 03) and hostel (day 04) | Breakfast Included
  • Day5
    Free day with the opportunity to go fishing, swimming in lakes, hiking, lounging at the sauna, biking ... on marked trails in the park or on the trails along the Russian border ... Possibility of meal at the reindeer farm to eat the traditional Karestus (Reindeer stew) and discover the world of local farmers. At the end of day, presentation at the inn of the first animal constituting the "big four" of major Scandinavian predators, mysterious wolverine...
    Accommodation: Hostel | Breakfast Included
  • Day6
    Hiking with dogs in Hossa Park We leave for a day cani-rando. As Eskimo used to do in summer, a sledge dog will tract us by the belt. An unique experience of trust and sharing between man and dog! The hike around Lake Canyon Julma Olkky, panoramic viewpoint on the huge Russian taiga, will offer an ideal setting to enjoy at best this exciting day. In the evening presentation at the inn of the second Scandinavian predator, he discreet lynx including a couple which has taken up residence near to our riding area of the day. 4-5 hour walk
    Accommodation: Hostel | Breakfast Included
  • Day7
    Descent by canoe in Oulanka Park. After transfer 90km away in the north, two days nature immersion for canoeing down the river with overnight camping at the edge of the water, followed by a hiking day in one of Europe's finest national parks. The river cuts the taiga through stunning canyons among the most spectacular northern Finland landscapes. The river is sometimes calm and meandering offering unobstructed views of the taiga in which peatlands are wading the elk, sometimes more agitated as it flows along the canyons with ocher walls. Bivouac on a beach and meal by the fireplace.
    Accommodation: Bivouac - Camp | Breakfast Included
  • Day8
    Hiking on Bear's trail End of the canoe trip and departure for a hike day on part of Finland's most famous trek: the Karhunkierros or trail of the Bear. The trail is varied and interspersed with many suspension bridges which will delve us into a wild and preserved nature. Back to Hossa in the late afternoon. 4-5 hour walk
    Accommodation: Hostel | Breakfast Included
  • Day9
    Brown bear watch In the late afternoon we will present to the hostel the lord of taiga: the bear. For those who wish to, optional observation possibility. Short transfer by car to the south through the boreal forest to a landlocked area neighboring Russia where the proportion of bears is the highest in Europe. The possibilities for observations are very good but patience is needed to approach it. We are lucky when a mother "arrived" with her ​​cubs or a half-blind old male mounts on our log cabin! Night lwatch(observation post in logs, arranged for this purpose) and back to the hostel in the late evening. Those who do not wish to participate in this observation will benefit of a free day to enjoy as they please the park adjacent to our accommodation.
    Accommodation: Hostel | Breakfast Included
  • Day10
    Breakfast and transfer to Kuusamo airport.
    | Breakfast Included
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