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Winter Sports

Multi-activities in the Finnish Wilderness!

Hossa, Finland

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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.

Arrival location:

Kuusamo, Finland

Departure Location:

Kuusamo, Finland

Included in your experience:

- 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)

Not included in your experience:

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

Required Equipment:

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)

Woolen socks

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

Woolen hat

Hool, Balaclava

Scarf

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

Mask

Personal medicine kit

Sun-cream (from the end of February)

Vaseline or waterfree mosturising cream

A headlamp

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.

Provided equipment

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

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

Accomodation

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

Guiding

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

Transport

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 !

* 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. The order of the activities of the week will be given then.
    Accommodation: Cottage (see upgrades) or hotel
  • Day2
    Dogsledding safari (2 participants on each sled). Meeting with your musher-guide and the dogs: each team of two participants will be assigned a 6 or 7 dog-team. After a theoretical introduction to dogsledding, we get to the heart of the matter and we rush forward the first ride. Initiation will start on the whitest lakes and as you will get confidence into your dog team, the itinerary will lead you into the wild taiga. We will reach the basecamp by late afternoon, after an unforgettable adventure. Practice time : 4 to 5 hours
    Accommodation: Cottage (see upgrades) or hotel | Breakfast Included
  • Day3
    Snowmobile safari (2 participants on each snowmobile) While sharing your snowmobile with your partner for the day, your guide will lead you away from civilization for a cocktail of freedom and excitement. The trail shows no technical part and your attentive guide will not put you into any difficult position. Lunch by a lovely fireplace with on the menu: grilled meat and invigorating Lappish soup. Practice time : 4 to 5 hours
    Accommodation: Cottage (see upgrades) or hotel | Breakfast Included
  • Day4
    Hike with dogs Today, we experience a new kind of hike in Hossa Park, with a pair of snowshoes and a dog. Like the eskimo people used to do in the past, we put on snowshoes and a belt to which we harness one of our friendly huskies. The dog, with its great energy, will help you moving forward into the wild and deep snow of the boreal forest. A wonderful experience of sharing and trust between man and dog. The hike inside the taiga will lead us through the crests of the park, its frozen lakes and wild forests. For your comfort, the hike will involve fewer dogs than participants, so that you can relax and walk more slowly from time to time during the day. Practice time : 4 to 5 hours
    Accommodation: Cottage (see upgrades) or hotel | Breakfast Included
  • Day5
    Trappers’ day During this day, we’ll discover old trapper’s way of life and we’ll initiate you to survival technics. You will find out essential technics for any polar explorer and learn how to set tramps, following tracks and ice fishing on frozen lakes. Drill you own hole, arm yourself with patience and with the advices of your guide you will most certainly catch one of the many perches that swim in the waters of the park. Then the guide will introduce you to the fish smoking tips. You will also learn how to build an igloo and shelters. Finally, we will visit our kennel to enjoy the company of our faithful companions. By the end of the day, you’ll have the occasion to visit a local reindeer farm. Practice time : 5 hours
    Accommodation: Cottage (see upgrades) or hotel | Breakfast Included
  • Day6
    Snowshoeing and Discovery of Seipiniemi peninsula Your guide, specialist of the Arctic area, will make you discover the mysteries of this wild territory. From April, there is an opportunity to observe many animals typical of Great North and you may see a moose or a bear. During this trip you will lead the group one by one with your map and your compass in order to get deeper and deeper into the wild taiga forest. Practice time : 4 to 5 hours
    Accommodation: Cottage (see upgrades) or hotel | Breakfast Included
  • Day7
    Free Day – Optional activities This day is dedicated to relaxing: you will enjoy sauna and snowballs fights! For those who wish, there will also be the possibility to choose the activity that you liked most among the ones you have been practicing during the week, and to practice it one again, as optional activity. You will also be able to try cross country skiing, Nordic skiing or to visit our 150 dog kennel. For dinner we will have a traditional Lappish meal: Käristus, or reindeer stew with cranberries Optional activities : On request, only on site, and subject to availability.
    Accommodation: Cottage (see upgrades) or hotel | Breakfast Included
  • Day8
    Breakfast and transfer to Kuusamo airport.
    | Breakfast Included
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Multi-activities in the Finnish Wilderness!

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