7-Day Best Winter Activities in Kuusamo

Kid Friendly, Adventure Apes LodgeTraveler pickup is offered to Returns to original departure point

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This one-week guided adventure takes you deep into a winter wonderland with snow-covered forests and frozen lakes in Kuusamo, Finland. You will try Finland’s favorite winter sports, experience the culture through unique local experiences, learn about traditions, taste local foods and enjoy beautiful scenery. Highlights: • Full immersion in a winter wonderland  • Build and sleep in an igloo  • Experience full-day snowshoeing and cross-country skiing adventures  • Try ice fishing and visit a traditional Sámi reindeer farm
ItineraryDay 1: Arrival to winter wonderlandStop At: Adventure Apes, Kuusamo, Northern OstrobothniaYou will be picked up from Kuusamo airport in the afternoon for a half-hour drive to your adventure camp for the week in the countryside of Kuusamo. You will be welcomed with a homemade lunch complete with our favorite local foods followed by a gear check to ensure you have everything you will need to enjoy the week. You can test out your gear on a short kicksled tour of the area and warm up after with your first introduction to Finnish Sauna culture, complete with a refreshing roll in the snow.Duration: 7 daysMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Shared accommodations at Adventure Apes LodgeDay 2: Igloo building and ice fishingStop At: Adventure Apes, Kuusamo, Northern OstrobothniaIt’s time to play in the snow as you start to build your own igloo! After breakfast, you will work as a team to start the base – a huge pile of snow which we will let freeze and harden until tomorrow. In the afternoon, you will have the chance to try your luck ice fishing on one of the nearby lakes while you admire the beauty and silence of Finnish nature. After settling in for the evening, you will gain a deeper understanding of Finnish culture by watching a film about Finland.Duration: 7 daysMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Shared accommodations at Adventure Apes LodgeDay 3: Finishing the igloo, winter olympics and night in the iglooStop At: Adventure Apes, Kuusamo, Northern OstrobothniaThis morning, you will finish your igloo followed by an afternoon special-edition Winter Olympics. Be prepared for lots of laughs! You will also have some free time to relax or explore the area surrounding the adventure camp on your own. After dinner, we will have a housewarming party for your new igloo and the most adventurous of you will have the chance to sleep the night in the igloo. You will stay plenty warm with our four-season sleeping bags.Duration: 7 daysMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Shared accommodations at Adventure Apes Lodge or option to spend the night in an iglooDay 4: Full-day snowshoeing adventure in the wildernessStop At: Adventure Apes, Kuusamo, Northern OstrobothniaToday is an adventure deep into the wilderness. After breakfast, we will pack our backpacks for a full-day, guided snowshoeing adventure far off the beaten path. You will be walking in deep snow with the help of special shoes designed to keep you on top while admiring the snow-covered forest. With all this activity it will be important to stay well-fueled! We will be sure to bring our favorite local snacks and enjoy a camp lunch in the silence of nature.Duration: 7 daysMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Shared accommodation at Adventure Apes LodgeDay 5: Visit to a reindeer farm and free time in Ruka Ski CenterStop At: Ruka, Kuusamo, Northern OstrobothniaReindeer herding is an important part of life in Northern Finland, especially for the native Sámi people. Today you will have a chance to visit a traditional reindeer farm, meet and feed the reindeer, and have a chat with the local reindeer herders. This is your chance to ask any questions you may have about this animal of the Arctic to the people who know them best. In the afternoon, you will have some free time to explore Ruka Ski Center on your own. If you are feeling adventurous, you can go downhill skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling or on a river floating tour. (All the activities in Ruka are add-ons at an extra cost and will require advance booking.) If you are looking to relax, you can spend the afternoon with a good book and a cup of coffee in one of the cafes and restaurants or do a bit of souvenir shopping.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Shared accommodation at Adventure Apes LodgeDay 6: Cross-country skiingStop At: Adventure Apes LodgeIt is time to experience one of Finland’s favorite winter sports: cross-country skiing. Your guide will show you the basics during your first ski lesson (or share some of their favorite tips if you are already an experienced skier). After fueling up at lunch, you will be ready for a relaxed afternoon skiing tour through beautiful fields, forests and lakes.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Shared accommodation at Adventure Apes LodgeDay 7: Time to say goodbye and transportation back to the airportStop At: Adventure Apes LodgeWe like to say a great adventure never ends; it merely changes form to become part of who you are. On day seven your adventure in this winter wonderland will transform into some of your best memories as you take off for Kuusamo airport to catch your flight back to Helsinki (see the flight schedule that meets the airport transfer times).Duration: 4 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

What’s included

  • 6x Breakfast
  • 6x Dinner
  • 5x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 6 nights
  • 6 nights shared accommodation in a clean and cosy standard level guesthouse; maximum of 6 people to a room.
  • Activities* & meals as per itinerary
  • Adventure Gear needed for the activities mentioned in the program (such as snowshoes, skis etc.)
  • Airport pickup and drop-off for designated flights
  • English speaking outdoor sports and wilderness guide who is familiar with the Arctic conditions, is qualified to lead all the activities in the program, and who has the first aid and safety training needed to run the program
  • Coffee and/or Tea

What’s not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers outside of designated flight schedule
  • Optional activities in Ruka on Day 5; preliminary bookings at extra cost will be made on Day 2 after discussions with your guide.
  • Personal expenses, souvenirs
  • Other meals, snacks or drinks and alcoholic drinks
  • Travel insurance: Adventurers are requested to have adequate travel insurance prior to arrival in Finland and will be asked to send copies of their insurance policy in advance.
  • Winter clothes: Adventurers will receive a recommended gear list prior to arrival in Finland. It is important that everyone is prepared for the winter conditions which may mean temperatures as cold as minus 37 degrees Celsius. See the options below to book a winter gear package from Adventure Apes.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to winter wonderland Stop At: Adventure Apes, Kuusamo, Northern Ostrobothnia You will be picked up from Kuusamo airport in the afternoon for a half-hour drive to your adventure camp for the week in the countryside of Kuusamo. You will be welcomed with a homemade lunch complete with our favorite local foods followed by a gear check to ensure you have everything you will need to enjoy the week. You can test out your gear on a short kicksled tour of the area and warm up after with your first introduction to Finnish Sauna culture, complete with a refreshing roll in the snow. Duration: 7 days Meals included: • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Shared accommodations at Adventure Apes Lodge
Day 2: Igloo building and ice fishing Stop At: Adventure Apes, Kuusamo, Northern Ostrobothnia It’s time to play in the snow as you start to build your own igloo! After breakfast, you will work as a team to start the base – a huge pile of snow which we will let freeze and harden until tomorrow. In the afternoon, you will have the chance to try your luck ice fishing on one of the nearby lakes while you admire the beauty and silence of Finnish nature. After settling in for the evening, you will gain a deeper understanding of Finnish culture by watching a film about Finland. Duration: 7 days Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Shared accommodations at Adventure Apes Lodge
Day 3: Finishing the igloo, winter olympics and night in the igloo Stop At: Adventure Apes, Kuusamo, Northern Ostrobothnia This morning, you will finish your igloo followed by an afternoon special-edition Winter Olympics. Be prepared for lots of laughs! You will also have some free time to relax or explore the area surrounding the adventure camp on your own. After dinner, we will have a housewarming party for your new igloo and the most adventurous of you will have the chance to sleep the night in the igloo. You will stay plenty warm with our four-season sleeping bags. Duration: 7 days Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Shared accommodations at Adventure Apes Lodge or option to spend the night in an igloo
Day 4: Full-day snowshoeing adventure in the wilderness Stop At: Adventure Apes, Kuusamo, Northern Ostrobothnia Today is an adventure deep into the wilderness. After breakfast, we will pack our backpacks for a full-day, guided snowshoeing adventure far off the beaten path. You will be walking in deep snow with the help of special shoes designed to keep you on top while admiring the snow-covered forest. With all this activity it will be important to stay well-fueled! We will be sure to bring our favorite local snacks and enjoy a camp lunch in the silence of nature. Duration: 7 days Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Shared accommodation at Adventure Apes Lodge
Day 5: Visit to a reindeer farm and free time in Ruka Ski Center Stop At: Ruka, Kuusamo, Northern Ostrobothnia Reindeer herding is an important part of life in Northern Finland, especially for the native Sámi people. Today you will have a chance to visit a traditional reindeer farm, meet and feed the reindeer, and have a chat with the local reindeer herders. This is your chance to ask any questions you may have about this animal of the Arctic to the people who know them best. In the afternoon, you will have some free time to explore Ruka Ski Center on your own. If you are feeling adventurous, you can go downhill skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling or on a river floating tour. (All the activities in Ruka are add-ons at an extra cost and will require advance booking.) If you are looking to relax, you can spend the afternoon with a good book and a cup of coffee in one of the cafes and restaurants or do a bit of souvenir shopping. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Dinner Accommodation included: Shared accommodation at Adventure Apes Lodge
Day 6: Cross-country skiing Stop At: Adventure Apes Lodge It is time to experience one of Finland’s favorite winter sports: cross-country skiing. Your guide will show you the basics during your first ski lesson (or share some of their favorite tips if you are already an experienced skier). After fueling up at lunch, you will be ready for a relaxed afternoon skiing tour through beautiful fields, forests and lakes. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Shared accommodation at Adventure Apes Lodge
Day 7: Time to say goodbye and transportation back to the airport Stop At: Adventure Apes Lodge We like to say a great adventure never ends; it merely changes form to become part of who you are. On day seven your adventure in this winter wonderland will transform into some of your best memories as you take off for Kuusamo airport to catch your flight back to Helsinki (see the flight schedule that meets the airport transfer times). Duration: 4 hours Meals included: • Breakfast No accommodation included on this day.
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