Snowshoeing in Finland

Snowshoeing in Finland

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Snowshoeing in Finland

8 Days Starting and ending in Kuusamo

Visiting: Basecamp Oulanka, Niskakoski, Pyöreälampi, Linnakallio, Jyrävä, Riisitunturi National Park, Reindeer farm Toini Sanila, Ruka, Oulanka National Park, Kuusamo

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Tour Overview

Nestled in the heart of the Finnish wilderness lies the beautiful Oulanka National Park, a vast expanse of snow-laden pine trees, frozen lakes and waterfalls. There is no better way to explore this stunning setting than by strapping on a pair of snowshoes and heading out to break new trails. In the company of our expert leader, we take varied day tours in the surrounding area, including a visit to the spectacular Riisitunturi National Park.


  • Try downhill skiing and snowmobile safaris

  • Break in new trails in an idyllic winter landscape

  • Stay in cosy accommodation in beautiful wilderness location with sauna and outdoor hot tub

  • Explore 2 national parks


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Day 1 : Start Basecamp Oulanka.

Location: Basecamp Oulanka

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Basecamp Oulanka

Meals Included: Dinner

Our trip starts at Basecamp Oulanka, a complex of cozy wooden buldings

located in a remote, unspoiled location overlooking the Juuma lake and

backing into Oulanka National Park.

Day 2 : Introduction To Snowshoeing With An Easy Hike In The National Park; Oulanka By Night.

Location: Basecamp Oulanka

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Basecamp Oulanka

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

In the morning we are provided with all of the equipment needed for a week of

snowshoeing in arctic conditions, before heading straight out onto the frozen

Juuma Lake for an easy walk as an introduction to snowshoeing. Our route will

lead us through snow-caked trees and along the river Kitka, passing an old

flour mill by the Myllykoski rapids. The afternoon is free for a self-guided

snowshoeing trip or just to relax at Basecamp with the sauna or

hot-tub. This evening we head out for nighttime snowshoeing, in search for

the Northern Lights.

Day 3 : Snowshoe Walk Over Suspension Bridge Around Lake Jyravajarvi And Castle Rocks.

Location: Niskakoski, Pyöreälampi, Linnakallio, Jyrävä

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Basecamp Oulanka

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today's walk begins over a long suspension bridge that hangs across the

Niskakoski rapids. We then head to the pristine frozen lake of Jyravajarvi

where we can have the real snow showing experience in an atmosphere of total

silence. This brings us to Pyöreälampi where we will stop for a snack.

After the rest we walk across the secluded area to Linnakallio Castle Rocks,

a beautiful wall of rock standing isolated on the banks of the river. Then we

will be passing by Jyrävä, the biggest waterfall of the national park and

the Aallokko rapids. Along the path you can also admire beautiful lichens

hanging from the trees when we snowshoe across the powder snow.

 On our return to Basecamp we cross a second suspension bridge over the

Myllykoski rapids.

Day 4 : Transfer To Riisitunturi National Park; Walk Through A Unique Landscape To Viewpoint.

Location: Riisitunturi National Park

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We transfer to the neighbouring Riisitunturi National Park. Although

geographically they are not far apart, the differences between the two

national parks are highly noticeable. What makes this area so special is the

incredible effect that the heavy snow has on the trees as you climb higher

into the clearings of the fjell. Twisted, bent and covered in thick white

powder, it is almost as if you are passing by hundreds of snow creatures.

This memorable walk then culminates in a hike to the top of the fjell for a

fantastic view of this wonderful alien landscape.

Day 5 : Morning Visit Reindeer Farm And Museum With A Ride On A Reindeer Sleigh; Free Afternoon In Ruka For Optional Activities.

Location: Reindeer farm Toini Sanila, Ruka

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

In the morning, we visit the reindeer farm and museum where everyone will

have the chance to ride on a reindeer sleigh. The visit then draws to a close

with some hot drinks and some reindeer sausages round an open fire. We spend

the rest of the day at the popular ski resort of Ruka. Your guide will take

care of transfers and can book activities for you. Group transfers are

included only to the designated areas and are scheduled at specific times, it

is advisable to check at reception before making your activities

booking.  Downhill skiing and snowmobile safaris are available. See the

'Optional excursions' section below. Please note that due to operational

reasons, the bookings for activities in Ruka need to be made by Tuesday. 

Day 6 : Long Snowshoe Tour In Oulanka National Park Following The 'Little Bear Trail'.

Location: Oulanka National Park

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today is the longest day of snowshoeing as we head deep into Oulanka National

Park. Our guide takes us on what is known in the area as the 'Little Bear

Trail', which encompasses some of the most spectacular scenery in the park.

The trail takes us to the south side of the River Kitka and then up to the

Kallioportti viewpoint, where we survey the vast snow-covered surroundings.

On the return to Basecamp we head over another suspension bridge in

Harrisuvanto before taking a well-earned rest in the sauna or the outdoor hot


Day 7 : Optional Activities Including Ice Climbing And Snowmobiling; Dinner Around A Campfire.

Location: Oulanka National Park

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we have several options to make the most of the magical Finland

wilderness. Some of the activities available are: an introduction to

cross-country skiing and un-guided snowshoeing and dogsledding. As a

farewell celebration, we have the option of eating dinner around a campfire

on the edge of the National Park.

Day 8 : End Basecamp Oulanka.

Location: Kuusamo

Meals Included: Breakfast

Trip ends at Basecamp Oulanka. Those on the group flight transfer to Kuusamo

and fly to London. 

What's Included

  • Meals
    7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners.

* All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 7 dinners
* All accommodation (see below)
* All transport and listed activities
* Local tour leaders throughout
* Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
* Snowshoes and poles

What's Not Included

  • Travel insurance

  • Single accommodation (available on request)

  • Visas or vaccinations


 All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 7 dinners included.

The food at Basecamp is a delicious range of local produce (Finnish food)
that is all prepared on site by the in-house chef. Starters consist of a
salad buffet with 3-4 different choices. The main courses consist of
chicken, salmon and wild game such as elk. Dessert consists of
lingonberries, blueberries and cloudberries that have often been picked by
the chef herself.  These berries are served with a selection of quark kurd,
cream, ice cream, cakes and pancakes. Lunch normally consists of a hot soup
with elk, salmon or vegetarian option.


Overlooking Lake Juuma and the national park after which it was named, Basecamp Oulanka is our welcoming home in the remote Finnish wilderness. The magical complex comprises a series of wooden structures: the twin rooms are split across two separate buildings, while a third building houses a restaurant and bar with a log fire, plus a sauna and outdoor hot tub.

Built in 1998 with sustainability in mind, the complex is heated using special wood pellets for fuel. It is also a member of The Long Run Foundation, which comes with a commitment to building a ‘sustainable future through a balance of conservation, community, culture and commerce’.

Worth knowing

Multiple Exodus trips run at Basecamp Oulanka concurrently and you might share the room with a member of a different group.

There are Exodus family groups at Basecamp during school holidays


Check out our Q&As

  • Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    There are no specific health risks.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?


  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    If you would like to be paired with a tour member of the same gender, there is no additional charge. A single supplement can be requested if you would like your own room.

  • Who is Exodus Travels?

    At Exodus Travels, we've been exploring the world for nearly 50 years. From Walking and Trekking, Cultural and Cycling, Responsible Wildlife, to Polar and our new Premium Adventures, we are proud to offer award-winning small group and self-guided tours to 100+ countries worldwide.

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    International flights are not included with this tour.

  • Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    We are happy to assist with pre and post tour accommodation. Please enquire for detailed information.

  • What is the maximum group size?


  • Do you require a visa for this holiday?

    No visa required for UK passport holders visiting Finland.

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Minimum 16 years people can go on this tour.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If you wish to make any changes to your booking, particularly if you need to alter any flights booked through us, please let us know as soon as possible. There is a booking or flight amendment fee of £40 per change and flight amendments often incur extra airline costs depending on the changes to be made and if the ticket has been issued or not.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Exodus has been trading since 1974

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Your final joining instructions and flight details, if booked with us, will then be sent out 2 to 3 weeks before departure. If you would like a hard copy posted, or if you require these any earlier, please contact the customer operations team. We advise that if you are booking connecting travel before receiving these, please ensure you leave plenty of time.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Travellers are welcome to opt to share a room with a tour member of the same gender for no additional charge. If you'd like your own room, we can request a single supplement so that you will have your own room throughout.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    You are welcome to meet the group after the tour has departed however there is no reduction in rate for joining a tour after the departure date.

Reviews from travellers on this tour


A fantastic trip, wonderful experiences, great foo

A fantastic trip, wonderful experiences, great food and great people.

Snowshoeing in Finland

This was an excellent holiday at the cosy and warm

This was an excellent holiday at the cosy and warm Oulanka Basecamp. We were provided with clothing that kept us toasty and boots that were very comfortable. The food was locally sourced as much as possible, tasty and filling. Overall, I cannot fault this holiday.

Snowshoeing in Finland

Wonderful base in beautiful part of the world. Exc

Wonderful base in beautiful part of the world. Excellent facilities and equipment provided. Superb guides. Delicious locally sourced and home-cooked food.

Snowshoeing in Finland

A relaxing week spent in glorious Finland. If you

A relaxing week spent in glorious Finland. If you like snow to feature in a holiday then you cannot beat Finland. The people are lovely, the venues calm and relaxing and the activities can be as full on as you want them to be. This trip can be very relaxing and had less guided walks than I had anticipated but you can participate in many optional extras or take as many unguided walks as you like. If that doesn't appeal then sit and relax by the fire and eat plentiful and delicious food.


The holiday was fantastic. We saw the Northern Lig

The holiday was fantastic. We saw the Northern Lights at the end of our first full day. Husky sledding was great fun, as was ice climbing. Riisitunturi National Park with its trees bent into strange shapes under the weight of snow was amazing. The accommodation was comfortable and the food was delicious. All the Basecamp staff were friendly and helpful.

Fabulous Finland

Where in the world can you snowshoe in a forest lo

Where in the world can you snowshoe in a forest looking like it is peopled by snow trolls,eat by an open fire by a frozen lake or learn to distinguish otter tracks from elk.Our guide Marti showed us how to tell from strange indentations in the snow which direction an artic hare was hopping.We were in the most magical and remote wilderness I had ever seen.

snow shoeing in finland

this was a great week in the finnish wilderness at

this was a great week in the finnish wilderness at a very comfortable lodge with great food, the clothing we got was great quality and kept us warm. there was a huge range of things to do dog sleding , night snow shoeing which was quite an experience and sauna yoga to mention a few.

Delightful trip to a peaceful place

The remote forests of Finland are a very peaceful

The remote forests of Finland are a very peaceful place, and tramping through them in snowshoes is an ideal way to immerse yourself in their tranquillity. The trees are laden with snow and you cannot hear a thing. It feels like a scene from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - you half expect to come across a lamppost and a fawn. The centre is well run, and the guides are absolute enthusiasts and keen to pass one their passion for the trees and the wildlife. At night the stars are bright, and the Northern Lights make an eerie appearance. All in all, a magical place. The UK seems very busy when you get home.


a wonderful trip exploring the snowy landscape of

a wonderful trip exploring the snowy landscape of 2 of the national parks.  A very warm welcome from our lead Eki and all the team at the basecamp.


A wonderful trip which I loved from beginning to e

A wonderful trip which I loved from beginning to end. Amazing scenery in a beautiful country. I've finally discovered a winter activity I can really enjoy and if you like the great outdoors I can't recommend this trip enough. 

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