Arrival by plane to Kuusamo and continue with shuttle bus to the accommodation.
We will enjoy two hiking days in the Oulanka National Park, in the footsteps of the Bear Trail and near the town of Ruka, which is internationally known for skiing. We will also drive one evening near the Russian border for a guided bear watching tour. You will also have the possibility of canoeing on the lake one day, in front of the property or in a river near the Russian border (either guided or on your own) or just to enjoy time for yourself. Activities not included in the package price.
Overland drive to Russian Karelia (about 3 hours, without crossing the border) on very simple roads. Visit to a shop, lunch, hike, wilderness dinner.
After the hikes there will be some time left, if possible, be it for a sauna or a swim in the adjacent lake. At the dinner we can end the day with local specialties and reminiscences of our journey.
Shuttle bus to Kuusamo airport and return flight via Helsinki to Zurich.
Kuusamo: 4 nights in a simple apartment right on the lake and the Oulanka National Park. The apartments have shower, toilet. Sauna in the evening. Option: possibility in a spacious chalet, which is only a few hundred meters away. The chalet offers on 2 floors in total 3 separate bedrooms, separate showers and WC, a spacious lounge and a modern kitchen as well as 2 saunas with view of the lake only a few meters away. The chalet is for 3 (with single use of the bedrooms) to max. 6 people (with 2 persons per bedroom) thought. Are you 3 or even 4 people? Then you can use the whole chalet for yourself./ 1 overnight stay in simple guesthouse on the last day before the return journey.
Russian Karelia: 2 nights in a simple wilderness cabin with 1-2 bedrooms for the whole group. WC, sauna. No double rooms, no single rooms.
*Meals. Full board from the 2nd day (breakfast, picnic on the way, dinner) is included in the price.
Since we are outside the towns and villages, there are no actual shops in the area, but you have the option of buying snacks at the Finnish accommodation and in a small shop in Russian Karelia.
*Mosquitoes. The winter has just come to an end, so that the mosquitoes develop only slowly.
*Weather. The weather is comparable to ours at the same time in the Alps. It can change quickly. You can definitely experience 3 seasons in one day. Midnight Sun! During our trip we enjoy 24 hours of light. So there are only long days, no nights!
*Pure hiking time: about 3 - 5 hours / day. Ascent: approx. 200m-700m, Descent: approx. 200-700m, each day.
*Terrain: easy, mostly good trails in hilly forest and open countryside, partly rocky, occasionally weglos.
*The equipment is similar as to mountain hikes in the Alps. Hiking boots with good thread. You will also receive a detailed packing list once you book the trip.
Markus Glättli, Hiking Leader with Federal Diploma of Professional Education and Training, Ranger BZW and GeoGuide Sardona.
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