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Snowshoeing in Arctic Finland

Explore the land of the Northern Lights on snowshoes

From£1,999

  • Finland

  • 7 nights
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Winter Spirit

  • Feb

    Mar

Moderate

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Tour codes: 30450

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Our holiday walking grades

Moderate

Grade 4

Full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain.

Most of these holidays have an element of sightseeing as well.

Half day walks will probably involve about 3 hours of walking, with full day walks having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to 600m.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Snowshoeing under the Northern Lights. A unique experience
  • Experienced local walking guide for expert knowledge on the trails
  • The magnificent views from Riisitunturi Fell. 360 degrees of Arctic wilderness.
  • Snowshoe near and up to the Russian border, but don’t try to cross it
  • Relax in the sauna. A Finnish institution
  • Snowshoe to a Finnish ‘kota’ for a cooked lunch around an open fire

Arctic Finland is a place apart. In Europe yet different. Perhaps best known through the Northern Lights and childhood tails of Sami indigenous people and their ancient customs. It offers all of this and more. 

We fly to Kuusamo and drive the short distance to Ruka just outside the Arctic Circle. The town is dominated by Rukatunturi mountain, at 490m. The town is a popular downhill ski resort, but the superb snow record makes for ideal snowshoeing terrain. 

We have a huge range of options for walking. We are in thinly populated wilderness here. Our expert local guide can find all manner of trails away from it all. On one day we will walk up to the Russian border, a strange line in the snow between one world and another. We will not attempt to cross the border; you never know who is watching! Although wild animals including bears cross freely without challenge! On another day we will stop at traditional Finnish ‘kota’ or ‘lavvu’ in the local Sami dialect. It is the local equivalent of the native American ‘tipi’, a shelter used previously by reindeer herders but now by us as a lovely place to stop for a hot drink with lunch.

Our holidays are planned for the end of February and March when the snow will still be covering everything, but the days are getting longer allowing us to enjoy the beautiful scenery at its snow covered best. This time of year is also excellent for enjoy the Northern Lights. We will make a special excursion on one evening to give us the best possible view.


  • Snowshoe to a Finnish ‘kota’ for a cooked lunch around an open fire
  • Airport transfers
  • En suite accommodation with breakfast
  • Dinners taken in the hotel
  • English speaking local guide on days out whilst snowshoeing
  • All local transport costs.
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Ruka

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

We fly to Kuusamo Airport via Helsinki arriving in the evening.

Day 2

Ruka

Meals

Breakfast and dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    50m

We start with an introduction or reintroduction to snowshoeing. We will walk out from the hotel to discover some of the lovely views to be had around Ruka town. Our local guide will provide a hot drink for us en route.

Day 3

Ruka

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100m

Today we drive to Juuma in the Oulanka National Park, known for its impressive landscapes and waterfalls. We will explore on snowshoes and can enjoy as our guide shares stories of the area’s flora and fauna. A highlight today is the beautiful Myllykoski rapids seen from a hanging bridge above. With good luck we will see the White Dipper diving into the open water in search for food or Siberian Jays flying through the trees. Hot chocolate with sweet pastries will be offered at an old mill.

Day 4

Ruka

Meals

Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3.5 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100m

Today’s trail is located just near to the Russian border. During the walk we take the trail to Kuntivaara hill. Snowy candle trees, beautiful landscapes and even Russia will be visible from the hill. Hot drinks can be enjoyed next to the fire in a kota on the top of the hill.

Day 5

Ruka

Meals

Breakfast and dinner

Accommodation

Today is a free day. Options, of which there are many, can be discussed with your tour leader and the local guide.

Day 6

Ruka

Meals

Breakfast and dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    50m

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100m

Today we will take a morning hike in the local area. The afternoon will be free as we prepare for a holiday highlight. After dark we will drive out to Pyhävaara and hike to the top of Pyhävaara Fell for a clear view to the northern sky. On the way our guide will share stories about the Northern Lights. Hot drinks are served while observing the sky. At this latitude we have a good chance of seeing the northern lights but obviously nothing can be guaranteed.

Day 7

Ruka

Meals

Breakfast and dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100m

We drive out to Tolva to hike a trail in Riisitunturi National Park. The park has some of the finest sloping bogs anywhere in Europe. In winter the spruce trees that cover many of Riisitunturi's hillsides are clad with a thick coating of condensed frost, creating a photogenic white forest. The route takes you through the snow-covered forests to the top of Riisitunturi Fell, where you will have magnificent 360o views to Lapland’s wilderness. After reaching the top we hike to a wilderness hut and lunch and hot drink. After the break we walk the rest of the trail back to the transport.

Day 8

Final day

Meals

Breakfast

After breakfast we take the short transfer back to Kuusamo Airport for our flight back to the UK via Helsinki

From (GBP)£1,999

Departure dates for your selected tour

27th Feb 2021 - 6th Mar 2021 (7 Nights)

6th Mar 2021 - 13th Mar 2021 (7 Nights)

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Scandic Hotel Rukahovi

The centrally located Scandic Hotel Rukahovi is a short walk from shops and attractions in Ruka. Relaxed rooms with wood floors offer Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, plus en suite bathrooms. Buffet breakfast is served everyday. Other amenities include a restaurant and a lobby bar.


Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This Grade 4 moderate holiday includes full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain and is likely to include an element of sightseeing as well. Half day walking will probably include about 3 hours of walking, with full days having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to about 600m. See the 'Proposed Itinerary' section for more information.

Walks & Excursions

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Optional Excursions

A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Currency in Finland

The currency in Finland is the euro. 

Tipping

Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.

Your Travel Details

We fly from London Heathrow via Helsinki to Kuusamo Airport. 

The transfer between Kuusamo and Ruka is about 20 miles and should take around 30mins depending on road conditions.

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?

If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.

Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details. 

Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.

Personal Details Check

To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passports and Visas

General Passport Advice

It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.

Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.

General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel and at www.gov.uk/travelaware.

Brexit Passport Advice

You should have at least 6 months validity left on your passport from your date of arrival.

If you renewed a 10 year passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date. These extra months will not count, so you should ensure that your passport is not older than 9 years and 6 months from the date of issue at the time of travel.

You may wish to renew your passport sooner rather than later, in order to make sure you have it in time for your holiday or travel plans.

Please ensure to regularly check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for updates on passport requirements leading up to and after Brexit or contact us for more assistance. 

UK Government Brexit Information for Passports can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-Brexit.

The UK Government has published a website tool to check the validity of your passport under these rules  which can be found at www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport.

In the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK citizens will be able to visit the EU for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa. The UK Government also has information for travellers available at gov.uk/EUexit

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.

Footwear & Kit List

Snowshoeing poles are provided along with snow shoes and are included in the price of the holiday.

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks. 

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Base layers – top and bottom – given the temperatures likely to be encountered
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Thermos [at least 750ml capacity] for a hot drink whilst out
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful) although ski poles will be provided
  • Sit mat
  • If you have a “down” jacket or gilet, you might want to bring it with you

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Country Electricity

Electricity in Finland is supplied at 220 volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at www.power-plugs-sockets.com

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

The Map Shop

Maps and guidebooks relating to the areas you will be walking in may be bought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

You must be adequately insured to join our holidays. We do not insist that you insure with us but we require that you are adequately insured for the nature of your holiday. You will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.

Please ensure that as a minimum your travel insurance policy covers you for travel to your holiday destinations (country and geographical region) and for medical expenses, mountain rescue (including helicopter rescue) and emergency repatriation to your home country in the event of illness or injury. Your policy should also provide adequate cover for the activities, included and optional, you are likely to participate in during your holiday.

See our brochure or website for further advice regarding holiday insurance.

Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.

Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.

EHIC Cards

Please take your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you; it will help you in the event of you needing medical assistance during your holiday. Please note that the EHIC has an expiry date, so please check that your card is valid for the duration of your holiday. Please note however the EHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance. 

For more information please visit ehic.org.uk.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.

Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.

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Finland

  • Capital

    Helsinki

  • Currency

    Euro

  • Language

    Finnish; Swedish

  • Time Difference

    UTC +03:00

  • Flight duration

    3hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    -14°C

    Avg. Rain: 40mm

  • February

    -11°C

    Avg. Rain: 30mm

  • March

    -8°C

    Avg. Rain: 35mm

  • April

    -1°C

    Avg. Rain: 30mm

  • May

    5°C

    Avg. Rain: 50mm

  • June

    11°C

    Avg. Rain: 60mm

  • July

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 80mm

  • August

    13°C

    Avg. Rain: 70mm

  • September

    8°C

    Avg. Rain: 55mm

  • October

    1°C

    Avg. Rain: 55mm

  • November

    -6°C

    Avg. Rain: 40mm

  • December

    -11°C

    Avg. Rain: 40mm

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