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Snowshoeing in Arctic Finland

Explore the land of the Northern Lights on snowshoes

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  • nights
  • Breakfast and dinner

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

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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.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.

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