Winter Cabin Holiday - Arctic Activities in Tranquility / 7 nights
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Accommodate in a comfortable cottage. This holiday is a perfect mix of free time and the best wilderness activities! Huskies, snowmobiles, smoke sauna & ice dipping, snowshoeing, ice fishing, spa and private dinner in tipi hut by open fire.
Enjoy a winter holiday with privacy and without hustle and bustle. We know cosy cottages in the best locations. Let’s choose the most suitable cottage for your needs together from close to the national scenes of Finland and Koli National park. Simply enjoy the authentic winter nature and calmness with your loved ones in own privacy. The cottages are with basic amenities (Electricity, indoor toilet, shower, fully equipped kitchen, dish washer, TV, washing machine, sauna, balconies with furniture and barbecue etc.) So you can focus on relaxing. Included rental car provides you the freedom to explore the area in your own peace just like locals. This holiday is a perfect mix of free time and the best wilderness activities!
Travel deep to the white snow covered forests on snowmobiles, break the snowcovers on frozen lakes with huskies and experience mystical Koli national park spirit on snowshoes. Defrost in Sauna, one of the most finnish phenomena, as much as you want in your cottage. Try different kinds of saunas within an idyllic spa visit. Experience a traditional smoke sauna and try ice dipping if you dare! Enjoy a private 3 -course wilderness dinner made by open fire in cosy kota. Join ice fishing with local professional and spend time with your own companion. This easy going week with lots to experience is perfect for you who wants to relax and experience the best of finnish winter outdoors in own privacy.
In addition, there are many interesting natural attractions such as ice road for cars, local restaurants, cross country skiing and snowshoeing trails as well as optional activities. With an included rental car you can explore the area easily in your own way.
Day 1. - Arrival to Joensuu or Lappeenranta
Your rental car is waiting for you at the arrival point. Enjoy the wintry landscape during one hour driving to your cottage and stop in local supermarkets and groceries for shopping. Accommodate to your cosy cottage and calm down by sauna bathing. Cook dinner or eat in a nearby restaurant. Just listen to the sounds of nature and enjoy your companion.
Day 2. Snowshoeing in Koli national park - Ease to Koli Spirit
Start your holiday by getting to the Koli spirit. Koli National Park offers spectacular landscape for snowshoeing. With a professional local guide you will learn about the history, culture and nature of Koli. Within this easy and calm snowshoeing tour you'll understand why the scene is called as a national scene of Finland and understand the special spirit it has.
The tour is operated in relaxing pace, so you will have time to enjoy the wintery nature, take photos and get into the Koli spirit. Distance of snowshoeing is 2-3km including a break for a hot drink and little snack.
Rest of the day you can enjoy the area on your own and relax in your cottage. Sauna bath or visit attractions such as ice road on lake Pielinen!
Day 3. Husky Safari - Day as a musher
Enjoy a calm morning and get ready to meet the furry friends ans husky ride! Today you learn to be a musher and drive your own pack of selddogs. This four hours husky tour with a local guide and husky musher offers you beautiful lakeland scenes and snow-covered wilderness forests. Enjoy a lunch in half way and familiarize with the dogs. Approximately 20km safari is driven in pairs, so the other half you ride and the other you can enjoy in the sledge! The group sizes are small, so there is a great chance to learn about the dogs, the hobby, culture and nature.
For the evening, you have time to relax and familiarize the area, or just spend quality time with your company!
Day 4. Snowmobiling and Spa
Today you can visit another small city, Nurmes. Approximately one hour driving from Koli and you’ll head to the other side of the lake Pielinen for snowmobiling and scenic spa experience.
Within the 2,5 hour snowmobile safari you’ll witness the white pine forests and beautiful lake Pielinen with its islands. Snowmobile enables you a new way to discover longer distances and see sceneries that you wouldn’t access otherwise. The group size stay small, so you’ll have time to chat with the guidem ask questions and learn.
After a day in fresh winter weather, it is lovely to defrost in panoramic spa. Try different kinds of saunas, enjoy the winter in hot jacuzzi outdoors and pamper yourself under the hydro massage.
Enjoy a dinner in panoramic spa restaurant, or spend a cosy cooking evening at your cottage.
Day 5. Your own day - Do what you want.
Today you can spend your day in a way you want. Maybe you have gotten nice ideas from the guides and locals you have met, or maybe you want to explore the views of Koli national park even more. The nearby areas offers lots of activities. We recommend to find a nice hill and go for tobogganing, build snow decorations and simply enjoy the fresh air and tranquility! What ever you are looking for, we are more than happy to guide you!
Day 6. Ice fishing with local professional
This morning you’ll be picked up by a local fisherman, who will take you to some of the nearby lakes for ice fishing! The location will be chosen according to time, weather and your preferences of wanted fish. Just to make your changes for catch as good as possible.Youäll spend approximately 5 hours with the fishing guide and three of those hours are spent on ice. Within that time you’ll be served an outdoor lunch, hopefully your own catch is used as well! Learn the basics of ice fishing, enjoy its calming effects in tranquil nature and let the guide tell you stories and facts about fishermen life.
Again, once you are back at your cottage, we recommend you to heat your sauna and refrost in its warmness. Maybe have a little walk to see if there starry sky or even northern lights!
Day 7. Smoke sauna experience and private 3-course dinner by open fire.
This morning you have time to enjoy nature in your own peace. In the evening it is time to experience a traditional smoke sauna, wilderness style open fire dinner and try ice dipping if you dare!
While you are enjoying the Sauna and swimming, a professional wilderness chef prepares you food by using natural ingredients, mostly from our own nature and picked by himself. Choose a menu you like, fish, game, or vegetarian style and let the chef surprise you. Fresh 3-course dinner after outdoor sauna in cosy tipi style hut,this is true finnish luxury!
Day 8. Pack the memories and Koli spirit - Time to say bye bye
Take the memories with you, maybe enjoy a morning sauna before leaving and take last gasps of fresh winter air. Leave your rental car to your departure point and start your way back home. ( Joensuu airport or railway station, or Lappeenranta airport)
- Joensuu Airport or Railway station (connections from Helsinki)
- Lappeenranta airport ( Direct flights and connections from Helsinki)
♦ Private cottage accommodation.
♦ Rental car with unlimited mileage
- Husky safari 4 hrs as described in program
- Snowshoeing tour 2,5 hrs as described in program
- Snowmobile safari 2,5 hrs as described in program
- Ice Fishing 5 hrs as described in program
- Bomba Spa tickets
- Private 3- Course dinner by open fire 2,5 hrs
- Traditional smoke sauna experience 1,5 hrs
- Lunch during husky safari and ice fishing
- 3- Course dinner by open fire during the experience
from. 2100€/ person - min. 2 persons
from. 800€/ extra person ( after 2 persons )
Following activities are available in location
- Day as a Husky Musher | Private Tour
- Wildlife Photography | Immortalise Wild Animals from a Cosy Wilderness Hut