Welcome to Lakeland winter tour and experience essential Finnish winter activities within Koli and Linnansaari national parks. Accommodate yourself to well equipped traditional cottages and enjoy your own privacy. This self-drive week enables you to explore the beautiful winter lakeland in your own peace.
Find the Finnish national view from Koli national park, enjoy a half day Husky safari in small group or even privately for your own companion. Experience a traditional smoke sauna with private 3 course wilderness meal made by open fire in tipi like hut.
Oravi and Linnansaari national park offers you spectacular environment for true winter fun! Spend a fishermen’s fishing day with local fishermen, ride snowmobile and enjoy a meal prepared from fresh catch! Have a tour to a reindeer fence and learn about the animals. Just walk or skate on the frozen lake and wonder the spectacular winter wonderland.
Day1. Arrival to Joensuu or Lappeenranta.
Pick up your rental car from Joensuu or Lappeenranta airport or train station and head to Koli. Beautiful winter landscapes will entertain your approx. 1 hour driving to your cottage from Joensuu. From Lappeenranta you have approx. 4hours time to enjoy the Lakeland and its wintery views.
Take your time, stop to enjoy the scenes and attractions. Maybe visit a grocery if you prefer to cook in your cosy cottage. Accommodate yourself to your cottage in Koli and start relaxing for example by sauna bathing in your private sauna!
Day 2. Meet and ride the furry friends - huskies!
Enjoy a private husky safari within spectacular wintery landscape in forest and lake views! Within this safari you’ll ride your own husky pack for approximately 20km. And off course, there will be time to familiarize the dogs and take photos. A professional local guide will teach you how to ride your pack and advice the whole trip. The dogs know what they do, so earlier experience is not needed. One is a musher and other one can enjoy in the sledge. In the middle way, the places can be swapt! Children can join with an adult in sledge.
• Duration: approx. 4-5hours • Includes: Familiarizing to the huskies, introduction to the hobby, 2-3 hours husky riding, soup lunch.
For the evening, there is an option for scenic Koli spa experience!
Day 3. Wilderness food experience with smoke sauna and ice dipping
Experience a traditional Smoke Sauna and try ice dipping if you dare! While you are enjoying sauna bathing a professional wilderness chef prepares you food by using natural ingredients, mostly from our own nature. Choose a menu you like, fish, game, or vegetarian style. 3-course wilderness dinner has never tasted as good as in beautiful tipi style hut in scenic views when you have refreshed in smoke sauna and frozen lake!
Day 4. Towards Oravi and Linnansaari national park!
Today you’ll drive in beautiful lakeland scenes from Koli to Oravi and Linnansaari national park. Driving time is approximately 3 hours. Take your time to wonder the nature and white views, stop in interesting spots and do little shopping in Joensuu city if you want. Or just head straight to Oravi to enjoy nature, your cottage and peace.
Day 5. Meet reindeer!
Today it is time to familiarize the reindeer! Visit the reindeer hence and learn about the animal and reindeer herding. As known, these animals are more popular in northern Finland, but there is a story about how this pack found their way to Oravi. Within this approximately 1,5 hour reindeer visit you’ll also get to feed the animals. A professional local guide is eager to teach you about the life of reindeer and answer your questions.
For the evening, you can for example hire the snowshoes and have a self-guided hike on frozen lake and in the beautiful nearby nature. Cook some food in your cottage, or try local delicates in local restaurant.
Day 6. Fishermen's Snowmobile safari
This full day snowmobile safari takes you deeper in to the Linnansaari national park. You will join one of the local fishermen as they go on their daily trip to the fishing grounds. Learn about different winter fishing methods and finnish fishing culture. And off course, a warm lunch will be served during the day, most likely made from the days catch!
Fishing methods: nets, traps and ice fishing. Game fish: perch, pikeperch, burbot and pike.
Duration: 5-6 hours, snowmobile driving distance ca. 20km
Gear: Safari gear (overall, boots, gloves and helmet), guidance and wilderness lunch from the days catch
* All drivers need to have a driver’s license and 18 years minimum age.
Day 7. Day off, realx and enjoy optional activities.
Today is your day off and last full day. Choose some optional activity like snowmobile, snowshoe or fishing safari. Or simply spend time on your own. Cook some Finnish food you’ve been enjoying, enjoy outdoors and relax by sauna bathing.
Day 8. Pack the spirit with you.
It is time to take the spirit with you and continue your journey back to arrival point, Joensuu. Driving time from Oravi to Joensuu airport is approximately 2 hours. From Oravi to Lappeenrana approsimately 2,5 hours. Stop in some shops to buy souveniers or enjoy local things. We will give you all needed tips and be in your service until the end of your trip!