Suomu - Winter Wildreness Adventure (Adult Trip) - Snowmobiling Trip
1 week: UK to Finland (SW)Winter Wilderness Adventure
Suomu nestles peacefully amongst silent snow covered winter fells. This tiny ski resort is a popular weekend retreat for Finns seeking some genuine peace, quiet and seclusion. You will stay in the aptly named Arctic Circle hotel (the Arctic Circle runs through the centre of the resort) just a short distance from the ski slopes. Many of the activities start from the hotelís back door. This is tourism on a minor scale, undeveloped and uncommercialised - probably not the place to visit in search of a wild nightlife!
The Arctic Circle Hotel
The Arctic Circle Hotel is a newly built and modern hotel situated on the outskirts of Suomu. There is a large restaurant, bar and lobby area ideal for post activity drinks. Naturally, this being Finland, there are two traditional saunas available for use by all guests. Quite rightly, the Finns believe this is the perfect way to unwind after a day of winter adventure sports in sub-zero temperatures.
The hotel has 30 comfortable en-suite bedrooms with fantastic power steam showers. All of the rooms are equipped with a plasma TV, internet connection and minibar.
The Scandinavian style restaurant offers good food and a pleasant atmosphere. It serves typical Finnish style fare including delicious salmon dishes along with specialities from around the world. The restaurant can cater for any special diets.
A major atttraction of the hotel is that it is just a short walk to the ski slopes where a selection of blue, red and black slopes provides some great entertainment for skiers of all abilities. Ski equipment is available free of charge throughout your stay in Suomu.
As part of our Suomu Wilderness Adventure you can choose to participate in an overnight dog sled safari. During the safari you will leave your hotel and its modern facilities behind and stay in a wilderness cabin. These cabins are heated by log fires and generally lit by candles. Accommodation is shared and toilet facilities are in separate outside cabins. Generally, these remote lodgings have a wood heated sauna so you can relax in some style before dinner. The great advantage of these remote cabins is their location, far away from any human habitation and light pollution. There are few better places to witness a full-blown display of the Aurora Borealis.
Flights, Arrival and Transfers
You will be greeted at Kuusamo Airport and transferred to your accommodation at the Arctic Circle Hotel. A welcome meeting will be followed by dinner.
4hr Snowmobile Safari
You will be given full instruction before heading onto the many marked trails around Suomu. You will whizz across the wide open fells and penetrate deep into the forest eventually arriving at a lumberjack museum lodge. Lunch includes sausages grilled on sticks over an open fire before returning to Suomu. 2 people per snowmobile.
Option A Snowshoes, Ice Fishing & Huskies
Tuesday - You will spend around three hours snowshoe trekking in this winter wonderland enjoying the silent landscapes that surround Suomu. Hopefully you will even meet some of the local wildlife. After lunch try the traditional Lapp skill of ice fishing. Your guide will help you drill through the thick ice and then it is just a matter of admiring the spectacular scenery and waiting for your line to twitch. Good luck!
Wednesday - You cannot visit this region without having a go at mushing Ė itís almost mandatory! A three hour safari gives you plenty of time to explore the trails and experience the thrills and spills of dog-sledding.
Option B Overnight Husky Safari
Tuesday & Wednesday - Depart on the adventure of a lifetime Ė an overnight husky safari. You will be given full instruction before meeting your team of dogs and heading into the winter wilderness. The night is spent in a remote wilderness cabin with dinner prepared over an open fire. Over the course of the two days you will travel in the region of 60kms. A magical and unforgettable trip.
Today is free for you try out Suomuís ski slopes or additional activities. Alternatively relaxing in the sauna is pretty popular.
Cross-Country Skiing & Snowshoeing
As soon as Finnish children can walk they are taught how to ski Ė today is your turn. You will be given full instruction before heading out on the trails.This evening you will try another favourite - snowshoeing. Your guide will lead you into the darkened forest where the silence is stunning. Dinner will be cooked and served around an open fire. You may even be lucky enough to witness the Northern Lights shimmering across the night sky.
Snowmobiles to a Reindeer Farm
Today you will crown your week with an epic 130km safari across fells and through forests. The journey is broken up nicely with a visit to a traditional reindeer farm. You will have lunch, meet the reindeer herders and learn about their lives. Next you can enjoy a reindeer-pulled sleigh ridethrough the snowy landscape before the exhilarating ride back to Suomo. A great way to end your winter wilderness adventure.
Departure, Transfers and Flights
After breakfast itís time to return to Kuusamo Airport in good time for your flight home.